Okay been toying around with updating my PC from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8. Not Windows 7 is fine as far as I'm concerned but I just wanted to know, I hear that there's Windows 8 Update 1, then I read that it was pulled for different reasons. Then I hear there's going to be an update 2 coming out soon. Can someone break it down for me in lamens terms? This is the most difficult Windows to understand.
Windows 8 came out October 2012, then that was followed with 8.1 a year later which makes navigation more obvious with hints in a few places the original release of 8 had nothing. There is a start button (but no start menu, it's just a link to the start screen), an arrow on the start screen to indicate the "all apps" view, etc. It also included Internet Explorer 11 and an updated Store and Apps.
Most recently "update for Windows 8.1" makes a few more tweaks. It was temporarily suspended for business/enterprise users because of an issue with updates but that's been fixed.
Okay so...I can update to Windows 8.1 and there is an update called Update 1 thats a seperate install. It seems they're trying to make this not like Vista.
From windows 8, 8.1 is a free upgrade. Update for 8.1 is handled like a regular Windows update.
To do the upgrade from 8 to 8.1, first make sure all the standard Windows updates for 8 are done (Otherwise Win 8 won't pick up the upgrade) then go into the Store on the start screen. You'll see a big banner for the 8.1 upgrade.
IN 8.1, the Update is distributed through Windows Update (not the store)
It depends on how you install. If you do a clean install and wipe out 7, everything will need to be re-installed. If you do an upgrade over 7, the Windows Upgrade Adviser will first run. That may ask you to uninstall certain programs before upgrading if it has compatibility problems but whatever isn't uninstalled should be kept.