Over the past week we've been publishing a lot of content around the end of support for Windows XP on the 8th April 2014, we know there are many users still attached to this platform, and although we're aware of its high regard with customers it's now time for us to finish up the support we offer for XP and focus our attention to our modern platforms.

If you are considering moving over to our latest version, Windows 8.1 here is a useful FAQ guide to answer any questions and help you make an easy transition.

How do I update to Windows 8.1?

Here's how to update to Windows 8.1 depending on the version of Windows you're currently running:

If you're already running Windows 8, you can update to Windows 8.1 in the Windows Store for free. For more info, see Updating to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8.

If you’re running Windows 7, you can buy and download Windows 8.1 using Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant. In Upgrade Assistant, you'll have the option to install Windows 8.1 now, later, or using media with an ISO file or a USB flash drive. For more info, see Upgrading to Windows 8.1 from Windows 7.

If you're running Windows Vista or Windows XP, you'll need to perform a clean installation with a DVD. Make sure to review system requirements before buying a DVD. For more info, see Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows Vista or Windows XP.

Some editions of Windows 8 don't support the update to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store. For more info, see Why can't I find the update in the Store?

If you're updating from Windows RT, see Windows RT 8.1: FAQ.

If you're updating from Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview, see Update from Windows 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1.

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How much does Windows 8.1 cost?

If you're already running Windows 8, it's free. Go to the Windows Store to update to Windows 8.1.

If you're running a previous version of Windows, you can see current pricing on the Compare and decide webpage or in Upgrade Assistant.

How much free space do I need to update?

If you're running Windows 8, you need 3,000 MB of available space for the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1, and 3,850 MB of available space for the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1. If you're running Windows 7, we recommend that you run Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant to check if you have enough available space. If you're running Windows Vista or Windows XP, we recommend you check the system requirements before installing Windows 8.1.

You need a total of 16 GB (32-bit version) or 20 GB (64-bit version) of space on your hard drive for Windows 8.1.

This is simply a snippet of the larger FAQ for Windows 8.1 deployment, if you want the full list of questions follow this link.