Microsoft Windows 8.1
Category: Supported Windows systems- client releases
Windows 8.1 is an upgrade (Service Pack) to Windows 8, but can also be purchased in retail.

As a free update, Windows 8.1 was a response to a wave of criticism from users using Windows 8. The update introduced particular changes in intuitiveness, user interface or MetroUI applications. Start screen in version 8.1 received many functionality extensions. Among others, the user by clicking on the arrow in the bottom part of the screen can go to all installed applications divided alphabetically. New version of the system allows for more personalization of the boot screen by e.g. different sizes of tiles, larger colors, as well as the possibility to use wallpaper as a background for the boot screen. Additionally, the lock screen gives the possibility to use a photo show. The search engine for applications installed on the computer has also changed. Until now the search results were displayed on the whole screen surface, now this surface has been limited, leaving part of the start screen visible at all times.

In order to make the system easier to use, a visible start button and context menu (available under the right mouse button on the start icon) appeared in the taskbar. The startup screen also displayed an icon that allows you to quickly turn off, restart or sleep the computer.

The functionality in the computer settings has been extended with functions that were so far only available from the control panel. The Windows Store has been changed through an improved user interface for searching applications and automatic updates.

Windows 8.1 has introduced even greater integration with several Microsoft services. For example, OneDrive is integrated with the system to synchronize settings and files. Files are automatically downloaded in the background when a user tries to access them. Exceptions are files marked as available only offline. OneDrive used in Windows 8.1 requires the system user account to be linked to a Microsoft account.

On the day of release of a newer version of the windows, users of this system have been given the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge for one year.
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Minimal system requirements:

Free space on disk: from 16 GB to 20 GB

CPU: 1 GHz with PAE and SSE2 support.

RAM: from 1 GB to 2 GB

Type of interface:

GUI (graphical)

⦁ Additional informations about files:
BETA versions (developmental, unstable) are marked in gray,
Blue - official system editions,
Green for modifications and additions (if any)

If you have trouble choosing the right version of the system to download, please refer to the markings below:

⦁ OEM- version compatible with previously purchased devices / pre-installed system on a new computer, assigned to a PC motherboard. After damage or replacement of computer parts, your license is lost

⦁ SP- System image contains a package of fixes and updates. The higher the number, the more patches and updates contained in the system. The patches are called "Service Packs".

⦁ RTM- System version released on the day of release, straight from the production line. It does not contribute anything to the operation of the license.

⦁ Retail- sales version of the program.

⦁ [Polski]- Polish language version; [English]- English language version

⦁ x86 or 32-bit - system compatible with 32-bit processor architecture. They do not support 64-bit architecture. They can use up to 4 GB of RAM.

⦁ x64 or 64-bit - System compatible with 64-bit processor architecture. Some systems (older than Vista/7) do not support 32-bit systems

⦁ x86-64- Multi-architecture edition of the program. You can choose it if you do not know what CPU architecture your computer has.

⦁ VL/VolumeLicense- A system preinstalled on company computers, this license allows you to install the same system on multiple computers and use it simultaneously.

⦁ E- System version without Internet Explorer browser.

⦁ N- System version without media programs (Windows Media Center, Media Player)

⦁ Images called: "Home/Ultimate" are actually images that contain all editions: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate

⦁ Multi-SKU: system image with multiple edits to choose from during installation. Multi-Format system

⦁ (chk): system image checked for errors during compilation (debug)

⦁ (alt): alternative system image to be downloaded, not different from the original, it is a copy/reupload

⦁ DMF: system image saved in a floppy disk format

⦁ CD/DVD: system image saved in a format designed for compact discs and DVDs.

⦁ ESD: file from digital or commercial distribution. To use it, it must be converted to an ISO file.

⦁ File preview icon:
                      IMG- floppy disk image. You can use it in a virtual machine, or use a special program to extract files.

                  ISO/MDF- ready to burn to disk, create bootable media or use in a virtual machine. It can also be used in a program to emulate virtual drives and discs.

      7Z, ZIP, RAR- compressed archive. To access the file, use a program to compress the files, e.g: WinRAR, 7-ZIP- please use file archiver program to open it.

To quickly find the image, press [Ctrl+F] on your keyboard and enter the keyword in the search field. This will highlight the images that contain the entered keyword.

Installation of these images is intended for advanced users. The following systems are published in the BETA (test) version. The installation may be problematic, the system may not work properly. Moreover, BETA versions may be unstable with drivers, programs and operation. They may have unfinished system functions. It is recommended to test the BETA version on a VM. If you have problems with the installation I recommend to consult the Beta Archive forum.

If you are looking for activation keys for Windows [Beta] installation images, click here, or use this address.

Images modified by the community will be taken from the website, which brings together advanced users and moderators (authors of system modifications). Modifications created by them can be lighter, cut out of some elements of the system, cleared of unnecessary services and optimized for operation on slower computers. Some images modified by the community can be password protected: to protect against misuse. It should be used to unzip some archives.