Maybe if you have Windows 8 you may have received a notification prompt on your Windows Store to upgrade to its first major modification. Windows 8.1 is the new official update for Windows 8 operating system. This time, Microsoft instead of launching a new Operating System every three years, as usually, has decided to run a smaller modification to offer users a better performance. This new OS is designed for touch-enabled devices like tablets for an improved experience.
The main functionality developers wanted while running this upgrade is the desktop personalization. The main improvements this download brings are related to usability and the way users manage apps around the screen to customize their desktops the way they want for a better productivity. If Windows 8 was able to do this, its update provides you with intelligent ratio to resize your tiles, the Start button which offers the boot-to-desktop mode, new applications organized by categories –you just need to right-click on icons and sort by name, date or size- in a redesigned Windows Store, and improved multitasking service, everything to enhance costumers’ experience. This one, among other upgrades, is addressed to those users that felt uneasy with the previous Metro interface, now improved for an easy use.
All is based on customization
Windows 8.1 is mainly designed for being used in a tablet or a touchscreen device. That way you will be able to customize your icons and tiles as you desire. Of course, you can alternatively use your mouse and keyboard for working on your desktop and for moving your apps from the Windows Store to the main screen anytime. The idea of this new OS version is to have your favorite information organized the way you want even with preview to have immediate access to your pages and applications.
With the new search system users can access to their searches automatically from their desktops, thanks to a preview option they can see dynamic results from the interface while downloading content or commenting your search results with a friend on Skype, the included IM client. Windows 8.1 also offers direct access to the free built-in SkyDrive service, Microsoft’s cloud for file management and to save and share your documents instantly.
This new Windows 8.1 OS update incorporates Internet Explorer 11, also created for tablet devices with a smooth performance and a faster loading time. The taskbar located in the home screen provides you with fast navigation without needing to leave the main interface. Windows 8.1 offers us a new way for configuring our PC or tablet, you just need to be sure if you want to install this update, since Windows 8 cannot be reinstalled once you download this version. It is recommended, before you continue with the installation, to create a backup to retain your apps and save your information in usb/dvd, etc. for data recovery if you accidentally lose your apps
Windows 8.1 6.3.9600.16384 Features
The main features available for Windows 8.1 are listed below:
- Icons configuration from the Start screen
- Multi-tasking service
- New apps classified in categories: Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Movie Moments, SmartGlass, Fresh Paint, Recorder, Alarms, etc.
- Usual apps updated: Music, Camera, Calendar, Mail, etc.
- Redesigned Windows Store
- Win8.1 includes Internet Explorer 11
- Enhanced search system (new taskbar tab integrated)
- Wi-fi printers’ connection without drivers and third-party software
- More accessible for everyone thanks to the classic User Interface
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Minimum system requirements
The minimum system requirements for installing Windows 8.1 are the following:
- Processor: 1GHz
- Memory: 1GB of RAM
- Compatible with DirectX 9
- 1024 x 768 screen resolution
- Hard Disk Space: 16GB of free space
- You need to have pre-installed Windows 8 to run this upgrade