About

Windows 8.1 is the current release of the Windows operating system, produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs.

Is this software right for me?

This software can be used by staff on university or personal computers, both on and off campus.

 

What does this software do?

Windows 8.1 is an operating system used to run Windows computers.

 

Can you explain in more detail?

Windows 8 introduces significant changes to the operating system's platform, primarily focused towards improving its user experience on mobile devices such as tablets to rival other mobile operating systems (such as Android and iOS),[4] taking advantage of new or emerging technologies (such as USB 3.0, UEFI firmware, near field communications, cloud computing and the low-power ARM architecture), new security features (such as malware filtering, built-in antivirus software, and support for secure boot, a controversial UEFI feature which requires operating systems to be digitally signed to prevent malware from infecting the boot process), along with other changes and performance improvements.

 

Windows version : Professional (64-bit)

Support Level : None

How do I get it?

Staff :

Available for download via Pegasus.
DOWNLOAD WINDOWS 8 NOW

Licence Agreement / Costs

Type : Site licensed

End Date : Renewed annually

Licence Details :

Please read licence details before downloading software:
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Usage :

By staff on or off campus and with a personal or University owned computer system.

Personal Licence : Not applicable

Help

When downloading this software, an automated email will be sent to your university email account. Please read this email as it contains information and instructions.

If you have any problems downloading or installing this software, please contact help@strath.ac.uk

A huge variety of information is available, including overviews and FAQs on the Microsoft homepages.
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Training

The Development & Training Resource Centre has a wealth of online training resources including video tutorials, tutor-led material, self-study material and links to external best practice sites. Follow the link(s) below for more information:

 

Who is it for?

Staff :

Free to download to University owned or personal PC/Laptop


Student :

Windows Operating systems are available for download from Microsoft at a discounted price.
See the 'How do I get it?' section for details. 

System Requirements

If you want to run Windows 8 on your PC, here's what it takes:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2

  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

 

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch

  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768

  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768

  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)

  • Secure boot requires firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI signature database

  • Some games and programs might require a graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 or higher for optimal performance

  • Microsoft account required for some features

  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software

  • Windows Media Center license sold separately

  • BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive (Windows 8 Pro only)

  • BitLocker requires either Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or a USB flash drive (Windows 8 Pro only)

  • Client Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system with second level address translation (SLAT) capabilities and additional 2 GB of RAM (Windows 8 Pro only)

  • A TV tuner is required to play and record live TV in Windows Media Center (Windows 8 Pro Pack and Windows 8 Media Center Pack only)

  • Free Internet TV content varies by geography, some content might require additional fees (Windows 8 Pro Pack and Windows 8 Media Center Pack only)

To check if your PC meets these requirements, you can run the Upgrade Assistant.