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How to tell if Win 8 or 8.1?

By jsmileb
Nov 17, 2013
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  1. I recently had a hard drive failure on a relatively new Dell. They sent me an "imaged" replacement. Problem is I cannot tell if it is 8 or 8.1. One of the websites I visited suggested that if your OS is all updated, visiting the "store" will offer you the upgrade to 8.1. No such offering. Is there a simple way to determine if you have 8 or 8.1? When I go into "CONTROL PANEL>SYSTEM" I only see under OS "Windows 8".
  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,956   +902

  3. jsmileb

    jsmileb TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 82

    Do not know what I am doing wrong, saved a system image, ran windows update, KB2871389 shown in "Installed Updates" still nothing available in the "Store". I signed up for MS account, went to all the help sites for 8.1, still nothing in store. Heeeelp!
  4. wholesalestunna

    wholesalestunna TS Rookie Posts: 35


    If all of your windows Updates prior to 8.1 are not completed, the 8.1 download won't appear in the store. I had the same issue until I installed all of my updates and then after I rebooted after the install it appeared.
  5. jsmileb

    jsmileb TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 82

    Thanks all. What I ended up doing was to "Refresh" the OS. After updating the refreshed install, 8.1 appeared in the "Store". I just had to reinstall several things. Jury still out on 8. Why is it that whenever I get a new OS, the goal is to make it operate as much like the old one as possible? Jury is still out on 8, either 7 was better or I was just used to it.
  6. wholesalestunna

    wholesalestunna TS Rookie Posts: 35


    I'm the same way. The only reason why I wanted 8.1 was so that I could boot to the desktop view and not the app one. I'm thinking about downgrading back to Windows 7 to be honest.
  7. jsmileb

    jsmileb TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 82

    I just found out that upgrading to Media Center is $100, I'll play with 8 for another week or so, then reinstall 7 that comes with Media Center.
  8. wholesalestunna

    wholesalestunna TS Rookie Posts: 35

    Have you tried to use the "boot to desktop" option? It makes it a little better.


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