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How to update your PC to Windows 8.1.

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Windows 8.1 Technical Updates/Upgrade Step-by-Step Guide


Systems List  

  Notebook Systems list:
  Personal Computer Systems list:
  Tablet PC Systems list:
  Workstation Systems list:
The system list shows all products that can be updated to Windows 8.1. All systems that shipped with Windows 8 also support Windows 8.1. The systems that are not listed do not support the update to Windows 8.1.

General

Windows 8.1 provides upgrade paths from Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Important Note:

Not all Windows 8.1 features may be available on all Windows 8 PCs. Your system may require additional hardware, software, firmware, and/or a BIOS upgrade to install and run Windows 8.1.

Upgrade/Updates Migration Windows 8.1

System with Windows 8 OEM license installed with Windows 7 (OEM version)::

Option 1 – Upgrade and Update:
Step 1:Upgrade to Windows 8 with Windows Upgrade Assistant
(Installation with in CSM mode will not support Secure and Measured Boot!)
(Further information can be found on Windows 8 Update pages!)
Step 2:Update to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store
Option 2 – Install and Update (recommended):
Step 1:Install Windows 8.1 from Recovery Media
(You need to change BIOS settings to UEFI mode and perform a clean installation with reformatting your hard disk!)
Step 2:Update to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store

System with Windows 8 OEM license installed with Windows 8 (OEM version)::

Update to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store

System with Windows 8.1 OEM license installed with Windows 7 (OEM version)::

Option 1 – Upgrade and Update:
Step 1:Upgrade to Windows 8 with Windows Upgrade Assistant
(Installation with in CSM mode will not support Secure and Measured Boot!)
(Further information can be found on Windows 8 Update pages!)
Step 2:Update to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store
Option 2 – Install (recommended):
Install Windows 8.1 from Recovery Media
(You need to change BIOS settings to UEFI mode and perform a clean installation with reformatting your hard disk!)
Option 3 – Upgrade:
Upgrade to Windows 8.1 with Recovery Media
(Installation with in CSM mode will not support Secure and Measured Boot!)
(Upgrade form Recovery Media does not allow keeping apps and settings!)

Windows 8.1 Upgrade Path

 Keep Windows settings, personal files and apps (Full Upgrade)Keep personal files only (Data only Migration)Keep Nothing (Clean Install)
Windows XP (SP3 or higher)NONONO
Windows VistaNONONO
Windows 7NOYESYES
Windows 8YESYESYES

Upgrade Installation

During an upgrade, existing user settings are retained, as well as installed applications. If you perform a clean installation, the operating system files are installed in a new folder, and you must reinstall all of your applications and reset user preferences, such as desktop and application settings.

  • Windows 8.1 Edition Upgrades
      Windows 8.1 upgrades are available in the Windows Store or on media. Note that when you upgrade to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store, you cannot change editions. Upgrading to a different edition of Windows 8.1 is supported from media only.

      Volume license versions of Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, and Windows 8 Enterprise Eval versions cannot be upgraded from the Windows Store. You must use media to upgrade these editions.

      You must upgrade to Windows RT 8.1 from Windows® RT by using the Windows Store. Media is not available for Windows RT 8.1 upgrades.

      The following editions are supported:

  • Upgrade to Windows 8.1
    You can upgrade to Windows 8.1 and keep Windows settings, personal files, and applications from the following Windows operating system editions:
    • Windows 8

  • Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro
    • Windows 8
    • Windows 8 Pro
    • Windows 8 Pro with Media Center

  • Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Enterprise (Volume License)
    • Windows 8 Pro
    • Windows 8 Pro with Media Center
    • Windows 8 Enterprise

  • Non-Supported Windows 8.1 Upgrade Options
    • Cross-language installations are not supported if you plan to keep any, apps or Windows settings.
    • Cross architecture upgrades – 32-bit to 64-bit. You will need to do a clean wipe (reformatting) and install.
    • Upgrading from XP SP3 or higher is not supported if you plan to keep any apps and Windows settings.
    • Upgrading from Vista is not supported if you plan to keep any apps and Windows settings.
    • Cross firmware upgrades – BIOS to UEFI. You will need to do a clean wipe (reformatting) and install.

