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Upgrading To Windows 8.1

So you want to check out the new Windows 8.1 Preview that is out on your device? This tutorial will show you how to do an upgrade of an existing install of Windows 8.

On your device you will need to go to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/windows-8-1/default.aspx

Click on Get The Update. You will be presented with the following screen

This will download the precursor to the 8.1 update which exists in the Windows Store.

The file will always download from Microsoft's servers but differ in name depending on what version of Windows 8 is running on your device. Once downloaded you will be switched back to Desktop Mode and see the following screen

Click on Run to install the update required. Once complete you will be prompted to restart. Reboot your machine and the update will install.

When you reboot back into Windows, open the Windows Store tile and you will be asked if you want to install the update. Click Install and the update will download like any other application you've installed.

Once the update is complete you will be asked to reboot

Upon rebooting your computer will go through several configuration screens

and then set up the update

When you're back into your Operating System you will have to go through the initial setup again. Accept the license terms and you will be in your new upgraded Operating System.

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Great guide!