What is new in Windows 8.1?
What’s the difference between Windows 8 and 8.1?
As you know Microsoft’s added new features to Windows 8 and slapped a “.1″ number to latest version of Windows 8. But what are these new features? Ok Read on! You can find the answers of your questions
After one year of the release Windows 8, Windows 8.1 update has arrived. Microsoft’s latest version of Windows has many changes, and some requirements of course If you’re a curious for an update to Windows 8.1, read on my article to find some answers for your questions
What’s new in Windows 8.1?
Last year’s Windows 8 was a new kind of operating system aiming especially touch-screen devices and also could convert between touch and keyboard&mouse modes, to create a new easier windows experience.
When we examine changes in the new Windows 8.1, we can easily say that there are many small changes and some difference than first version of Windows 8. But most of these changes made for traditional Windows users to return their old habits. Biggest changes of Windows 8.1 are:
– You can boot directly into Desktop instead of the “Metro UI” or “Start Screen Tiles” covered user interface.
– A “Context menu” appears after right click to “Start Screen Tiles”. From this menu, Pin-Unpin, Uninstall or Resizing processes can be done. Risizing is for changing the size the of “Start Screen Tiles”
– Legendary “Start” button is back.
– For a better multitasking more apps can snap side-by-side.
– There is a better cross-system search. Also this new system search ties with the cloud-based SkyDrive storage.
– Apps coming with Windows 8 can pin on Taskbar with Windows 8.1 update (Example: Metro Apps & Windows Store Apps)
– Taskbar is reachable now in Start Screen. But in this feature, taskbar is coming as “auto-hide”. That’s why you should move your mouse marker to the bottom of your screen.
– The name of “Skydrive” changed as “OneDrive”.
– A new compatibility mode (Enterprise mode) added to Internet Explorer 11. You can find detailed information from this Microsoft link.
– “Disk Space” section added under the “PC and Devices”. This section shows you the hdd storage details of applications, pictures, videos, music and etc.. But the folders showing in “Disk Space” are only the system folders. The folders created by the users aren’t a part of the “Diskspace”.
Even though the famous “Start” button returned with the Windows 8.1 update, we can’t say the usage is same with the older one.
Do I have to buy a tablet or some kind of device to use Windows 8.1?
Of course no! You can use Windows 8.1 in any PC as long as support the requirements. Also there is no necessity for Touch screens. Nevertheless Windows 8.1 makes the things easier. You can use “Desktop mode” with bypassing touch-friendly “Start Screen Tiles” interface. Even you encounter with it, you can use your mouse, keyboard or touchpad to navigate.
Is the legendary Start button back?
In some way we can say that Start button is back. The absence of the Start button caused problems for traditional Windows users. But with the update of Windows 8.1 legend returns. Also Start buton can make easy-access to user-interface of “Start Screen Tiles”. However, right-click to new Start Button it brings up a context menu with additional options.
How do I get Windows 8.1 and what’s the price of update?
Windows 8.1 update is free for existing Windows 8 users. Just click to the Windows’s app store and install the 8.1 update. Also this update can be done from WSUS servers for companies.
If you are using Windows 7 or earlier version of Windows, you can buy from Microsoft’s. You can buy from this link for a price between $120 to $200. But there are some special offers for students and teachers. You can also find some special offers from the link.
What are the system requirements for Windows 8.1?
You can find all the requirements from Microsoft website. Click here for details. If you notice, these requirements are in lower level than Microsoft’s Windows 8. But in general the fundamental needs are:
– 1 GHz of faster PAE, NX or SSE2 supported CPU
– 1 GB RAM (32 bit versions) and 2 GB RAM (64 bit versions)
– 16 GB free hard drive space for 32 bit versions and 20 GB free hard drive space for 64 bit versions.
– Minimum a DirectX 9 supporting graphic card with WDDM driver.
Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 update application also available in Microsoft website as .msu installer:
English version x32 (KB2919355)
English version x64 (KB2919355)
Server 2012 x64 R2 Update (KB2919355)