Clean Install

You need to choose a clean installation of Windows 8.1 in the following cases
  • No operating system is installed on the computer.
  • The installed operating system does not support an upgrade to Windows 8.1.
  • A clean installation is preferred.
The most basic advantage of a clean installation is that all of your systems can begin with the same configuration. All applications, files, and settings are reset. You can use a single disk image or answer file to make sure that all of the desktops in your organization are standardized. In this way, you can avoid many of the support problems that are caused by irregular configurations.

Windows 8.1 Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver or better
  • RAM: 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
  • Free Hard Drive: 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit)

Additional Requirements to Use Certain Features:

  • For 64-bit installations of Windows 8.1 Preview, your CPU must also support CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW and LAHF/SAHF.
  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection, a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768, and a Microsoft account.
  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply).

Windows will check your system's eligibility before you update to make sure your system can support Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 Upgrade Prerequisites

  • System back-up using Windows Easy Transfer to storage (e.g., external hard drive, burn to disk, network) - REQUIRED for clean installation
  • System Administrator permissions
  • Wired connection to internet
  • AC power (if upgrading a mobile device)
  • BIOS update
  • Application(s)/driver(s) update

Windows 8.1 Requirements and Limitations for Specific Features

  • DVD Playback
    DVD playback was supported by Windows 7 and is no longer possible with Windows 8.1 without additional software which can be acquired from a third-party.
  • Secure Boot
    Secure Boot is a new feature in Windows 8.1 and requires support in the system and add-in card firmware.

    If you have Windows 7 installed on a MBR partitioned hard drive you have to erase your hard drive in order to be able to install Windows 8.1 in UEFI mode. Please not that certain BIOS settings might also need to be changed to enable UEFI.

    See Windows Installation Methods for detailed info.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh824987.aspx

  • Miracast
    Miracast is a new feature in Windows 8.1 and requires support in the display adapter as well and the wireless network card.

  • Measured Boot
    Measured Boot is a new feature in Windows 8.1 and requires support in the system and add-in card firmware.

  • Gadgets
    Windows 8.1 no longer supports Desktop Gadgets (e.g. Weather and Clock). This feature is now implemented via live tiles.

  • .Net Framework 3.5
    Windows 8.1 doesn’t have a .Net Framework 3.5 installed by default. Please download it from Microsoft website. Some of the applications which have dependencies on .Net Framework will not work.

  • Recovery Partition
    After you install Windows 8.1, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

Windows 8.1 Compatibility

Preparation Steps  

To ensure a smooth Windows 8.1 update experience, please complete the following steps before proceeding with the Update:

1.Login your computer with system administrator permissions
Please sign in your computer using an account with system administrator permissions.
2.Connect to the internet
Please connect your computer to the internet before commencing on the update.
➡ Wired connection is recommended.
3.Connect your computer to an AC Power
It is important to connect AC adaptor to your system during upgrading.
4.Backup hard disk data
We recommend users to perform a full backup of your files in case update procedure fails. Please backup all your important data and save them in a safe location before the update. The following list is a few suggestions on how to backup your critical data safely: **
  • Copy the important data into a network folder
  • Burn the data into a CD or DVD
  • Backup to an external storage (such as a hard drive or USB thumb drive)
You can use Windows Easy Transfer to transfering your data and settings to your new Windows installation.
** Fujitsu is not liable for any data loss in the update process.
5.Windows Recovery
We recommend users to creates Recovery Media incase he has no System Recovery. User may use the Recovery Media Set in case they want to revert back the system to Windows 7 or Windows 8. However, all user data will be lost after the reverse process.
Windows 7: Fujitsu Recovery (Hard Disc Based Recovery)
Fujitsu Recovery allows burning a recovery image on DVDs. This has to be done prior to the Upgrade.
Windows 8: Microsoft Push Button Reset:
Windows 8 introduced Microsoft the Push Button Reset (PBR) functionality. PBR easily resets or repairs the operating system.
You can save your PBR image to a hard disk or to a USB Stick/Disk.
6.Clear Security Passwords
We recommend to clear the security feature passwords before the update as follows:
  • BIOS Setup Passwords (Master / User)
  • BIOS Hard Disk Passwords (Master / User)
  • Security Panel Passwords (Supervisor / User)
7.BIOS Update, Storage and Network Drivers
Download and update your BIOS.
BIOS Update can also be done via DeskUpdate.

