As with any major update, taking a few moments to prepare for it will go a long way to ensuring a smooth update. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your update to Windows 8.1 goes without a hitch:
Back up your personal data
Make sure you have a recent backup of your files, just in case. Though a mishap involving your files is unlikely, there's no reason to risk losing your documents, photos, music, and other important data. If you've never backed up your data, go grab an external hard drive and learn.
Create a system image
Now that your personal data is safe, you'll want to make sure that you can recover your system if you experience a major failure. A great way to recover from a major failure is using a system image -- a relatively simple way to get your system back to the way it was. Make sure you Windows 8.1 update and don't forget to .just before you begin installing the
Check for updated Windows 8.1 drivers
It's possible that your PC's hardware might need new drivers to function at its best with Windows 8.1. Your PC manufacturer may have a preinstalled system tool that checks for and updates drivers, but if not, you should check out your PC's support site for them.