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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

  • Thank you for always keeping your customers on the cutting edge of everything we do! Thanks again.

  • Frankly, I'm TERRIFIED of 8.1 !!! I bought my new Computer 12 months ago & had enough issues getting used to & finding Drivers for Win 8. But then not long after 8.1 was released & I foolishly thought that it might have all of the bugs fixed.......Turned out it was almost UN-USABLE !!!! When I phoned the Tech Support Dept for my brand Computer they told me that they were recommending NOT to download 8.1.....

    Have been wondering lately (now 12 months later) if problems have been resolved....I've gotten used to Win 8 & haven't had too many problems but am reluctant to try it again as I now use this Computer to work from home & any down time will cast money BIG time....

    What's the consensus out there? do I try t again????

  • All very well, but In d/l win 8.1 I  found some sites do-not recognise it so had to do a recovery to a earlier date.

  • I an sick of listening to all the knockers especially from people who should Know.Whats this about the start button ,get over it, and move on , Windows 8.1 has everything you could wish for and is a solid program, it has something that resembles the start button.

  • I wish to see a stand alone updater for Windows 8, that upgrade the computer to Windows 8.1 like we did in the past, update a PC using a Service Pack for the version of Windows installed is really more simple... not all people have time and speed to download the "BIG" update using internet.

  • I find that since my upgrade from Win 7 Ult. to Win 8.1 I have never had an image problem nor have I had any virus or mal ware issues. However there are several programs that are incompatible with the o/s but besides that the security updates are flawless as to help maintain system intregerty. I enjoy the App Store's newest changes. the o/s is fresh alive and moving where in the Win 7 UTL profile is not like this o/s. Windows phone 8.1 also integration works smoothly as well and all my important data is  kept in the cloud so I never lose any data. You can also make a back up image to the cloud as well. So overall my experience has been a positive one.  

  • When Microsoft fixes the System Image Backup I will move from 8 to 8.1 but not until then! At the moment for me it would be a backward step to move to 8.1 and not to have that feature working properly. I use the system image backup to DVD regularly as my primary backup.

  • I've been using 8.0, then 8.1 since it came out & think it's a great O/S. The Start screen is a significant improvement over the Start button. 8.1 is noticeably faster than Win 7 & just as stable. XP is archaic. The speed of 8.1 makes using it a no-brainer for folks using dial-up & non-fiber DSL. The learning curve for 8.1 is insignificant IF new users spend 10-15 minutes with the O/S's tutorial. You're helping users remain anachronisms instead of getting them involved in current technology.

  • Ditto! (All of the above) - I Have 10 G's of Memory.. and it still takes HOURS, after Finally Downloading 8.1 - It Will NOT INSTALL ! - Then I Get a Mandate UpDate to 8.1 eMail - I Do Not want to go thru The Store just to get to 8.1 :(

  • So far I love Windows 8 phone.  I wish there were more Apps from Microsoft.  no arrows on the keypad.

    I got play with it on a desktop and it's smooth.  The search feature needs some work finding where certain utilities are.  The tiles are nice for touch, but not for a mouse.

    8.1 should still be categorized as beta testing.

  • I do not like Windows 8 and will continue to avoid updating to Windows 8.1. I agree that XP and Windows 7 were much, much, much easier to use, much, much less complicated, and much more user friendly.  

    Microsoft.........please make my new computer able to install Windows 7, and for free since I felt forced to switch to Windows 8.

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments.

  • It is a shame and in fact a disgrace that Microsoft does not take any interest in the users views. Hello Bill Gates, where are you ?

  • thankyou you to all who have posted. I  have just tried to upgrade from Windows 7, to 8.1,  and got no where fast. I am quite computer illiterate and was feeling quite low til I read the above I realize that It may not be all me that is the problem. I will stick with Windows 7 for now. Thanks again.

  • @jbower

    "8.1 should still be categorized as beta testing."

    No, beta is to kind. Windows 8.1 should be catergorized as apha testing and not ready for normal users, which are about 98%. It is only for the 2% that are expert computer users.

    Only way it could be beta is if there is start menu.

  • I thought about upgrading to 8.1 from Windows starter but the screen resolution was not high enough on my (Samsung) pc to do it. Wonder if other people have found this.  

    Also, the pc I have runs quite slowly and I am told it might be a hardware problem but I have run some checks on  the hardware, and the updates to the drivers are all ok, and  I have it on automatic updates for drivers also. The hard disc is not anywhere near full. Maybe too many programs are loaded, but I am confused: Why would it run so slowly? There does not seem to be anything wrong with the hardware, drivers, updates, memory.

    So, it seems that the infrastructure of the Samsung does not easily support the Windows 7 starter operating system, if I am correct, whereas HP, for example, does. I asked about this and was told that Samsung have stopped selling such pcs now. At least, this was what was conveyed to me when I asked for suggestions as to why Windows starter runs so slowly. Could this be correct? I said I would ask MIcrosoft, but maybe someone has some information on this they could give me instead? I am sure I have got it wrong, as it does not sound right at all. Can anyone help?

    My question is this: I have Windows starter, running on a Samsung pc and it is very slow. Why? Is it the software that needs upgrading? Or is it a fault in the hardware as was suggested to me when I asked about it. But, as I said, there seems nothing wrong with the pc. Everything reports normal. Can anyone help?

    Katrina Wood

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