Meet Windows 8.1

With Windows 8.1, Windows has been reimagined. It’s the best of both worlds, the best solution for work and play.

Make it yours

Start Screen

Photos, news from friends, your favorite apps and sites—put what's most important to you on your Start screen. Choose your colors and move stuff around until it's just the way you like it.

The Windows 8 Start Screen


Your favorite apps, sites, and people: Make each one a tile you can resize, move around, and organize the way you want. Some tiles animate with the latest information so you see live updates at a glance. Get status updates, weather forecasts, and Tweets as soon as you sign in.

Personal Lock Screen

Your lock screen displays a slide show of your favorite photos. Plus, you can answer Skype calls, and take photos before you even unlock your PC.

Picture password

Instead of typing a password, you can unlock your PC by drawing shapes on a picture with your finger or mouse. Three taps or clicks on your dog's nose? Tracing the smile of your toddler? The choice is yours.

Search once, go anywhere


Bing smart search gives you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. Results are in a clean, graphic view so you can quickly get to what you're looking for. (Certain features unavailable in some regions.)

An example app running

The search results page

Your results are grouped by category and by where they’re from. For example, the photos on your PC will be grouped together, and so will the photos from the web. The results from your personal files on your PC and SkyDrive will be listed first, and then results from apps and the web. Thumbnails give you an idea of what you’re getting before you tap or click.

Works hard, plays hard

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, including Netflix, ESPN, Skype, and Halo: Spartan Assault.

Apps and Office

Your Office, your way

Experience Office at its best on Windows 8 devices. Discover new and better ways to create, edit, and browseÂ-using a keyboard, pen, or touchscreen. Don't forget: Office is not part of Windows 8.1.

How to update?

Free Update from the Windows store:

Go to the start screen and click on the Store Tile. In the store, click on the Windows 8.1 update and download.

The update will download in the background whilst checking to see if your system is ready for the update, the timing of this can vary depending on your computer system.

After the update is downloaded, your PC needs to restart. You can then chose your new setting after this restart process.

SkyDrive screen