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The 15 Most Important Changes Coming To Windows 8 Starting Today
Business Insider ^ | 06/26/2013 | Julie Bort

Posted on 06/26/2013 12:27:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Microsoft has been talking about its next version of Windows 8 for months, and has already shown off bits and pieces of it.

The new version, Windows 8.1, debuts today. It's not the final version, although anyone with a Windows 8 device can download it from Windows Update or the Windows app store to try it out.

The release comes on the opening day of Microsoft's big developers conference in San Francisco called Build.

We got to take the preview version of Windows 8.1 for a spin. Here's what you can expect to change when you make the free upgrade later this year.

It fixes some of the things that people hated in the original version of Windows 8 and it added a bunch of new features.

1) You can boot your PC directly into the classic desktop mode.

After a lot of customer feedback asking for this, Microsoft included a setting that will let you boot your computer into a classic desktop mode instead of the Windows 8 touchscreen menu.

It's a bit tricky to find. Go to the Desktop, right click or press on the task bar. You'll find a bunch of hidden Power User options there including one in the Navigation pane that says "Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in."

2) Apps will automatically update.

Apps you download from Microsoft's app store will now update themselves whenever the developer releases a new version.

The app store icon no longer shows a little number to indicate the number of updates you have waiting. However, there's some confusion what will happen if an app update requires more permissions like access to your location or list of contacts. A Microsoft spokesperson said that these will auto update too, granting the app more permission,

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KEYWORDS: microsoft; windows8
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1 posted on 06/26/2013 12:27:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, still not going to use W8.


2 posted on 06/26/2013 12:29:44 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Give it up. Go with OS-X / Apple.


3 posted on 06/26/2013 12:30:08 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: SeekAndFind

Win-8? Not. At. Gunpoint.


4 posted on 06/26/2013 12:30:38 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s still crapware.


5 posted on 06/26/2013 12:33:11 PM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: SeekAndFind
Trick me once and expect me to go along with the next set of problems? Classic Shell already has fixed my broken windows. No automatic updates for me. That is how I got my last virus! I trust windows as far as I could throw obama.
6 posted on 06/26/2013 12:35:09 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If you don’t have any special software that can only run on Windows, forget Windows and use Linux.

If you have special video, image or audio editing software, or custom-built applications that only run on Windows, then run Windows as a NAT connected virtual guest on a Linux system, behind a solid Linux firewall.

Only connect the Windows guest to the internet once a month, just long enough to get the latest updates.


7 posted on 06/26/2013 12:35:17 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: mountainlion
I trust windows as far as I could throw obama.

Which one?

8 posted on 06/26/2013 12:36:49 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Darn, I thought I would get in before the Apple/Year of Linux people started doing their ritual rifle in the mouth head explosions because Microsoft was mentioned.


9 posted on 06/26/2013 12:38:00 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: SeekAndFind

It sounds like all the work arounds I put into my grumpy developer mode installation of Windows 8, as well as the quirks that I did not like, were picked up by Microsoft.


10 posted on 06/26/2013 12:40:04 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: carriage_hill

“Win-8? Not. At. Gunpoint.”

Precise and to the point.

Microsoft - the Yugo of operating systems.


11 posted on 06/26/2013 12:42:17 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: LibFreeUSA

> Give it up. Go with OS-X / Apple.

Yes, if you don’t mind your Apple appliance snooping on you and reporting to the Apple mothership, which gives it away free to Fedzilla.

Run Linux.

If you need Windows, run it as a virtual guest on a Linux host. You can isolate it from the net that way and still use it to run the programs you need.

Stay away from Apple
Stay away from Google (Android).


12 posted on 06/26/2013 12:43:00 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Westbrook
Only connect the Windows guest to the internet once a month, just long enough to get the latest updates.

Actually, an isolated system does not need updates at all, unless one of KBs fixes a crash or something that you specifically are experiencing. Microsoft warns against applying hotfixes "just in case." But a service pack is just a collection of those hotfixes and patches. A lot of stability in Linux comes from the fact that the original system is lean, and the updates do not come with performance penalty. You can't say that about Windows.

13 posted on 06/26/2013 12:44:45 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: MeganC

Still trying to survive with the best Windows ever — XP.


14 posted on 06/26/2013 12:49:57 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Still Thinking; ...

15 posted on 06/26/2013 12:50:38 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: carriage_hill

Simple fluorescent one-color blocks with no border and no gradients were found....back in 1982 with Atari 2600 consoles and the ‘Breakout’ game.

