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Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Update 1 to manufacturing

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    Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Update 1 to manufacturing


    Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update 1 is done and heading towards general availability in April, according to various sources.

    Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 Update 1 to manufacturing, according to my sources, as well as the known Windows leaker WZor.

    Windows 8.1 Update 1 -- which Microsoft also has referred to internally as "Windows 8.1 Spring Update" and "Windows 8.1 Update" -- is designed to make Windows 8.1 more palatable and familiar to users who prefer to use mice as much, if not more, than touch
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    Read more at: Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Update 1 to manufacturing | ZDNet

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    Thanks!


    • Metro apps have a title bar, with close/minimize buttons and the ability to “Split left/right” when you right-click it.
    • You can keep taskbar visible while using modern apps <- I'd like that
    • Control Panel item in metro PC Settings
    • 200% and 250% DPI scaling modes added to control panel (in 8.1 RTM, to get these values you have to go “custom”), 250% is the default on screens with more than 1800 vertical lines
    • Shutdown button on the start screen*, doesn’t show on less than 8″ tablets to prevent accidental shutdown
    • Search button on the start screen*
    • Instead of metro bars (top and bottom) a context menu appears when you right-click an app on the start screen*
    • Pinning metro apps to desktop taskbar*
    • Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode



    New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is getting revealed every other day. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Today, McAkins revealed that pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is the support for media control in the taskbar for Windows Store apps that has media playing capabilities. Check out the screenshot below. You can play, pause, rewind, forward, etc,.
    if they add disabling Corner action in multiple monitors, Ill be a very happy camper
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    Now, if they would just let us download ESD bootable recovery media and email us our product key, we'd all be happy campers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post
    • Instead of metro bars (top and bottom) a context menu appears when you right-click an app on the start screen*

    I'm very happy for all changes except for that one!
    I'm the only one who thinks this is a major step back on the functionality of the Start Screen!?!? I mean, when I right-click on there, I can click the sub-menu I want in less than a second because I associate the icons and recognize them without reading what they say. Now with the "legacy" context menu items; there are no more big, organized icons in a row...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorlan2001 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post
    • Instead of metro bars (top and bottom) a context menu appears when you right-click an app on the start screen*

    I'm very happy for all changes except for that one!
    I'm the only one who thinks this is a major step back on the functionality of the Start Screen!?!? I mean, when I right-click on there, I can click the sub-menu I want in less than a second because I associate the icons and recognize them without reading what they say. Now with the "legacy" context menu items; there are no more big, organized icons in a row...
    I'm going to take a guess that this will be a function one can enable/disable. Or as you said they are going backwards.
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    What about this part
    "Windows 8.1 Update 1 will have a smaller footprint (1 GB of RAM; 16 GB of storage), which will enable device makers to put Windows 8.1 with the update on smaller, cheaper tablets. Windows"
    Wander if this is going to affect desktops too.
    The rest of the changes look just "Avon lady" stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    What about this part
    "Windows 8.1 Update 1 will have a smaller footprint (1 GB of RAM; 16 GB of storage), which will enable device makers to put Windows 8.1 with the update on smaller, cheaper tablets."
    Doesn't even make sense. Footprint is size of installed software. This (seems to be) minimum specs. Agree the other changes aren't terribly exiting - at least to me.
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    Windows 8.1 Update 1 will have a smaller footprint (1 GB of RAM; 16 GB of storage)
    Doesn't even make sense. Footprint is size of installed software. This (seems to be) minimum specs.
    I can certainly see how that can be done. In fact, I have already done that on my own desktop. With that said, here is my current footprint (including the Win 8.1 OS) with 23 installed programs and 21 portable programs in use:

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    My only real concern would be that intent to run on 1GB of RAM because my allocation is slightly above that right now:

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    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post

    I'm going to take a guess that this will be a function one can enable/disable.
    I do hope so... or at least a tweak on the registry or something to reverse that change...

    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    I can certainly see how that can be done. In fact, I have already done that on my own desktop. With that said, here is my current footprint (including the Win 8.1 OS) with 23 installed programs and 21 portable programs in use:

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    How did you do that!?!? Only 11.7 Gigs???
    That seems impossible to me! xDDD
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    How did you do that!?!? Only 11.7 Gigs???
    It is certainly not impossible; however, it takes much due diligence to get to that point.

    Here's another view for your edification:

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    Unfortunately, it would take too much time to document every step I've taken. Moreover, I'd like to avoid any negative comments regarding each of my detailed step as well; however, the bottom line is that it can be done. Now, as part of my "clean PC initiative", I have also managed to resolve every recurring Event ID error as well. The latest MS bug uncovered was just shared with (and confirmed by) Brink yesterday. Keep in mind there is no need to go to such lengths for the average user; however, I just considered it to be a challenge to see "how low can you go."

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