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Well, it is here! Final version of Windows 8.1 download has just gone live for everyone worldwide. Here’s everything you need to know.

Those of you who took the leap and upgraded to Windows 8 when it first became available last year are now able to hammer Microsoft’s download and authentication servers for 8.1 update. The upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 promises to bring with it a plethora of new features and functionality upgrades that should dramatically improve the all-around user-experience.

Microsoft Surface Pro

The Windows 8.1 upgrade is only available as a free option from Windows Store to those currently running Windows 8.

Win8.1

If you are a Windows desktop, notebook or tablet user who opted against getting in on the Windows 8 action from the get-go then worry not. There are still options for any consumers who want to ditch a legacy version of Windows in favor of this latest offering. Those running a computer powered by Windows XP, Windows 7 or even Windows Vista can purchase the Windows 8.1 operating system from the Windows.com/buy website.

A brand new purchased of Windows 8.1 for new users will cost as previously reported $119.99. Power users and those who like to get a little more bang for their buck can choose the Pro version of the OS for $199.99. If digital downloads aren’t your thing and you prefer the secure feeling of owning a DVD based install disc then this option should start to become available this coming Friday from a whole host of physical and online retailers. It may seem like there are a lot of configuration options, but if you have purchased or downloaded Windows 8.1 standard then Microsoft will also offer a Pro version upgrade for $99.99. More on Windows 8.1 price and retail packaging can be found here.

Windows 8.1 box

If the return of the iconic Start button isn’t enough to entice you into the world of Windows 8.1 then maybe increased performance, the evolution of the Start screen and the varying tile sizes will seal the deal. Regardless of what floats your boat, the Windows 8.1 update is available now.

Windows 8.1

Windows 8 users, head over to this official Microsoft link to download Windows 8.1 update installer to get started.

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