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On August 12, Microsoft released August Update -- its second update for Windows 8.1. While Microsoft did hype the update in April 2014 at the build conference with promises (and images) of the return of the Start Menu, the company stopped talking about it soon after. When August Update did arrive, no one noticed much. There was no Start Menu. Users need to now wait until Windows 9 for the Start Menu to arrive. Why the Start Menu failed to arrive The reason Microsoft decided to drop the Start Menu for Windows 8.1 was that they felt the OS was unpopular, anyway. They didn't believe that bringing the Start Menu back would make it likeable. Meanwhile, they would be taking something special away from their Windows 9 launch. That's a product … Continue reading
Windows 8 and 8.1 aren't just the same old Windows 7 with an experimental interface tacked on. Under the hood, they include real improvements, especially in the security department. Some of them are deep, low-level changes to the way Windows functions; others are visible ones. Here are 6 ways in which Windows 8 offers you a more secure user experience than Windows 7. Inbuilt antivirus Windows 7 doesn't include antivirus. It requires that you install either Microsoft Security Essentials or a third-party antivirus product. With Windows 8, though, Microsoft Security Essentials comes inbuilt -- only, Microsoft now calls it Windows Defender. Quick-launch anti-malware In Windows 7, antivirus software isn't allowed to start up until well into the Windows boot up process. This is a serious security problem because rootkits are able to start well before antivirus programs do. In … Continue reading
Microsoft has changed a few things around in Windows 8.1. If you miss a few features, here's how you access them. Miss the Libraries sidebar link in Windows 8.1? The Windows Libraries feature (introduced in Windows 7) is a genuinely useful idea. Before Windows 7, if you wanted to organize files and folders in different places in a way that they could be accessible in one window, you had to either copy and paste them in one folder or create shortcuts to them in that folder. Both methods tend to be awkward. With the Libraries feature, when you want to see folders from different places in one window, you simply need to create something called a Library, click on each folder you need, and then select Include in library … Continue reading
Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella is said to have been tapped for CEO because of the great job that he did setting up Microsoft's cloud presence. Indeed, the cloud emphasis is apparent on Windows 8.1 - it is deeply integrated with OneDrive, Bing and all of the other online services that Microsoft offers. Many users aren't completely enthusiastic about the Microsoft Cloud, though. They are simply not comfortable having Microsoft be an intimate part of their everyday lives, freely sending their files to Microsoft and having the company view information about their searches and other activity all the time. If you are one of these people, you would probably be interested in disabling some of the connected features on Windows 8.1. Here's how you do it. OneDrive When you allow … Continue reading
Windows XP, Vista and 7 all had a My Computer or Computer shortcut on the Desktop with an icon that depicted a computer display. Double-clicking on this icon would take you to a Windows Explorer page that showed you all the hard disks and other hard drives connected to your computer. On Windows 8.1, the name of this convenient icon has been changed. The new name is This PC . It is no longer easily available on your desktop. Luckily, there's a way to bring it back. To put the Computer or This PC icon on your Desktop, you first need to right-click on your Desktop on an area of empty space. You need to select Personalize on the context menu - the last item on it. This opens the … Continue reading
Windows 8.1 – PC Settings on the Metro Interface May Be the Way You Control Your Computer From Now On
For the most part, Windows 8.1 changes the Metro interface side to the Windows 8 experience while leaving the Desktop experience alone. For instance, the Control Panel hasn't changed much in Windows 8.1; on the Metro interface, though, PC Settings have developed an outsize role. PC Settings is so important now that many traditional Control Panel features have been rolled into it. It would appear that Microsoft aims to shift greater functionality to PC Settings in future versions of Windows. It may be important to begin learning right now about the new way in which you're supposed to access system controls in Windows. To begin, how do you access the Desktop Control Panel and Metro PC Settings In a Windows 8.1 as in Windows 8, finding the traditional Desktop … Continue reading
Microsoft caught strong criticism for the changes that it made to the traditional Windows experience on Windows 8. On Windows 8.1, Microsoft apparently decided to address some of the issues that critics complained about. The new OS brings back many traditional features that went missing on Windows 8 and revamps the most problematic of the features that introduced on Windows 8. Windows 8.1 is a free update The update is available to anyone running Windows 8. To upgrade from Windows 7 you need to pay to upgrade to Windows 8 first then grab the free 8.1 update. If you have the Windows 8.1 Preview on your computer, you need to downgrade back to Windows 8 first and then get the full 8.1 update. The changes introduced in version 8.1 … Continue reading
Businesses often have a ‘bring your own device’ policy these days – workers are allowed to bring their own phones, tablets and laptops to use at the office. This is a problem for the IT departments at these companies – how do they make sure that their business data is kept separate from their workers’ personal data? One answer to the problem would be to build a complete virtual computing environment on the company’s own computers and to place all business-related applications and information in that environment. When workers bring their own computing devices, they only connect to that virtual environment. This can be a technically demanding option to apply, though. With Windows 8, there is a new option – putting the company’s computing environment on a fast USB … Continue reading
Looking to get the most out of your Windows device? Whether you use the Surface RT, a Windows 8 Phone, or even a desktop computer, there are more than a few apps that can help make your time with Windows a little easier. But with more than 130,000 apps to choose from at the Windows app store, where do you begin? Although a list of nine is less than comprehensive given all the available options, below you'll find nine of the most popular, smartly designed, and all around worthwhile apps for your Windows 8 device. IM+ With half a dozen major IM clients on the market, odds are not all of your friends and acquaintances use the same IM services. That's where IM+ comes in. With support for Google … Continue reading
While Windows 8 placed considerable stress on getting users to interact with their computers through touch, Windows laptops and devices that offered touch were rare at first. Over time, though, both manufacturers and users have warmed to the technology. Microsoft and Intel have announced that over time, they intend to see the touch interface run all computers. Touch-based Windows laptops, tablets and convertibles are already common today and are more affordable than ever. Windows RT is only available on Microsoft's hardware Microsoft launched Windows RT, its operating system for tablets, alongside of Windows 8. Windows RT had consumers confused at first though. While it only appeared on Microsoft's Surface RT to begin, manufacturers like Lenovo put the OS on laptops too, over time. These laptops had users confused. Since … Continue reading