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Update your Windows 8 PC to Windows 8.1 for free through the Windows Store when available.
What's new with Windows 8?
The Start screen.Everything you care about most is on the new Start screen. Tiles on the Start screen are connected to people, apps, folders, photos, or websites, and are alive with the latest info, so you're up to date at a glance.
Mouse, keyboard—and now touch.Windows 8 is perfect for PCs with only a mouse and keyboard, those with touchscreens, and those with both. Whatever kind of PC you have, you'll discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.
Apps from the Windows Store.Windows 8 comes with a new store for apps, the Windows Store. Open the Store right from your Start screen to browse and download apps for cooking, photos, sports, news, and a lot more—many of them free.
Millions of streaming songs.Windows 8 also includes the Xbox Music app, which gives you access to a whole world of music.1
Your Windows, everywhere.Sign in with your Microsoft account to any of your PCs running Windows 8 and you'll immediately see your own background, display preferences, and settings.
The Familiar made better
The desktop.The desktop that you're used to — with its taskbar, folders, and icons — is still here and better than ever, with a new taskbar and streamlined file management.
Security.Stay up to date and more secure with Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and Windows Update.
Speed.Windows 8 starts up faster, switches between apps faster, and uses power more efficiently than Windows 7.
Why Windows 8?
It goes where you go.Your pictures, files and settings are easily synced through the cloud so you can get to what you need almost anywhere.
It plays as hard as it works.Windows 8 gives you the poser to quickly browse, watch movies, play games, polish your resume, and pull together a killer presentation — all on a single PC.
You keep all your filesIf your PC is running Windows 7, your files apps, and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8.
You keep familiar programs.Programs that run on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8.
See Windows in action.
Make it yours.The Windows 8 Start screen is your personalized home for the things you care about and want to keep an eye on. Organize it, customize it, and make it yours.
Work hard, play hard.Windows tablets run Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, so you can mix in a little work with episodes of your favorite shows.
Not your average apps.With thousands of apps to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Once you buy an app from the Windows Store, it’s yours to use on up to five Windows 8 PCs or tablets.
Your Office. Your Way.Experience Office at its best on Windows 8 devices. Discover new and better ways to create, edit, and browse—using a keyboard, pen, or touchscreen. Don’t forget…Office is not part of Windows 8.
More ways to connect.
1 GHz processor
2 GB RAM
20 GB available hard disk space
1366 x 768 screen resolution
DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Internet access (fees may apply)
Microsoft account required for some features
Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
Windows Media Center license sold separately
If you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 preinstalled and you later upgrade that PC with Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8 Media Center Pack, a volume license edition, or a retail edition, you will no longer be able to install apps that are provided exclusively from your PC manufacturer through the Windows Store.
|Upgrade to Windows 8||Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro||Add Windows 8 Pro Features|
|Product Information||Reimagined to be all about you. With Windows 8, you can put what matters most right on your Start screen and get instant access to your favorite people, apps, and sites.||Get everything in Windows 8 plus enhanced features in Windows 8 Pro that help you easily connect to company networks, access files on the go, encrypt your data, and more.||Get enhanced features with Windows 8 Pro Pack that help you easily connect to company networks, access files on the go, encrypt your data, and more. Plus, get Windows Media Center.|
|Requirements||Upgrade software. Requires PCs running Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, or Windows 7.||Upgrade software. Requires PCs running Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, or Windows 7.||Requires PCs running Windows 8.|
|DVD or Product Key Included?||DVDs included (32 and 64 bit)||DVDs included (32 and 64 bit)||Product key included (no DVD)|
- 1 Limited hours of free streaming after 6 months; unlimited with paid subscription. Internet required; ISP fees apply. See xbox.com/music
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