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Windows 8.1 introduced major changes to the operating system's platform and user interface to improve its user experience on tablets. These changes included a touch-optimized Windows shell based on Microsoft's "Metro" design language, the Start screen (which displays programs and dynamically updated content on a grid of tiles), a new platform for developing "apps" with an emphasis on touchscreen input, integration with online services (including the ability to synchronize apps and settings between devices), and Windows Store, an online store for downloading and purchasing new software.
New and changed features
New features and functionality in Windows 8.1 include a faster startup through UEFI integration and the new "Hybrid Boot" mode (which hibernates the Windows kernel on shutdown to speed up the subsequent boot), a new lock screen with a clock and notifications and the ability for enterprise users to create live USB versions of Windows (known as Windows To Go). Windows 8.1 also adds native support for USB 3.0 devices, which allow for faster data transfers and improved power management with compatible devices and hard disk 4KB Advanced Format support, as well as support for near field communication to facilitate sharing and communication between devices.
Safety & Security
New security features in Windows 8.1 include two new authentication methods tailored towards touchscreens (PINs and picture passwords), the addition of antivirus capabilities to Windows Defender (bringing it in parity with Microsoft Security Essentials). SmartScreen filtering integrated into Windows, Family Safety offers Parental controls, which allows parents to monitor and manage their children's activities on a device with activity reports and safety controls. Windows 8.1 also provides integrated system recovery through the new "Refresh" and "Reset" functions, including system recovery from USB drive.
Internet Explorer 10 is included as both a desktop program and a touch-optimized app, and includes increased support for HTML5, CSS3, and hardware acceleration. The Internet Explorer app does not support plugins or ActiveX components, but includes a version of Adobe Flash Player that is optimized for touch and low power usage.
Interface and desktop
Windows 8.1 introduces significant changes to the operating system's user interface. The new user interface is based on Microsoft's Metro design language. The Start screen displays a customizable array of tiles linking to various apps and desktop programs, some of which can display constantly updated information and content through "live tiles". Alongside the traditional Control Panel, a new simplified and touch-optimized settings app known as "PC Settings" is used for basic configuration and user settings.
Windows 8.1 is available in two editions; Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Professional. Each edition of Windows 8.1 includes all of the capabilities and features of the edition below it, and add additional features oriented towards their market segments. For example, Pro added BitLocker, Hyper-V, the ability to join a domain, and the ability to install Windows Media Center as a paid add-on. Users of Windows 8.1 can purchase a "Pro Pack" license that upgrades their system to Windows 8.1 Pro through Add features to Windows. This license also includes Windows Media Center.
Whats included in my purchase?
A genuine retail product license key, and the corresponding product download media provided in an ISO/IMG file type.
Do I receive a download link after the checkout?
Yes, all products purchases include download media which can be burned onto a USB or DVD as a physical copy.
Is this product compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit systems?
Yes, it is compatible with both, 32-bit and 64-bit.
Can I directly upgrade from an older operating system?
Yes, however it will require a full clean installation.
What is a clean installation?
A clean installation means formatting your hard drive before installing Windows, be sure that you have backed up your files.
Hard Drive Space: 20 GB available hard disk space
Processor Speed: 1 GHz or faster x86 or 64-bit
RAM: 1GB (32 BIT) / 2GB (64 BIT)
Graphics: 1366 x 768 or higher display, DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 64+ MB of video memory