The "easy" way to update has been shut down, but unauthorized methods still exist

Windows 8.1 may not be a highly regarded in the enthusiast community, but that didn’t stop some Windows 8.1 loyalists from discovering that Windows 8.1 Update 1 was sitting on Microsoft’s servers, ripe for the picking.
Initially, Update 1 was available by simply adding a new key in your system registry. Adding a new key called “SHWindowsPoolS14” followed by a system reboot allowed Windows 8.1 to download six prerequisite updates to get you to the official Update 1 build.

However, after news of the “unauthorized” downloads started to quickly spread, Microsoft shut down the registry hack and took down the updates necessary to complete the process.
However, for those that missed the show before Microsoft pulled the plug, the updates needed are available here.
A word of caution, the updates have to be installed in the following order:
  1. KB2919442 
  2. KB2939087
  3. KB2932046
  4. KB2919355
  5. KB2938439
  6. KB2937592 
If you aren’t comfortable performing the updates on your own, just wait for Microsoft’s official release. If you feel up to task, there are some helpful guides available at Neowin and My Digit Life.

Sources: Neowin, My Digit Life,

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