Windows 8.1 gives you the familiar desktop with its taskbar and Start button, plus a beautiful new Start screen that you can customize with your favorite apps, people, and sites so that everything you love is just a tap or click away.
You also get built-in cloud storage for anytime, anywhere access to your photos and files, beautiful full-screen browsing with Internet Explorer 11, plus an exclusive collection of built-in apps like Photos and Mail, with many more apps available from the Windows Store.
To install the free update to Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro through the Windows Store, your PC must be running Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro.
For more information, read the full terms and conditions.
1 GHz processor or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
2 GB RAM / 20 GB available hard disk space
1024 × 768 screen resolution
DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
To use touch, you need a PC that supports multitouch
Internet access (fees may apply)
Microsoft account required for some features
Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
Windows Media Center license sold separately
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