If you have a desktop or laptop running Windows 8, you can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free. For those of you who miss the start bar, it’s back! That alone is enough to upgrade to 8.1 as far as I’m concerned.
However, be warned. As with any big update, I caution you to think about one thing before you hit the download button. Think about all of the programs and devices that you have downloaded onto your computer. What would happen if you updated to Windows to 8.1 but one of those programs, which you rely on so heavily, isn’t compatible? Thankfully, there is a solution for this.
Microsoft has provided it’s user’s with a Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant. This tool will inform you of which of your current programs will have no issues on the upgraded operating system and vice versa.
After installing, it took 20 – 30 minutes for the compatibility of all of my applications and devices to be revealed. Clicking on the details link allows you to view the list of incompatible and compatible devices.
Luckily all of my apps are compatible after updating theme, so I’m going to proceed with installing Windows 8.1. Hopefully you’ll find the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant as useful as I did and will have the opportunity to install the upgraded operating system. Three cheers for the return of the start menu in the task bar!