Where to Start with Windows 8.1

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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 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…]

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…]

How to Scan from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

After neglecting scanner owners in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 makes amends with a new Start screen app that specifically handles the chore of turning physical paper into computer files. Dubbed simply Scan, [more…]

How to Navigate around a Windows 8.1 Touchscreen

Navigating with your fingers on a touchscreen might be new to yiou. In the land of tiled Windows Store Metro programs, the one-finger swipe (dragging your finger across the touchscreen) is king. [more…]

How to Navigate Windows 8.1 with a Mouse and Keyboard

Microsoft has been very careful to ensure that anything you can do with a finger on a touchscreen can also be done with a mouse. You have to make sure that you run your mouse properly, but the general [more…]

How Do You Turn Windows 8.1 Off?

Among the thousand ways to turn off Windows 8.1, none of them are obvious or intuitive. If you’re looking at the old-fashioned desktop, you can turn the machine off by right-clicking the Start icon in [more…]

How to Add Your Own Picture to the Windows 8.1 Lock Screen

Changing the picture for your Windows 8.1 lock screen is easy. Customizing the picture is a favorite trick at Windows demos, so you know it has to be easy, right? Here’s how: [more…]

The 2 Faces of Windows 8.1

As you undoubtedly know by now, Windows 8.1 has two faces. They’re designed to work together. You can be the judge of how well they live up to the design. The first face you see when you start Windows [more…]

Switch between the Windows 8.1 Start screen to the Old-Fashioned Desktop

Get your computer going. You’re looking at the Metro Start screen, right? To get your desktop back when you’re in the Metro Start screen, just click or tap the big Desktop tile. [more…]

How to Use the Windows 8.1 Controls for Switching Programs

Windows 8.1 has some built-in controls that let you switch programs. The controls work even when you’re running a “legacy” program on the old-fashioned desktop. The controls frequently work when Windows [more…]

How to Add and Remove Apps on the Windows 8.1 Lock Screen

Badges are the little icons that appear at the bottom of the Windows 8.1 lock screen. They exist to tell you something about your computer at a glance, without having to log on — how many e-mail messages [more…]

How to Create a Picture Password for Windows 8.1

A picture password consists of two parts: First, you choose a picture — any picture — and then you tell Windows 8.1 that you’re going to draw on that picture in a particular way, such as taps, clicks, [more…]

Basics of the Windows 8.1 Charms Bar

In lieu of a Control Panel, Windows 8.1 has a simple bar with a charming name, the Charms bar, and a somewhat limited repertoire. You can get to the Charms bar from either the desktop or the Metro side [more…]

How to Set and Respond to Notifications in Windows 8.1

The desktop side of Windows 8.1 allows all sorts of notifications: blinking taskbar tiles, balloon messages over the system time (in the lower-right corner, dire-looking icons in the system notification [more…]

How to Add Windows 8.1 Users

The first account on a new PC is always an administrator account. If you bought your PC with Windows 8.1 pre-installed, the account that you have — the one you probably set up shortly after you took the [more…]

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