Those who have a tablet running Windows 8 can now upgrade to Windows 8.1 by an over-the-air download. This new version includes many of the most-requested changes to its predecessor.
Version 8.1 is now available on the Windows Store website, and is a free download for those who already have a device running Windows 8. This includes both the full version of Windows for x86 systems, as well as Windows RT 8.1 for tablets with ARM processors.
Moving from Windows 8 to 8.1 should be a straightforward process. Those who are already running the Windows 8.1 Preview need only install the final version over the top of it, but they will have an extra task: they must re-install all their third-party software. Files shouldn’t be affected, however.
After installation, users will be notified that there is already a patch available.
This new version will be available in a box at retail stores, and on new devices, starting tomorrow, October 18.
More About Windows 8.1
This new version contains a number of modifications to Windows 8 that users and hardware makers have asked for. Perhaps the most notable of these are the return of the Start Button and the ability to boot straight to the Desktop.
Other changes include additional options for tile sizes on the Start page, users having more flexibility when running two applications side-by-side and Bing has been more tightly integrated into the search process.