Software leader Microsoft is just on the verge of releasing their latest product, the upgrade on the Windows 8 operating systems, the Windows 8.1. The new version is set to hit the markets soon, and is a boon for users of Windows 8. There have many improvements on Windows 8.1, which is a much anticipated update by Microsoft. Windows 8.1 can work for PCs, laptops and tablets, and consumers cannot wait for the upgrade to be made available.
How to upgrade to Windows 8 latest version?
If you only have a single device, the upgrade will be very simple. The Windows store will be providing the update for consumers to download. The size of the upgrade is roughly about 2 GB worth of downloading. As Michael Niehaus Microsoft’s senior product marketing manager explained, the procedure for upgrading is “very easy for end users”. All you need to do is simply download the file from Windows Store, this process could take 15 minutes to more than an hour depending upon the speed of your internet connection and storage device as well.
Those having volume licenses can simply get the update directly from Microsoft, and then employ the systems management tools to install it across their systems as they wish. System Center is a good system management tool, which can be used for the process. The process gets you a clean OS, then the drivers, applications and finally data files from your current installation. You can even jump back to Windows 8 if you have errors in the upgrade.
Microsoft advises a minimum of 10 GB for easy upgrade but the actual requirement has been brought down to as much as 3 GB, to facilitate the upgrade on devices like Surface RT.
Single users and corporations have it easy, but will this process be easy for homes with a couple systems or a small enterprise that has bunch of notebooks?
As currently the only way to access it is through the Windows Store, the 2 GB download could be a burden, especially for users who use large portions of internet data every month. It is easier in countries like US where internet connectivity remains unmetered but for countries like Australia, this could be difficult.
The best option for SMEs or small enterprises on how to upgrade to Windows 8 latest version is check whether they employ a service provider to manage its Windows systems via Microsoft Intune. If this is the case then they can get the upgrade like larger organizations.Google+