Windows 8.1 Straight Scoop
- It’s an upgrade. You won’t get Windows 8.1 like a service pack from Microsoft Updates.
- Start button and Internet Explorer 11 are the key new features. The Start menu is now easier to customize and Surface RT users get Outlook added.
- Most Windows 8 users will download the free upgrade from the Store app. Run updates if Windows 8.1 is not the first prominent tile displayed. Windows 8 Enterprise customers must download an ISO image.
- Windows 7 or older users must use the upgrade advisor. This utility will check the Windows 8.1 system requirements and allow you to buy and install the $199 upgrade. You will get a fresh desktop and may need to reinstall applications.
- Upgrades take approximately 1 – 1.5 hours. Afterwards, Windows 8 users are prompted to make any changes to personalization colors and will notice an updated lock screen picture.
As always, have a backup and these tips are not meant to prevent or cure any disease.