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How to Install the Windows 8.1 Preview

Are you ready to try out the latest and greatest version of Windows? If so, the Windows 8.1 preview may be for you. You can download and install the Windows 8.1 preview on your PC by following these steps [more…]

What’s New in Windows 8.1?

You've heard the buzz about Windows 8.1, but you're probably wondering what's really changed. Actually, there are quite a few changes between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1; following are eight of the most [more…]

How to Customize the Windows 8.1 Interface

If you like to be in control, you're going to love Windows 8.1! There simply has never been another computer operating system that's so easy to customize. You could spend days playing with different settings [more…]

How to Use the Windows 8.1 Start Button

One of the biggest complaints that Microsoft heard about Windows 8 was the lack of a Start Button. Well, the Start Button has come back in Windows 8.1. Here's how the Windows 8.1 Start Button works. [more…]

How to Conduct a Search in Windows 8.1

Windows 8 made searching for apps much easier than it had ever been, and Windows 8.1 actually makes searching for pretty much anything even easier. In Windows 8.1 you not only see what's on your PC, but [more…]

Restore the Libraries to Windows 8.1

A folder is a storage area on a drive, just like a real folder in a file cabinet. Windows 8.1 divides your computer’s hard drives into many folders to separate your many projects. For example, you store [more…]

Put Menus and Toolbars back on Internet Explorer 11

Windows 8.1 includes a new version of Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 11. If you’ve skipped a few versions of Internet Explorer, you may notice something missing: those helpful button- and menu-filled [more…]

Share Files on One PC with Public Folders

Normally, the Windows user account system keeps everybody’s files separate, effectively thwarting Jack’s attempts to read Jill’s diary. But what if you’re co-writing a report with somebody, and you both [more…]

Crop Photos in the Windows 8.1 Photos App

The Windows 8.1 Photos app offers some basic photo editing tools not found in the Windows 8 Photos app. Follow these steps to crop a photo in the Windows 8.1 Photos app: [more…]

Choose the Right Account Type in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 offers a staggering variety of accounts: Administrator, Standard, Local, Microsoft, and Child. What are the differences among them? And which should you choose? [more…]

The 11 Biggest Changes in Windows 8.1

If you upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, this list — which highlights the 11 biggest changes in Windows 8.1 — will clarify issues that might otherwise be confusing to you. [more…]

How to Get Your Copy of Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is a free update for Windows 8. If your PC is already running Windows 8, you’ll get the Windows 8.1 update through the Windows Store. If your PC is running an earlier version of Windows, you’ll [more…]

New Updates and Features of Windows 8.1

Now that you have Windows 8.1 installed, take a quick look at some of the important updates and new features you’re going to find in Windows 8.1. [more…]

How to Resize Files on the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Windows 8.1 doubles the number of tile sizes on the Start screen compared with what is available in Windows 8. Now you can choose small, medium, wide, or large tiles. Here’s how they compare: [more…]

How to Move Tile Groups on the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

You can probably appreciate that you can arrange the tiles on your Windows 8.1 Start screen into groups. Tile groups also exist in Windows 8, but Windows 8.1 makes working with those groups much easier [more…]

Changing Background Images and Color on the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Windows 8.1 enables you to change the background and colors in your Start screen. Although you have the ability to control the colors in Windows 8, it’s much easier to change them in Windows 8.1. [more…]

How to Name Tile Groups on the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Although it’s not really necessary to name your tile groups on the Windows 8.1 Start screen, adding a name to a group makes it a little easier to quickly see what’s in each group. For example, if you have [more…]

The Windows 8.1 Lock Screen

The lock screen in Windows 8 is a static screen, but in Windows 8.1, you can choose to have the lock screen display useful information or even a slide show. The lock screen changes in Windows 8.1 to look [more…]

How to Access the Windows 8.1 PC Settings Screen

Accessing your PC’s settings is quite easy in Windows 8.1. In Windows 8.1, you can finally change settings without using the Control Panel and feeling like you’ve gone back in time. You’re no longer dumped [more…]

How to Locate Apps in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 uses two different types of apps. The traditional software program that ran in older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7, is what is known as a [more…]

6 Ways to View Apps in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 enables you to view all your apps by clicking the down arrow below the left-side group of app tiles. Although it was possible to see all your apps in Windows 8, doing so was cumbersome. Windows [more…]

How to View the Windows 8.1 App Groups

Windows 8.1 organizes the apps into a number of different groups. These groups vary according to the sort order that you’ve selected. To view app groups rather than the individual apps, click or pinch [more…]

The Windows 8.1 (New) Start Button

The Windows 8.1 Start button isn’t your grandpa’s Start button. That is, the Windows 8.1 Start button doesn’t display a menu of your applications the way it did in previous Windows versions. Rather, a [more…]

The Windows 8.1 Start Button Options

The real power of the Windows 8.1 Start button shows up when you right-click the Start button and display the pop-up menu. This pop-up menu provides quick access to a whole bunch of powerful features. [more…]

Windows 8.1 Search Features

Windows 8.1 has changed the way you search for things yet again. But this change isn’t simply a matter of adding settings and files to the results: Now your search results also include results from the [more…]

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