Windows 8.1 Update 1, It’s Here Folks!

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It’s a big day for Windows Users, with the 8.1 update 1 becoming available to all running Windows 8.1, and while it’s not the hugest of updates, the touches that some call a concession, and others call a reality of the market are quite small, but nice.

It really isn’t the largest of updates, with the bulk of the update 1 portion being , varied. The bulk of it was 887.6 Mb on my old PC, and took about 50/55 minutes from go to whoa, with some security extras, the largest of which were for IE11. Of course total size will vary by PC.

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This update is meant to make us non touch, desktop users happier, keep our mouse and keyboards relevant while our aged PCs, or desktop setups reach their end of life. It better utilises the taskbar, allowing Metro apps to be minimised and closed in a classic way, and accessible from the desktop. If you are more of a desktop person in particular,

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there is still the option to choose where you go first when you sign in, in a step or two,

First, open Taskbar and Navigation properties by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Taskbar in the search box, and then tapping or clicking Taskbar and Navigation in the results.

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To boot to Start

Tap or click the Navigation tab, and then clear the When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start check box. Tap or click OK. The next time you sign in to your PC, you’ll see the Start screen instead of the desktop.

To boot to the desktop

Tap or click the Navigation tab, and then select the When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start check box. Tap or click OK. The next time you sign in to your PC, you’ll see the desktop.

To boot to Apps view

Tap or click the Navigation tab, and then clear the When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start check box.
Then, select the Show the Apps view automatically when I go to Start check box. Tap or click OK. The next time you sign in to your PC, you’ll see the Apps view. (Any of the other commands that typically take you to Start will now take you to the Apps view too.)

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There’re a whole lot more tweaks and tricks for customising the Windows 8.1 Desktop at this page here.

If you want a fuller look into what you have just updated your PC with, head on over to Microsoft’s detailed description.

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