You can update to Windows 8.1 now

You can update to Windows 8.1 now
Windows 8.1 is now available for download. Microsoft announced its newest version of the Windows operating system is up for grabs online and you’d be able to buy a boxed version in stores tomorrow.

Windows 8.1 is a major update that fixes a lot of complaints users had over Windows 8, and it also brings back the Start button. The new platform comes with all core apps like Mail, Calendar and XBox Music updated, but it also features a new Health + Fitness application.

The Start screen now supports two new Live Tile sizes - a super large one that you can use for example to glance your emails or calendar appointments without having to open the app, and a super small one so you could fit more icons on the screen. Good news is that you can also boot directly into the traditional desktop without seeing the made-for-touch Start screen (that we imagine would be a great option for those who don’t have a touch-enabled devices).

The Windows 8.1 update is free for those who run the Windows 8, but Windows 7 users will first have to chip in for Windows 8 and then get the free update.

Microsoft also said that devices sold after October 18th will come with Windows 8.1 on board.


source: Windows blog

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42 Comments

1. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Downloading now :)

12. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

the store open ...then nothing happens ?!!

17. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

its 2 gigs I have crappy internet :(

40. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

2 gigs?, Mine is 3.42

41. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

that's for windows 8.1 pro

22. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

To bad it's going to take my crappy internet about 4 to 5 hours to update :,(

30. mohammed2222

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

me 10 days on f....g ooredoo !

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Yay! Free stuff

3. NAWF_SIDE

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Sweet... checking meow

14. NAWF_SIDE

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Nope?? Nothing yet.... where am i suppose to check, too see if i have the update?

21. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Go to the Windows Store app in your start screen. There should be a big tile when you first open it telling you to update.

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I read that the new update also has a universal search for apps, contact, mails, etc... like in iOS and Symbian. Hope it comes to the WP8 devices with the GDR3 too. Thats a feature i sorely i miss.

9. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Not for GDR3 but for WP8.1

38. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

universal search for apps, contacts, mails, etc already existed in Windows 8. It did for the apps at least.

5. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Is there the start button?

25. Gigabinzle

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

no, they just say it in the article

29. djmoncsko

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

well there is, but it doesn't do what you expect. for advanced features, right click the start button and it'll give you some stuff you may be looking for.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cool...

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Thanks for the info :) Yes there will be a start button, which will bring up the start screen.

8. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Downloaded and installing, time to reorganise my start screen. Hoped it would sync the layout across devices.

10. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

the store open ...then nothing happens ?!!

11. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

WTF? I've updated my windows and now it is 8.2!!! Is it a bug?

24. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Well you're sometime in Spring of 2015!

13. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Will buy the DVD tomorrow !!!

15. taikucing unregistered

still happy with 7

16. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

PA: But Microsoft has released 8.1.....You should be able to download it now.... Reader: I'm sorry? PA: But Microsoft has released 8.1.....You should be able to download it now.... Reader: I got everything but the last part, through " you should be able ". PA: You should be able to download it now.... Reader: Perhaps, but downloads for dummies doesn't explain that...the best approach is to torrent the download but while doing that, my computer is completely defenseless....no matter the download tactic, they all have a flaw. PA: YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD IT NOWWWWWW!!!!! Reader: No matter. I think I have an idea....

18. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I think it is released for download in USA the rest of the world to follow. that's why it's not showing on others windows store

28. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

nah, its up for grabs in India

19. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Up and running.

20. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

damn i want to clean install. I want the ISO file!

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