Oct 23

Finally — Windows 8.1 has arrived!

If you regularly read my blog, you know that I’m primarily and Mac and Apple user.  But I have and do dabble in the Windows world as well.  I was pretty good at it, if I do say so myself, until Microsoft went and decided that Windows 8 and “tiles” were the way to go for the future.

Now, tiles are a great idea for a tablet or a smartphone (and maybe not so great based on the sales of Microsoft’s Surface tablet and Windows phones).  If you’re using touch screen technology they do make sense.  But if you’re using a mouse or a touchpad – not so much.

There was a major outcry for the Windows 7 type start menu from a lot of folks.  Tiles were confusing and the older you were and the more set in your ways you were with Windows 7 or Windows XP or virtually any other previous version of Windows the more you hated the new tile based start screen that came with Windows 8.

Well, the good news is that Microsoft released Windows 8.1 and even better news is that you can get back a start screen that you’re a lot more familiar with, one based on the previous versions of windows that looks like this…

It’s available now and it’s a free upgrade if you have Windows 8.  You can download it here. But in typical Microsoft tradition, they didn’t make it that easy to change the start screen.  I suspect that they want as many people as possible to stick with the tiles.

So before you go crazy trying to find out how to change back to that familiar Start menu, here’s a link to an article by Walt Mossberg in the publication “All Things Digital“.  Click here and it will take you to the simple instructions on how to change your Windows 8 start menu once you’ve done the upgrade to Windows 8.1!


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  1. Marty Silbernik

    Just a quick update… Some users have reported some issues with the Windows 8.1 upgrade, but from what I found out its a small minority of folks having the issue. Before you update you might want to Google the status of the upgrade. I suspect Microsoft will act on any issues quickly.

  2. Eddie N.

    Just downloaded 8.1. Thanks Marty!

  3. Marty Silbernik

    You’re welcome Eddie… That’s what I do 🙂

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