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How to update Windows 8

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How to update Windows 8: Have you noticed that, for several weeks, your computer has not been downloading updates for Windows 8 and would you like to check that there are no problems with Windows Update? Do you want to manually check for updates for applications to install on your PC but you don’t know how? Is it your intention to upgrade your Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 or to Windows 10 but you have no idea how to do it? Then I would say that, fortunately for you, you happened on the right guide, at the right time!

Take a look at the tips I am about to provide you and you will surely find a solution to your problems. We are in fact going to find out together  how to update Windows 8 , going to meet all the above requirements. These are extremely simple operations to complete; so, if you want advice, don’t waste any more time and try to put the situation right away by following the “tips” below.

Then? Can I know what are you still doing there impaled? Position yourself comfortably, take a few free minutes just for yourself and begin to concentrate on putting my instructions into practice. I am sure that in the end you will be able to say that you are happy and satisfied with what you have learned. Let it bet?

How to update Windows 8

Are you interested in how Windows 8 is updated by downloading the updates available for the system, intervening on the installed applications or, again, how to make the transition to version 8.1 of the OS? Then follow the instructions below. You won’t have to do anything particularly complex, you have my word.

How to update the system

Windows Update on Windows 8

If you want to update Windows 8 , making sure that the latest published updates are always installed on your PC, you must make sure that the settings of Windows Update , the tool through which Microsoft allows you to download and install the updates available for its OS, are correctly adjusted. Otherwise, you can decide to change the settings or you can proceed with the manual download of the updates.

To proceed, click on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag ) that you find in the lower left part of the taskbar , click on the magnifying glass at the top right of the Start Screen and type “update” in the search, then select the Windows Update link from the list of results that is shown to you.

In the window that at this point you see appear on the screen, click on the Change settings link , located on the left, and make sure that the option Install updates automatically is selected in the drop-down menu located in the center (recommended) , which is the option that allows you to automatically download and install all available updates for the system.

If not, select the item in question, or choose another of the following options available, depending on what your needs and preferences are.

  • Download updates but allow to choose whether to install them  – with this option, Windows automatically downloads all important updates but does not install them if it is not the user who initiates the operation.
  • Check the availability of updates but allow to choose whether to download and install them  – by choosing this setting, Windows checks the availability of updates, informs the user if there are updates to download but does not automatically take them or install them.
  • Never check for updates (not recommended)  – completely disable the Windows update feature. Absolutely not recommended as a setting.

If you’ve changed your Windows Update settings, remember to save your changes by clicking the OK button .

I also point out that from the same screen above, you can also activate the automatic download of updates for other Microsoft products (such as Office), by placing a check mark next to the item Download updates for other Microsoft products during the Windows update , and automatically download recommended updates (i.e. drivers and other updates not essential for system security), by checking the Download recommended updates option  in the same way as important updates .

If you have chosen not to install the updates automatically (which I strongly advise against doing), you can check the availability of the updates yourself and proceed with the download and installation by selecting the Check for updates item , which you find on the left side the Windows Update window. If, on the other hand, you want to view the history of the installed updates, select the item Installed updates .

In addition to as I have just indicated, I point out that you can check and adjust the use of Windows Update also from the settings panel of the OS. To do this, type “PC Settings” in the Start Screen search field , select the relevant link, click on the Update and restore item found in the left sidebar (in the new screen displayed) and press the Check now button , to check the availability of updates.

By selecting instead the link Choose how to install updates on the right, you can decide how to install the updates, while to check the latest updates installed you can click on the link View the update history .

If you feel you need more details about how Windows Update works in general, you can refer to my tutorial specifically dedicated to Windows updates .

How to update Windows 8 app

Microsoft Store application update

Are you interested in how to update the apps installed on Windows 8 through the Microsoft Store , that is the virtual store of Microsoft to download, install and update the certified software? All right: I’ll explain right away how to proceed.

First, open the Microsoft Store by clicking on its icon (the green one with the shopping bag with the Microsoft logo printed on it ) that you find in the bottom left part of the taskbar . Now that you see the Microsoft Store screen, to check the availability of new updates for the applications already installed on the system, click on the Updates link located at the top right.

If updates are available for the applications present on your Windows 8, you will be shown the complete list of updates and you can proceed with the simultaneous update, pressing first on the Select all button located at the bottom left and then on the Install one adjacent. If, on the other hand, you want to exclude some applications from the update, first deselect the software that you are not interested in.

For further details on what is described in this chapter and to find out how to install the “common” programs installed on the PC, you can refer to my guide specifically dedicated to how to update the programs .

How to update Windows 8 to 8.1

Windows 8 installation

Do you need to update Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 but don’t see any reference to it in the Windows Update panel? It’s a normal thing. Unlike traditional updates, Windows 8.1 was released through the Windows Store and not through Windows Update.

So, to download it to your PC, you need to click on the Windows Store icon   located in the bottom left part of the taskbar, select the link related to Windows 8.1 (it should be in the foreground) and press the Download button . The rest will take care of the computer.

As an alternative to what I have just indicated, you can update your Windows 8 PC to version 8.1 of the operating system by previously downloading the relative  ISO image  and then creating an installation diskette or a pendrive with the system files.

To download the ISO file, connected to this Web page , select the exact edition of the operating system you want to obtain (eg Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 N ) from the Select edition drop-down menu and click on the Confirm button ; then indicate the language of the product via the drop-down menu Choose a language that is shown to you later (eg Italian ) and click again on the Confirm button . Finally, press the 32-bit Download button , to get the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1, or the 64-bit Download version, to download the 64-bit version of the operating system.

