Upgrade Your Windows 8 to Windows 8.1
Edited by Adrian Penaflor, Eng, Melsan, VisiHow
Microsoft has recently released Windows 8.1 upgrade on Window 8 Operating System. This is the first upgrade on the Windows 8 version to smooth-en out its sharp edges or to improve its overall usability and performance. This 'How To' article will provide you in-depth and step by step instructions on how to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 as well as its changes and improvements.
- 1 Requirements and Prerequisites
- 2 How to update Windows 8 to its latest patches and fixes
- 3 How to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1
- 4 Changes and Improvements on Windows 8.1
- 5 Windows 8 short cut keys
- 6 Comments
Requirements and Prerequisites
- 1You need a computer/Laptop that is running on Windows 8 Operating System.Advertisement
- 2You need a steady and fast internet connection. I recommend wired connection but wireless connection also works.Advertisement
- 3You need to update your Windows 8 to its latest patches or fixes.
- 4You need to keep your battery high and steady as go through the upgrade process.
- 5You need a lot of patient. Depending on your internet connection speed, more or less it will take you 5 hours to complete the whole upgrade process.
How to update Windows 8 to its latest patches and fixes
It is a best practice that you update everything on your current OS version before you upgrade it into a high version to avoid complications or problems.
- 4Wait until the search is done.
- 6It should automatically update whatsoever is needed on your system.
- 8During boot up, wait for few minutes as it automatically applies the update on your computer.
- 9As soon as you got back on Windows screen then you are done!
How to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1
After you are done with the prerequisites, you are now ready to upgrade your Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. So let's begin:
- 1Press the Windows button on your keyboard or click the Start button on the charm menu to access the Start menu.
Changes and Improvements on Windows 8.1
So what's new in Windows 8.1? Interface, better apps, usability, and performance? We'll those are just some of the improvements but here is some more:
- 2Windows Start button is back. Windows user are familiar with the Start button usually at the lower-left corner of the screen, now it is back on Windows 8.1. Now you have two Start buttons, the new one and the Start button on the charm menu. It may seem redundant but it is there to satisfy both worlds (Desktop mode and Tablet mode). In the new Start button, you can right-click it to access some of the familiar desktop programs like Command Prompt, File Manager, Network Connections, Control Panel, as well as quick access to Run, Search, and Shut Down.
- 3Taskbar and Navigation Properties. You can right-click the Taskbar and then click "Properties" to access "Taskbar and Navigation Properties". Here is some of interesting stuff in it:
- If you go the "Navigation" tab, you can show your Desktop background on start instead of the Start menu.
- You can also set up the Start button as you access it. If you can go directly to the Apps menu instead of the Start menu.
- Search Everywhere. You can go to the Apps menu and type something, it will automatically take you to the Search. You'll notice that it can quickly suggest or find any apps on your computer plus it also searches for your files like documents, music, and videos. It is fast and very useful.
Windows 8 short cut keys
Here are the lists of Windows key shortcuts for your Windows 8 computer. Instead of using your mouse, you can simply use the shortcut keys instead.
Basic keys for Windows 8
- 1Press Windows Key plus letter D: Go to your desktop screen
- 2Press Windows Key plus letter C: Launch charms menu
- 3Press Windows Key plus letter F: Launch Charms menu search
- 4Press Windows Key plus letter H: Launch Charms menu Share
- 5Press Windows Key plus letter K: Launch Charms menu Devices
- 6Press Windows Key plus letter I: Launch Charm menu
- 7Press Windows Key plus letter Q: Look for your installed applications
- 8Press Windows Key plus letter W: Search Settings
- 9Press Windows Key plus Tab: Cycle through the latest User Interface Apps.
- 10Press Windows Key plus Shift and Tab: Cycle through the latest User Interface Apps. But reverse
- 11Press Windows Key plus . (Dot): Multitasking to snap applications to the right screen
- 12Press Windows Key plus shift and . (Dot): Multitasking to snap applications to the left screen
- 13Press Windows Key plus , (Comma): Lets you view your desktop, temporarily.
- 14Press Alt and F4: Exit the new User Interface of the applications
- 15Press Windows Key plus letter E: Open the Windows explorer
- 16Press Windows Key plus letter L: put the computer screen on lock
- 17Press Windows Key plus letter T: Cycle all icons from your task bar and hit enter to launch it.
- 18Press Windows Key plus letter X: Open the Advanced settings window.
- 19Press Windows Key plus page down: Simply move the applications to the second monitor on the right screen.
- 20Press Windows Key plus letter M: Minimize all opened Windows.
- 21Press Windows Key plus Shift and letter M: Restore all the Windows you minimized.
- 22Press Windows Key plus Letter R: Launch Run box.
- 23Press Windows Key plus Up arrow: Maximize the current window
- 24Press Windows Key plus Down Arrow: Minimize the current window
- 25Press Windows Key plus Right Arrow: Maximize window going right side
- 26Press Windows Key plus Left Arrow: Maximize window going left side
- 27Press Ctrl plus Shift and Esc: Launches your Task Manager.
- 28Press Windows Key plus "Print Screen / SysRq": Automatically save your print screen to pictures folder
- 29Press Windows Key plus Page up: Moves the applications to the other screen, left side screen.
- 30Press Windows Key plus Pause or Break: Simply displays your system properties
- 31Press Shift and Delete: Delete selected files permanently. Meaning, not sending to recycle bin
- 32Press Windows Key plus F1: Launch your Windows help support
- 33Press Windows Key plus letter V: Cycle through your notifications
- 34Press Windows Key plus Shift then letter V: Cycle through your notifications, but reverse
- 35Press Windows Key plus any number of 1 to 9 or 0: Launch any applications from your task bar.
- 36Press Windows Key plus Shift and any number of 1 to 9 or 0: Opens new applications that are indicated with number.
- 37Press Alt then enter: Show the selected file explorer properties you selected.
- 38Press Alt plus arrow Up: In the file explorer, display upper level of the current folder.
- 39Press Alt plus Right arrow: Display the next folder from file explorer
- 40Press Alt plus Left arrow: Display the previous folder from file explorer
- 41Press Windows Key plus letter P: Select secondary display modes
- 42Press Windows Key plus letter You: Launches your computers ease of Access Center
- 43Press Windows Key plus Space bar: Change the language input and so as the keyboard layout.
- 44Press Windows Key plus Shift and Space bar: Simply reverts the language input and keyboard layout
- 45Press Windows Key plus Enter: Launches the narrator
- 46Press Windows Key plus the + (Plus sign): Zoom in while using the magnifier
- 47Press Windows Key plus the - (Minus sign): Zoom out while using the magnifier
- 48Press Windows Key plus Escape: Simply exits the magnifier
While you are at the Windows Explorer
- 1Press Windows key plus letter E: Launches Windows explorer
- 2Press Alt plus Up arrow: Up on one folder
- 3Press Alt arrow Left or Right: Go Next or Previous folder
- 4Press Tab or Shift then Tab again: switch to Address bar, Tool bar and any other in the browser that can be selected.
- 5Press Alt then letter D or F4 button: Directly select address bar, highlight the link in blue to copy.
- 6Press Ctrl then letter E or letter F: Go to search in the explorer
- 7Press Ctrl then Letter N: Launches new instance of your Windows explorer
- 8Press F11: Change the Windows Explorer to full screen.
Shortcut keys while on file list views
- 1Press Alt then Letter P: Show or hide preview
- 2Press Alt plus letter V then Letter D: Show details for additional options
- 3Press Alt plus Letter V then Letter X: Display large icons then show details for additional options
- 4Press Ctrl plus the mouse wheel changes the icon size.