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Updating to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 on ThinkPad and Lenovo B, E, K, M, and V Series Notebook Computers - General

This document provides instructions for updating your computer operating system to Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 8.1 from the preinstalled Microsoft Windows 8. Note that Lenovo(R) does not warrant that every function and operation described in the Lenovo or Microsoft documentation will work or is free from limitation. The update process might take 30 minutes to 90 minutes approximately, depending on the configuration of your computer and the total number of applications that need to be upgraded or reinstalled. There are specific desktop computer utilities or device drivers that are required for the proper operation of your computer. These utilities or device drivers might vary from one computer model to another. Download and have them available before updating. Some of the utilities and device drivers are required to be installed on the computer on which Windows 8.1 is to be installed. Go to the Lenovo Support Web site at http://www.lenovo.com/support for those specific utilities and device drivers.

Before updating to Windows 8.1

Before updating to Windows 8.1, be sure to observe the following guidelines:

Updating to Windows 8.1

To update your operating system to Windows 8.1, do either of the following:

Method 1: Media update:

  1. Insert a Windows 8.1 installation DVD into the optical drive, or attach a Windows 8.1 USB flash drive to a USB connector, and allow AutoPlay to launch the Windows 8 installation wizard. If AutoPlay does not start, run the SETUP.EXE file on the DVD or USB flash drive. Then, the Windows setup initialization begins.
  2. When you are prompted to type your Windows 8.1 product key, type your 25-character Windows 8.1 product key. Click Next to continue.
  3. In the License terms window, carefully read the license terms. Contact Microsoft to clarify any questions or issues, if you have. If you agree, click I accept the license terms and then click Accept to continue.

    Note: You must agree to the license terms to continue.

  4. In the Choose what to keep window, select an option that satisfies your needs and then click Next to continue.
  5. Wait a few minutes for the setup program to ensure that your system is ready to install Windows 8.1. Then, click Next.
  6. In the Ready to install window, review your selections and click Change selection if you want to make a change. Otherwise, click Install to begin the installation. During the installation process, the computer will automatically restart several times and you will see the installation progress on the screen.
  7. When the Get online window is displayed, select a wireless network to connect or click Next, or click Skip this step. A password might be required to connect to a wireless network.
  8. In the Settings window, click Use express settings to use the express settings or click Customize to customize your settings.
  9. When the "Connect this PC to your Microsoft account" window is displayed, do one of the following:

    - If you have a Microsoft account, type your e-mail address and password in the blank field, and click Next.
    - If you do not have a Microsoft account, click Sign up for a Microsoft account and follow the instructions on the screen to set up an account.

  10. In the SkyDrive is your cloud storage window, click Next if you want to use SkyDrive.
  11. After the update completes, you will be logged in and you will see the Windows 8.1 Start screen.
  12. Download and install the ThinkVantage(R) System Update program 5.03 or later from the Lenovo Support Web site at http://www.lenovo.com/support to install Windows 8.1 compatible device drivers and utilities.

Method 2: Store update:

  1. Click Store in the Start screen
  2. Click Windows 8.1 on the Update Windows
  3. In the Windows 8.1 Pro window, click Download to update Windows 8.1
  4. After Windows 8.1 is downloaded, the computer will automatically restart several times and you will see the installation progress on the screen.
  5. When the License terms windows is displayed, click I accept to continue.

    Note: You must agree to the license terms to continue.

  6. In the Settings window, click Use express settings to use the express settings or click Customize to customize your settings.
  7. When the "Connect this PC to your Microsoft account" window is displayed, enter the password of your Microsoft account and click Next to continue.
  8. In the SkyDrive is your cloud storage window, click Next if you want to use SkyDrive.
  9. After the update completes, you will be logged in and you will see the Windows 8.1 Start screen.
  10. Download and install the ThinkVantage(R) System Update program 5.03 or later from the Lenovo Support Web site at http://www.lenovo.com/support to install Windows 8.1 compatible device drivers and utilities.

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