It was earlier this summer when Microsoft officially unveiled what it would be improving in Windows 8.1, which included the often rumored Boot to Desktop option, the return of the Start button as well as a number of other improvements. Shortly after the unveiling, Microsoft announced it planned to release Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade for current Windows 8 users starting October 17. As you could probably assume by today’s date and the title of this story, Windows 8.1 has indeed been released and is now available for your downloading pleasure.

Those of you who have a Windows 8 PC, you can head over to the Windows Store to proceed downloading the Windows 8.1 update, which weighs in at over 3GB, so don’t expect the update to take place any time soon. Thankfully, Microsoft allows the update to be downloadable in the background, leaving you to carry on with your day. Once the update is ready to be installed, Windows 8 will prompt you the update is ready.

Those of you who don’t have Windows 8 but still want to get in on the Windows 8.1 fun can upgrade for just $119.99 for the standard version of Windows 8.1 and $199.99 for Windows 8.1 Pro. On the other hand, considering Windows 8.1 was just released, those of you who haven’t jumped on the Windows 8 bandwagon will probably hold off a little bit longer with your current Windows version of choice.

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