Download the driver for your wired and/or wirless network adapter and save them to an external media, such as a portable hard disk drive (HDD), to prepare for your Windows 8.1 update / clean installation.
8.Software Utility and Drivers Uninstallation Procedure
Refering to your hardware configuration, please uninstall the following applications, drivers, and utilities before Windows 8.1 update:
All System:
  • McAfee Internet Security
  • Norton Internet Security
LIFEBOOK and STYLISTIC:
  • WIDCOMM Bluetooth software
  • Finger Zoom
  • FUJITSU Camera
  • Fujitsu System Manager
  • Fujitsu Tablet Button driver
  • Softex Omnipass
Please proceed to the Control Panel => Programs and Features to uninstall the software listed above.
9.Driver update before Window Upgrade
CELSIUS M720, M730, R920, R930:
  • Update your Intel RSTe storage driver to version 3.8 or newer.

Uninstall or change a program

Updating your Windows 8 PC to Windows 8.1

Make sure your Windows 8 PC is up to date by installing the latest Windows updates


    To check for updates in Windows Update
    1.Open Windows Update in Control Panel by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping „Search” (or, if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking „Search”), entering „Windows Update” in the search box, tapping or clicking „Settings”, and then tapping or clicking Install updates.
    2.In the left pane, tap or click Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your PC.
    3.If updates are found, tap or click Install updates

Open the Windows Store and select the „Update to Windows 8.1” tile, or if you see a notification to Update to Windows 8.1 you can select the „Go to the Store” button


    Update to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store
    1.From the Windows 8.1 product page, select „Download”. The download and installation of Windows 8.1 may take 1-2 hours, but you can continue using your PC while downloading.
    2.If asked to take any actions, follow the onscreen instructions
    3.When prompted to reboot your PC, select the „Restart now” button or wait for Windows to automatically restart
    4.After Windows restarts, follow any onscreen instructions then sign-in to Windows 8.1

Welcome to Windows 8.1! Click here to learn more.



Post-upgrade Steps  

After you upgrade, please visit Fujitsu Support Page for updated drivers and utilities etc. You can use Fujitsu Software Download Manager (Deskupdate) from Fujitsu Support Page for automatic download of drivers and utilities for that model (if Deskupdate is supported for that model).

Afterwards you can restore your settings and personal file via Windows Easy Transfer if you stored them before hand.

You can use Workplace Protect as replacement of your old Security Suite (i. e. Softex Omnipass):
http://www.fujitsu.com/fts/solutions/high-tech/solutions/workplace/security/secure/index.html

Clean Installation Steps

You can perform a clean installation of Windows 8.1 if you purchased a Windows 8.1 Recovery DVD, the Windows 8.1 on DVD or purchased a download of Windows 8.1. A clean installation typically means formatting your hard drive before installing Windows, so make sure that you have backed up your files before proceeding.
  • To install the 32 bit version of Windows 8.1 on this system change the BIOS setting Secure Boot to [Disabled].
  • To switch back to the 64 bit version of Windows 8.1 change the BIOS setting Secure Boot to [Enabled].
    The following functions are only available, if the BIOS setting for Secure Boot is set to [Enabled], as the functions rely on the native UEFI boot mode:
    • Secure Boot
    • Seamless Boot experience / Fast Boot experience
    • Network unlock for Bitlocker for systems with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
    • eDrive support

    Changing between CSM and UEFI mode will require a hard drive reformat.
    All data and personal settings will be lost. You need to back up your data.

To perform a clean installation using a DVD or USB flash drive

  1. Turn on your PC so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 8.1 DVD or USB flash drive, and then shut down your PC.
  2. Restart your PC.
    If you restart your PC and your current version of Windows starts, you might have to change the boot order in your PC's BIOS settings so that your PC boots from the media. To get instructions on changing the boot order for your PC, check the documentation that came with your PC or go to the manufacturer's website.
    To change the boot order, you'll generally press a combination of keys (such as F2, F12, Delete, Esc) immediately after you turn on your PC. If your current version of Windows still starts, try again by waiting until Windows asks you to sign in, and then restart your PC again.
  3. On the „Install Windows” page, enter your language and other preferences, and then click „Next”.
  4. On the „Please read the license terms” page, if you accept the license terms, click „I accept the license terms”, and then click „Next”.
  5. On the „Which type of installation do you want?” page, click „Custom”.
  6. On the „Where do you want to install Windows?” page, click „Drive options (advanced)”.
  7. Click the partition that you want to change, click the formatting option you want to perform, and then follow the instructions.
  8. When you've finished formatting, click „Next
  9. Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 8.1.
    Note: Make sure that you have your Windows 8.1 product key available when prompted.