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Can’t Update to Windows 8.1 from Store – Solve Now

Having trouble updating to Windows 8.1 from the store? Let’s find a solution together.

Preparing Your PC for Installation

PC with a Windows 8.1 installation disc.

To prepare your PC for installation of Windows 8.1 from the store, there are a few important steps you should take. First, make sure your PC is connected to the internet to download the necessary files. Check for any Windows Update that may be pending to ensure your system is up to date. This will help prevent any compatibility issues during the installation process.

Next, it’s a good idea to back up any important files or data on your PC before proceeding with the installation. This will help protect your information in case anything goes wrong during the update. Transfer important files to an external hard drive or cloud storage to keep them safe.

If you are using a laptop or tablet computer, make sure it is plugged in or has enough battery power to complete the installation process without interruption. Connect your device to a power source to avoid any issues with the update failing due to a low battery.

Finally, ensure that you have enough free space on your hard disk drive for the Windows 8.1 update. Clean up unnecessary files or programs to free up space before starting the installation. This will help speed up the process and prevent any errors due to lack of storage.

Checking Update Installation Status

To check the update installation status in Windows 8.1, follow these steps:

– Click on the Start menu and type “Windows Update” in the search bar.
– Select “Check for updates” from the list of options.
Check the status of the update installation and make sure it is progressing smoothly.
– If the update seems stuck or is taking longer than expected, try restarting your computer.
Check your internet connection to ensure it is stable and not causing any interruptions.
– If the update continues to fail, try troubleshooting the issue by searching for solutions online.
Make sure you have enough disk space on your computer to accommodate the update.
– If all else fails, consider seeking help from Microsoft support or a professional technician to resolve the issue.

Manual Update Installation

To manually update your Windows 8.1 from the store, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Windows Store and search for Windows 8.1 update.
2. Click on the update and select “Download” to start the process.
3. Once the download is complete, click on “Install” to begin the installation.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.
5. Restart your computer to apply the changes.

If you encounter any issues during the manual update installation, you can try troubleshooting by checking your internet connection, freeing up disk space, or restarting your computer. If the problem persists, you may need to seek further assistance from Microsoft support.

Troubleshooting Installation Issues

  1. Check system requirements:
    • Ensure your device meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 8.1.
    • Make sure you have enough free space on your hard drive for the update.
      Ensure your device meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 8.1.
Make sure you have enough free space on your hard drive for the update.
  2. Check internet connection:
    • Ensure you have a stable internet connection before attempting to download the update.
    • Try connecting to a different network to see if that resolves the issue.
  3. Restart your computer:
    • Restart your computer and try to download the update again.
    • If the issue persists, try restarting in safe mode and then attempt the update.
  4. Reset Windows Update components:
    • Open Command Prompt as an administrator and run the following commands:
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net stop bits
    • net stop cryptsvc
    • net stop msiserver
    • Restart your computer and try the update again.

Setting Preferences Post-Update

To set preferences post-update in Windows 8.1, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Start menu and open the Settings app.

2. Click on Personalization, then Themes, and select your preferred theme.

3. Customize your background, colors, and lock screen under the Personalization settings.

4. Adjust your display settings such as resolution and orientation under the Display settings.

5. Set up your default apps for email, web browsing, and more in the Default apps section.

6. Configure your privacy settings, notifications, and search preferences under the Privacy settings.

7. Make sure to save your changes before exiting the Settings app.

Reinstallation of Applications

Reinstallation of Applications - Microsoft Store icon

Step Description
1 Open the Windows Store app on your device.
2 Search for the application you want to reinstall.
3 Click on the application and select the option to reinstall.
4 Wait for the application to finish reinstalling.
5 Once the application has been successfully reinstalled, try updating to Windows 8.1 again from the Store.


How do I force Windows 8.1 to update?

To force Windows 8.1 to update, you can manually install the Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) from the Microsoft Support website.

Is Windows 8.1 update still available?

Windows 8.1 update is no longer available as support has been discontinued.

Can I upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 for free?

You cannot upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 for free. Windows 8 users can upgrade to Windows 8.1 at any time at no cost, but older versions of Windows cannot be directly upgraded to Windows 8.1.

Why can’t I upgrade from Windows 8?

You can’t upgrade from Windows 8 because Microsoft has closed the loophole that allowed free upgrades to Windows 10 and Windows 11. To upgrade, you will need to purchase a new license for the latest operating systems.

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