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How to Download and Install Windows 8.1 Update 1

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After months of leaks, Windows 8.1 Update 1 is finally distributed to existing Windows 8.1 machines through Windows Update on April 8th just as the company pulls the plug on Windows XP support. This is the second major update to the Windows 8 OS.

The Windows 8.1 Update 1 includes a number of user interface changes making it easier to navigate both the desktop and the Modern UI-based Start Screen, especially for those using Windows 8 with a keyboard and a mouse.

The easiest way to update is to visit Windows Update and apply the update named Windows 8.1 Update (KB2919355) or Windows 8.1 Update for x64-based Systems (KB2919355). This upgrade is totally free. Now let's see the details about how to download and install Windows 8.1 Update 1 freely.

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How to download and install Windows 8.1 Update 1

If you're running Windows 8.1, you must install Windows 8.1 Update to continue receiving patches after April 8, 2014. And if you haven't installed Windows 8.1 yet, to get the update, you will need to first install Windows 8.1, which is available from the Windows Store.

The majority of you Windows 8.1 users should automatically be prompted to install the update. If you don't see any Windows 8 Update related updates in Windows Update; then follow steps below to manually download and install Windows 8.1 Update 1.

  • To start the download, click the Download button and then do one of the following.

    Official Windows Update download links:

    For those on 64-bit machines, from Windows Update in the order given: KB2919442, KB2932046, KB2919355,KB2938439, KB2937592.

    For those on 32-bit machines, try: KB2919442, KB2932046, KB2919355,KB2938439, KB2937592.

    And last but not least, the ARM links are: KB2919442, KB2932046,KB2919355, KB2938439, KB2937592.
  • Click Run to start the installation immediately.
  • Click Save to copy the download to your computer for installation at a later time.
  • These KB's must be installed in the following order: KB2919442, KB2919355, KB2932046, KB2937592, KB2938439, and KB2934018.

    Note: KB2919442 is a prerequisite for Windows 8.1 Update and should be installed before attempting to install KB2919355

That's all for how to download and install Windows 8.1Update 1. Remember that Update 1 is not really an optional upgrade, as Microsoft won't roll out any future security patches to your Windows 8.1 computer if you don't have it installed.

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