It boggles the mind that in the age of 1920x1080, high-def, high-res displays with megapowered graphics processors that Microsoft would implement the Metro interface. I don’t care if it looks the same across platforms, especially when pigs will fly before I own a Windows phone or tablet.

What happened to MS’ desire to keep its business market share, where the licensing cash still is? Metro is especially unusable in a business setting where we don’t care if the user has photos of her niece waiting in the e-mail inbox.


16 posted on 06/26/2013 12:50:46 PM PDT by relictele (A community vigilant in enforcing economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: Greysard

> Actually, an isolated system does not need updates at all,
> unless one of KBs fixes a crash or something that you
> specifically are experiencing.

Ah, yes, very good point.

Don’t need no stinkin’ anti-virus, neither.

You can download the service pack image onto your Linux host, then transfer it to the Windows guest through a shared folder, and install it on the Windows guest from there.


17 posted on 06/26/2013 12:52:19 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: carriage_hill

it maybe crapware but if you have to support family it’s what it is, me i run win8 in a VM so it does not touch the bare metal...


18 posted on 06/26/2013 12:52:37 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: MeganC
Heh, why not? The folks in "Idiocracy" don't have any problem...


"Go away...batin'..."

19 posted on 06/26/2013 12:53:13 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: SeekAndFind
Apps you download from Microsoft's app store will now update themselves whenever the developer releases a new version.

Yuck! I want to give explicit permission before any updates. Usually I'll let a few days pass at least to see if others have problems. I had a great blackjack program on an android tablet, but the company which wrote it was bought out and the buying company replaced the good program with their own ad-heavy piece of crapware. Its reviews dropped from 5 stars to 1 star within the day.

20 posted on 06/26/2013 1:00:14 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hahaha! First “feature” is turning off the feature tha supposedly makes 8 great...not!


21 posted on 06/26/2013 1:01:17 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: MeganC

Nope.


22 posted on 06/26/2013 1:04:27 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: Da Coyote

If Yugos were as successful as Windows, Yugo would be the top automaker today.


23 posted on 06/26/2013 1:04:40 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SeekAndFind

BookMark


24 posted on 06/26/2013 1:04:53 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: SeekAndFind
Windows 8.1 now lets you work with up to four apps on one screen through a revised Snap feature, depending on the size of the screen on the device you are using.

An upgrade to Windows 2.0 functionality.

25 posted on 06/26/2013 1:06:03 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Just another virus/malware trap.
No thanks.
26 posted on 06/26/2013 1:06:35 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: 353FMG

I’m pretty sure that XP’s support days end next Spring...


27 posted on 06/26/2013 1:07:53 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Westbrook

I have win 8 and I just use this for visiting web sites, maybe watch a sporting event now and then.

How would I switch to Linux?


28 posted on 06/26/2013 1:09:35 PM PDT by winodog
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To: KarlInOhio

good idea


29 posted on 06/26/2013 1:11:05 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m going to try it, still a few changes I would make, but lemme see.......


30 posted on 06/26/2013 1:11:43 PM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: mountainlion

This seems to be MS’s new way of marketing , release crap , upgrade a short while later to keep the world from noticing that there’s nothing new that you’re offering (or have offered in over a decade) ... create a steady noise about your product even if the noise is bad ...

Vista (windows 6.0) ==> Windows 7 (windows 6.1)
Windows 8 ==> windows 8.1


31 posted on 06/26/2013 1:17:25 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: winodog

Web Search for:

Ubuntu or
Linux Mint

or whatever distro you want to go with. Google your computer and the distro you pick before downloading to make sure a lot of people with your hardware aren’t having issues. Download the distro. Put on DVD or thumb drive. Pop into your dvd drive. Reboot. You will probably reboot in Linux on the DVD. You can try it out and then install if you like it.

I prefer Ubuntu with medibuntu installed. http://www.medibuntu.org/repository.php

Keep Windows 8 and dual boot. I have a touchscreen and have Mint, Ubuntu and Windows 8.

If you have any problems, search. Someone has almost certainly solved the issue.

If you don’t like it, there are several GUIs you can choose. If you decide to stick with Windows 8, just reformat the linux drives for Winders and drive on.


32 posted on 06/26/2013 1:31:41 PM PDT by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: relictele

“1920x1080”

I got mine cranked-up to 1920 x 1200, and that Win-8 interface is abominable. I run Win-7 Pro x64, and it’s stable, usable and clean. Win-8 might be suitable for a personal handheld device option, but not a business desktop and laptop. They FU’d bigtime. IMO.


