Upgrade from Window 8 to Windows 8.1: Cannot find in store

I purchased a new computer running Windows 8.  How can I upgrade to Windows 8.1?

The only instructions I can find direct me to the "Store" however the store ONLY includes evil applications promoted by the computer manufacturer.  

I run "wsreset.exe" and rebooted however I still do not see it.  There is now way to search the store and results are limited to categories and items promoted by the manufacturer.

How can I upgrade to 8.1?
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aadihConnect With a Mentor Commented:
[T]hinkpads_user, thanks.

Create a new user account using your email <e.g., user@outlook.com> . Log on using that account and then go to store and try again.
Did you try updating (Windows Update) your PC first?
Gareth GudgerCommented:
This lists causes of not being able to find the update in the store.
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Gareth GudgerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Also, this document can help you through the upgrade process.
hankknightAuthor Commented:
I have already read all the links provided and I have already installed all Windows updates!  None of these ideas have been helpful.

Is there any way to do this that does not rely on the stupid store?
Okay. Can we presume you don't have Windows 8 ultimate or a Volume license?

Yes, you can download Windows 8.1 ISO file and install it (although you may need to have a Windows 8.1 license key). Since you have Googled this problem, I presume you have come across articles showing you how to do this without a Windows 8.1 license key.
hankknightAuthor Commented:
When I purchased the computer, I was told that it included Windows 8 and that made me eligible for a free Windows 8.1 upgrade.    Was I mislead about this?
No. I don't believe so.
JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Go to the Metro Screen and open Store. Right Click on blank space near the top.

A menu should open and you should see Home, Apps, My Account.

Do you see all three things?  Please let us know.

I am sure it was included in the links, but you need a Microsoft Account (can be an email address of your own that you register) in order to update to Windows 8.1.

The only exception I know (and it has been stated above) is if the license is a volume or enterprise license.

Retail Windows 8 can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free via the Store using a registered email. I have done that and you were not mislead.

..... Thinkpads_User
Hi. This is closed, I know, but I check in to again stress that you don't need a MS account to use the store for upgrading to 8.1. Neither with pro and nor with "non-pro"/"home"/"standard" or whatever you like to call "win8" with no specified version. I did that several times.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have not been able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 without handing it my email address. I have tried without my email address and it would not upgrade.

I have another Windows 8 Pro machine on order and I will try without my email address to see if it works.

I have no idea why Windows 8 Pro Retail would work differently for you than for me and others, but I will try to see if I can make it work.

... Thinkpads_User
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