Update Windows 8 pro to Windows 8.1 Pro for free (update)

Microsoft has rolled out the Windows 8.1 operating system. If you are already running the Microsoft Windows 8 pro OS you can upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro for free (and Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 depending on what is installed on your PC). All you need to do is launch the Windows Store app and you will find the Windows 8.1 update option there.

It is an automated update, the files will be downloaded in the background and you can continue using the system. The download size is around 3.63GB and after the download is completed you will be asked to accept the terms and conditions. If you do not accept, the older version will be restored.

If you are using older version of Microsoft Windows (below Windows 7) you will need to buy the new OS. Windows 7 users can upgrade to 8.1 but they will need to install other applications like MS office and desktop apps. Windows 8.1 is available for 119.99 and 8.1 pro version for $199.99.

What’s new on the Windows 8.1 OS?
There are series of improvements. The OS loads faster and now on the 8.1 version you get an option to boot directly into the desktop mode which was not possible on Windows 8.0.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 update for free

There is more customization options on the 8.1 version, you can set new designs, colors, tile size and backgrounds.  And well the good news is that the Start button is back. Multitasking has improved and the 8.1 also comes with improved internet explorer 11 browser. Well there are many more improvements and changes.

So if you are already using the Windows 8 OS you can get it upgraded to 8.1 or 8.1 pro for free only via the Windows store.

Microsoft windows 8.1 installation on my PC

Update: I was facing issues updating the OS, tried several times and each time ended up with 0x80070006 – 0x2002000C error, and the update process failed. But finally I was able to update the OS. The issue was disk space. Make sure the C: drive has plenty of free space.

When the free space was around 5GB I was getting the 0x80070006 – 0x2002000C error. Today, I removed unwanted applications and cleared up old unwanted files. I could free up 20GB space and then tried the update again, and it worked. My desktop is now running Windows 8.1 Pro. If you are facing similar issue, you need to free up more space.

{ 36 Responses }

  1. ankit says

    sir what is the benefit of original version.Since,last 10 years i am using pirate version & i am completely satisfied with it.I now want to buy a labtop its comes preloaded with os 7.its little costly from no os versions.Can u suggests me which will be better. my purpose is only browsing and music.

  2. Gogi Rana says

    Hi all I am not able to update to 8.1. After downloading the new os it is not installing. It says couldn’t update to windows 8.1 restoring to older version. I tried 3 times and failed.

    Seems that many users are facing this issue.

  3. Sammer Shaikh says

    Hello gogi sir i am a huge fan of you and your blog. I have subscribed to your blog and keeps receiving latest news about everything related to technology. And now through your mail only i came to know about windows 8.1 pro update.
    I am just eager to upgrade my windows 8 pro to windows 8.1 pro. But i am scared that i might loose my important data.
    1)Can i create a restore point and roll back to my previous version. Is it possible?.
    2)Is it activated version? or Do i need to purchase a key for it?

    • Sushil Rana says

      Dear friend,

      worry about it everything will be same like as. But, for your security make backup of your data and also create a restore point and for much security make image of your windows.


    GOGI sir i have two partition C & D , C has windows 8,will all my previous data and D partition which i made in windows 8 will be removed in windows 8.1 update or only C will be over Writed.

  5. dharmesh says

    Gogi sir please please suggest me a good laptop ,my budget is only 22 to 23k. which brand should buy ? please suggest me 2..3 laps.

      • Sivakumar Mayuranathiah says

        Hi Gogi! All apps are present after the upgrade. I did it yesterday night. Ms Office is also present for me. So no issues. Difference is perceivable

      • Mujahid Syed says

        Hi Gogi,
        are u done with the update? Was there any issue while updating?
        How does the new OS work?
        Please comment.

        • Gogi Rana says

          Hi unfortunately no, it is not updating for some reason. I think will wait for few days and try, lets see if there is any update from Microsoft or they might come up with non-store based install method.

          • Vk Jois says

            Hi Gogi Sir,

            I have Win 8 Pro MSDN version, which I am trying to upgrade to Win 8.1 Pro version, but I am continuously getting ATTEMPTED_TO_EXECUTE_NOEXECUTE_MEMORY error.
            On search, I found that the graphics drivers are mainly the issue! But, even though I have updated mine, Update is failing!
            System Config: A10-4600M with 2GB AMD 7660M and 7670 dual graphics, 6GB ram, 1TB HDD, HP Pavilion G6-2313AX laptop.
            Are you getting same error?
            Thanks & Regards,
            Vk Jois

    • Arjun says

      hi just updated to 8.1. dont worry, there is no need to reinstall MS office. I have upgraded my pirated copy of windows 8 pro to 8.1 and still i hav not encountered any problem. Go ahead. (if u hav pirated copy, plz upgraded on ur own risk. Just bcoz i was lucky does not mean that other pirated copies will upgrade without any issue. Good luck)

      • Sammer Shaikh says

        Hi Chadrakant. As you have already updated
        1)What are the changes in it ?.
        2)Will i loose some of mine previous settings and data? also refer to my comment below and share the info.
        Thank you. Please reply ASAP. I am eagerly waiting to update my Windows 8 pro to windows 8.1 pro.

        • Chandra Kant says

          I may disappoint you as I have freshly installed win8.1 last month (It is RTM Build 9600, which was leaked long time ago), so can’t tell you about settings and data.

  6. sunny says


    im using win 8 pc

    I have not yet made recovery disc of my windows :p

    can I make a recovery after updating to window 8.1

    or should I make recovery first and then update?

    • Gogi Rana says

      Sunny you don’t need a recovery disc, but if you want to you can. Just to be on a safer side better do it before and then after installing new 8.1 OS.

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