Is Windows 8.1 Worth Installing?

Windows 8.1 is worth installing to gain access to the Smart Search feature, which includes results from the Bing search engine and the files stored on the computer, and OneDrive, a built-in online storage functionality. Other benefits include desktop tweaks, including display scaling, and options to customize the Start screen.

Unlike Windows 8, the 8.1 version includes an option to bypass the Start screen and the Apps page, and immediately access the desktop after booting the operating system. The built-in Windows Store also received a face lift, including descriptions and ratings for individual items. However, Windows 8.1 users who prefer using Google as their search engine have to deal with a Bing-centric experience.