Time to Upgrade to Windows 8.1

At a recent training session, a number of questions came up about Windows 8. The focus of the class was on transitioning from Office 2003 to Office 2013 so I answered what I could in the time available, but felt the need to whip up a more detailed series of blog posts when I was back in the office.

Question # 1 – Which Windows operating system am I running?

I could start rattling off a list of visual clues (and I may in a future post) I could also offer an (in my opinion) overly technical Run Command process that would make my boss Sean’s eye light up with delight.

But the fastest way to tell what Windows operating system your machine is running is to visit this website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/which-operating-system

Yes, I already shared this tip in a previous blog post titled “How to Find Out Which Windows Operating System You Have” … so why am I repeating myself?

Because as you can see, my machine is running Windows 8…


… and it’s time to upgrade to Windows 8.1.

Not being on the latest version is not always the end of the world – but my colleague Colin Phillips sent me this article yesterday to “poke the bear” because it’s past June 10th – so I’m now “at risk”.

Another reason I’ll be upgrading this weekend is because I can’t get IE 11 without upgrading to Windows 8.1 – and every time I try to edit pages in SharePoint Online my IE 10 browser acts up.

How Do I Upgrade to Windows 8.1?

The “Which Windows operating system am I running?” website comes with a link (at the bottom of the page) to upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free.


2 responses to “Time to Upgrade to Windows 8.1

  1. Hey there are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my
    own. Do you need any html coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

    1. You don’t, but I do, and I do find very helpful. WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors can cause extra tags to pop up and mess up your code which can lead to headaches. A few lessons in HTML 101 can save you tons of grief down the road. But yeah, I like WordPress.

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