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How Do I Get Windows 8.1.1 Update?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Windows 8

Mark asks,

An article in Tech Tips  jogged my memory about having issues updated to Windows 8.1.1. My operating system is Windows 8.1 and for some reason, I can’t update to 8.1.1. I have used Update Trouble Shooter referenced in your email and I’m getting updates but not to 8.1.1. Do you have any ideas why and what I can do to get updated to 8.1.1?

 Hello Mark,

That is a very good question. Windows 8.1.1 is not the official title of the update, it’s what we all tend to call the large Windows 8.1 update, since it was such a large download and update. The 8.1.1 update added several new features to Windows 8.1 including the ability for Windows to detect whether you are using a keyboard and mouse or a touchscreen and automatically boot up to the screen that works best with that device. Tablet users will go to the Metro/Modern user interface and keyboard users see the familiar desktop.

  The update did not change name of the operating system on your computer.  Even when I checked my System Properties, it still only says Windows 8.1.


However, as long as you have installed all updates and continue to do so, you likely have been updated to the latest version. The update was back in the spring, around April, so even checking your update history will not help, as the history likely does not go back that long.

One way to check is to see if you have the  new features. In 8.1.1  the power button is now the top of the Modern/Metro screen. You still have to choose settings to see it in the desktop mode.

 You will also see that the search icon is up at the top as well, making search just a click away for mouse users.


Windows apps will now feature the familiar X to close option. Just mouse over the top right corner to see it.

 You can now also pin Metro/Modern apps to the taskbar in the desktop mode. 


If you see these features, you’ll definitely know the update is complete. It’s important to have the 8.1.1 update because you must have it installed to get security patches and other updates to Windows 8.1.

~ Audra

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2 Responses to “How Do I Get Windows 8.1.1 Update?”

  1. Pierre Chabot says:

    Fine and dand showing all these features but… I did all updates for windows 8.1 and none of tese features that You’re talking about appears.
    So what now…

    • cynthia says:

      Pierre, if you don’t see the features described in the article, it’s possible that you haven’t updated to Wind0ws 8.1.

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