With Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft is trying to address the mistakes that it had committed while developing Windows 8. Even though, Microsoft hasn’t re-introduced the Start menu with Windows 8.1 Update and will bring back the same with in a future update later this year, the newly released major Update for Windows 8.1 enhances the desktop experience many ways.
As of now, the Windows 8.1 Update is officially available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers but everyone else can also download the Update right now directly from Microsoft servers without having to wait until April 8th by following our how to download Windows 8.1 Update right now guide.
In this guide, we will show you how to properly install these updates and upgrade your Windows 8.1 machine to Windows 8.1 Update.
NOTE: Even though it’s possible to uninstall all installed updates via Control Panel, we highly recommend you create a restore point before proceeding further so that you can easily revert changes if in case something goes wrong.
Installing Windows 8.1 Update
Step 1: If you have a TechNet or MSDN subscription, you visit MSDN or TechNet and then download the Windows 8.1 Update zip file. Be sure to download the right version, as separate downloads are available for both 32-bit and 64-bit.
And if you don’t have a TechNet or MSDN subscription, please go through our how to download Windows 8.1 Update right now guide to download all updates.
Step 2: If you have downloaded Windows 8.1 Update from MSDN or TechNet, you should now have a .zip file. Extract the zip file to a new folder to see all six updates.
Step 3: And if you have downloaded from Microsoft servers (without MSDN or TechNet), you should now have a total of six update files. Next step is to install all downloaded updates one-by-one.
Step 4: Microsoft recommends you install the updates in the following order:
Double-click on an update, click Open button when you see the Security Warning dialog, and finally click Yes button when you’re see “Do you want to install the following Windows software update?” to begin installing the selected update.
Step 5: Once the update is installed, you’ll see Restart Now and Close options. You can either restart your PC after installing each update or install PC after installing the final update. Once all updates are installed, simply restart your PC to complete installing updates and start exploring new features introduced with Windows 8.1 Update.