Update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

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Following Microsoft's massive operating system overhaul with Windows 8, Windows 8.1 builds upon it with new features, stability improvements and even ways to make your Windows experience seem more traditional. The update is completely free, and it takes less than 60 minutes to complete.

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Steps

  1. 1
    Check your system requirements.
    In nearly all cases, if your computer is running Windows 8, it can handle Windows 8.1. Nevertheless, it is always important to make sure. For a 32-bit system, you must have a processor that is 1 gigahertz or faster, at least 1 gigabyte of RAM, 16 gigabytes of hard disk base and a graphics card that supports Microsoft DirectX 9 with a WDDM driver. To check these items, move your mouse to the lower-right corner of your screen to trigger your menu. Click on the "Search" app, located on the top of the menu, and then search for "System." Click on the "Settings" option, located beneath the search bar, and then click on the system option that appears.

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    Check your available free space.
    In addition to the minimum system requirements, you must also have enough free space to upgrade your system. For a 32-bit system, you must have 3,000 megabytes of free space. For a 64-bit system, you must have 3,850 megabytes of free space. To check this, navigate back to the "Search" app. Search for "file explorer" and then click on the option. This opens up a dialog window on your main screen. Right-click on your Local Disk (typically the C drive), and then click "Properties". This opens up a second dialog screen, which displays your available memory.

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    Prepare your computer for the upgrade.
    If you are upgrading a Laptop or Tablet, make sure it is plugged into a power source. Losing power during the upgrade can cause major issues for your computer, and you would be likely to lose files. Next, make sure you are connected to a reliable Internet source. Your system connects to Microsoft's servers a number of times during the upgrade process. Finally, if you have third-party antivirus software, disable it before continuing to use the directions that came with the software.
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    Download the update.
    Navigate your mouse to the bottom-left corner of your screen, and then click on the Windows "Start" button to pull up the Tile screen. Click on the "Store" app. Once the Store app opens, click on the "Update Windows" tile. It should be the first tile displayed in the Store app. After opening this tile, click the "Download" button to begin downloading the software upgrade. You may continue doing other tasks on your computer while the upgrade is downloading.

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    Install the update.
    After the update has finished downloading, you will be prompted to restart your computer. Close all running programs, and then click "OK" on the dialog window to restart your computer. Throughout the installation process, your computer will restart between three and six times, depending on your exact model.

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    Accept the terms and conditions.
    Once the software update is ready, you will be prompted to accept the terms and conditions for the new software. Read the agreement, and then select the "I Accept" button.
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    Choose settings options.
    The next screen you see asks you to choose the settings you want for your computer. You have the option of using the Express settings, or going into the Customize section and defining the settings yourself. It is recommended to use the Express settings, unless you are an advanced user. Select "Express settings" to continue.
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    Verify your device.
    After accepting the terms and conditions, you may be prompted to verify your computer/device with a security check. This depends on the previous settings you had set up for Windows 8.0. If you are prompted with this security check, enter the email address you want the security code to be sent to, and then check your email (you will need to check your email on a different device). Once you have the code, enter it into the text field, and then click "Next".
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    Accept or decline SkyDrive Cloud Storage.
    The SkyDrive Cloud Storage is a free service that backs up your photos, documents and PC settings. This service is enabled by default. If you wish to use the service, select "Next". If you wish to disable this service, select the link that reads "Turn off these SkyDrive settings (not recommended)".
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    Wait for final updates to complete.
    After you select your SkyDrive options, Windows finishes the setup process. After a few minutes, your computer is ready to use again.
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Tips for using Windows keyboard and there shortcuts

Sometimes, we get so lame and do not want to keep on clicking to go in the options that we wanted to open. Instead, this shortcut keys can help you speed it up.

