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Windows 8.1 : some changes and new features you needs to know!

June 29, 2013

Windows 8.1 Preview.. This update fixes some of the annoyances, and adds some interesting new features you might want to know..

Want to give a Test Drive? Download Windows 8.1 Preview from this link :

Some of the new features of Windows 8.1 Preview:

  • Start button returns: Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button. Clicking on the button opens the Windows 8.1 Start screen, but a right click does give you access to some common functions like the control panel, task manager and the ability to shut down or restart the computer.
  • Boot to Desktop: In Windows 8.1 You will have the option to boot directly to the desktop now (Finally!!).
  • Lock screen and Start screen options: Microsoft already had picture passwords, but now that nice feature has been expanded to allow multiple images to be pulled from your Tablet/Laptop or SkyDrive. This makes the Lock screen into a digital photo frame. The Start screen now has more tile sizes and background colours also.
  • Refreshed Xbox Music: In Windows 8.1, Xbox Music is more user-friendly and supports custom playlists.
  • Better search: In Windows 8.1, searching the device will pull up apps, local and SkyDrive files, and settings. Previously it only found apps. Overall, the entire search and All Apps view experience has been significantly help mouse/keyboard users.
  • Snap Views and multi-monitor: In Windows 8.1, you now can run multiple apps in the foreground with Snap. If you have a 2,560×1,440 resolution or higher monitor, you can have four apps up at once. lower than that, and only three apps can be snapped in.
  • Windows Store: The new Windows Store UI is cleaner. Currently installed apps can also auto-update in the background.
  • Extensive SkyDrive integration: When you set up Windows 8.1, you will be prompted to turn on SkyDrive — and by doing so, SkyDrive will be integrated right into Explorer. Accessing your SkyDrive data from the Desktop is super easy and fast. More data and settings will now be synced/backed up by default.
  • Metro Control Panel: For Windows 8.1 Tablet users, one of the biggest changes in Windows 8.1 is a massively beefed up Metro Control Panel. No longer will you have to fall back to the Desktop Control Panel to change a large number of system settings.

Check out my new Windows 8.1 installation in my Snap Shot here :

1 – 1st time you boot up your machine using Windows 8.1 Preview installation media, you get this “FISH” interface.



2 – Your typical Installation welcome screen…




























3 – Finally.. the start button.. as you wish..


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