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The top 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 8.1

Sure, Windows 8.1 may be more about refinement than revolution, but it has some killer tweaks to entice users to check it out.

Microsoft releases disk images for Windows 8.1 beta upgrades

Microsoft has released its Windows 8.1 beta as a disk image, making it more convenient to upgrade multiple devices within an organization or enterprise.

Facebook, Foursquare, and Flipboard lead a flood of big-name Windows 8 apps

The slew of announcements at Build 2013 show that Microsoft is taking its commitment to the Windows Store seriously.

How to boot to desktop mode in Windows 8.1

Microsoft added this much-needed option to the Windows 8.1 update. Here's how to enable it.

12 missing features we'd still love to see in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 changes a lot about the core Windows 8 experience, but it can be so much better if Microsoft adds just a bit more.

Don't forget to back up your PC before trying Windows 8.1

Tales of installation woes drive home the point: Back up your system before trying out Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 also has a few business-oriented tricks up its sleeve

Microsoft focused much of its Build conference keynote on Windows 8.1; meanwhile, the company dug deeper into Windows 8.1's business-oriented features at TechEd Europe.

Windows 8.1 apps: New additions and crucial updates

Windows 8.1 Preview shows much-improved internal apps, and the Windows Store is much friendlier and more filled-out than it used to be.

Deep inside Windows 8.1's hidden new features

Some of Windows 8.1's more useful tweaks occur behind the scenes.

How to download Windows 8.1 Preview

Ready to try Windows 8.1? Here's what you need to know.