ctober 18, 2013…that’s the day Microsoft releases Windows 8.1, it’s fantastic update to the belittled Windows 8 release of a year ago. If you are still running plain WIndows 8, you really have nothing to do other than just install the update. It will take care of that for you. IF, however, you are like me and like living dangerously, you have installed the ‘PREVIEW’ edition of 8.1. And, well, you will have a problem going to the official release. ALL of your currently installed DESKTOP applications will have to be re-installed. Your Windows Store Apps, while needing to be redownloaded in some cases, should weather the storm a bit better. Some of those apps, like Calendar and Mail, will have to be redownloaded since they are receiving major updates as well. We did not see all of them or all of the changes to them in the preview. Mail gets the biggest change as it was just junk anyway. However, more inoccuous apps like Music will also be updated, but not as drastically as Mail.
Be sure you make a backup of your system prior to the upgrade. At the very least, you should:
gather all of your Desktop install media (if it had it) and any licensing info (like keys)
backup your photos, documents, source code (if you develop), art/graphics and any other filetypes you deem important
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR WINDOWS 8 KEY. This is very important.
All the patience you can muster.
It might be best to wait a day or two to download as their servers will be hit hard. This update fixes many things, enhances a few things and takes a couple small step backward, but I think it is a worthwhile updata and there will be quite a few who will want it as well.
I’d set aside a couple of hours, at least, to do the upgrade.
Remember, October 18 is the day.