Windows 8.1

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Windows 8.1
Version of Microsoft Windows
Windows 8 logo and wordmark.svg
OS familyWindows NT
Preliminary name
Architecturex86, x64, ARM32
Latest build
Release date2013-10-17
Support end2023-01-10
Server counterpart
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows 8
Replaced by
Windows 10

Windows 8.1 is an operating system by Microsoft. It is a free upgrade for existing Windows 8 users. It replaced Windows 8 and was succeeded by Windows 10 in late July 2015.

Main Changes[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

  • The Start button was brought back (although it still leads to the Metro start screen).
  • Computer is renamed to This PC.
  • Clicking the File Explorer icon in the taskbar takes you to This PC instead of Libraries, unlike in Windows 7 and 8. Additionally, Libraries is disabled by default, you can re-enable it by right-click on the navigation pane and choose "Show libraries" or "Show all folders".
  • User folders (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos) added to This PC.
  • New customization options for the Start screen.
  • Redesigned PC Settings.
  • The price of the Windows 8 and 8.1 Media Center Pack changed to US$9.99 until it was discontinued on 30 October 2015.

Update 1 (on non-touch devices)[edit | edit source]

  • When you hover over the top of a Metro app, Windows shows a title bar with minimize and close buttons.
  • Right-clicking on the Start screen opens up a menu instead of the touch-oriented controls at the bottom.
  • You can pin Metro apps to the taskbar.
  • A power button has been added next to the search button on the start screen.

List of known builds[edit | edit source]

Milestone 1[edit | edit source]

Milestone 2[edit | edit source]

Milestone Preview[edit | edit source]

Pre-RTM[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

Post-RTM[edit | edit source]

GA Update[edit | edit source]

Update 1 pre-release builds[edit | edit source]

Update 1[edit | edit source]