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Windows 8.1 Review

Microsoft is finally rolling out Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade for Windows 8 users; does it address all the elements you weren’t happy about? To us it rather looks as if Microsoft wanted to strike a happy medium.


  • Start button is back  Win 8.1. start button

The Start button has returned to the bottom left hand corner of the desktop but … still not as the traditional start menu, however users can click it now to move back and forth between a desktop and tiled layout.

  • Boot directly to desktop

The desktop is where the majority of business people get their work done, so it was widely disapproved when Microsoft forced users to navigate through the Live Tile interface on Windows 8.

To enable this setting hit right click when on the desktop followed by Properties. Click on the Navigation tab and then check the box next to the “Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in” option.

  • Smarter search windows_8.1_-_search

We think that searching on Windows 8 was not user friendly at all. Launching the search menu made a list of apps pop up and searching itself was defaulted to look through apps.

In Windows 8.1, first of all, search has been streamlined whilst on the Start screen in Windows 8.1. You no longer have to hit a search button. Now, you just have to start typing and a search tab will automatically appear with results. The OS is now set to search everything so it will search Settings, Files and the web – thanks to Bing.


  • Time consuming installation

The download of the update itself may be a bit frustrating and slow – it took us over 3 hours. One of the reasons would be the size of the update which varies based on which version of Windows 8 you have installed, but it’s generally about 3.5 GB, so you’ll want to have a reliable broadband connection.


If you’re using Windows 8 we would recommend updating to Windows 8.1, because it’s more user friendly and available from Microsoft’s website for free. 

Give us a call on 023 8024 9820 if you’d like help with upgrading your Windows 8. Also, please bear in mind we can still supply systems with Windows 7 for the time being.



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