Windows 8.1 update has included some interesting stuff this time for users. However most of the changes have proved better for mouse-and-keyboard Windows users. In case you install the latest edition over the copy of Windows 8.1 which has not been changed, be informed that it has no touch screen. This would help it to boot directly to the desktop.
Experienced users are aware that shifting to boot-to-desktop need double clicks. However, those users who are ignorant of this would take time to understand and would find themselves suddenly in a unfamiliar environment.
On the start page there are two icons in the upper-right corner which is next to user’s name. The first icon allows you to shut down, sleep, lock, sign out and restart. However the Update needs no advance knowledge of right-swipe of the settings.
The second icon raises Windows 8.1 search pane which is hidden behind search charm. Prior to the update right click on start screen tile as it would bring up a strip at the bottom that allows changes. Post update; just right click on the tile which brings up everyday context menu with all same options. As far as desktop programs are concerned just pin a Metro app to taskbar. If the metro app is running it has an icon taskbar. As far as desktop programs are concerned if you move the mouse over the taskbar icon, a metro app thumbnail appears. You would also get to see functional miniature media controls in certain apps.
By default the store appears on taskbar. In order to banish Metro apps from taskbar, right-click an empty spot on taskbar; select Properties; and under Taskbar tab, uncheck box ‘Show Windows Store apps on the taskbar’. Taskbar is now at the bottom of Metro apps.
The enhanced IE 11 has tabs as well as an address bar shown by default. Update has new version of IE11 which supports Enterprise Mode. If you want to activate Enterprise Mode just run gpedit.msc as Admin, and go to Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Internet Explorer, activate both. Just reboot and then press Alt, click tools and then enterprise mode.
If you are on desktop in Windows 8.1, then double-click picture file. Now you would get to see that Metro Photo app would preside. In case you double click on media file, there appears Metro Video app.
Windows 8.1 update has no major changes. It is limited to some new capabilities as well as some changes which are beyond default. It is worth installing update in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.