Microsoft Major Windows 8.1 Upgrade

Windows Start screen

Windows Start screen

Microsoft Major Windows 8.1 Upgrade

In this weeks’ Latest Technology News, Microsoft recently released their latest major upgrade to the Windows 8 platform, Windows 8.1. I need to mention that I am a bit disappointed at their upgrade path though as it certainly was not easy if I (a veteran super IT guru) had to struggle for almost 20 minutes while trying to figure out how to upgrade my Windows 8 installed Laptop.

At first the problem was that the Get the update button Get Update simply launched the Windows Store App and once at the initial pop-up screen menu, nothing happened and or gave any further instruction as to what to do. After digging around and finally finding and clicking on the can’t update help link, I was informed by the Microsoft web page that I needed to install update KB 2871389 before I could be able to install Windows 8.1, which is free if you already have a Windows 8 installed machine or device.

How to Install the Latest Windows Updates

From what I have figured, the important thing is to make sure that your Windows 8 machine has the latest regular updates before you attempt to install Windows 8.1, to check whether you have the latest updates from the control panel

  • Starting from the Windows file explorer i.e.:computer click on Computer computerClick
  • Under the Computer tab click on Open Control Panel Open Control Panel
  • Using the default category view CategoryView, click on “System and Security” System and Security
  • Finally click on Windows Update Windows Update and check for latest updates to download and install.

Installing Windows 8.1

Now you are ready to install Windows 8.1.

  • Go to the Windows Start Screen as Microsoft calls it,
  • Now click on the windows store app,
  • Once there you will notice [], click on that and the Windows 8.1 major upgrade will start to install.

I personally don’t expect anything phenomenal about this upgrade/update from Microsoft, as it is obviously their way of showing that they take the negative feedback they receive from customers very seriously. A good thing to do that I hope the likes of BlackBerry and other technology giants will learn from.

Background on Negative Feedback

Microsoft customers and users of the Windows 8 operating system have long since complained that they did not like the removal of the start button on the task bar, nor the default booting into the cumbersome start screen. People simply don’t like change, especially if the change means re-learning how to use a platform that one might have come to know and love from familiarity and consistency over the years.

Some in effect feel that Microsoft went too far in an effort to try and leap through to a new way of doing things, perhaps they have succeeded with some of us that understand their vision of the future of desktop and mobile computing. This concession they have made though, will go a long way to Microsoft receiving a level of respect and trust from their fans who will feel that they do listen to them.

Forced to Quit

With recent news of Mr Steve Balmer, Microsoft’s CEO after billionaire Bill Gates stepped down in January of 2000 as CEO in an interview with ZDNet, Ballmer said: “I would say for me, yeah, I’ve thought about it for a long time, but the timing became more clear to me over the course of the last few months.”

Balmer told his staff in a memo on the 27th of August that he would be stepping down, and it was clear that he was forced to this action, immediately at this announcement, the company’s shares gained a positive move on the NASDAQ stock exchange.