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Follow the instructions for updating your Windows 8 PC to Windows 8.1

Installation Instructions
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Windows 8.1 clean install.

For commercial Windows 8 systems only

Clean install instructions

GIGABYTE Windows 8 system lookup

Check to see if your system can be updated to Windows 8.1

Attention:
Please backup system data before updating Windows 8.1.

Check FAQ by models before you start to update to Windows 8.1.
Check update instruction and start to update to Windows 8.1.
Download Windows 8.1 drivers from product page to optimize Windows 8.1 experience.

Notebook

Model Name OS (32/64bit) Is it updatable to Windows 8.1?
P2542G 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
P2542F 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
P34G 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
P25K 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
P25W 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
P35K 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
U2142 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
U21M 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
U2442T 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
U2442D 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
U2442F 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
U24T 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
U24F 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
U2440N 64 Updatable*
Download / FAQ
P2742G 64 Updatable*
Download / FAQ
P27K 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
Q2542N 64 Updatable*
Download / FAQ
Q2542C 64 Updatable*
FAQ
Q2546N 64 Updatable*
FAQ
Q2556N 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
Q2442N 64 Updatable*
Download / FAQ
Q2452H 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
Q2452M 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
Q1742F 64 Updatable*
FAQ

*Microsoft In-Box Drivers are recommended.

Slate PC / Tablet

Model Name OS (32/64bit) Is it updatable to Windows 8.1?
S1082 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ
S1185 64 Updatable
Download / FAQ

The products stated above MAY or MAY NOT be updatable from Microsoft Windows 8 operation system to Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system as we are now examining the compatibility of our Products with Windows 8.1 Software. If our test result states that the Product is updatable to Windows 8.1 Software, it merely means that you may install Windows 8.1 Software on the Product. Nothing contained herein should be deemed as our warranty towards the compatibility of Windows 8.1 Software with the drivers, applications, programs, and/or other functions of our Products. We hereby declare that installing Windows 8.1 Software on the Product may cause instability of the Product system, partial or total loss of data, drivers and/ or applications. Moreover, some features may cannot appropriately be used. The test result is not intended for you to determine whether to purchase our Product and/or Windows 8.1 Software. However, if you, at your own discretion, decide to install Windows 8.1 on the Product eventually, we highly recommend backing up all your data before installing Windows 8.1 Software. For details on the limitation of Microsoft Windows 8.1 upgrades, please visit Microsoft's official website: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility. You acknowledge and agree that GIGABYTE will be responsible for neither the agreement between You and Microsoft nor any content provided by Microsoft.

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Windows Compatibility Center

Click here for the latest information

Updating your GIGABYTE Windows 8 PC to Windows 8.1

Before updating your PC to Windows 8.1, GIGABYTE recommends that you do a few things first.

  1. Use “Smart Update” to update the latest version of Smart Update
  2. Remove LAN Optimizer (only P-Series)

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

To 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.

After updating your PC to Windows 8.1, GIGABYTE recommends that you install a few updates.

  1. Use Smart Update to update all drivers to the latest version
  2. Go to GIGABYTE Website to download LAN Optimizer (recommended for P-Series)

Windows 8.1 Clean Install Instructions

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


If you bought Windows 8.1 on DVD or created a DVD or USB flash drive when you purchased and downloaded Windows 8.1, follow these steps to perform a clean installation.
  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.

To optimize your Windows experience, please go to Update Center to upgrade Windows 8.1 drivers.

FAQ

Q: When I upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, what should I notice?

A: Please backup system data before updating Windows 8.1.
Check FAQ by models before you start to update to Windows 8.1.
Check update instruction and start to update to Windows 8.1.
Download Windows 8.1 drivers from product page to optimize Windows 8.1 experience.


Products: P2542G, P2542F, P34G, P25K, P25W, P2742G, P35K, U2142, U21M, U24T, U24F, Q1742F, Q2442N, Q2452H, Q2452M, S1082, S1185

Q: When I upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, what should I notice?

A: Please backup system data before updating Windows 8.1.
Check FAQ by models before you start to update to Windows 8.1.
Check update instruction and start to update to Windows 8.1.
Download Windows 8.1 drivers from product page to optimize Windows 8.1 experience.
Before you update Windows 8.1, please remove NVIDIA VGA driver first.
Only reinstall NVIDIA VGA driver after you update Intel Windows 8.1 drivers.


Products: U2442T

Q: When I upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, what should I notice?

A: Please backup system data before updating Windows 8.1.
Check FAQ by models before you start to update to Windows 8.1.
Check update instruction and start to update to Windows 8.1.
Download Windows 8.1 drivers from product page to optimize Windows 8.1 experience.
U2442D, U2442F cannot support Auto Light Sensor function after Windows 8.1 update.


Products: U2442D, U2442F

Q: When I upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, what should I notice?

A: Please backup system data before updating Windows 8.1.
Check FAQ by models before you start to update to Windows 8.1.
Check update instruction and start to update to Windows 8.1.
Download Windows 8.1 drivers from product page to optimize Windows 8.1 experience.
U2440N cannot support SPDIF and Hot Key function after Windows 8.1 update.


Products: U2440N

Q: When I upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, what should I notice?

A: Please backup system data before updating Windows 8.1.
Check FAQ by models before you start to update to Windows 8.1.
Check update instruction and start to update to Windows 8.1.
Download Windows 8.1 drivers from product page to optimize Windows 8.1 experience.
P27K, Q2556N, Q2546N cannot support Airplane Mode function after Windows 8.1 update.


Products: P27K, Q2556N, Q2546N

Q: When I upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, what should I notice?

A: Please backup system data before updating Windows 8.1.
Check FAQ by models before you start to update to Windows 8.1.
Check update instruction and start to update to Windows 8.1.
Download Windows 8.1 drivers from product page to optimize Windows 8.1 experience.
Q2542N, Q2542C cannot support Bluetooth function after Windows 8.1 update


Products: Q2542N, Q2542C