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Nov 2, 2013
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Bros, in case you haven't heard, Microsoft has just rolled out the new Windows 8.1 for PCs and laptops!

Noooiiice!

how to upgrade to windows 8.1

We say it's nice because Windows 8.1 brings a lot of new goodies to your computing experience. As a result, it makes Windows 8Microsoft's latest full-package operating systemmore functional...and look way cooler!

But we know some of you might be clueless on what we're blabbing about, so we came up with this little FAQ sesh on Windows 8.1 for those looking to update.

Take a peek at the basics below and be informed!


1. Wait, what is Windows 8.1?

how to upgrade to windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 is the first major update to hit Windows 8.


2. So, is it an operating system?

No, it's just an update, albeit a big one. You can't use it on its own; you must have a working version of Windows 8 to use it. Think getting a new exhaust pipe for your ride.


3. What makes it significant?

how to upgrade to windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 can be viewed as an upgrade primarily for those who prefer the old school desktop look—aka the ones who think the new, tile-based, touch-oriented layout (also called Metro UI) is sucky. It now lets you boot directly to the traditional desktop mode when you turn on your PC.


4. So, is the Start button back?

how to upgrade to windows 8.1
Yes it is, and this is perhaps the biggest change for us! When Microsoft ditched the Start button in Windows 8, many users where left frothing at the mouth, and we really can't blame them. After all, small as it was, it's really big on convenience, acting as a one-click gateway to our PC programs, options, settings, and whatnot. Nakasanayan na natin siya, and its return is definitely welcome.


5. Any improvements on multi-tasking?

Yes. With Multi-Window mode on, you can now run different apps or programs side-by-side on a single screen. For example, if you click on a link in an email message, it will open but your email program won't disappear or be "minimized." You will see and be able to tinker with both without having to constantly switch windows, which can be really tiring. This is a big positive for power users who multi-task a ton.

NEXT: On aesthetics, system requirements, and having a pirated version of Windws 8


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