Updating Windows 8 to Windows 8.1
Microsoft had already launched Windows 8.1 which is an update for the Windows 8 operating system. A start button was added back and the functions of search and multi-tasking had been expanded. Microsoft Store had been selling the basic package priced at £99.99 and for Windows Pro which included features like the remote desktop, extra encryption and others are priced at £189.00. There is also a student version which needs verification process that costs approximately £49.99. Upgrades from Windows 7 have reduced prices. There are also DVD’s, digital downloads that are readily available from Store and prices can be checked and online.
It is possible to download the update while using the computer since it can simply run in the background. It’s about more or less 3.5GB in size and because it is the latest release, it is therefore understandable that servers can experience some strain and downloads can be a little bit slower.
Those Windows fanatics might have tried to install a preview released but unluckily, Microsoft will slightly rebuke you for your loyalty. You can enjoy the updates the same as Window 8 fanatics but it is suggested that saved game files should be backed up. Those who had installed the App will be required to download once again.
For Existing Windows 8 Users
However, those who are using Windows 8 will have the most convenient and easy way to update. You can download the update free of charge by simply going to the Window Store through the live tile. It may take some time longer than you think coupled with a restart and requires a log-in after it is done.
Those who still use Window 7 will reconsider that it might be a big step, compared to updating from 8 to 8.1. You need to be very careful to evaluate that you have the necessary specs as follows; 16-20GB free space, 1GHzprocessor, 1 or 2GB of RAM and a graphics card that can run Microsoft DirectX9. In addition, these users will have to accept the fact that their computers won’t be touch-enabled which is not compulsory for Windows 8 but is without doubt very useful. There is a certain type of satisfaction when flicking the hand compared to exploring those live tiles with the use of the mouse. The update should preserve your personal files including Office documents and pictures, but of course it is still very significant to have a back-up, in case something happens. A standard Windows 8.1 costs around £75 and for the professional version, it is approximately £125.
Microsoft stated that ‘Windows 8.1 was not created for installation on gadgets and devices that run a Windows XP or Windows Vista” but you can always choose to update to 8.1 if your computers can deal with leaping on Windows 8 primarily and then taking the chance to update. Note that backups are vital since files will not be saved.
Upgrading to Windows 8.1 from version 8 has actually subtle differences, but this can be visibly noticeable. Windows 8 are often associated with annoyance since it was released initially. If you really decide to upgrade to 8.1 as long as you are using Windows 8, it is relatively easy.