Monday, September 1, 2014

Patches Imminent For Windows 8.1 Upgrade Problems

There are plenty of Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT users now, who are wrestling with the Windows 8.1 upgrade, much like those who deliberated whether and how to upgrade to Windows 8. There is a new automatic update from Microsoft, intended to help with the problem. The company has a patch they are trying out for Windows RT, in limited markets, and are planning to roll these out elsewhere.

The pilot program works in a way much similar to the Windows 8.1 update. It will automatically revise the existing Windows 8 or RT installation, by bringing in Windows 8.1 update and Windows RT 8.1 update, respectively. Again, this is only for users in select markets.

Availability of the Patch

Originally, the Windows 8.1 update was only available from the Windows Store, and there was no other place to get it. This brought in issues from failed downloads, which caused updating errors. Many users could not get the update to install once downloaded, and Microsoft neglected then to prepare workarounds for this scenario.

The current update is one, however, which does its trick by setting up users’ devices to upgrade automatically through the Windows Update. For a user to update now, they can check the Windows Store for available updates. There is also the alternate RT version of Windows 8.1 available for download from Microsoft’s official support website. This version can be installed straight off.


Despite Windows 8.1 being a far better sight than the original Windows 8, and despite all the trouble to get it out there, the former is perceived as little more than a rebound from the latter. This isn’t lost on Microsoft, who are pushing fast ahead with their plans for Windows 9. This OS reportedly brings back the much-loved Start menu.

In the works

Microsoft’s frenzied efforts for patching the Windows 8.1 update process reportedly delayed the release of Windows 9, but they are now free to release a preview for Threshold, which is slated for fall this year.

Although a different adaptation of Windows, the Threshold OS does not stick to gratifying mobile device users the way its predecessor did. Most of the UI will reportedly be configured for the keyboard-and-mouse crowd. What it mainly retains from Windows 8 are the Metro apps.

That was some information on Windows update options. For help on how to upgrade to Windows 8 or 8.1, call our tech support team and we will walk you through the process.

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