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THE GOOD Windows 8.1 adds many useful tweaks and fixes, including a new
version of the missing Start button, better searching, the ability
to boot directly to the desktop, and a much-improved app store.
Plus, it's free for current Windows 8 users.
THE BAD The split between the touch-friendly tiles and throwback desktop
mode is still awkward, and the OS is hard to use without a touch
screen. While welcome, the new Start button doesn't behave like the
classic version, and the Windows app store still lacks serious
software, especially for gamers.
THE BOTTOM LINE If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1
isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection
of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here
should have shipped in the original version last year.
How to prepare your Windows 8 PC for Windows 8.1?
Windows 8.1 is set to arrive later this week as a free update to
Windows 8 via the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 has several new
features, including being able to boot directly to the desktop as
well as the return of the Start button.
As with any major update, taking a few moments to prepare for it
will go a long way to ensuring a smooth update. Here are a few
steps you can take to make sure your update to Windows 8.1goes
without a hitch:
Back up your personal data
Make sure you have a recent backup of your files, just in case.
Though a mishap involving your files is unlikely, there's no reason
to risk losing your documents, photos, music, and other important
data. If you've never backed up your data, go grab an external hard
drive and learnhow to automatically back up your personal files in
Create a system image
Now that your personal data is safe, you'll want to make sure that
you can recover your system if you experience a major failure. A
great way to recover from a major failure is using a system image
-- a relatively simple way to get your system back to the way it
was. Make sure you create the Windows 8 system image just before
you begin installing the Windows 8.1 update and don't forget to
create a USB recovery drive.
Check for updated Windows 8.1 drivers
It's possible that your PC's hardware might need new drivers to
function at its best with Windows 8.1. Your PC manufacturer may
have a preinstalled system tool that checks for and updates
drivers, but if not, you should check out your PC's support site
After you've successfully updated your Windows 8 PC to 8.1, check
back at CNET How To for some more tips on using Windows 8.1.
Activate Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
Activation helps verify that Windows hasn’t been used on more PCs
than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow.
To activate Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you’ll need a product key for
the version of Windows that’s on your PC. A product key is a
25-character code that looks like this:
PRODUCT KEY: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
How to find your product key depends on how you got your copy of
Windows 7 or Windows 8.1:
If you bought Windows from an authorized retailer, the product key
will be on a label inside the box it came in.
If you bought a new PC running Windows, the product key will be
preinstalled on your PC, included with the packaging the PC came
in, or included on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached
to the PC.
If you bought a digital copy of Windows from a Microsoft website,
the product key will be in the confirmation email you received
after buying it.
If you need to install or reinstall Windows 8.1, you can use the
tools on this page to create your own installation media using
either a USB flash drive or a DVD.
Before you begin
Make sure you have:
An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply).
Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external
drive for the download.
A blank USB or DVD (and DVD burner) with at least 4 GB of space if
you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB or blank
DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
Read the System Requirements.
If you will be installing the operating system for the first time,
you will need your Windows product key
(xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx). For more information about product
keys and when they are required, visit the FAQ page.
For Enterprise editions please visit the Volume Licensing Service
Use the media creation tool (aprx. 1.41MB) to download Windows.
This tool provides the best download experience for customers
running Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. Tool includes:
File formats optimized for download speed.
Built in media creation options for USBs and DVDs.
Optional conversion to ISO file format.
Everything you already love. And a lot more.Mouse, keyboard, and
Get a new touchscreen PC and you can still work with a mouse,
keyboard, and the Windows desktop the
way you always have. Use virtually any printer. Programs that work
on Windows 7 work on Windows 8.1.
All the basics, from startup times to security, are better than
Multitasking, a swipe away
Windows 8.1 gives you a world of touchscreen entertainment with
apps from the Windows Store, and new
ways to tap, swipe, and navigate seamlessly. Multitask with up to
four separate apps at the same time on
Windows tablets and PCs, so you can work and play at the same time.
And OneDrive—free online storage
that’s built into Windows 8.1—means your files are always with you,
from any of your PCs or devices.
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
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.