Keyboard ease of access

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    Press and hold right Shift key:
    Enable or disable filter keys
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    Press left Alt then left Shift and PrtSc (Printer screen):
    Adjust contrast
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    Press left Alt then left Shift plus the Num Lock:
    Enable or disable Mouse keys
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    Pres Shift button 5 times:
    Enable or disable sticky keys.
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    Press then hold Num Lock at least 5 seconds:
    Enable or disable to toggle keys.
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    Press the Windows key plus the letter You:
    Launch Ease Access center
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General shortcut keys

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    Press F1:
    On screen help
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    Press Ctrl plus the Letter C:
    Copy the selected item
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    Press Ctrl plus the letter X:
    Cut the selected item
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  4. 4
    Press Ctrl plus the letter V:
    Paste the copied or the cute item
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  5. 5
    Press Ctrl plus the letter Y:
    Redo last action
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    Press Ctrl plus the letter Z:
    Undo last action
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    Press Ctrl plus the Delete:
    Move selected items in the recycle bin
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    Press F2:
    Rename an item that you select
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    Press Ctrl plus Right Arrow:
    Move to the next word
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    Press Ctrl plus Down Arrow:
    Move to the beginning of the paragraph
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    Press Ctrl plus Left Arrow:
    Move to the start to the previous word
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    Press Ctrl plus Up Arrow:
    Move to the previous paragraph
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  13. 13
    Press Ctrl then Shift and an arrow key:
    Select a text (Block of text)
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    Press Ctrl then Shift and any arrow keys:
    Select multiple items on desktop or within document
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    Press Ctrl then an arrow key (Any) and space bar:
    Select multiple items on the desktop
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    Press Ctrl and the Letter A:
    Select items in a document
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    Press F3:
    Search folder/file
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    Press Alt and F4:
    Exit from an active program
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    Press Alt and Space bar:
    Launch shortcut window (For active)
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    Press Ctrl and F4:
    Close an active window
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    Press Alt then Tab button:
    Switch Windows
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    Press Ctrl then Alt and Tab:
    Switch open items
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    Press Ctrl then mouse scroll:
    Resizing icons on screen or magnify
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    Press Windows logo then Tab:
    Aero flip 3D
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    Press Ctrl and Windows logo then tab:
    Aero flip 3D and use arrows keys to select
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    Press Alt then Esc:
    Cycle through opened items
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    Press F6:
    Cycle through Windows
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    Press F4:
    Display the address bar list
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    Press Shift then F10:
    For shortcut menu
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    Press Alt then underlined letter:
    Menu command or display a corresponding menu
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    Press F10:
    To open menu bar (Active menu bar)
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    Press F5 or Ctrl plus letter R:
    To refresh a webpage
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    Press Alt then Shift:
    Switch input language
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    Press Ctrl then Shift:
    Switch keyboard layout
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    Press Windows logo plus space bar:
    Desktop preview
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    Press Windows logo plus Arrow Up:
    Maximizing the Window
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    Press Windows logo plus Arrow Down:
    Minimizing the Window
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    Press Windows logo plus Arrow Left:
    Stretch the window to left
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    Press Windows logo plus Arrow Right Stretch the window to right
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    Press Windows logo plus Home:
    Minimize the window you are working with
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    Press Windows logo plus Shift and Up arrow:
    Stretch window from top to bottom
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    Press Windows logo plus Shift then left or right arrow:
    Move a window
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    Press Windows logo plus Letter P:
    Select presentation display
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    Press Windows logo plus Letter G:
    Cycle through Gadgets
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    Press Windows logo plus Letter You:
    Open ease access center
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    Press Windows logo plus Letter X:
    Launch Windows Mobility Center
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    Press Windows logo:
    To open Start menu
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    Press Windows logo plus Pause:
    Launch System Properties
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    Press Windows logo plus Letter D:
    Display desktop screen
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    Press Windows logo plus Letter M:
    Minimize all active Windows
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    Press Windows logo plus Shift then letter M:
    Restore the Windows you minimized
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  52. 52
    Press Windows logo plus Letter E:
    Launch Computer
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    Press Windows logo plus Letter F:
    Find files/folder
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    Press Windows logo plus letter L:
    Switch login or lock your computer
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    Press Windows logo plus letter R:
    Open run box
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    Press Windows logo plus letter T:
    Cycle the programs in the task bar
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    Press Windows logo plus a number:
    Select a program from the pinned in the task bar.
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Tips

  • It is always smart to perform a full backup of your computer before attempting to perform any software upgrades. At the very least, copy important files to a USB flash drive.

Warnings

  • Make sure your computer is plugged into a power source! If your computer dies during the upgrade process, you may lose your files and settings permanently.
  • Do not disconnect from the Internet once the upgrade begins. Any loss of connection during the process in which Microsoft is connecting to its servers can lead to permanent damage of your computer.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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Recent edits by: Anonymous, Lynn, Eng

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