Windows 8.1 brings some greatly desired new features–a start button,powerful new included apps,a better browser,better start screen personalisation,and lots more.You can know more about–The top new features in windows 8.1 preview.Microsoft has released a preview of its new and improved windows 8.1 for its users.The final version will be released at the end of this year and will be available as a free update for windows 8 users.Till then you can upgrade to the windows 8.1 preview.
Now the query arises here is –Do we need to upgrade?This question you can answer yourself, and Is it safe to upgrade?
Actually,this version is just a preview, so this version may have lots of bugs,but those who like experimenting with new softwares can upgrade to 8.1.
The upgrade is absolutely free and very easy.There are two methods available for upgradation:-
1) Windows store(Recommended)–Only for windows 8 pro and RT users
2)Download ISO files from here
Note:- You will not be able to downgrade back to windows 8 after upgrading,so be careful!!!!
Let’s start upgrading………!
Minimum system requirements:-
Microsoft lists the minimum system requirements for Windows 8.1 as follows:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster,
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit),
- Free hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit), and
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver.
Upgrading through Windows store
To get started click here .From here, click or touch the “Get the update” button. This will initiate a download of a very small .msu file that will make the update available on the Windows Store. You can either choose Download and then run it, or just Open.
You’ll then see a security warning on which you can simply click Open
This runs the Windows Update Standalone installer–but note that this isn’t the actual OS updater–that comes later. Click Yes to run this system updater. After half a minute or so, you’ll see a message saying Installation Complete, with a Restart button. Click that (or you can click the Close button if you’re not ready).
You’ll go through a typical Windows Update shutdown, and when your system comes back to life, you’ll see a bar across the Start screen offering to take you to the Windows Store to install the upgrade.
You’ll now be on the Windows 8.1 Store page, just as though it were any new-style app. If you head back to the Store front page, the featured app space will be occupied by the 8.1 Preview ad.
From the Update page in the Store, click or touch the “Download” button. This starts a long multi-gigabyte download, so you may want to go grab a cup of coffee or tea. The progress bar switches messages several times, from Downloading, to Getting Update Ready, to Scanning, to Applying Changes, and Gathering info.
After another reboot, you’ll see a colorful fish (a fish has appeared on Windows betas since Windows 7) and more percentage counters. Messages like Getting Devices Ready, Applying PC settings will appear, followed by another reboot. More percentage counters and messages like “Setting up a few more things,” and “Getting ready” appear.
Once all the progress counters and reboots are done, you’ll see the user license agreement. Agree, you don’t have much choice if you want the update. Next come the typical Settings options, such as whether updates are automatic. I just use the Express settings. You’ll then be asked to sign into your Microsoft Account, but you’ll have to verify yourself by having a code sent to a trusted email account or mobile.
Your final choice is whether to use SkyDrive. I recommend allowing this; not only does it let you migrate your PC settings, customizations, and touch apps, but also offers a very convenient, built-in online file storage capability that both the system and other apps can use.
Finally, you’ll see the Windows 8.1 Start screen, which looks identical to the Windows 8 one, except it will have a fish-themed background that demonstrated the new moving Start screen backgrounds of Windows 8.1. But that’s just the start of the new features you’ll discover.