How to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

If you’re upgrading from Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT, Windows 8.1 Preview, Windows 8.1 Pro Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview, the process is basically the same: You launch the Upgrade installer from Windows Store, run the installer while the PC or device is offline, reboot a few times, and then emerge with the OS upgraded. Here’s a visual guide to this process.

Note: The only major difference between these installs, aside from the installer download size, is that those with Windows 8.1 or RT 8.1 Preview will need to reinstall all of their Metro-style apps and desktop applications when the upgrade is complete.

For a complete rundown of what upgrade options are available to each Windows version, please refer to my post Windows 8.1 Upgrade Guide: Electronic Upgrade Options.

How to do it

Step 1. –  Windows Store. You will see an Upgrade Windows tile.

Windows Store


Step 2. – Windows 8.1/Windows 8.1 Pro/Windows RT 8.1. This landing page will help you trigger the downloading of the Windows 8.1 installer.

Windows 8.1 in Store


Step 3. – Installer downloads. Oddly, you don’t see this screen, or any download progress, with Windows RT.

Windowss 8.1 Install


Step 4. – App reinstall warning. If you were using a Preview version of Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, you’ll be warned that you will need to reinstall your apps after the upgrade is complete.

Windows 8.1 App Re-Install Warning


Step 5. – Restart required. Tap Restart Now to begin the upgrade. Otherwise, it will happen automatically after a timer expires.

Windows Restart Required


Step 6. – Installation. Your PC will reboot and begin the install process.

Windows 8.1 Install Setting Up


Installation continues. Your PC could reboot 2-3 times in total as install completes.

Windows 8.1 Setup


Step 7. – Out of box experience. Once Windows 8.1 has installed, the PC will reboot and you will need to step through an out of box wizard in which you will agree to the license terms, choose between Express settings and a more manual configuration, sign in to your Microsoft account, and agree to use SkyDrive.

Windows 8.1 License Agreement


Step 8. – App installs. Once that process is complete, Windows 8.1 will install its default app set and links to your previously-installed Metro-style apps so you can manually install them afterwards.

Windows 8.1 App Re-Installing


Done. When everything is complete, you will be presented with the improved Windows 8.1 Start screen.

Windows 8.1 Welcome Screen



Wether you like Windows 8 or not, I strongly suggest you to upgrade if you are stuck with this windows release.  At least Windows 8.1 offer you more flexibility and bring back start menu even if it’s not like it was on Windows 7.  Windows 8.1 is still very stable, and I find it a little faster than earlier versions.

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