#1 By: howtogeek, July 8th, 2013 06:42
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/167013/how-to-optimize-windows-8.1-for-a-desktop-pc/
If you’re heard one thing about Windows 8.1, you’ve probably heard Microsoft is bringing back the Start button. Windows 8.1 includes many features that should have been included with Windows 8, and it can feel much less awkward on a desktop PC.
#2 By: Thomas_Kolakowski, July 8th, 2013 10:29
Looks like Start8 is still the way to go if you want a true Start Button. 8.1 is definitely an improvement over 8, but not exactly what people were clamoring for!
#3 By: Naman Sood, July 8th, 2013 10:35
And... this article just made my bookmark list. I'll try it as soon as 8.1 final comes.
#4 By: Ryan C, July 8th, 2013 13:08
As for the "not allowing side-loading" portion - Windows 8 does already. However, Windows8 RT does not, and I doubt the 8.1 RT version will, either. It's meant for tablets, not full computers.
Though, I gotta say I'm a little disappointed in the Start Menu not returning - the ability to go directly to a program (i.e., All Programs) was very nice to have.
#5 By: Joe_Suiter, July 8th, 2013 14:50
Well I see that the Start Button means a lot to people I guess I'm the only one hear at HTG that don't find this to bad if there is a certain program you use a lot just make a short cut and there you are
#6 By: Dan, July 8th, 2013 17:40
I used Windows 8 for a while... I like it, but it wasn't what I needed. Perhaps when I build my very own gaming PC, i'll get it for the slightly improved framerates. But other than that, I had a lot of trouble activating it (eh... non-legit copy, but legit key). And the charms bar was really annoying.
#7 By: ?, July 8th, 2013 19:22
pokki does a lot better job
#8 By: Rick P., July 8th, 2013 20:56
I had to Google what "pokki" is. (LOL) (LOL).....
#9 By: ?, July 8th, 2013 21:28
it actually makes windows8 somewhat useable
#10 By: ynrez, July 8th, 2013 23:48
Am I the only one who think that start button is not needed?
#11 By: Andy Roberts, July 9th, 2013 08:17
I never used the start button except for restarting and search/execute. I have short cuts for my progs on the desktop and now I have shortcuts for restarting and shutdown as well. The rest I can use keyboard shortcuts for.
#12 By: Naman Sood, July 9th, 2013 08:50
<!-- You're not. I'm with you too. Together, we shall kill, first the Start menu, then the taskbar, then the desktop icons, and then the desktop itself! MWAHAHAHAHA!
Sorry. My evil side is like that. -->
Nope. I agree with you.
#13 By: Hank, July 9th, 2013 10:22
For anyone really needing to bring the Win 7 experience to Win 8, 'StartIsBack' is the best thing since sliced bread.
#14 By: Andrew, July 9th, 2013 11:33
Nope. Actually copying a windows 7 explorer.exe over the windows 8 explorer.exe is the best solution.
#15 By: Larry Penny, July 9th, 2013 18:22
Been using windows 8 for over a year for business applications on a desktop. When you add Start Menu 8 then you have Windows 7 on steroids. Then I did a dumb thing install windows 8.1 with it so called Start Button. Then it started BSOD about every 30 minutes. I could not tell much difference when it was running must be all under the hood. Call Microsoft and as in the fine print they said We don't provide help with windows 8.1. Then you will find out to reinstall Windows 8 you will loose all except data.
So I left it installed and since I was dual booting windows 7 I just up it to windows 8 and reinstalled Start Menu 8 now back to normal.
#16 By: Andrew, July 10th, 2013 16:38
Just had an idea, most people only used the start menu for search, so, if this is the case for you, just remap the Win key to Win+S. Simple as that.
#17 By: Clemens, September 26th, 2013 13:24
Does anybody know how to get rid of these annoying new tip window (in 8.1) that appears whenever you start a store application? My system has no touch screen and the damn thing stays on screen until I terminate all apps.
#18 By: Bob, November 17th, 2013 10:20
@Clemens: (I think I know what you're asking) What I've been doing is opening Task Manager (CTRL+SHFT+ESC) and nuking them that way. That's an annoying thing to have to do, but pretty simple.
#19 By: Lowell Heddings, November 22nd, 2013 09:12
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