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Why I love today’s Windows 8.1 Update


acr731

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#21
Has anyone found an ISO image for the 8.1 update? I prefer doing clean installs with updates slipstreamed into the install. It cuts down on the time needed to get everything back up.
 

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#22
Has anyone found an ISO image for the 8.1 update? I prefer doing clean installs with updates slipstreamed into the install. It cuts down on the time needed to get everything back up.
There's a whole bunch over at mdl.
 

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#23
I was hesitant to go to Windows 8 and when I ordered my two new laptops, I had them put 7 Pro on them. But after buying a Surface and seeing what 8 really was like, I upgraded my two Lenovo ThinkPads and my desktop to 8, then 8.1 and now the latest.

8.1.1 seems to work well for me and I only have one touch device so far, but the friends I support are all getting advice to move to 8.1 so they don't have to XP or Vista the rest of their lives.

So far the learning curve in slow, but they're all in a retirement community, so I help them get over the fright and it's good. I'm not a groupie, but I do like have a nice stable system with good interface and support like here. Thanks for the forum and I hope to be able to contribute as time continues. Old Dogs can learn new tricks! Keep that in mind, :)!
 

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One thing I noticed when using the "X" in the upper right corner to close out a modern app is that the app is still running in the background when you check in the task manager. If I close out an app I would expect it to quit running. Tested with the App Store and Skype.
I think they go into suspend mode. If I close Slacker Radio with the X, say in mid song. When I launch it again it picks back up right where it left off. If I drag it down until it flips, and then launch it again it starts up with a new playlist and a new song.
 

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#25
I like the new update. It adds a few good things. I really like that you can now right-click an app icon in the metro area and "pin to taskbar".
It downloaded and installed without a hitch. I would like to get an ISO.
Jim

One thing - I had read that when booting if it detects that you do not have a touch screen it will automatically boot to the desktop. Mine does not do this. It still boots to metro. I know about the setting to change that but just curious.
 

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I like the new update. It adds a few good things. I really like that you can now right-click an app icon in the metro area and "pin to taskbar".
It downloaded and installed without a hitch. I would like to get an ISO.
Jim

One thing - I had read that when booting if it detects that you do not have a touch screen it will automatically boot to the desktop. Mine does not do this. It still boots to metro. I know about the setting to change that but just curious.
I think that's on a clean install. If it doesn't detect a touch screen it sets boot to desktop as the default. It might even be something that is proposed for the next update. I'm not sure.
 

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#27
I was hesitant to go to Windows 8 and when I ordered my two new laptops, I had them put 7 Pro on them. But after buying a Surface and seeing what 8 really was like, I upgraded my two Lenovo ThinkPads and my desktop to 8, then 8.1 and now the latest.
Basically the same here - I bought a laptop (non-touch) a year ago with 8 installed and my initial intentions was to replace it with 7, but after playing with 8. Not only did I decide to keep it, but months later upgraded my desktop to 8.1 and haven't looked back. There are some growing pains, but overall I like it.

Anyway I like some of the new features of the update, though I've pretty much gotten use to the way 8 worked that the updates aren't really game changers to me.

One thing - I had read that when booting if it detects that you do not have a touch screen it will automatically boot to the desktop. Mine does not do this. It still boots to metro. I know about the setting to change that but just curious.
That'd be cool if it worked like that, but I can't say I ever noticed it as the first thing I did when 8.1 was released last year was change the setting to book directly to desktop. Remember this feature is not new to this nearly released update... unless it now adds the automatic feature you describe.
 

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#28
One thing I noticed when using the "X" in the upper right corner to close out a modern app is that the app is still running in the background when you check in the task manager. If I close out an app I would expect it to quit running. Tested with the App Store and Skype.

Yes, it's always been that way. They will run full blast for a time then go into suspended mode using less RAM. Alt/F4 or going into Task Manager to kill is the only way to completely close.
There is also an other way.

Just grab hold of the app at the top, pull it down to the bottom, wait until the app flips and then let go. Then it is also really closed.
 

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#29
Really like the update so far:

1) Finally able to use my Apps from he desktop without switching to Metro.
2) Able to minimize or close apps without having to swipe.
3) They added the ability to split the screen to share apps with a menu instead of having to swipe to the side.
 

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#30
Hi all, since I updated today my windows 8.1 with update KB2919355 I notice(never before) taskhost.exe using over 13% of my CPU even when my PC is Idle.....what is this and why is it burning so much CPU usage....????...
Hello, nicosxm. Welcome to Windows EightForums.

