Windows 8.1 Features

There are many Windows 8.1 features within the operating system. Learn all about them in this free lesson.

Updating Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

When Windows 8 was released in 2012, many users complained that it was difficult and confusing to use, especially compared to older versions of Windows. Windows 8.1 is an update for Windows 8 that includes a number of improvements and features to address some of these issues. Below are some of the most helpful and notable features:


If you already have Windows 8, you should now able to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Your computer may be updated to Windows 8.1 automatically, but you can also update it manually. To do this, open the Windows Store app from the Start screen, then select Update Windows.

Screenshot of the Windows StoreUpdating Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

You can also review this page from Microsoft if you're having trouble updating to Windows 8.1.