What to expect in Windows 8.1 update

Windows is releasing it's next free update in about a week or so. It should be easy to follow and smooth, but should you require any help or run into any issues, don't hesitate to contact one of our computer consultants to get the job done. Here is what you can expect from the update.

Option to boot from desktop

In my experience with a new windows machine, the option to view your desktop has always been there so this was never an issue. However, you now can boot your computer FROM the desktop as opposed to the tile screen. This just saves me a step and I guess it is easier and familiar. I guess Windows heard all those complaints about an old favorite. The return of the START Button also comes back on both tile screen and traditional desktop; but with a twist. It allows you to return to the previous screen, and with a right-click of your mouse you can see more options.

You can customize your Apps

In this version you now have the option to choose which apps/programs you want as your default. While Internet Explorer had many updates in the past not everyone is on board with this search engine. I know I prefer Google due to it's manageability. I log into my email and go from there. So you now can make sure that you only use Chrome, Firefox, etc. Among other Apps you can customize are the email, video player, music player, and photo viewer.

Disabling "Hot Corners"

Windows has a feature that allows you to press and hold corners of the screen using touch pad or mouse to reveal more options. This function can now be disabled.

Tile Size Customization

Tiles on the new screen can now be changed to three options for your viewing pleasure: Large, Wide, Medium, and Small.

App updates and Grouping

You can now group apps that are similar for easier tile keeping. Now if you have 5 apps that are for your photo editing you can group these into a new tile. Best way to think of this is folder on your desktop. Same concept just fancier wrapping. Also now you can set up automatic updates for your Apps to schedule.

And lastly, what would a new update be without a slew of new background pictures and colors


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