Even though there are already a great many new apps specifically for Windows 8, many of which are completely free, you might still have older desktop programs that you like to use or even brand new desktop programs.
There’s a Desktop tile on the Windows 8.1 Start screen, but how do you install desktop programs? Do you get it all from the Windows Store, and how can you make sure that the older programs you’ve come to either love or rely on still work?
You can only install desktop programs on your tablet if it is running Windows 8.1 Pro. If you want to use desktop software, you should ask if it runs the Pro version before making your purchase.