I have this HP 655 with Windows 8.0 pre-installed. I want to install the Windows 8.1 mini upgrade. But it's not showing up in Store. I can see updates for various apps, but not what I'm looking for. There is a whole Microsoft support article on this, I know, I've been there, done the reading. As usual (referring to Service Packs) they ask you to get other updates first, but this computer has all the latest updates but still, no Windows 8.1 update is offered.
Is it really necessary to have a Microsoft account to get Windows 8.1 for free?... Anyway!
I asked HP to send me a RTM copy of Windows 8.1 but they said they could not do that. I was wondering if i could use the OEM key that came with the computer, get my own hard copy of Windows 8.1 and activate it using the OEM key? Will it blend?....
After scrolling up and down on the Microsoft support page and reading the wall of text, a link popped up on the page that directs to the Store and the Windows 8.1 upgrade (
ms-windows-store:WindowsUpgrade). See the screenshot below.
If you're having the same problem, I suggest that you try running this line from the Run prompt. See if that brings up the Windows 8.1 upgrade for you. It should take you to the Store and show you the upgrade option and there will be a Download button. You might need to log in with a Microsoft account.