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Just before we get into Windows 8.1, get comfortable in our new surroundings, check out some of the features and functions, you should know about you're options, as well as system requirement necessary to run Windows 8.1. First of all there's a couple of editions. The first edition which we'll call Standard is ideal for home users. It's a free upgrade if you're a current Windows 8 user already, and if you're not, you can buy it for $119. Next, we have Windows 8.1 Pro, and this is more ideal for the business user or technical enthusiast.
You get some added pro features, like encryption, and PC management. There's virtualization and domain connectivity built in as well. It too, is a free upgrade for current Windows 8 Pro users. And, for those who are not current Windows 8 users, it can be purchased for $199. Now if you went ahead and got the Standard version of Windows 8.1, you can upgrade it to the Pro version by buying the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack. Again, this is ideal for those business users and tech enthusiasts.
You get all those Pro features added for only $99. Right, let's talk about what you're going to need as far as hardware to run Windows 8.1. Your processor will need to be a Gigahertz or faster, with support for PAE, NX and SSE2. Check out the Microsoft website, if you need to dig a little bit deeper into the meaning of those requirements. As far as your random access memory or RAM goes on a 32-bit system, you're going to need a gigabyte at least, and two gigabytes on a 64 bit system.
You'll also need some hard disk drive space. On a 32-bit machine, 16 gigabytes of space that's free, and 20 gigabytes of space on a 64-bit machine. You also need a very good graphics card. You'll need a DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver built-in. Also, if you're going to be using what we call our touch input, you'll need a screen that supports multi-touch. So it could be a screen attached to your computer or could be a touch device like a tablet.
And to run what we use to call the metro or modern style apps that are built in to Windows 8.1, you'll need a screen resolution of at least 1024 by 768. There are some snap features as well. And they require an even higher screen resolution of at least 1366 by 768. So those are the additions and the system requirements you'll need to run Windows 8.1. If you're ready to go, lets continue.
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