Windows 8.1 Store Apps Get Update

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While we are expecting the release of "Windows 8.1 Update" for Win8 in a few hours, if you have installed win8.1 already, the apps in winstore now have a general update:


- Open Store, bring up charm bar -> settings -> app updates

- Click "check updates"

- Update your apps ! 





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I'm running win8.1 preview

and right now, my check for update button is greyed out for some reason

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just got all my apps. many updates. i still don't like how Mail handles folders.

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Are you in U.S.A.?  :laugh:



To celebrate the new Windows, starting today for the next 8 days ? we will pick 810 (see what we did there?) random winners per day who tweet and share their new Start screen after updating their Windows 8 device to Windows 8.1 with the #MyStart hashtag.


To take a screenshot of your Start screen in Windows 8.1, open up the Share charm from your Start screen and tap or click the down arrow next to ?Start? and choose ?Screenshot? (shown above). Alternatively, you can press the Windows logo key + PrtScn on your keyboard or if you're using a tablet, press the Windows logo button + the volume down button.

Winners will receive a $10 promotional Windows Store gift card to get started with great Windows apps and games. Click here for the full terms and conditions for the sweepstakes including how to redeem your gift card if you are a winner. Winners will be informed via Direct Message on Twitter. This sweepstakes is for participants in the U.S. only. However, we would still love to see Start screens from people around the world and in different languages! 

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Do not post about activation hacks here.

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Ian S.

I'm running win8.1 preview

and right now, my check for update button is greyed out for some reason

Have you tried restarting the app completly closing it from taskmanager? Or run the store refresh?

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Its great to have the new apps and updates, but I dislike the fact that new apps don't automatically pin to the Start Screen. Now I have to remember to go find them and add them. The Start Screen only gets messy if you install Desktop apps and it isn't that difficult to delete stuff. Sign.

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