Attention owners of Windows 8 tablets, laptops and desktop computers: Microsoft has officially released “Windows 8.1 Update,” an important new software patch that brings new functionality and continued security protection to the Windows operating system.
With the Windows 8.1 Update, your desktop or laptop will boot to the Desktop rather than to the Start screen as you may be used to. You’ll see a few small tweaks to the user interface too, including a new power button, search icon and other shortcuts.
More importantly, this update to Windows 8.1 is required from a security standpoint. “Failure to install this Update will prevent Windows Update from patching your system with any future updates starting with Updates released in May 2014,” explains Microsoft’s Michael Hildebrand on the Microsoft Technet blog.
To get the Windows 8.1 Update, hit Windows Update or the Windows Download Center on your Windows 8.1 device.