Free for Windows 8 Users! Ask us how to upgrade your other versions of windows.
I've heard it's for touchscreens. Can I still use a mouse and keyboard?
Yes. You can use it the way you want: touchscreen, mouse and keyboard, or both. You’ll also still be able to work with the familiar desktop just as you did in earlier versions of Windows. If you spend most of your time on the desktop, you can even set Windows to go there instead of the Start screen when you first turn on your PC. Many of your favorite keyboard shortcuts are still here, and there are even more of them.
Can I use my current software and printers?
Windows 8.1 is compatible with almost all of the peripherals (printers, cameras, keyboards, mice, etc.) that you’re using today with your Windows PC or tablet. You can also use most of the desktop programs you currently use, including Office programs.
To see if your peripherals will work with the new Windows, you can run a quick check now.
Do you have the apps I want?
Today we have over 100,000 apps in the Windows Store, including top apps for Windows like Hulu, Netflix, and Twitter—and we’re adding more every day. Windows 8.1 also comes with great apps built in, including Mail, Calendar, People, Skype, and more.
Is it hard to learn how to use the new Windows?
There are lots ways to get started right away, and once you do, we think you'll find it's not nearly as daunting as you thought it might be. The first time you run Windows 8.1, you'll see on-screen tips on how to get around and do basic tasks. Windows 8.1 also comes with the Help+Tips app. And you can also sign up for step-by-step instructional emails, tweet questions @WindowsSupport, or send us a message on Facebook.
What if I buy a PC running Windows 8? Can I update to Windows 8.1?
Yes. If you're running Windows 8 you'll be able to get the free update to Windows 8.1 through the Windows Store.
Can I still buy earlier versions of Windows?
Yes, contact a representative of IDP.Net or PCGalaxy.com to get a quote.
Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer for sale and sales of Windows 7 will end soon. The good news is that Windows 8.1 gives you the power to work the way you always have, as well as a whole world of touchscreen entertainment and new, faster ways to get things done.