Microsoft released Windows 8.1, a revamped version of Windows 8 on 17th October 2013. A major update to the operating system codenamed Windows 8.1 Update 1 was rolled out on 8th of April, 2014, the same day when Microsoft pulled support for Windows XP. Windows 8.1 has been receiving positive reviews ever since its release. The Redmond based software giant has really worked hard to tweak the Windows 8 problems and release a revamped Windows 8.1 version.
If you are pondering over downloading Windows 8, wait a minute. Windows 8 is no more the latest OS. It has been replaced by Windows 8.1. If you have installed Windows 8 already on your PC, don’t worry. You can download and install Windows 8.1 without paying any additional charges. Nevertheless, you need to have a valid Windows 8 license key to download and install the latest update (Windows 8.1).
Do I need to upgrade my hardware to upgrade to Windows 8.1?
It is a frequent question asked by many. Many think that they should upgrade their hardware to be able to install the latest Windows 8.1. Microsoft has always required that users should upgrade their hardware to migrate to a new operating system from an old one. Surprisingly, Windows 8 didn’t require a hardware upgrade.
According to Microsoft support site, machines that run Windows 7 are compatible with Windows 8. Likewise, PCs that run Windows 8 are capable of running Windows 8.1 too. Nevertheless, if you are planning to install Windows 8.1 on your older machine, check the following hardware requirements.
Windows 8.1 Hardware requirements
Windows 8.1 is a touch-screen friendly operating system. If you wish to use it with its touch-screen friendly features, you ought to make sure that you have a touch enabled monitor or device. Below are the basic hardware requirements to install Windows 8.1 on your PC.
To run Windows 8.1 on your PC, you must make sure that your PC is powered by a processor that runs at 1gigahertz (GHz) or faster.
Random Access Memory (RAM) should be 1GB to install 32-bit OS and 2GB to install 64-bit OS.
Free space requirements in the hard disk
At least 16GB space should be kept in the C: Drive to be able to install the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 on your PC. For 62-bit OS, the free space requirement in C: Drive is 20GB.
Windows 8.1 is Microsoft’s latest OS. It has many advanced features. If you face any installation troubles after downloading Windows 8, communicate with an expert in the Microsoft support site.