In my “replace XP” initiative, I have several computers that came with Windows 8, and must be upgraded to 8.1.
The prescribed action from Microsoft is to do ALL of the 100 or so Windows updates, and then and only then will the Windows 8.1 update magically appear in the Windows Store. I frankly don’t understand why the Windows 8.1 update isn’t cumulative, enabling us to open the box, and go straight to the 8.1 update.
This is VERY time consuming and I can’t help but believe there is a shortcut.
So my question is twofold:
1. Is there a way to burn a disk with the 8.1 update and avoids the 100-ish updates first? (preferred solution) .
2. Does anyone know exactly which updates are required before the Windows 8.1 update will appear in the store? I’ll bet it’s only a handful or a couple dozen at most. ANY reduction in the time spent updating will be valuable.