Hey folks, its been a long time since I have published a new article, been quite busy since the start of fall, so I have not gotten back into the groove of things just yet. With the release of Windows 8.1 which promises to improve the overall experience of Windows 8, I say why not start off with how to get it.
First things first, I suggest you check Windows Update for the latest updates, make sure your system is fully updated before attempting to install Windows 8.
Open Windows Update and click Check for Updates
Once your system is fully updated, we are ready to install Windows 8.1. You might want to do things like disable your Antivirus temporarily, disable startup items. Unplug any unnecessary devices.
On the Start Screen, click the Store icon
As soon as you open the Windows Store, you will see the Update Windows tile. Click on it.
The Windows 8.1 update page will give information about whats new in Windows 8.1.
Click Download to start downloading Windows 8. You can keep working while the update is downloading.
Wait while Windows 8.1 installs.
When all is done, you should have Windows 8.1 installed.
Why can’t I update to Windows 8.1?
If you are using an older app not designed for Windows 8, one of the solutions designed for handling such problems in Windows 8 is Compatibility Mode. I have looked at this feature in the past, but Windows 8s new user experience makes accessing it a bit different from previous versions of Windows. Lets get started. For the purposes of this article, I will be installing my 3G Modem Dashboard software Mobile Partner software.
The first thing you need to do is point where the setup files are located. If you are installing from a thumb drive or CD/DVD. Launch File Explorer (Windows key + E) and open the location where the setup files are stored.
Right click the setup file for the program, this can be designated as setup.exe or something similar. Click Troubleshoot Compatibility
This will launch the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter wizard which will check for issues.
Select the option “Troubleshoot program”
Depending on the problems you are experiencing when attempting to install or use the software, check off the problems. In my case:
- ‘The program worked in earlier versions of Windows but won’t install or run now’
- The program requires additional permissions.
Select a version of Windows the program is known to work in. I notice the program works great in Windows Vista (with Service Pack 2), so I will select that option. Click Next
Proceed to run the through the programs setup routine by clicking Test the program….
Follow the on screen instructions to install the program as you normally would.
If all is successful, click the option at the end of the wizard ‘Yes, save these settings for this program’
Wait while your settings for the program are saved.
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We continue our series look at using the recovery tools that come with your Windows 8 PC. Each PC manufacturer includes a unique experience for each utility for recovering your Windows 8 PC if the need arises. Today, we take a look at HP’s Recovery tool:
1. Go to the Start Screen and type: recovery
This will bring up the recovery link for HP. Click on it to launch HP’s Recovery program:
HP’s Recovery app
The HP recovery manager provides a simple interface categorized for your convenience. The most important one in this case is located under the I’d like to take safety measures
Here you will find the option to create a set of recovery media for your system.
Using Recovery Tools on your Windows 8 PC: Dell
Using Recovery Tools on your Windows 8 PC: Samsung
Using Recovery Tools on your Windows 8 PC: Acer
The Bing App
Some persons have been asking where is it? Well, with Windows 8.1 you don’t need a dedicated app anymore as Bing search as been infused throughout Windows 8.1. Lets take a look.
In Windows 8
In Windows 8, you launched the tradition Bing app from the Start Screen and did your typical searching.
Here is an example
Here is a search for my favourite artiste of all time, ‘Michael Jackson’
In Windows 8.1
Press Windows key + S or point your mouse to the right hand corner and click the Search charm.
Enter your search query.
Not only will you get local results, but also live results using Bing Search. If you want more detailed results, just click the magnifier icon in the search field.
This will take you to a full page with results for what’s on your system in addition to news and information from the web.
Bing Search is really powerful and built right into the desktop. Providing a quicker, accessible and more relevant way to get results not only locally but also on the web. Nicely done!
How to use Search in Windows 8
When I first started using Windows 8 during the early previews in 2011, I said to myself why didn’t Microsoft make the lock screen a slideshow of your wallpapers or photo library? Your wish is my command, you can now do that in Windows 8.1. Lets take a look at setting it up, of course, some persons might not want this feature, but its a great fun functionality that is especially great on Tablets if you want to setup a digital photo frame.
Press Windows key + i on your keyboard or place the mouse pointer in the right hand corner of the Windows 8 screen and click Settings > then ‘Change PC Settings’
Click Lock Screen under Top settings
Drag the knob to the right under Play a slide show on the lock screen to enable it.
You can let Windows choose pictures from your Pictures folder or select a specific folder. I personally have set aside a specific folder, since I might not want everyone passing my computer to see every photo I have stored in my library. To do this, click Add a folder
Select the folder if its listed or Click Go up to browse to where the folder is listed.
Once you have viewed your folder, click Choose this folder
Thats it, your Slide Show is now setup. See below:
Windows 8 focuses on providing a clean and simple user experience. When you install apps or upgrade from a previous version of Windows, Windows 8 will hide some of your least used apps. As an example, if you install Microsoft Office, you might not see all the modules such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint on the Start Screen. To find them, do the following:
In Windows 8
Go to the Start Screen and press Windows key + Z or Right click anywhere in the Start Screen interface.
This will bring up the All Apps app bar. Hit Enter or click the All apps button.
In Windows 8.1
Go to the Start Screen and move your mouse. This will bring up the new All apps tip button. Click it and you will be taken to the All Apps view.
Look for the Microsoft Office group or any other application you wish to pin to the Start screen..
In Windows 8, when you are in the All Apps view, simply right click the desired app and click Pin to Start. Do this for each app you want to pin.
In Windows 8.1
Instead of pinning each app one at a time, in Windows 8.1 you can pin multiple apps at the same time.
In All App view, simply right click on each app you want to pin, then simply click Pin to Start.
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In the initial release of Windows 8, you accessed the Colors and Accents features through PC Settings under Personalize (see below).
In Windows 8.1, Microsoft has now moved this setting to Charm bar. To access it, make sure you are in the Start Screen interface.
Press Windows key + C and click Settings or place your mouse pointer in the right hand corner and click Settings.
Click Personalize. (Note), if you do this from the Desktop, you will taking to the Desktop personalization options. So make sure you are at the Start Screen.
Choose your Background art, which are now animated. Then select a colour from the ‘Background color’ palette and then select your accent color which will be applied to the animated object, thats it. See example below: