Who really knows Windows 8.1 Update 1/2?

Windows 8.1 Update 1/2 is FAR more than simply a new and/or improved UI Windows 8.1 “under the covers” Picking out the differences between Windows XP and Windows 8.1 or even between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, improvements have been enormous and have remained unnoticed by a lot of people. So here’s a glimpse of new…

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Who really knows Windows 8.1?

Windows 8.1 is FAR more than simply a new and/or improved UI Windows 8.1 “under the covers”   Picking out the differences between Windows XP and Windows 8.1 or even between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, improvements have been enormous and have remained unnoticed by a lot of people. So here’s a glimpse of new…

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The new Windows UI

My Top-14: The new Windows UI Overview One of the design goals for Windows® 8 is that all of the new experiences being created for Windows are designed to be “Touch First.” You will see this theme throughout the new features introduced with this version of Windows. Being “Touch First” means that the first and…

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Windows 8: Media

My Top-13: Media Overview This section explores some of the changes to audio and video functionality in Windows® 8. This doesn’t include media-related Windows Store apps, which are covered elsewhere in this course. Windows 8 includes changes to media functionality in several areas: Audio Controls: Standard controls are available for Windows Store apps, to help…

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Windows 8: Language

My Top-12: Language Overview Windows® 8 includes improvements to the way users add and configure input and display languages. The main changes are: Central location for configuring Languages In Windows 7, users needed to check several locations to understand what language support was installed, and then to install needed support. While input languages were installed…

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Windows 8: Networking

My Top-11: Networking Overview This module covers a few of the changes to the Networking experience in Windows 8. The new Windows UI version of the View Available Networks interface. Better handling of networks with data caps or that charge by the MB with the Metered Networks feature. Easily turn off all radios on your…

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Windows 8: Connected Accounts

My Top-10: Connected Accounts Overview Microsoft® Windows® 8 introduces a new concept called a Connected Account. A Connected Account allows you to sign in to Windows with your Microsoft Account (formerly known as Windows Live ID) and do things like roam your settings between Windows 8 PCs and seamlessly sign in to Windows Live services…

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Windows 8: Recovery and Troubleshooting

My Top-9: Recovery and Troubleshooting Overview Windows® 8 includes several new resources for troubleshooting and options for recovering your system from errors or problems. The set of topics covered in this section includes the following: Support Resources Push-Button Reset File History Windows 7 File Recovery Boot Menu and WinRE Other Troubleshooting Changes Support Resources There…

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Windows 8: Updates and Maintenance

My Top-8: Updates and Maintenance Overview This blog explores some of the changes in Windows® 8 related to PC maintenance, installing updates, and other related activities. Maintenance Tasks Windows 8 improves the state of performance improvement and maintenance activities with a variety of changes across the product. Some of these changes include the following: Improvements…

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Windows 8: Internet Explorer 10

Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 My Top-7: Internet Explorer 10 Overview This new version of the Microsoft® Windows® operating system also includes a new version of Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer®, which is called Internet Explorer 10. Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 comes in two different versions: A touch-optimized version of Internet Explorer A…

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