Friday, May 17, 2013

Windows 8.1 to upgrade for free

Still running Windows 7 OS or earlier version on your desktop and laptops? You must know that it has been more than 6 months since the Windows 8 launched worldwide. As usual Windows 8 created a huge hype for personal computers as well as tablets and phones. Though, Windows 8 has been accepted with mixed reactions, Microsoft has already planned out to upgrade its version to 8.1 in this year 2013 only. Windows 8.1 upgrade will be called as the Windows Blue, free to upgrade for consumer running already Windows 8. 

Sequence of events is
  • Official data of upgrade announcements – 26 March 2013 (first release was on 26 Oct  2012)
  • San Francisco shall be hosting Build Conference in 26-28 June 2013, general preview of the OS is expected.
  • The upgrade seems possible in later 2013 near the holiday season. 
When its here you only have to visit the Windows  App Store from the Start Screen. Beside PCs, hand-held devices like tablets running Windows 8 would be eligible to upgrade to Windows Blue with the App Store itself. 

Microsoft’s strategy to roll out Blue as a free update seems legit to gain what they  couldn't achive with Windows 8. It is also in the news the Blue will be having some of the  traditional  features that were the identity of Windows OS. One such feature said to return is the mighty START Button which used to be the one-stop for all the applications. If you still lacking the power of Start Button on your Windows 8 OS and couldn't wait for Windows Blue to have one, kindly restore it back with the help of Classic Shell Menu. Below is the start menu windows customized to launch as Windows XP start menu. You can also roll it to Windows Classic and Windows 7/Vista look alike Start Menu. 

Ending with Windows 8.1 screenshot


  1. I just upgraded to Windows 8.1 and I don't think if the start menu looks like that in any way?