I found this.

The taskhost.exe application consumes 50-60% of the average cpu - Microsoft Community
Thanks for welcome note and reply still dealing with the issue, I had seen the thread you posted before posting on this site/forum but did not get much help from it...(thread date back to 2010) mostly about win 7....will keep searching...
 

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Like most of you, I didn't notice much of a change in updating W8.1 to 8.1.1, other than the adding the store icon to the taskbar.

whs got me hooked on running W8.1 as a virtual machine, which is good for testing the update. Moving the VM between my W7 PC and MBP is a bonus. There's nothing like running W8.1 on the 13" MBP with 2,560x1,600 resolution...
 

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Hi all, since I updated today my windows 8.1 with update KB2919355 I notice(never before) taskhost.exe using over 13% of my CPU even when my PC is Idle.....what is this and why is it burning so much CPU usage....????...
Hello, nicosxm. Welcome to Windows EightForums.

I found this.

The taskhost.exe application consumes 50-60% of the average cpu - Microsoft Community
Thanks for welcome note and reply still dealing with the issue, I had seen the thread you posted before posting on this site/forum but did not get much help from it...(thread date back to 2010) mostly about win 7....will keep searching...

Not quite sure how to take this. Was just trying to help. You couldn't have seen me in 2010, for I joined this forum in 6/12 as per my profile, so it couldn't have been me.
 

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#33
Thanks for the welcome. I discovered another new change I don't like. If I'm running an app and close it I don't go back to Metro like before. I go to desktop. Is there a way to disable this behavior? Thanks.
 

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#34
One thing I noticed when using the "X" in the upper right corner to close out a modern app is that the app is still running in the background when you check in the task manager. If I close out an app I would expect it to quit running. Tested with the App Store and Skype.

Yes, it's always been that way. They will run full blast for a time then go into suspended mode using less RAM. Alt/F4 or going into Task Manager to kill is the only way to completely close.
There is also an other way.

Just grab hold of the app at the top, pull it down to the bottom, wait until the app flips and then let go. Then it is also really closed.

You're correct. I forgot that one. I was experimenting a while back with different ways. Just pulling down without flipping doesn't close them.

With the app bar there's no pulling down with the mouse any longer without touch screen. At least on mine it's that way.
 

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#35
Yes, it's always been that way. They will run full blast for a time then go into suspended mode using less RAM. Alt/F4 or going into Task Manager to kill is the only way to completely close.
There is also an other way.

Just grab hold of the app at the top, pull it down to the bottom, wait until the app flips and then let go. Then it is also really closed.

You're correct. I forgot that one. I was experimenting a while back with different ways. Just pulling down without flipping doesn't close them.

With the app bar there's no pulling down with the mouse any longer without touch screen. At least on mine it's that way.
Maybe it is a setting then, because I can grab the app bar and still pull it down like before the update. However, I don't see the little hand anymore but just the arrow. I place it at the top of the screen, press the left button and hold it and then pull it down. Wait until the app flips and let go of the mouse button. :)

And it's not only on my laptop, it's also still this way on all my other computers.
 

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#36
Hmm. Tried it last night. I'll try again later. I'm on my phone now having lunch basking in the sunshine. :)
 

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Hmm. Tried it last night. I'll try again later. I'm on my phone now having lunch basking in the sunshine. :)
I can still drag Apps down to close them. The hand is gone but I can just drag the title bar down and it works like before.
 

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#38
Thanks for welcome note and reply still dealing with the issue, I had seen the thread you posted before posting on this site/forum but did not get much help from it...(thread date back to 2010) mostly about win 7....will keep searching...

Not quite sure how to take this. Was just trying to help. You couldn't have seen me in 2010, for I joined this forum in 6/12 as per my profile, so it couldn't have been me.
I don't this he's talking about you per se, but that link, which is dated Feb 2010.
 

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#39
Exactly Sygnus21, I was talking about the link posted on the Windows Forum dating as far as Feb 2010, so far still have the issue and can not get any info in regards to it..... :(
 

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#40
Ok. I was surely mistaken.

If signing into a PC with MS account I think WinKey/Q which is Charms search on Start Screen set to everything gives great MS site results because it's powered by Bing. Try searching for "code xxxx" that you got. I didn't spend a whole lot of time. I'd do it but I'm on my phone and busy.

Hope that helps.
 

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