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April 09, 2014

Official Windows 8.1 Update now available for download

In addition to Microsoft ending support for Windows XP today, the company in turn has made official its latest Windows 8.1 Update 1 that users can now begin downloading. Microsoft calls this update ‘mandatory’ for all users of Windows 8.1.

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“It is a required update to keep your Windows 8.1 device current. Failure to install this Update will prevent Windows Update from patching your system with any future updates starting with Updates released in May 2014,” said one Microsoft representative.

The new update can be downloaded straight from Windows Update for free. It comes with security and performance updates, as well as improvements that make Windows more convenient and familiar for users who use touch and mouse combo.

Some features of Windows 8.1 Update 1 include:

Power and Search buttons on the Start screen
All open and pinned apps appear in the taskbar
Access the taskbar from everywhere
Go to the desktop when you sign in, instead of Start
The Minimize button, Close button, and taskbar are more available with your mouse

Download Update 1 for Windows 8.1:

Windows 8.1 Update for x86 (KB2919355)
Windows 8.1 Update for x64 (KB2919355)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Update (KB2919355)

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6 Responses to “Official Windows 8.1 Update now available for download”

  1. Easy E says:

    I still enjoy Win7 sa kakarag-karag kong laptop from 2007.

    • Alphere says:

      Windows 7 is the new Windows XP.

    • Hen-Sheen says:

      April 8, 2014; Thank you Windows XP! Take a permanent vacation for your obligation to society is complete. 7 and beyond is the new wave of the future (till their support expires).

  2. Popoy says:

    I believe if you are manually downloading and installing the Windows 8.1 update, you should follow this instruction from Microsoft Download Center.

    Install Instructions

    To start the download, click the Download button and then do one of the following, or select another language from Change Language and then click Change.
    Click Run to start the installation immediately.
    Click Save to copy the download to your computer for installation at a later time.
    These KB’s must be installed in the following order: KB2919442, KB2919355, KB2932046, KB2937592, KB2938439, and KB2934018.
    KB2919442 is a prerequisite for Windows 8.1 Update and should be installed before attempting to install KB2919355

  3. schezogame says:

    I like the new updates. Just like Windows7 with Metro UI.

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