Windows 8.1 is released by Microsoft team with the lots of improvements in the earlier version. However, the official windows 8.1 ISO file is not available for download yet. According to the Microsoft it is the small patch to give better windows 8 experience to the users.
The features in the new Windows 8.1 is broad as well as many fixes are applied to the core files. There are many graphics changes in the Windows 8.1 with more customization options. In the Modern Windows 8.1 user interface is improved with professional and new start button. Additionally, many new settings are added to the new version including the ability to set the desktop background as the background of Windows 8.1 Start screen too. System settings including user accounts, Windows updates, mouse settings, keyboard settings, display settings are revamped using the modern and sleek Windows 8.1 user interface.
“This Windows 8.1 update is not considered as a new version, of windows but its an update in the existing version of the Windows 8 operating system”, Microsoft added that. Although, the existing users of the Microsoft Win 8 are not required to purchase a new Windows 8.1 at all. They can upgrade their existing OS to the latest Windows 8.1 version for free.
In short, The Windows 8.1 update is available for the users who are running Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT on their PC, Laptops or Tablets.
Table of Contents
Topic : Working Solution to get Windows 8.1 Update message in Windows 8 Store
Guide For : Genuine Windows 8 Users
Required Resources : Working Internet Connection, Windows 8 PC
Difficulty : Easy
Estimated Learning Time : 10-13 Minutes
I can’t find the free upgrade option in the Windows 8 Store :
According to the announcement, Users will get a Free Upgrade to Windows 8.1 option in the Windows 8 store itself. But many users have found nothing ! That’s not a bug. Actually, this controversy is all about the version update of an existing Windows 8 installation. Let me explain.
Users are not getting any free Windows 8.1 update option in Windows 8 Store, This is happening to the users in the two cases indicated below :
- You’re using your Windows 8 with automatic updates disabled
- You’ve not installed recent important Windows 8 updates (from Windows 8 Update Tool in Control Panel)
How to solve this and get a free upgrade option immediately ?
Recently, before the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft revealed a small update patch ( known as the KB2871389 update ) to bridge the existing Windows 8 settings to its newer version. All you need to install that update from Windows 8 Updates. To get step by step instructions on installing this update.
Step 1 : Press Windows Logo Key to open your Windows 8 start screen. Now on that screen write the word “Updates” and it will open right pane of the search. Click the option called “Install Optional Updates” under the setting tab.
Step 2 : Now the next screen brings you the all available optional updates on your Windows 8 operating system. Here, you can find and install the KB2871389 update package manually. ( I recommend you to install all available updates to avoid the conflicts )
Select your desired update packages that you wanted to install and press the Install button at lower right of the dialog box.
Step 3 : After that it will start downloading updates. The download time is based on your connection speed.
It will start an automatic installation of the update packages as soon as download gets completed.
Step 4 : lastly, you will be prompted to restart your PC to allow updates to make a change in your Windows 8 files and make it compatible to upgrade for newer Windows 8.1 version.
Click on the “Restart Now” button and let it restart.
Note (For the Laptop users) : Plugin your power cable before restarting the PC. Unwanted battery power failure might interrupt the whole upgrade process.
Step 5 : After restarting your Windows 8 PC, you’re almost done. Open the Windows 8 Store now. You will get “Free Upgrade To Windows 8.1” option is available on your Windows 8 Store.
Click on that option and start installing your new Windows 8.1 operating system.
This guide lets you enable “Free Windows 8.1 Upgrade” Option in Windows 8 Store. However, you should consider to follow each and every step carefully to avoid the unwanted errors or a blue screen of deaths !
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