This download contains the Windows Support Software (Windows Drivers)you need to support 64 bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 on your Mac. For more information on which operating systems are supported on different Mac systems, click here. If you want to install Windows 8 from a USB device, you'll need to get those setup files from the DVD to the USB drive. Unfortunately, simply copying them there won't do. Windows 8 is also sold as a downloadable ISO file which, if you choose to buy it that way, requires similar steps to get it properly copied to a USB drive.

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Your music, movies, TV shows, apps, and more. The best way to follow your favorite artists and friends — and discover the music they’re talking about, listening to, and downloading. iTunes is home to everything that entertains you.

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Forget rifling through stacks of CDs or flipping through channels. iTunes puts your entire music and video collection a mere click away, giving you an all-access pass to thousands of hours of digital entertainment. Browse. Organize. Play. All from your Mac or PC.

View your library by artist, album, episode, year, rating — any way you want. Find what you’re looking for with a quick search that reveals results as you type.

Turn CDs into digital music by importing them to iTunes. Organize your entire collection with custom playlists.

Shuffle songs to mix up your groove. Listen to music from other computers on your network. Play video using onscreen controls.

iTunes can also be used to sync your content on your iPod, iPhone, and other Apple devices.

iTunes for Android

Although there is no iTunes for Android app from Apple, Apple Music has the same functionality you would expect from an iTunes app. You can use the Apple Music for Android app to access your iTunes library from your Android device.

What's New:

Mobile Device Service

  • Available for: Windows 7 and later
  • Impact: A user may gain access to protected parts of the file system
  • Description: The issue was addressed with improved permissions logic.
  • CVE-2020-3861: Andrea Pierini (@decoder_it), Christian Danieli (@padovah4ck)

libxslt

  • Available for: Windows 7 and later
  • Impact: A remote attacker may be able to view sensitive information
  • Description: A stack overflow was addressed with improved input validation.
  • CVE-2019-13118: found by OSS-Fuzz

WebKit

  • Available for: Windows 7 and later
  • Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting
  • Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.
  • CVE-2019-8658: akayn working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative

WebKit

  • Available for: Windows 7 and later
  • Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting
  • Description: A logic issue existed in the handling of document loads. This issue was addressed with improved state management.
  • CVE-2019-8690: Sergei Glazunov of Google Project Zero

WebKit

  • Available for: Windows 7 and later
  • Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
  • Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed with improved memory handling.
  • CVE-2019-8644: G. Geshev working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative
  • CVE-2019-8666: Zongming Wang (王宗明) and Zhe Jin (金哲) from Chengdu Security Response Center of Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.
  • CVE-2019-8669: akayn working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative
  • CVE-2019-8671: Apple
  • CVE-2019-8672: Samuel Groß of Google Project Zero
  • CVE-2019-8673: Soyeon Park and Wen Xu of SSLab at Georgia Tech
  • CVE-2019-8676: Soyeon Park and Wen Xu of SSLab at Georgia Tech
  • CVE-2019-8677: Jihui Lu of Tencent KeenLab
  • CVE-2019-8678: an anonymous researcher, Anthony Lai (@darkfloyd1014) of Knownsec, Ken Wong (@wwkenwong) of VXRL, Jeonghoon Shin (@singi21a) of Theori, Johnny Yu (@straight_blast) of VX Browser Exploitation Group, Chris Chan (@dr4g0nfl4me) of VX Browser Exploitation Group, Phil Mok (@shadyhamsters) of VX Browser Exploitation Group, Alan Ho (@alan_h0) of Knownsec, Byron Wai of VX Browser Exploitation
  • CVE-2019-8679: Jihui Lu of Tencent KeenLab
  • CVE-2019-8680: Jihui Lu of Tencent KeenLab
  • CVE-2019-8681: G. Geshev working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative
  • CVE-2019-8683: lokihardt of Google Project Zero
  • CVE-2019-8684: lokihardt of Google Project Zero
  • CVE-2019-8685: akayn, Dongzhuo Zhao working with ADLab of Venustech, Ken Wong (@wwkenwong) of VXRL, Anthony Lai (@darkfloyd1014) of VXRL, and Eric Lung (@Khlung1) of VXRL
  • CVE-2019-8686: G. Geshev working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative
  • CVE-2019-8687: Apple
  • CVE-2019-8688: Insu Yun of SSLab at Georgia Tech
  • CVE-2019-8689: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

WebKit

  • Available for: Windows 7 and later
  • Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting
  • Description: A logic issue existed in the handling of synchronous page loads. This issue was addressed with improved state management.
  • CVE-2019-8649: Sergei Glazunov of Google Project Zero

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Update 7/31/2020: Windows 8.1 is long outdated, but technically supported through 2023. If you need to download an ISO to reinstall the full version of the operating system, you can download one from Microsoft here.

