> OPTION ONE <
If you have an OEM PC that came with Windows 8 preinstalled and you updated to Windows 8.1, then when you refresh
Windows, it will reinstall Windows 8 from hard drive recovery partition (recovery image location) or from the recovery USB flash drive
. Afterwards, you will need to update to Windows 8.1 via the Store again.
Sometimes it happens that after doing the upgrade to Windows 8.1, refresh
does not work anymore. Note:
But all should be okay if you receive the following screen (see screenshot below) when you select: PC settings
> Update and recovery
> click on the Get started
button under the Refresh your PC without affecting your files
Note the following text: Go to the Windows Store to reinstall Windows 8.1 and your apps.
> OPTION TWO <
If you don't have an OEM PC that came with Windows 8 preinstalled and you updated Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, then when you refresh
Windows, it will reinstall Windows 8.1, but only if you have Windows 8.1 USB/DVD installation media.
You must insert Windows 8.1 USB/DVD installation media. See this link: How to download Windows 8.1 installation media.
If you don't insert any installation media or if you insert Windows 8 USB/DVD installation media, then you receive the following error message: "Insert Media. Some files are missing. Your Windows installation or recovery media will provide these files.
" (see screenshot below).