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    Need help upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1


    My neighbor has a Dell laptop with Windows 8. She was having issues with it, so I refreshed it. But, we need to get her on Windows 8.1 so that she won't lose the security of updates to her computer. She doesn't know a lot about computers. She can't afford to upgrade to 8.1 via payment options. It should be available from the Store. Can someone help us out here?

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    download and create windows 8.1 media (link in sig below) create media and run setup from desktop
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    Firstly your neighbour will be supported on Windows 8 until at least November so there is no particular rush.

    To upgrade via the store to 8.1 you need to install the required KB through windows update. The easiest is to install everything, reboot and keep on doing this until windows update says there is nothing further to install. for upgrades until you have them all. You can find windows update in the control panel.

    8.1 is free for 8 users - there is no paid paid option from 8 to 8.1 - only from core to Pro etc which applies whether you stay on 8 or upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    download and create windows 8.1 media (link in sig below) create media and run setup from desktop
    Can I put it on a USB stick?
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    Quote Originally Posted by williamsjesse17 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    download and create windows 8.1 media (link in sig below) create media and run setup from desktop
    Can I put it on a USB stick?
    yes

    but if want to run as upgrade - you can run in desktop mode..
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Firstly your neighbour will be supported on Windows 8 until at least November so there is no particular rush.

    To upgrade via the store to 8.1 you need to install the required KB through windows update. The easiest is to install everything, reboot and keep on doing this until windows update says there is nothing further to install. for upgrades until you have them all. You can find windows update in the control panel.

    8.1 is free for 8 users - there is no paid paid option from 8 to 8.1 - only from core to Pro etc which applies whether you stay on 8 or upgrade.
    Okay. I will see if she has any updates today. The problem we had with it, was it wasn't wanting to check for updates. It kept saying "Windows couldn't check for updates", and then it gave me an error code.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by williamsjesse17 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    download and create windows 8.1 media (link in sig below) create media and run setup from desktop
    Can I put it on a USB stick?
    yes
    What size USB stick?
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    4GB
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    4GB
    Okay
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    I couldn't get it to upgrade, because it said I needed administrator privileges to do the update from the Store. I was signed in to an Administrator account. Why would it say this?
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