Windows 8.1, now with a new Start screen
With the new Windows, you can watch movies or play games, chat with friends, get work done with Office, access files anywhere or find your next favourite app in the Windows Store. And you can get to it all, including your familiar desktop, from the new Start screen.
Your familiar desktop
From the Start screen, you're just a click away from the familiar Windows desktop you know, so you can do the same stuff you’ve always done.
Your own unique start screen
Personalize your Start screen with your favourite news, friends, social networks and apps. Customizable colours and backgrounds and four different sizes of tiles make your Windows as unique as you are.
Works hard, plays hard
Windows 8.1 gives you the power to quickly browse, watch movies, play games, polish your CV and put together a killer presentation — all on a single PC. Now you can organize up to three apps on your screen at once in a single view.
The apps you want
In addition to great built-in apps for email, people, photos and video editing, you can also download thousands of popular apps from the Windows Store.
Mouse, keyboard, and now touch
Windows 8.1 works with different types of devices, including touch, mouse-and-keyboard, or both. Discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.
Your Office, your way
Experience Office at its best on Windows 8 devices. Discover new and better ways to create, edit and browse using a keyboard, pen or touchscreen. Microsoft Office sold separately.
Before you buy
For Windows XP / Vista Users
Windows 8.1 is not designed for installation on devices running Windows XP or Windows Vista. Already running Windows 8? Update to Windows 8.1 for free through the Windows Store If you’re running Windows 7, your files will easily transfer. If you’re running Windows Vista or earlier, qualify for the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 by purchasing Windows 8 now.
Before installing, see windows.com/install for important information. Some features such as touch may require a new PC. To check compatibility, visit your PC manufacturer’s website and run Upgrade Assistant at windows.com/upgrade.
After purchase, you will be prompted to run the Windows 8 setup, which walks you through the steps to download and install. Learn more about privacy and the Upgrade Assistant
If your PC has a 64-bit capable processor (CPU) but is currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can install a 64-bit version of Windows 8.1, but you'll need to buy it as a DVD and perform a clean installation. You won't be able to keep any files, settings, or apps when you update from a 32-bit to a 64-bit version.
Looking to add Media Center to Windows 8.1? If your PC is running Windows 8.1, you can get Windows 8.1 Pro Pack and enjoy all the features of Windows 8 Pro as well as Windows Media Center.