If you are looking for a way to upgrade your PC to Windows 8.1, you can use the media creation tool from Microsoft to download and install the operating system. Windows 8.1 is a free update for Windows 8 users that offers improved performance, security, and features. In this article, we will show you how to use the media creation tool to download and install Windows 8.1 on your PC.
What You Need Before You Begin
Before you start the process of downloading and installing Windows 8.1, you need to make sure you have the following:
An Internet connection (Internet service provider fees may apply).
Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.
A blank USB or DVD (and DVD burner) with at least 4 GB of space if you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
Your Windows product key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx). If you are installing the operating system for the first time, you will need your Windows product key. For more information about product keys and when they are required, visit the FAQ page.
How to Download Windows 8.1
To download Windows 8.1, you need to use the media creation tool from Microsoft. This tool provides the best download experience for customers running Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. The tool includes:
File formats optimized for download speed.
Built-in media creation options for USBs and DVDs.
Optional conversion to ISO file format.
To download the media creation tool, go to this page and click on \"Download Tool Now\". Save the file on your computer and run it as an administrator.
The tool will ask you to accept the license terms and then show you two options: \"Upgrade this PC now\" or \"Create installation media for another PC\". Choose the second option and click on \"Next\".
The tool will ask you to select the language, edition, and architecture of Windows 8.1 that you want to download. You can use the recommended options based on your current PC or change them according to your preference. Click on \"Next\" when you are done.
The tool will ask you to choose which media to use: USB flash drive or ISO file. If you choose USB flash drive, you need to insert a blank USB with at least 4 GB of space and select it from the list. The tool will then download and create a bootable USB with Windows 8.1 on it. If you choose ISO file, you need to select a location to save the ISO file on your computer. The tool will then download and create an ISO file with Windows 8.1 on it. You can later burn it to a DVD or mount it as a virtual drive.
The download process may take some time depending on your Internet speed and the size of the file. Once the download is complete, the tool will verify the file and then show you a message saying \"Your USB flash drive is ready\" or \"Your ISO file is ready\". Click on \"Finish\" to close the tool.
How to Install Windows 8.1
To install Windows 8.1, you need to boot your PC from the USB or DVD that you created with the media creation tool. To do this, you may need to change the boot order in your BIOS settings or use a boot menu option during startup. For more information on how to boot from a USB or DVD, visit this page.
Once you boot from the USB or DVD, you will see a screen asking you to press any key to boot from CD or DVD. Press any key and then follow the instructions on the screen to install Windows 8. 061ffe29dd