Your familiar desktop
From the Start screen, you’re just a click away from the familiar Windows desktop you know, so you can do the stuff you’ve always done.
Your own unique start screen
Personalize your Start screen with your favorite news, friends, social networks, and apps. Customizable colors and backgrounds and four different sizes of tiles make your Windows as unique as you are.
Mouse, keyboard, and now touch
Windows 8.1 Pro works with different types of devices, including touch, mouse-and-keyboard, or both. Discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.
Enhanced data protection
Windows 8.1 Pro offers enhanced data protection, the ability to access your desktop remotely, and connectivity to your corporate or school networks via Domain join.
The apps you want
In addition to great built-in apps for email, people, photos, and video editing, you can also download thousands of popular apps from the Windows Store, including Netflix, ESPN, Skype, and Halo: Spartan Assault.
Your Office, your way
Experience Office at its best on Windows 8.1 devices. Discover new and better ways to create, edit, and browse—using a keyboard, pen, or touchscreen. Don’t forget: Office is not part of Windows 8.1 Pro.
1 GHz or faster
Required hard disk space
Required video card
1366 × 768 screen resolution; DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Internet access (fees may apply)
Other system requirements
Microsoft account required for some features. Watching DVDs requires separate playback software.
Additional system requirements
Some features such as touch may require a new PC. To check compatibility, visit the system requirements page at Windows.com. A TV tuner is required to play and record live TV in Windows Media Center. Free Internet TV content varies by geography, some content may require additional fees.