Windows 8.1 FAQ

Can you offer any tips for using touch, a keyboard, and a mouse with Windows 8?

The key thing to remember is that using touch is about the screen edges, and using the mouse is about the screen corners. For instance, swiping in from the right edge of the screen and tapping Start is the same as moving the mouse pointer to the upper-right corner of the screen and clicking Start. The mouse shortcuts that you have always used are still there. To open app commands in a Windows Store app, simply right-click the app. Last, the keyboard shortcuts that you know and love are still in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. A new one that IT professionals might love is the Windows key + X, which opens a menu of administrative tools. For more information on keyboard shortcuts, see Windows 8 Shortcuts.

What are the hardware requirements for Windows 8.1?

Windows 8.1 provides a terrific experience on the same hardware that runs Windows 7 and Windows 8. In fact, you might even notice that your computer seems a little faster afterupgrading to Windows 8.1. The minimum recommendation is a 1 GHz processor. For 64-bit systems, Microsoft recommends a minimum of 2 GB of memory with 20 GB of free hard disk space. For32-bit systems, Microsoft recommends a minimum of 1 GB of memory with 16 GB of free hard disk space. A Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) driver is required. Some features require additional components. To use touch, for example, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch. To access the Windows Store requires an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024×768. Last, snapping Windows 8 apps side-by-side requires a screen resolution of at least 1366×768.

What are the differences between Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise?

Windows 8.1 is the basic edition for home users. It includes the core feature set that home users require but does not include key business features, such as support for the ability to join domains, process Group Policy, and so on. Windows 8.1 Pro is for small- and medium-sized
businesses. It provides enhanced features that help to easily connect to company networks, access files on the go, encrypt data, and more. Last, Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition is available through Windows Software Assurance. It includes all the capabilities of Windows 8.1 Pro, plus
premium features such as Windows To Go, DirectAccess, BranchCache, AppLocker, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and Windows 8 app deployment.

What is the different between Windows 8 and Windows RT devices?

Windows 8 runs on x86 devices and you can install desktop apps on them. On the other hand, Windows RT devices run on low-powered ARM processors, helping OEMs build devices with long battery lives and new form factors (e.g., thin, light, and sleek devices). Windows RT devices
are preconfigured systems on certified hardware that helps ensure users have high-quality and predictable experiences over time. They still offer the same consistent and great Windows experience that Windows 8 provides. Windows RT devices can run apps from the Windows Store, but you cannot install desktop apps on them, and they are compatible with most peripherals.

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