Ten Features to Like About Windows 8.1

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Boot to Desktop

Windows 8.1 now offers the option to go straight to the desktop upon booting up, addressing one of the key complaints about Windows 8. This is a particularly useful feature for desktop PCs, workers who work predominantly at a desk, or for older laptops without touch screens. To boot directly to the desktop, click on the taskbar, select “Properties,” and click on the “Navigation” tab. Under the Start screen section, select "When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start." Apply the changes, and your PC will boot straight to the desktop when you next boot up.

Released last year, Windows 8 is an important operating platform for organizations that are invested in the Windows ecosystem. Under the hood, the new operating system from Microsoft delivers substantial security improvements and faster boot times, even as it integrates new features such as full touch support and the Windows Store for fuss-free downloading and installation of apps.

We can’t deny, however, that its take-up has been relatively muted. To address criticisms from both consumers and businesses, Microsoft has made a notable number of changes in the free Windows 8.1 update. The usual stability enhancements aside, check out the top 10 things to like about Windows 8.1.


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