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Is It Safe To Upgrade To 8.1?

Monday, May 26th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips

Lynda from Texas writes:

I have Windows 8 on my laptop but have been hesitant to upgrade with the free 8.1.  Is it safe to download the update?  I’m nearly used to W8 now so it shouldn’t be too much of a shock.  I’ve read where some people have had problems with the upgrade so that’s why I’ve not done it yet.

Yes, Lynda please do update. There have been no safety issues with the upgrade to 8.1 and it is quite easy to do. It’s not a huge change from 8, but there are some great new features with the 8.1 and the 8.1.1 updates. This update is much like a service pack in Windows 7 or XP. It won’t overwrite your files and you can even use the computer while it’s updating. Check out this article about the upgrade for some assistance.

~ Cynthia

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4 Responses to “Is It Safe To Upgrade To 8.1?”

  1. Frank Wheeler says:

    Your advice needs to be take with a grain of salt on the upgrade to 8.1. I wish I had done a fully restorable backup of the complete C Drive first.
    I had managed to go some of my critical XP Pro programs working on 8.0, but MS Office 2005 is now flaky as hell. For instance I can not set or change a print area in EXcel. Can not fill out a PDF form as it and other programs jump (scroll) up and down. With you eyes on copy a glance at the scree will have you some where else.
    The most important program for my health is ‘Accu-Chek 360′ and I can not load it because it wants a “MS SQL server 2005 XMO x64′ which was evidently still on 8.0 as I used it for almost a year.
    The only benefit I have derived from the up date concerns the stupid APPS concept that was forced down our throats. There is a minimize and X out available and you don’t have to drag the damn thing off screen.
    Also, they make the classic Shell available and you don’t have to do a search for a download.
    in general I love your tips because I am getting old and don’t think clearly any more. But some of your tips I do not follow and I would check this one out better. Of course the man will have to upgrade, MS will see to it with and electronic IT gun to our head, but I am so close to going to Ubuntu that it s scary.
    I have used Windows since 1.1 and through all it changes, even had to upgrade programs from time to time, but with when MS started working with Disiney’s Goofy to make this Mickey Mouse operating system, they went over the top.
    I would think an IBM 360 and improvement, even with the COBAL and such.
    I should have stayed with the Mac when retiring as I used it for 10 years as a Typographer during its early development.
    There really needs to be a way to run older programs as they imply they do with the Windows 8.

  2. jim bailey says:

    folks with metered web access should know upgrade uses a lot of data. also apps will have to be downloaded again. thanks

    • cynthia says:

      Jim, in my case the apps did not need to be downloaded again. In fact, I was able to use them during the upgrade

  3. Lynda says:

    I did the upgrade to Windows 8.1. It took about 2 hours for the complete setup.
    I am having one big problem now. My laptop is connected to a router and the main desktop and it keeps dropping my connection. Gets very frustrating.
    Any suggestions?

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