Windows 8.1 codenamed Windows Blue is an update for Windows 8 with many new awesome features and improvements. Windows 8.1 update would fix most of the problems with Windows 8 as well as introduce new features.
If you are one of the people who have some questions in mind which you might want to get answered then, you are at the right place. Some of them are mentioned below along with their best answers.
Q. What is Windows 8.1?
Windows 8.1 is the update for Windows 8 by Microsoft which aims to make the Windows 8 experience more awesome and user friendly without compromising customization and productivity.
Q. What is Windows Blue?
Windows Blue is the internal codename of Windows 8.1 which was and is used by Microsoft employees and teams.
Q. When Windows 8.1 update would be released?
Windows 8.1 update is scheduled for public release as a preview on June 26, 2013 during the Build 2013 Conference while the final version is expected later this year, possibly in third quarter of 2013.
Q. Is Windows 8.1 update free?
Yes, the Windows 8.1 update would be free for all Windows 8 users – only if you own a legally activated copy of Windows 8.
Q. How the Windows 8.1 update would be released?
Windows 8.1 update would be released and available for download through Windows Store. Users will get a notification that the update is available.
Q. Is Windows 8.1 update necessary?
No, it’s not mandatory to install the Windows 8.1 update but, if you are a Windows 8 user then, it is recommended to install this update to make your experience more rich and easy.
Q. Can the Windows 8.1 update be installed directly without installing Windows 8?
Windows 8.1 is basically an update for Windows 8 and it updates the Windows 8 with new features so, without having to install the Windows 8, you won’t be able to install the Windows 8.1.
Q. What would be lost while upgrading from Windows 8 RTM to Windows 8.1 Preview and/or Windows 8.1 RTM?
If you decided to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview then, you will be able to keep your Modern-UI apps, settings, customization and data but, desktop apps won’t be saved. While upgrading from Windows 8 RTM to Windows 8.1 RTM you would be able to keep desktop apps, Modern-UI apps, settings, customization and data.
Q. Can I upgrade from Preview to final RTM version? If so, what I would be able to keep?
Yes, upgrade from Preview to final RTM version would be possible in Windows 8.1 but, you will have to re-install all your desktop and Modern-UI apps after upgrading.
Q. Can I revert back to Windows 8 after installing the Windows 8.1 update?
Yes, you will have the option to revert back to Windows 8 RTM after installing the Windows 8.1 update but, it’s not clear what would be kept while uninstalling.
Q. What new features would be coming in Windows 8.1 update?
Being an update for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 would be getting hundreds of new features while some of them would be updated from Windows 8. You will get customizable Lock Screens with Skype and Camera access right from it without unlocking, finger print login, customizable Start Screen with more rich backgrounds, new tiles sizes and gestures for touch and mouse to scroll, more settings in Windows PC Settings ported from desktop Control Panel, new apps, option to boot to desktop, use desktop background as Start Screen background and many more. Windows 8.1 would also be getting a lot of new security features.
Q. Will the Start Menu from Windows 7 be returning to Windows 8.1?
No, the Start Menu we know from Windows 7 and its predecessors won’t be coming back to desktop of Windows 8.1. But, the Start Button would be returning to taskbar of Windows 8.1 desktop which would replace the Start thumbnail from Windows 8 and would also include the Windows 8 logo.
Q. What new pre-installed apps would be included in Windows 8.1?
Windows 8.1 update would be getting 8 new pre-installed apps which couldn’t be found in Windows 8. Reading List, Help + Tips, Movie Moments, Sound Recorder (Modern), Calculator (Modern), Alarms (Modern), Food & Drink and Health & Fitness are included in new apps.
Q. Will the existing apps of Windows 8 be updated in Windows 8?
Yes, Microsoft would also be updating some of the existing Windows 8 apps in Windows 8.1 update. Not, all apps would be updated.
Q. Will the Store app be updated in Windows 8.1?
Yes, the Windows Store would be revamped for Windows 8.1 with new interface which would highlight apps in more efficient ways.
Q. Will the Windows 8 apps run in Windows 8.1?
Yes, Windows 8.1 would run all your existing desktop and Modern-UI apps from Store in the same way as Windows 8.
Q. What browser would be included in Windows 8.1? What would be its features?
Windows 8.1 would be getting Internet Explorer 11 as the default browser for both desktop and Modern-UI. New features of IE 11 would include improved tabbed browsing, open GL support, unlimited tabs in Modern-UI and some new developer tools.
Q. Do we still have to use the File Explorer app on desktop to access files on internal/external hard drive?
Windows 8.1 update would include the option to browser the files on your internal or external hard drive from the newly introduced SkyDrive app. You will be able to perform basic features like exploring, opening, cut/copy/paste and move etc but, advanced functions are still limited to File Explorer on desktop.
Q. Will I be able to boot directly to desktop in Windows 8.1 by skipping Modern-UI?
Yes, Windows 8.1 would include the option to boot directly to desktop after skipping Modern-UI. But, this option won’t be enabled by default and it will also require special administrative permissions.
Q. Is the multi monitor support being improved in Windows 8.1 update?
Yes, Windows 8.1 update would also improve the multi-monitor support. You would be able to use multiple Modern-UI apps on all monitors or use few Modern-UI apps and other desktop ones on other screens.
Q. Which hardware is compatible with Windows 8.1?
Basically being an update for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 will support all hardware devices which can support Windows 8.
Q. Will this update increase boot speed of Windows 8?
Windows 8 already boots up in less than 10 seconds on most of the new devices so, Windows 8.1 will get the same boot timing but, it may not be increased further.
Q. How much disk footprint Windows 8.1 will take?
Windows 8.1 would take less disk space as compared to Windows 8.
Q. Will Windows 8.1 support external hardware devices like printers, scanner, webcams and others?
Yes, Windows 8.1 being an update for Windows 8 will support each and everything which can run with Windows 8.
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