33 posted on 06/26/2013 1:34:58 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does it have Word? I can’t find it on my new Windows 8.


34 posted on 06/26/2013 1:38:37 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Calvin Locke
I’m pretty sure that XP’s support days end next Spring...

Yes it does. But, so what?

I've been running XP since it first came out. I don't do update 'cause I'm on a dialup line. I've applied the service packs, but that's all.

I could stay with XP forever. I expect I'll be forced to upgrade when I need a driver for some device that's not available for XP.

I am thinking about going to Win 7, which is almost a great as XP, and running XP in a virtual machine.

XP will live forever.

35 posted on 06/26/2013 1:40:22 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: R. Scott

Not sure if Word or office comes for free.


36 posted on 06/26/2013 1:40:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

From what I have Windows 8 is only for people who use social networking and internet shopping. I don’t do much of either but I do use Word.


37 posted on 06/26/2013 1:45:26 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Westbrook

Cool. Tks for the tip.


38 posted on 06/26/2013 1:46:52 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: LibFreeUSA
Go with OS-X / Apple.

Bingo

39 posted on 06/26/2013 1:47:13 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: ArrogantBustard

Which one?

One of the little ones as I don’t want to hurt myself.


40 posted on 06/26/2013 2:01:05 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SeekAndFind
It's a bit tricky to find

I have been using Win 7 for about a year and I still have that ...

MS should have beefed up XP by increasing its memory accessing, etc. They would have had one great product. Instead, they messed up a lot of things with VISTA and what they didn't break with VISTA, they tried to break in 7.

I have no desire to try 8 or 8.1. I know it would create more headaches than it would solve. Have you fixed the Windows File Manager yet? It has been flakey since VISTA. Do something useful -- fix the stuff that has been broken for several renditions of Windows.
41 posted on 06/26/2013 2:03:25 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I just got an acer tablet with win8. Jumping from xp to 8 was a big pain. Now that I learned the system I like it for a touchscreen tablet.

For a non touchscreen desktop or laptop it would suck. This was the first MS operating system since win 3.1 I had problems learning.

42 posted on 06/26/2013 2:03:35 PM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: SeekAndFind
2) Apps will automatically update.

That is the first feature I turn OFF in most programs, including Windows. It creates more problems than it fixes.

I cringe every time I see 'update' or 'upgrade' for any program. What did it break now? How many programs will it create glitches with? Will it loop into a continuous reboot as several previous 'updates' have done?


43 posted on 06/26/2013 2:06:31 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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The 15 Most Important Changes Coming To Windows 8 Starting Today

Is one of them that it's not going to suck anymore?

44 posted on 06/26/2013 2:38:09 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is only one change needed: throw it in the trash.


45 posted on 06/26/2013 2:42:30 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Note to the NSA: I approved this dissention. What are you going to do about it?)
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To: 353FMG

It was okay. Heck, I think 3.1 was just fine.


46 posted on 06/26/2013 2:44:00 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Note to the NSA: I approved this dissention. What are you going to do about it?)
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To: mountainlion

“No automatic updates for me. “


I hear you, just like everything from Win98 forward the updates either break something in your applications or at minimum each one slows down the pc until it takes longer to load than it took me to get through puberty.

It happened with XP on 3 of my PCs eventually taking 5 minutes before you could do anything (mainly from BING (the worse turd in the Windows pile of crap)).

My Win 7 machine was fantastic until the updates eventually began to slow up boot and I am tired of the PC behaving differently every time I boot it after an update.

My Win 8 machine has Classic Shell but subsequent Win 8 updates now prevent it from defaulting to the normal desktop at boot. I now have to click on the metro desktop tile crap.

And what is with multiple thousands of Registry updates. The registry sucks as is without so many entries happening in seconds.


47 posted on 06/26/2013 3:03:33 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Not sure if Word or office comes for free.”:


OpenOffice is free and has save my butt numerous times when my version of MS Office/Excel would refuse to open an newer file version. OpenOffice opened it like a champ and allowed me to save it in an earlier version of Excel.


48 posted on 06/26/2013 3:09:02 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: Wurlitzer

I had AOL and the insisted on updating before I could use their access. After the update my printer or something would not work.


49 posted on 06/26/2013 3:40:19 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I use XP on 4 boxes and Win8 on my HP tablet. Win8 is actually pretty good on the tablet, much speedier than the Win 7 that came with it. On my boxes they’ll have to pry XP from my old dead hands.


50 posted on 06/26/2013 4:28:43 PM PDT by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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