The ISO image that you will get can be burned onto a disk, as I explained in my guide on how to burn ISO files , or copied to a USB stick, as I indicated in my guide on how to burn ISO to USB , to then install the operating system on the computer.

After creating the installation media, leave the latter connected to the computer (or if you are using a different PC, connect it to the one you want to update), restart it, wait for the message to appear on the screen Press a key to start from CD-ROM or DVD-ROM and press any key on the PC keyboard to start the Windows 8.1 setup.

If you can’t boot the DVD or USB stick to install the operating system, it’s probably because you have to set the BIOS to see the DVD or USB drive as the reference drive to boot . To find out how to do this, see my guide on how to enter the BIOS to clarify your ideas about it.

Once the installation procedure of Windows 8.1 has started, select the language of the operating system ( Italian ), click the Next button and then the Install button . Then accept the terms of use of the product, placing a check mark next to the item I accept the license terms , and click once more on the Next button .

At this point, choose the option to install Windows 8.1 by updating the copy of the current operating system (without losing the data), by clicking on the Update item  , and follow the wizard that is proposed to you. When the PC starts up again, follow the initial configuration procedure of Windows 8.1, at the end of which you can finally start using the new OS. For more details, you can refer to my specific article on how to install Windows 8 .

How to upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 10

If, on the other hand, what you are interested in understanding is how to update Windows 8 to Windows 10 , the most recent operating system from Microsoft, the indications you must follow are those that are found in the following steps. Again, don’t worry: you won’t have to do anything particularly complicated or out of your reach.

Preliminary operations

Woman using a laptop PC

Before indicating what are the steps that must be taken to be able to update Windows 8 to Windows 10, make sure that your computer meets the minimum requirements for installing the new operating system. Here they are.

  • Processor: 1 GHz or higher.
  • RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit Windows or 2 GB for 64-bit Windows.
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for the 32-bit operating system or 20 GB for the 64-bit operating system.
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.

If you do not know how to verify this information, you can find out by referring to the instructions on what to do that I provided in my guide on how to see the characteristics of the PC .

After making sure that your PC meets the minimum requirements for installing Windows 10, there are some preliminary steps you need to do, to make sure that everything goes the right way.

First of all, you need to make a backup of the most important data  on your PC on an external hard disk (if you don’t already have one, you can read my buying guide dedicated to external disks , to understand which product to orient yourself), so you can access it even in case of problems and if you choose to perform a “clean” installation instead of a simple OS update. For more details on this, you can read my guides on how to transfer files to external hard disk and how to make a backup of your data .

Another thing you need to worry about doing, as a preventive, is to find the installation support of the operating system. If you have the Windows 10 installation disk , you don’t have to do anything except keep it handy; otherwise, you must purchase and / or download the system image .

As for the download of the system image, you can do it through the Microsoft Media Creation Tool , which allows, in fact, to download the ISO image of Windows 10 and create USB sticks or DVDs for the installation of the same: you can find it by visiting this web page and clicking on the button Download tool now . Note that if you are visiting the web page in question from an operating system other than Windows, you will be directly offered the download of the system ISO.

To purchase the Windows 10 license , however, you can find out how to proceed by reading the instructions on what to do that I provided in my guide on how to buy Windows 10 .

Another thing you need to do before updating Windows 8 to Windows 10 is to  configure the BIOS , so that the CD / DVD player or USB port of the computer is started first: you can find all the information you need in my post on argument .

How to update PC from Windows 8 to 10

Windows 10 installation

After completing the preliminary operations that I have indicated in the previous lines, you are ready to go to the actual action and update Windows 8 to Windows 10. First, insert the installation disk in the CD / DVD drive of the computer or the  USB stick  of the new OS, turn on or restart the PC and boot from the unit that contains the installation files of the operating system.

If you don’t yet have support to install Windows 10, you must first create it. To do this, start the .exe file relating to the Microsoft Media Creation Tool that you downloaded from the Microsoft website, click on the Yes button in the window that is shown on the screen and then press the Accept button .

At this point, select the option Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) for another PC , click on the Next button , remove the check mark from the box Use the recommended options for this PC and select, using the pull-down menus visible on the screen, the correct settings for the language , edition and system architecture .

Then click on the Next button and indicate, selecting one of the options available on the screen, whether to create an installation USB stick or a DVD . At this point, connect the type of media chosen to the computer and wait for the procedure to be started and completed.

If, on the other hand, you had directly downloaded the ISO image of the operating system, you can burn the ISO on a diskette or you can create a USB stick with the system installation files, following my specific guides on how to burn ISO and how to burn ISO to USB .

Next, wait that remains visible when the screen to proceed with the installation of Windows 10, choose language , time format and currency , and keyboard layout availing of the special display drop-down menu and press the buttons Next and Install .

When prompted, type the Windows 10 product key in your possession (or indicate that you intend to enter it later, by selecting the item I do not have a product key ), choose the edition of Windows 10 you want to install (if required) and press again on the Next button . Therefore, tick the box relating to the acceptance of the conditions of use of the software and press once more on the Next button .

Now, by clicking on the appropriate items visible on the screen, choose whether to perform an update of the copy of Windows 8 in use or whether to perform a customized installation , formatting the hard disk or installing the OS on a dedicated partition. Then follow the instructions provided to start the procedure and wait for the installation of Windows 10 to complete.

Afterwards, the computer will restart, after which you will have to follow the initial configuration procedure of Windows 10, during which you can adjust all the various settings of the operating system as you think is more appropriate, depending on what your needs and preferences are.

If you think you need further information on the procedure to follow to install the operating system, you can read my specific article on how to install Windows 10 .