Windows 8 Upgrade Options
Recent market share figures indicate that many Windows 8 users are yet to make the upgrade to Windows 8.1. The percentage of the users still using Windows 8 comes just above 4%, while the Windows 8.1′s market share has crossed the 9% mark. It seems that just after making the Windows 8 upgrade, these users are not very keen on upgrading their systems any time in the future.
Windows 8.1 is like a Service Pack update for Windows 8 OS
Though marketed as a separate OS version, Windows 8.1 is actually just a Service Pack update, as far as Windows 8 users are concerned. This means that you need not bother about installing a new OS. You just have to use the Windows Update feature in the OS to upgrade to Windows 8.1. However, many Windows 8 users are under the impression that upgrading to Windows 8.1 will require a new OS installation.
This is the main reason why many of them hesitate to install this update so soon after the Windows 8 upgrade. They already went through the processes like creating a backup of all their important drive, writing an OS installation disc and so on when they installed Windows 8 and they are not very keen on doing all this again anytime soon.
Benefits of upgrading to Windows 8.1
Windows 8 Support Deadlines
There are certainly many benefits to upgrading to Windows 8.1. For one thing, Microsoft introduced many changes to the OS structure and the user interface in Windows 8.1. The OS is much more user friendly than it was before. Also, Microsoft introduced yet another update called Windows 8.1 Update 1, which added even more features to the OS.
Windows 8.1 has the Start button, Task Bar, the Quick Launch Bar and a reduced form of the desktop Start Menu, all of which are not present in Windows 8. Also, in Windows 8.1, you can enable the option for directly booting into the OS Desktop Mode.
Another reason you need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 is that Microsoft will soon end the support services for Windows 8 OS. You will get about one more year of support for Windows 8 from Microsoft. But, after January 12, 2016, only the Windows 8.1 versions will receive any support service from Microsoft.
Once you make the upgrade to Windows 8.1, the Mainstream support continues until January 9 2018, followed by Extended Support until January 10, 2023. So, make sure to upgrade your Windows 8 system before this date.
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