Tips and tricks for using Windows 8.1 Update

On the Windows Experience Blog, Brandon LeBlanc walks users through some of the changes they’ll see when Windows 8.1 Update, which began rolling out yesterday, is installed.

The update is “a collection of refinements that makes Windows 8.1 feel more familiar and convenient with a mouse and keyboard as well as touch,” he writes. That means some of the default behaviors are changed in Windows 8.1 based on the type of device you are on. You won’t see much of a difference on a tablet that’s running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1. But on a non-tablet device without touch, like a laptop or desktop PC, you might notice some changes.

For example, before the update, non-tablet devices would boot to the Start Screen. And pictures, music and video files would open in the Windows Store (modern) apps. With the update, non-tablet devices boot to the desktop. Closing a Windows Store app now takes you back to the previously used app. And if you close all apps, it takes you back to the desktop. Pictures, music and video files now open with associated desktop apps (like Windows Photo Viewer or Windows Media Player, for example).

To learn more tips and tricks about using Windows 8.1 Update, head over to the Windows Experience Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff