Fix Problems While Installing or Upgrading to Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 final version (RTM) has been released to public and you can download and install it using following link:
You can either perform a clean installation of Windows 8.1 in your system or you can upgrade existing Windows version such as Windows 8 or Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 as shown in following tutorial:
Windows 8.1 is an update for Windows 8 and the code base of both operating systems is same, so its quite obvious that you face the same problems and issues while installing or upgrading to Windows 8.1 which were faced by many people at the time of Windows 8 installation.
I have received a few emails from various AskVG readers who are facing issues while installing Windows 8.1 and those issues are same as issues faced in Windows 8 installation.
So in this topic, we are going to list all possible issues which you can face while installing or upgrading to Windows 8.1:
PROBLEM 1: Windows 8.1 Update is Not Shown in Windows 8 Store
Windows 8 users can upgrade to Windows 8.1 by downloading and installing Windows 8.1 absolutely free through Windows Store. You just need to launch Windows Store and there you'll see a link to install Windows 8.1 update.
But some people are unable to see Windows 8.1 update in Windows 8 Store. If you are facing this problem, check out following tutorial to fix it:
PROBLEM 2: Your Windows 8.1 Install Couldn't be Completed, Something Happened
Sometimes when you try to download Windows 8.1 through Windows 8 Store, you receive error message that something happened and your Windows 8.1 install can't be completed.
If you also face this problem, following tutorial will help you:
PROBLEM 3: Can't Upgrade to Windows 8.1 RTM from Windows 8.1 Preview
If you are using the free Windows 8.1 Preview version, you'll notice that you can't upgrade it to Windows 8.1 RTM version because Microsoft doesn't allow it.
But you can force Windows 8.1 Preview to upgrade to Windows 8.1 RTM with the help of following tutorial:
PROBLEM 4: Windows 8.1 Not Available for Online Purchase in Your Country or Region
If you are downloading Windows 8.1 using Upgrade Assistant and you get following error message:
Windows 8.1 isn't available for download
Sorry, Windows 8.1 isn't available for online purchase in the country/region you're in.
Check out following tutorial to fix the issue:
PROBLEM 5: Windows 8.1 Download Failed or Getting 'Access Denied' Error Message
If your Windows 8.1 download failed in the middle or at the end and you were unable to install Windows 8.1 or create installation media of Windows 8.1, you'll need to re-download Windows 8.1 using Upgrade Assistant. But if you try to re-run Upgrade Assistant, it'll ask you to purchase Windows 8.1 again even if you have already purchased it.
Sometimes you may also get "Access Denied" error message in Upgrade Assistant.
If you are facing these problems, check out following tutorial:
PROBLEM 6: The Update is not Applicable to Your Computer
If you are unable to download Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 Store and it gives you error message that the update is not applicable to your computer or country, you can try the steps given in following tutorial:
PROBLEM 7: This upgrade path is not supported. Please close Setup and re-launch
If you are upgrading to Windows 8.1 and you get following error message:
This upgrade path is not supported. Please close Setup and re-launch from the root of the media or go back and pick a different installation choice.
Check out following tutorial to fix the issue:
PROBLEM 8: Your Windows 8 Product Key Not Working in Windows 8.1 Installation
When you try to install Windows 8.1 using Windows 8 product key, you receive invalid or incorrect product key error message even if your product key is genuine. If you also face this problem, check out following tutorial:
PROBLEM 9: Can't Type @ and Other Symbols, Incorrect Character Appears
This problem is faced by Indian users mainly. When you finish Windows 8.1 installation using Upgrade Assistant and you try to type @, "" or other similar symbols in programs or login screen text box, incorrect characters appear on screen.
If you are facing this issue, you can fix it using following tutorial:
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That's all for now. If you are facing a different problem while installing or upgrading to Windows 8.1, feel free to post your problem in your comment...
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