How to upgrade Windows 8.1 to other editions

Microsoft provides three editions of Windows 8.1, each editions varies in features. You can upgrade for major editions of Windows 8.1 to add new features. Here how to upgrade Windows 8.1 to other editions.

How to upgrade Windows 8.1 to other editionsFirst of all Windows 8.1 will available in home, Pro and Enterprise editions. Upon them enterprise edition of Windows 8.1 contains all those features in with home and Pro editions. Microsoft supports upgrade to major edition in Windows 8.1 through valid key, will works for 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 8.1.

You can only perform upgrade from 32 bit Windows 8.1 to another edition of 32 bit Windows 8.1, also 64 bit Windows 8.1 can only upgrade to another editions of 64 bit Windows 8.1

How to upgrade Windows 8.1 to other editions

  • Open settings.
  • Select PC informations.
  • There you can see the installed operating system and version.
  • Select get more features with new edition of Windows.
  • Enter valid Windows key or purchase Windows 8.1 via online.

What is difference between 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 8.1 operating system?

The way of handling informations itself is the core difference between 32 bit and 64 bit Windows. The larger bits handles data with more accuracy through addressing more memory. A 32 Bit Windows 8.1 can address Random Access Memory (RAM) upto 4GB in the case of 64 bit Windows 8.1 it ranges from 1GB to 128GB.

  • The 64 bit Windows 8.1 can completes the tasks more efficiently than 32 Bit one as it addresses more physical memory.
  • 64 bit Windows 8.1 provides more programming performance.
  • 64 bit Windows 8.1 have enhanced security features.

How to confirm whether the system is running on a 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 8.1?

  • Right click on My PC.
  • Select properties.
  • Check the OS version within system type.

Is it possible to run 64 bit Windows 8.1 on 32 bit processor?

You can’t run a 64 bit Windows 8.1 on a 32bit processor. 64 bit Windows 8.1 will runs only within 64 bit capable processor. A 64 bit processor can run both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 8.1.

How  to know whether your system is capable to run 64 bit Windows 8.1?

  • Goto settings.
  • Select PC info.
  • Within system type you can see processor type as X64 or X86.
  • X64 meant for 64 bit processor.64 bit processor

Is it possible to upgrade 32 bit Windows 8.1 to 64 bit Windows 8.1?

You can’t make an upgrade of 32 bit Windows 8.1 to 64 bit Windows 8.1, possible to make upgrade to another edition of same bit version of OS. If you have a 64 bit processor within your system and you want to move to 64 bit Windows 8.1 from 32 bit one re-installation of OS is only solution. You need to back up your file before you going for re-installation of Windows. It is recommended you to choose minimum 4GB RAM for efficient running of 64bit Windows 8.1.

Is it essential to have 64 bit drivers for running 64 bit Windows 8.1?

The 64 bit Windows 8.1 demands 64 bit drivers for proper running, 32 bit drivers won’t support for this version. You can make driver updation from manufacture’s site or can check within Windows compatibility center.

Application compatibility in 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 8.

  • 64 bit applications will support with 64 bit Windows 8.1 that runs on 64 bit processor.
  • 32 bit application support with 64 bit Windows 8.1 that runs on 64 bit processor.
  • 32 bit application support with 32 bit Windows 8.1 that runs on 64 bit processor.
  • 32 bit application support with 32 bit Windows 8.1 that runs on 32 bit processor.
  • 64 bit application won’t support with 32 bit Windows 8.1 that runs on 32 bit processor.
  • 32 bit application won’t support with 64 bit Windows 8.1 on 32 bit processor.
  • 64 bit application won’t support with 64 bit Windows 8.1 on 32 bit processor.
  • 64 bit application won’t support with 32 bit Windows 8.1 that runs on 64 bit processor.
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