Well Microsoft have released Windows 8.1 today, and we are going to find out how to upgrade your Windows 8 Computers to the new and improved Windows 8.1

To find out more about the new Windows 8.1 features Click Here

Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from WIndows 8

Prepare your PC

  • Back up all your files.  Even though when you upgrade to Windows 8.1 or WindowsRT 8.1 your files and apps come with you, its always better to be safe than sorry.
  • If upgrading a laptop or tablet, make sure it is plugged into the mains, this stops interuptions to the upgrade process should you run out of battery.
  • Get connected to the internet, this is not a requirement but if you dont, installation will take longer and you will need to connect to the internet later to complete the setup.
  • Make sure you get all of the latest critical and important updates. When running Windows 8 there are some updates that are essential before trying to upgrade to Windows 8.1.

Get the free update from the Windows Store

  • Go to the start screen and tap or click the Store tile
  • In the Store, tap or click the Windows8.1 or WIndowsRT 8.1 update.
  • Tap or click Download.
  • This will download the update to your computer and install it in the background, leaqving you free to do other things.  The installer will check to ensure you have enough free storage space and that all your existing apps are compatible with Windows 8.1 and that you have all the required updates.
  • Sometimes, the installer might find something you need to take care of before installing, the installer will show a message telling you what needs to be done.


  • Once the update is downloaded and the first phase of installation has completed(can take upto 15 minutes), your computer will tell you it needs to restart, save any work you have open, close your apps and restart.

Choose Your Settings

  • After your pc restarts you will need to finalise your settings, Including Microsoft software terms, express settings, Microsoft account, Skydrive cloud storage and any final updates.

Congratulations you are now the proud owner od a Windows 8.1 or WindowsRT 8.1 PC.

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