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How to Install and Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro from Windows 8 Pro?

Windows 8 users who’ve been waiting for a better user experience don’t have to wait any longer. Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is available as a free upgrade for any PC running Windows 8. With just a few simple steps, you can get important new features, including the ability to see multiple windows in Modern UI, a Start Button and a search function that returns results both from the web and your hard drive. Here’s how to upgrade your Windows 8 PC to Windows 8.1.

1. Make sure your PC has all recent Windows updates. If you’ve been using Windows 8 steadily you are probably up to date, but if it has been a few days since you last logged in to your PC, follow these steps to check.

1a. Click settings on the Charms menu.

Windows 8 Charms Menu

1b. Click Change PC settings.

Windows 8 PC Settings Change

1c. Select Windows Update

Windows Update

1d. Click the Check for updates now button to see if there are any new files.

Check Windows Update

1e. Force any updates to install immediately by clicking on the “We’ll install . . . automatically” link then Install.

2. Open the Windows Store app.

Windows Tile Menu

3. Click the Update to Windows 8.1 button. If you don’t see this button on the screen, check for updates again, close and reopen the Windows Store or reboot your machine.

Update to Windows 8.1 for Free

4. Click the Download button to confirm.

Download Windows 8.1 Pro

You may have to wait 30 minutes or more for the install to download, but you can keep using your computer during this time.

Downloading Windows 8.1 Pro

5. Click Restart Now when prompted.

Windows 8.1 Pro Restart Prompt

Your computer will then take several minutes installing Windows 8.1, complete with at least one reboot. You can walk away from your computer and do something else for 5 minutes or more because your input won’t be required for a while.

6.Click “I Accept” when presented with the License terms.Windows 8.1 Pro License Terms

 

7. Click Use Express Settings at the bottom of the screen. You can also choose custom settings, but we find the Express settings work well for most users.

Windows 8.1 Pro Express Settings

8. Sign in to Windows as you normally would.

Windows 8.1 Pro Login

9. Allow Windows to send a security code to your phone if it prompts you. You can skip this step, but may not be able to sync your account across PCs without performing it later.

Windows 8.1 Pro Verfication Code

10. Enter the code you received on your phone at the prompt.

Windows 8.1 Verification Code Activation

11. Click Next on the Skydrive screen.

Windows 8.1 Pro Skydrive Cloud Storage

You will then have to wait a few minutes while Windows finishes the install process. You’ll see some messages on the screen that say it is setting up and installing apps.

Windows 8.1 Pro Welcome

After another couple of minutes, the Windows 8.1 Start screen will appear and you’ll be ready to go 

 

 

0 thoughts on “How to Install and Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro from Windows 8 Pro?”

  1. Donna Merrill says:

    Hi Rajeesh,

    What a thorough tutorial! You certainly know your stuff and better than that, you know how to teach it well.

    I have someone doing all this stuff for me because I tried it once and almost lost my blog 2 years ago. Since then, I learned how to keep my hands off.

    I will share this with all my friends on the social sites because you have done such an excellent job explaining this.

    -Donna
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    1. Rajeesh Nair says:

      Thanks Donna!

      Actually I tested that on my PC taking screenshots at each step to add it on the post so anyone reading the post gets exact idea of the overall process without missing a step. 🙂

  2. Donna Merrill says:

    Hi Rajeesh,

    What a thorough tutorial! You certainly know your stuff and better than that, you know how to teach it well.

    I have someone doing all this stuff for me because I tried it once and almost lost my blog 2 years ago. Since then, I learned how to keep my hands off.

    I will share this with all my friends on the social sites because you have done such an excellent job explaining this.

    -Donna
    Donna Merrill recently posted…Do You Blog Strictly Within Your Niche?My Profile

    1. Rajeesh Nair says:

      Thanks Donna!

      Actually I tested that on my PC taking screenshots at each step to add it on the post so anyone reading the post gets exact idea of the overall process without missing a step. 🙂

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