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Windows 8.1 Update is mandatory for all Windows 8.1 users

So why is that update mandatory? The reason is simply: If you are running Windows 8.1, you need to update to Windows 8.1 Update to receive future system updates.

That’s right. If you do not update, you won’t receive any patches for the system on the next patch day or any other day until you update to this release first.

While that won’t make the Start Screen tolerable to users who dislike it, it improves its usability for users who use it at times or regularly.

To name the most important additions: Apps now display a title bar that you can use to close or minimize them. There is a new right-click menu when you click on app tiles, and a new shutdown button on the start interface. Non-tablet systems will also boot to desktop by default now, and media files open in desktop applications if available.



As far as prerequisites go: Windows 8.1 is a prerequisite which you can download from the store or if you have access to Windows 8.1 ISO images using them as well.

Another prerequisite is KB2919442 which you can download directly from the linked page or via Windows Update.

Windows 8.1 Update is a cumulative update that contains all previously released security and non-security updates. The update itself is defined as Important – Security Update which means that it will be downloaded automatically on most systems, unless Windows Update has been customized.

How to tell Windows 8 to open file the way you want

Change File Associations

By default, Windows 8 associates image, video, music, and PDF files with the included full-screen Modern apps. Double-click a file on the desktop and you’ll be immediately whisked away to the Modern environment where the programs you have open are hidden and you don’t have a visible taskbar.

Even if you like the new Modern interface, this is extremely clunky when you’re using the desktop. Microsoft won’t give us separate file associations for the desktop, so you’ll have to change your system’s file associations to desktop programs.

Microsoft Windows 8 Released but what’s in it for business?

The buzz has risen to a fever pitch with Microsoft 8 live today. The new Live Tiles system is described as a ‘reimagining’ of Windows 7, but at first glance Windows 8 can seem like a more radical departure from previous versions.

Transformation to create a  more interactive interface makes sense for Microsoft’s pursuit of a greater share of the personal electronics industry. Logically, home and casual users are always going to seek continuity between devices as they switch between a PC, Tablet and Smartphone. Cloud storage offers the chance for full and seamless integration of multiple devices. Microsoft 8 reflects these users changing usage patterns: enhanced multi-tasking, automated updates of interactive tiles and the introduction of ‘Apps’ for Wikipedia and other web based resources.

But what’s in it for business?

I can reassure you that Business can safely embrace Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise. Microsoft has not risked the market in which they are a settled leader.

Apart from anything else – underneath the surface, familiarity can be restored as Windows 8 Pro lets you choose the familiar PC desktop that you know today. If chosen, other improvements remain, such as a rejuvinated File Explorer including a clever ’File Preview’ facility and improved capabilities to cut, copy and email files from a newly added ribbon.

Even so, Business users might be unwise to too quickly prioritise a familiar appearence, when once you get acquainted with the new way of getting around the system benefits are quickly apparent. Microsoft 7′s speed and reliability remains as a foundation, but the user experience has been significantly furthered and advanced.

Business users will enjoy the ability to log in to any system and find their files available and settings applied through ‘Windows to Go’. Microsoft recognises new working patterns in boosting the flexibility, security and ability of Remote Access, particularly in conjunction with Windows Server 2012.

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