In April, Microsoft demonstrated a Start Menu mock-up, which fueled speculations that this much-demanded feature would make a return with Windows 8.1 Update 2.
Recently, however, Microsoft clarified that the Start Menu won’t be rolled into a new version of Windows until 2015. Whether you’re on Windows 8 or have upgraded to Windows 8.1Are horror stories of how Windows 8.1 upgrades went horribly wrong keeping you from upgrading yourself?
At the end of the process, you will have the option to create a system repair disc.
This can be used to help you repair Windows if you run into any problems.
You can also create a USB recovery drive, which you can learn how to do here.
If you end up having to restore your PC from a system image, you can do so in the Control Panel.
Head to the Control Panel and select "Back up your computer" under the Systems and Security section.
On the left choose to create a system image, pick the location you want to save it to (I chose my external storage drive), click Next, confirm that everything looks good, and then click Start backup.
It also adds the Cortana voice assistant, the new Edge Web browser, Xbox game streaming, and more.
To check for drivers, head to your PC manufacturer's support website.
More advanced users can access the DXDIAG tool in Windows to check drivers.
Simply drag and drop the personal files -- documents, photos, videos, music -- you would like to keep safe to the cloud or external drive.
Windows 8 users can also use the File History feature to automatically back up personal files. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 come with a tool that lets you create a system image (a full backup of everything on your computer).