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It’s time to install Windows 8.1

It’s time to install Windows 8.1

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If your computer is running Windows 8, it’s time to download and install the newest version—Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 Update (also known as KB 2919355) helps your computer run at optimal performance and includes new features that make the operating system easier to use. If you don’t install Windows 8.1, or if you uninstall it, you might not get future bug fixes, security updates, and new features.

If your computer is set to receive updates automatically, you don’t need to do anything.

To see if you’re running the latest update, see Which Windows operating system am I running? To install the latest update, see Install the latest Windows 8.1 Update

  • On the topic of bug fixes, updating Win8 to Win8.1 breaks the System Image Backup feature.  Microsoft has a workaround at TechNet, but has Microsoft addressed the root problem so that updating to Win8.1 no longer causes this problem?

  • Do not touch Windows 8 or 8.1 with a barge pole. Every day we are removing Windows 8 and reinstalling Windows 7 Home Premium on client machines. Microsoft really made a boo boo with this one it doesn't work on 90% of all computers.

  • @Consultant

    I agree and for me it is close to 96% are going to Windows 7. Some have even gone back to Windows XP since it works with all their programs. Plus the registry fix gets updates for another 5 years for Windows Xp.


    No, Windows upgrade does not automatically move from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 upgrade.

    You had to have installed WIndows 8.1 to get it to automatically upgrade to Windows 8.1 upgrade. But there is no point since there is no start menu and that is why most customers want. Plus downloading 8GB than 8GB for upgrades makes it difficult for regular users that have slow DSL or dial up. I have 80% customers that have DSL at 1MB or lower and about 6% that have dial up. What will it take to them to upgrade? A lot of time that they do not have. Make upgrades easy to get and small for people like that. Windows XP SP1, SP2, SP3 were small and easy to get. This is why most upgrade to at least SP3.

    Provide an easy download link for people to go from Windows 8 to WIndows 8.1 that has a start menu. If not, than stop making things worse. Thanks for listening.

  • I agree with all of the problems  mentioned above, what I don't understand about these so called Microsoft genesis's is that they don not improve on a system that's works half decent like windows 7 and leave it at that, and stop making new systems, of course trying to get to their next system which will of course be windows 9 they cant wait to get to the pagan 9. Their stupidity and greed for profit is eventually going to put them out of business. Anyone especially them who does not thing so has a real surprise coming. Every thing Microsoft does they do not care one bit about their customers privacy. They kiss the us criminal governments rear end. They should focus on privacy and defending against the criminal NSA and quit changing their system and improving on security and protecting against the corrupt us government!

  • 8.1 is fine for personal computing.  For business, however, the lack of a start menu is a no go.

  • Please Help! For some reason there is something wrong in the system with People Contacts.

    I can add people to the system, I can Edit also, but I can NOT DELETE anybody, no matter what I try.

  • I just tried to load 8.1 on my Samsung Tablet for the second time and it still does not work. I will now have to do a refresh of the whole thing. Took 3 hrs and now another day to get it back to 8. 8.1 is junk

  • Win 8 is not user friendly nor is it user intuitive. I have taken over a dozen laptops/desktops back to Win 7. There are two cures for Win 8, either install Win 7 or wait for Win 9 in the first quarter of 2015.

  • No matter what MSFT says, the masses are not going to fall for WIndows 8.x. They are avoiding 8.x like they did with Vista. If you think about it, best releases had been  XP, Win7

  • What is recommended from XP SP3.. The Safest

    My system flies with XP Sp3.. 15 seconds and it is booted up.. I do not want all the bells and whistles..

  • What is "Consultant" referring to:  "@Consultant

    I agree. Plus the registry fix gets updates for another 5 years for Windows Xp. WHAT registry fix ?

  • Agreed on the Win8/8.1 just isn't compatible with a lot of programs in the work place. I still have some locations that cannot use 7 so those I am still running XP pro. If you need the start menu on 8 just install "Classic Start 8" and with the 8.1 update at least it boots to the desktop instead of those dreaded tiles. At the shop people are bringing in their Win8's and having them reloaded with 7 daily. I have no problem with it on tablets or phones in a non work related scenario.

  • While I don't have Windows 8{I'm using Windows 7},I did install Internet Explorer 11,which is what Windows 8 uses.I ended up having to uninstall it and go back to IE 10.What Microsoft doesn't tell you about IE 11 is that the option to disable tabbed browsing has been taken away.With IE 11,you have no choice but to take it.I read on another Microsoft blog that Microsoft deliberately did this and will not change it{at least not in this version}.They believe Microsoft did this because since IE 11 is used with Windows 8,using tabbed browsing would make sense for tablet users.This is not the case for laptop and desktop users however{I also was having problems with my e-mails as well -- everything cleared up when I uninstalled IE 11}.It is reported that Microsoft is already working on Windows 9,which is supposed to address these issues for laptop and desktop users{their core users}.Lets hope that's the case.

  • I have tried to upgrade from 8.0 Pro to 8.1 Pro  at least 6 times and every time it gets to 50% and starts over at 0%. The last time I let it run for 3 days andf finally just gave up. I have tried to find a solution on the internet with no luck.

  • @WindowsXP


    Provide an easy download link for people to go from Windows 8 to WIndows 8.1 that has a start menu. If not, than stop making things worse. Thanks for listening.


    Sorry, but Microsoft has the same Corporate attitude that caused the ignition switch debacle at GM. Taking history into account, it appears unfortunately; that Microsoft is the author of that Corporate attitude and the likelihood of change is:


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