Windows 8.1 update now live in the Windows Store

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Microsoft has made the completely-free Windows 8.1 update available in the Windows Store. To get it, all you need to do is load up the Windows Store on your Windows 8 machine and you’ll see it on the main page.

Click the link in the Store, follow the instructions, download the upgrade assistant, let it do its thing and reboot when it’s done. Voila, the Start Button is back. Expect to download anything up to 3.63GB of data during the process.

If, for whatever reason, the update doesn’t appear for you when you investigate the store, click on this link, download the 5.2mb file that it leads to, and start the upgrade process yourself.

If you’re not sure yet why you should bother with the update, check out our article that details ten things everyone needs to know about Windows 8.1.

Our verdict: You definitely should.

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.