Windows 8.1 Update is available for download now!

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Windows 8.1 is here – it launched at 4 a.m. Pacific time Thursday, and is now rolling out globally.

If you are using Windows 8, then this is the update you have been waiting for, and yes you should download it now.  Windows 8.1 update is the first major update to Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system since it’s release 12 months ago.

It’s a solid, necessary update – and did I mention a free one to boot? The Windows 8.1 update has features that will please longtime Windows users who had difficulties adapting to Windows 8, as well as features that push the concepts behind Windows 8 even further forward.

 

“If you absolutely hate Windows 8, this upgrade probably will not change that, but it might help you to hate it a little bit less.”

 

The past 12 months have not been particularly smooth sailing for the computer software giant.  Just after the less than spectacular release of Windows 8, Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s longtime Windows chief got the axe, and just 2 months ago in August, it was announced that longtime Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was on his way out too.  Alongside of this personnel shake-up, Microsoft took a $900 million write down on Surface RT, the computer that was meant to be the physical embodiment of its new, stripped down Windows operating system. Disgruntled PC Manufacturers have been openly criticizing the software giant and its next generation OS.

If Windows 8 has had a defining cultural moment, it wasn’t its lavish launch, or any number of commercials, but this YouTube video of a befuddled senior trying to use Windows 8 for the first time.

 

 

Windows 8.1 gives long time windows users their beloved Start Button back … well sort of.  Other notable updates include a more customizable metro tile interface. For instance, if you create a tile for one of your favorite websites, Windows 8.1 will pull content from the site’s RSS feed and creatively display it in the tile.  Windows 8 Mail and Windows 8 Music also got much needed overhauls.

If you absolutely hate Windows 8, this upgrade probably will not change that, but it might help you to hate it a little bit less.  It is a very necessary update, and Ordi-Guru recommends that you download it now to enrich your Windows 8 experience.

 

Download Windows 8.1 Update

** PLEASE NOTE: This update is for Windows 8 users only … It is not compatible with Windows 7, Vista, or Windows XP **

 


UPDATE: Some users have been reporting upgrade issues with the Windows 8.1 Update. The Microsoft Answers forum is abuzz with a problem that seems to affect many people trying to update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. It’s a show-stopper that throws up two Blue Screens when the Win 8.1 installer reboots. Microsoft has a couple of suggestions for recovering from the problem, but at this point it doesn’t look like the solutions fix the problem. Further confounding the situation, the problem existed back in June, with the Windows 8.1 Preview Milestone, and apparently hasn’t been fixed.

Martin Dixon posted the seminal question shortly after Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 bits. Here’s how he describes his update:

 

I have downloaded the Windows 8.1 update from the store but cannot get it to install. Each time I try, I get to the point where it is “getting my devices ready”, then the PC restarts to a blue screen with error message. It then tries to recover the installation, fails, then restores Windows 8. When the system boots up after this, I get a message saying:

“Couldn’t update to Windows 8.1

Sorry, we couldn’t complete the update to Windows 8.1. We’ve restored your previous version of Windows to this PC.

0xC1900101 – 0x40017″

There is no explanation as to why the update could be completed.

 

Ordi-Guru suggests that all Windows 8 users create a system restore point before attempting to to update their OS, so that in event of any issues, you can roll back to a functioning state. Hopefully Microsoft can solve these issues — which appear to be graphics card related — in a timely manner.