If you are still using Microsoft Windows 8.1, we recommend you at least begin considering what OS you will use in the future. It’s mid-2020 and Win 8.1 will shuffle off the mortal coil in January 2023. You can still qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10 if you own a valid Windows 8.1 license, despite the fact that Microsoft formally ended its upgrade program five years ago. Additionally, Windows 10 has the same system requirements as Windows 8.1, so if you can run the latter, you can also run the former.

If you are somehow still stuck on Windows 8.0 and do not want to go to the hassle of a full OS swap, we recommend running Windows Update immediately and downloading all available patches for your system, including the Windows 8.1 update, which will likely be offered to you by default. If you want to download just the Windows 8.1 update files, you can do so here.

Original story below, from 2013:

Windows 8.1 has been released. If you’re using Windows 8, upgrading to Windows 8.1 is both easy and free. If you’re using another operating system (Windows 7, Windows XP, OS X), you can either buy a boxed version ($120 for normal, $200 for Windows 8.1 Pro), or opt for one of the free methods listed below. To download and install Windows 8.1 for free, follow the guide below.

How to download Windows 8.1 for free

If you don’t want to wait for October 17 or 18, there are two options for downloading Windows 8.1: You can obtain a copy (and a license key) from a friend/colleague with an MSDN, TechNet, or DreamSpark (student) subscription, or you can download a Windows 8.1 RTM ISO from your favorite file-sharing website (The Pirate Bay, Mega, etc.)

While we’re not going to write a guide on how to obtain Windows 8.1 RTM from non-official sources, we will at least tell you to check the SHA-1 hash of the ISO that you download to make sure that it’s legitimate. If you hit up the MSDN Subscriber Downloads page, and then click Details under the version that you’ve obtained from elsewhere, you’ll find the SHA-1 hash. If you then use File Checksum Integrity Verifier (FCIV) on the ISO, the hash should match. If it doesn’t, assume the ISO has been compromised and download another. (But do make sure that you’re checking the right SHA-1 hash on the MSDN website; your ISO might be mislabeled).

The other easier, and completely legal, option is to download the Windows 8.1 Preview from Microsoft. It’s not as snappy as the final (RTM/GA) build, though, and has quite a few bugs/missing features. Bear in mind that if you go down this road, upgrading to a real version of Windows 8.1 will require a few more steps (discussed in the next section).

Windows 8 For Mac

How to install Windows 8.1 for free

Once you have the Windows 8.1 ISO on your hard drive, the installation process is painless. Before you begin, you should consider backing up your important files and documents, but it’s not really necessary. You should also ensure that you have plenty of free hard drive space (20GB+).

If you’re already running Windows 8 and you downloaded the RTM ISO from somewhere other than the Windows Store, you can install Windows 8.1 by mounting the downloaded ISO in Explorer by double-clicking it, and then running the installer. If you’re on Windows 7, XP, or (bless your soul) Vista, you’ll need to burn the ISO to a USB thumb drive or DVD, or mount the ISO using a third-party virtual drive tool, like Magic ISO.

Free Windows 8 For Mac

If you already have Windows 8, and you waited for the official release date, installing Windows 8.1 is as simple as visiting the Windows Store and downloading the free update.

In both these cases, the upgrade process should be very smooth, with your apps and settings fully preserved. If you upgrade from Windows 8.1 Preview, however, you will lose your installed apps, unless you first run a cversion.ini removal utility.

Windows 8 For Mac Mini

Once you’ve installed Windows 8.1, you should check out our extensive collection of Windows 8.1 tips and tricks, and be sure to check our Windows 8.1 review and hands-on impressions to ensure that you’re making the most of all the new features.

Win 8 For Macbook Air

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Sebastian Anthony wrote the original version of this article. It has since been updated with new information.