How To Get the Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update, and Why You Need It

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Everyone running Windows 8.1 should install a major update released today, even though this doesn’t bring major new features for tablet users.

Microsoft designed Windows 8 to run best on devices with touchscreens, which was great for tablet users but has been hard on those who use a mouse and keyboard to control a laptop or desktop. Today’s update includes many of the features users of more traditional devices have been asking for.

That doesn’t mean users of the Asus VivoTab Note 8 or HP Omni10 should ignore it, however. That would be a serious mistake, as Microsoft has announced that all further patches to Windows 8.1 will require that today’s updated already be installed.

Getting the Update

Those already running a Windows 8 device can jump to latest version of 8.1 for absolutely no cost. There is a fee for upgrading from Windows 7 or earlier.

Installing the new version is a relatively painless process, as it is available as an over-the-air download. Tablet users simply need to go to Control Panel then Windows Update.

The new version is classified by Microsoft as Important, so many users of Windows 8.1 devices may already have been notified that there’s a new version of this operating system and begun downloading it.

Note: Microsoft released an small patch in March called KB2919442. This must be installed (again through Windows Update) before a computer will recognize that it should install Windows 8.1 Update. 



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