Windows 8.1: The How-Tos You Need to Read

With Windows 8.1 now going out as an official update through Windows Store, many users are wondering are wondering how the new operating system fundamentally changes the way they interact with Windows 8.

The truth is, Windows 8.1 isn’t a re-imagining of Windows 8 at all. Instead, it’s an updated take on the Charms, Start Screen and application platform that made the operating system such a landmark break from earlier versions of Windows.

Here are some of the How-Tos you’ll need once you’ve updated to Windows 8.1. Remember, while Windows 8.1 is available in- stores beginning today, users don’t have to pay for the update if they already have Windows 8 installed on their desktop, laptop or tablet.

How to Open More than One Internet Explorer Windows in Windows 8.1

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With the Windows 8.1 update users finally get the ability to open more than one window in Internet Explorer 11’s Windows Store application. In this tutorial, users learn how to find all the right buttons to make multitasking in Internet Explorer 11 a breeze.

How to Add a Slide Show to the Lock Screen in Windows 8.1

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Unused Windows 8.1 devices can now be turned in to makeshift digital picture frames to showcase portraits of friends and family. Here’s how to turn on the option in the Windows 8.1 Settings App and pull down photos from Microsoft’s SkyDrive service automatically.

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How to Stop Notifications in Windows 8.1

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Windows 8.1 addresses a lot of Windows 8’s shortcomings. Unfortunately, not of them are related to the way it handles notifications. Here’s how to put a stop to annoying notifications in Windows 8.1 permanently.

How to Resize Live Tiles in Windows 8.1

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Windows 8.1 allows users to resize Live Tiles so that they can get the layout that is best suited to their daily usage. Here’s how to create your own custom Live Tile configurations and make your device your own.

How to Disable the Start Screen in Windows 8.1

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The Start Screen in Windows 8.1 is a little more customizable, but that doesn’t mean that all Windows users will won’t to look at it. Here’s how to turn off the Start Screen and get back to focusing on the Desktop you already know and love.

How to Install Apps in Windows 8.1

In this tutorial we walk you through installing and updated Windows Store applications for use on desktops, laptops and tablets.

How to Add a Background to the Start Screen in Windows 8.1

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While they are turned on by default, users are no longer forced to look at the drab bold colors of the tattoo designs in the background of the Start Screen. Here’s how to ditch them for a background photo that you like from the Desktop.

Windows 8.1 is a free update that’s now available to all Windows 8 users through the Windows Store. You’ll need to set aside time to download it before attempting to use any of these tutorials.

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