Microsoft has made the first major update to its latest OS, Windows 8.1, which is now available for pre-order in the United States ahead of its official release in stores on October 18th.

Microsoft Windows 8.1

The new version brings back the Start button, new desktop customisation options, and several new apps - such as Calculator and Sound Recorder. Older ones, such as SkyDrive and IE11, received an update.

Windows 8 customers will receive the upgrade for free, while those with earlier versions will have to puchase it. Those running Windows 7 can install Windows 8.1 directly; users running Windows Vista, XP or earlier must install Windows 8 first, and then they will be able to upgrade to 8.1 for free.

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The pricing for Windows 8.1 remainder the same as the DVD versions of Windows 8 - Windows 8.1 costs $119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro costs $199.99.

Has Microsoft lived up to the high expectations and list of changes originally proposed? 

SEE ALSO: What Windows 8.1 Promises

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