Finally! The wait for Windows 8.1 is over and as an end user, you can download Windows 8.1 RTM. This iteration of Windows 8.1 is supposed to rectify the mistakes made by Windows 8. You can review Windows 8.1 here.
Windows 8.1 : System Requirements
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
HDD: 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics Card: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024×768 or greater
To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366×768
To use secure boot feature the firmware should support UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B and should have the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI signature database
Windows 8.1 : Pricing
Windows 8.1 costs $119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro costs $199.99. Both can be obtained from official Windows website mentioned later in this article. If you purchase a new computer in future and if it already comes with Windows 8.1 installed, you’ll be able to upgrade it to Windows 8.1 Pro for $99.99. If your computer contains Windows 8.1 Pro, you’ll be able to purchase Windows Media Center pack for $9.99.
Windows 8.1 : Upgrading Paths
From Windows 8 -> Windows 8.1, absolutely free.
From Windows 7 -> Windows 8.1, everything will be retained except third-party apps.
From Windows XP / Vista -> Windows 8.1, clean installation required.
Windows 8.1 : Purchase
You can purchase Windows 8.1 RTM using the following link:
Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise : 90-days Free Trial Available
If you’re looking for testing Windows 8.1 RTM without buying it, then Microsoft has provided you the option to do so. They have made Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise available to end users, so that they can download and use it freely for almost 3 months. Everything in case of this Enterprise build goes same as Pro edition, except that it has some additional features :
“Windows To Go Creator” helps users in creating a fully functional copy of Windows 8.1 on a bootable USB drive similar to Windows 8.
“Start Screen Control” helps you in controlling layout of Start Screen. You can also prevent other users from customizing Start Screen look-n-feel using this tool.
“DirectAccess” allows users to access their network resources remotely without having to launch a separate VPN.
“Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)” provides users the ability to play 3D graphics, use USB peripherals and use touch-enabled devices across any type of network (LAN or WAN) for VDI scenarios which was made possible due to enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012.
“AppLocker” helps you in restricting files and apps from running on PC.
“Windows Enterprise Side-Loading” allows users to side-load apps on domain-joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8.1 Enterprise.
“Assigned Access” lets users set any particular app as default shell on a device so other users only use the specified application and cannot access other system files and applications.
You can download this evaluation copy of Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise from following page:
Windows 8.1 Upgrading Issues
If you’re facing the issues in upgrading to Windows 8.1, then please checkout these solutions:
That’s it for now, hope you’ll find Windows 8.1 worth upgrading!