For those under the impression that the Windows 8.1 update is a service pack, the service pack mainly contains previously released updates and fixes but no new features. Therefore, Windows 8 is not a service pack that includes new features.
As some people may know, when Windows Vista was released in 2007, it did not perform well in the market. Two years later, Microsoft released a polished version of Vista and named it Windows 7. It became the best selling Operating System in history. The only difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is that Windows 7 is not a free update for Vista users, and Windows 8.1 is completely free for all Windows 8 users.
As the “1” in the Windows 8.1 name suggests, Windows 8.1 is based on Windows 8. Update Windows 8.1 adds hundreds of new features and functions to Windows 8 without removing existing features and completely Free for all Windows 8 users.
Windows 8 Update is mainly based on Microsoft’s feedback from millions of Windows 8 users in the past year. According to Microsoft, this update will encourage XP, Vista, and Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows’s latest version.
One could say that Windows 8.1 is the must-have Windows 8, or we could also say that “.1” completes Windows 8!
Windows 8.1 added a lost Start button for easy switching to the Start screen, an option to boot directly to the desktop by skipping the Start screen and customizing the Start screen, an option to automatically. Set the desktop background as the Start screen, an easier way to shutdown and Restart the computer, and hundreds of other features.
Go through the table below for some of the key features present in Windows 8.1 that are not part of Windows 8: