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Start Here: Time-Saving Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks

Jan 30 2014 - 4:43am

Welcome to Windows 8.1 [1], Microsoft maven. The latest operating system for Surface tablets, Windows 8 tablet/laptop hybrids, and PCs comes with some key new bells and whistles that'll make your digital life much more efficient. Celebrate the return of the Start button, and begin here for some of the best Windows 8.1 tips and tricks.

How to Update

We were updating from Windows RT, not Windows 8.1 RT Preview, so it took us a few tries. To update our Surface tablet, we had to first swipe to the left on the Start screen and tap Settings. Select "change PC settings," and click on System Update in the left-hand navigation. Agree to restart the device and install the system update.

After installing the system update, we were able to open the Windows Store app and download 8.1. Be patient — it may take a few hours over WiFi.


Tips and Tricks

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