Original Windows 8.1 pro OEM 32bit 64bit PKC Product Key Card
A tour around Windows 8.1’s refreshed user interface
Windows 8.1 looks a lot like Windows 8, but it's Windows 8 with a
lot of spit and polish. The improvements start right at the lock
screen. In addition to the previous swipe down to unlock, you can
now swipe up to get instant access to the camera app.
The centerpiece of the Windows 8 user interface is the Start
The basic concept of the Start screen is unchanged from Windows 8.
The differences are in the details.
The Start screen was always meant to be personal, with the live
tiles (and hence, updates) thatyou care about placed most
prominently. Windows 8's attitude toward this personal nature was,
however, inconsistent. It didn't respect the user's ownership of
the Start screen. Any time you install a new app on Windows 8, its
tiles get put on the Start screen automatically. For desktop apps,
this could result in dozens of tiles being spewed across the screen
that you then have to tidy up manually.
In Windows 8.1, the Start screen is squarely the user's. OK, there
are a bunch of default live tiles for new accounts, but beyond
those, the tiles are up to the user. Installing software won't dump
a mess of tiles everywhere.
Those tiles that you do put on the Start screen pick up a couple of
extra sizes. Windows 8 had just two sizes: the half-width square
and full-width rectangle. Windows 8.1 adds a smaller square for
high-density app launching and a large double-height square for
showing more information.
A bunch of new background images for the Start screen have been
added. Some of these are simple static images that have the same
kind of parallax scrolling effect as in Windows 8. Others are more
exciting, with animations and movement. Windows on a cityscape
light up periodically, robots fly around, and cogs spin as you
There's also a new option to use the same background behind the
Start screen as you have on the desktop. This apparently small
change has a surprisingly profound effect on the feel of the
operating system. If you use desktop applications (whether
exclusively or in conjunction with Metro ones), the shared
background makes the Start screen—and by extension, the Metro
world—feel like it's actually related to the desktop and not a
completely alien addition.
A new Start
The Start screen gets new large tile sizes so you can see more
information at once. Apps have to be specially built to use this,
but many of Microsoft's own apps are. That means you can read the
three most recent emails or see full details or your next couple of
You can pick from far more colors to customize the Start screen
backgrounds - some of which animate subtly as you scroll sideways -
or you can use your desktop background, in which case your tiles
scroll but your background is fixed.
The Start screen backgrounds don't include all the designs from
Windows 8; some of our favorites are gone and the new designs don't
always work well in different color schemes. In this case, the more
restrictive options might have worked better.
Compare Windows 7 to Windows 8.1
The familiar desktop
Works with a mouse and keyboard
Works with Word, Excel, Outlook, and other familiar programs
Built for touch PCs and tablets
Apps from the Windows Store
Mail, People, and other built-in apps
Keep your settings and apps on all your PCs and devices
Bing smart search to find things across the web, apps, and your PC
Start screen with live updates
Faster startup times
Released as part of a shift by Microsoft towards regular yearly
major updates for its software platforms and services, Windows 8.1
aims to address complaints of Windows 8 users and reviewers on
launch. Visible enhancements include an improved Start screen,
additional snap views, additional bundled apps, tighter OneDrive
(formerly SkyDrive) integration, Internet Explorer 11, a Bing-
[Windows 8.1 ISO Desktop] powered unified search system,
restoration of a visible Start button on the taskbar, and the
ability to restore the previous behavior of opening the user’s
desktop on login instead of the Start screen. Windows 8.1 also
added support for such emerging technologies as high-resolution
displays, 3D printing, Wi-Fi Direct, and Miracast streaming.
Windows 8.1 received mixed reception, although more positive than
Windows 8, with critics praising the expanded functionality
available to apps in comparison to 8, its OneDrive integration,
along with its user interface tweaks and the addition of expanded
tutorials for operating the Windows 8 interface. Despite these
improvements, Windows 8.1 was still criticized for not addressing
all digressions of Windows 8 (such as a poor level of integration
between Metro-style apps and the desktop interface), and the
potential privacy implications of the expanded use of online
services. As of March 2016, the market share of Windows 8.1 is
The New Windows
The New Windows
Great Apps built in such as Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, and
SkyDrive with many more available at Windows Store.
Includes Internet Explorer 11 for fast, intuitive, touch-friendly
Keeps you up-to-date and more secure with Windows Defender, Windows
Firewall, and Windows Update.
Works with new and existing Windows desktop software including the
full Microsoft Office experience (Outlook, SharePoint Designer and
Comes with Windows Media Player
Provides enhanced data protection using BitLocker technology to
help keep your information secure.**
Enables you to connect to your PC when you’re on the go with Remote
Connects to you corporate or school network with Domain Join.
Watch and record live TV with Windows Media Center.***
Win8 / 8.1 System requirements:
1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1GB RAM (32-bit) / 2GB RAM (64-bit)
16GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
This operating system is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10
when available. More details below.
The Start screen. Personalize your Start screen with your favorite
news, friends, social networks, and apps. Customizable colors and
backgrounds and four different tile sizes make your device as
unique as you are.
The apps you want. In addition to great built-in apps for e-mail,
people, photos and video editing, you can also download thousands
of popular apps from the Windows Store, including Netflix, ESPN,
Skype, and Halo: Spartan Assault.
It plays as hard as it works. Windows 8.1 gives you the power to
quickly browse, watch movies, play games, polish your resume, and
pull together a killer presentation - all on a single PC.