How to download & install Windows 8.1 UpdateThe latest version of Windows doesn't even get a new version number, but it has some key tweaks that should finally appease desktop and laptop users—and it's better than ever on tablets.
The official Windows Update
links are now working again, except for KB2939087. We are hearing
reports that KB2939087 isn’t required to complete the Windows 8.1 Update
1 installation process, but haven’t yet confirmed it first-hand. Please
let us know in the comments if you have successfully installed Windows
8.1 Update 1 using these files.
Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 8.1 Update 1 will roll out on April 8. You can install the update today, however, by downloading the files directly from the Windows Update servers. This is slightly naughty, but the files are legitimate and final — these are the exact same update files that you would get if you waited until April 8.
How do you do that, for free? Just follow these simple instructions.
How to download and install Windows 8.1 Update 1As always, we have to preface this with the usual disclaimer: Downloading Windows updates from anyone other than Microsoft is risky. At the very least, you should ensure that the SHA hash of the downloaded file matches by using the Microsoft File Checksum Integrity Verifier (a free tool). If you have any important documents on your computer, you should back them up, too (this should be an unnecessary precaution, though; Update 1 is just a bunch of patches, rather than a complete reinstallation).
So, there are two routes to obtaining Windows 8.1 Update 1. First, you can try the official download links from Microsoft, which worked at the time of publishing. If they don’t work, you may find some working third-party download links in the comments below, or you can search the internet for the files yourself.
Official Windows Update download links:
- 64-bit: KB2919442 / KB2919355 / KB2932046 / KB2937592 / KB2938439 / KB2939087 (broken)
- 32-bit: KB2919442 / KB2919355 / KB2932046 / KB2937592 / KB2938439 / KB2939087 (broken)
- ARM: KB2919442 / KB2919355 / KB2932046 / KB2937592 / KB2938439 / KB2939087 (broken)
- KB2939087 (we believe it isn’t necessary to install this file, but please let us know in the comments)