Whitwick & District U3A - Computing tip November 2013
Users of Windows 8 now have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8.1 which has just been released. This Windows 8 update is available through the Windows Store as a free download, and new devices running Windows 8.1 are expected to gradually be available in the shops from now on. This does mean you need a Microsoft Live account rather than a local account, and there have been a few reports that adding a Live account has brought a whole heap of trouble.
Existing Windows 8 users should find, on downloading the software, the operating system upgrade will leave their desktop and Windows Store apps intact. Clearly it would be sensible to make sure you have a full backup before moving to 8.1. However, users with the preview version of Windows 8.1 will need to reinstall their apps when they upgrade to the final version.
This version provides the return of a Start button (although with not the same functionality as previous versions), and right-clicking is the more helpful and it also make it easier to switch between the desktop and modern user interfaces. There are changes to the way the tiles can be organised and apps run alongside each other, and there is also a new version of Internet Explorer. However, many people will still find that the overall approach of Windows 8.1 is best suited to touch devices.
Unless you are desperate, it might be an idea to wait a month or so before upgrading so that someone else discovers if there are any problems encountered in the process.
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