On October 17th, Microsoft released the newest version of Windows 8. It has been named Windows 8.1.
Windows users who want to upgrade to the newest Windows version can do so in the Windows store, if they already have the 8. By searching for the 8.1, all they have to do is click on download and the download will start automatically.
Many people have reported they can’t get it to download, but that’s just because they don’t realize the process is running in the background of the system. It takes a long time for the entire upgrade to download, and then a window will come up asking if you would like to proceed.
It’s important to keep in mind your Windows will reset to factory settings, which means you’ll lose all of your apps. You won’t lose your files, but you’ll have to reinstall programs and apps.
For example, if you have Microsoft Office on your PC right now, you’ll have to reinstall it after you do the upgrade. This is the same for all of the apps you have on your Start screen. Be prepared to do this because it does take a few minutes to get it all back.
Backup Files Just in Case
When you do a major upgrade like this one, it’s always wise to back up your files. You never know what could happen, and if you have important data, you may not be able to retrieve it if a crash occurs.
You can do this easily by using an online backup service. All you have to do is download the software, sync the folders with the files you want to back up and all of your data will be securely sent to the server.
After the upgrade, you can restore any files that went missing easily by transferring them back to your PC. It’s really that easy.
The other benefit is you can use the service ongoing, so you can ensure that you never lose any of your data for any reason, such as theft or computer crash.
Backup to Upgrade Today
Don’t risk losing your files with the Windows 8.1 upgrade. Backup all of your files with TAPNET’s unlimited backup services, and then upgrade with peace mind. You’ll be glad you did when you start hearing about how other people have lost files they weren’t able to get back.
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