Windows 8.1 Is Released

So it’s finally here the next generation Windows 8.1 so what has been added :

The next version of Windows, Microsoft demonstrated on stage, will bring back the Start Button, a feature much missed in Windows 8, which was released in October 2012. But that’s just the start — so to speak. Here are eight other new features and tweaks coming to Windows 8.

1. Start/Boot to Desktop Yes, this is probably the most wanted and anticipated feature in Windows 8.1. While the Start Button was removed in Windows 8, it has been added back in, although with a few caveats. While you will see the Start Button at the bottom left corner now, when you click it you won’t get a menu. Instead, you will be taken back to the Start Screen where you can get to your apps and other settings.

In addition to the button, Microsoft has added a Boot to Desktop option, so right when you boot up your computer you can be taken to the desktop screen rather than the Start Screen’s layout of tiles and apps.

2. Changed Backgrounds and Lock Screen  Microsoft is making a big push with 8.1 to enhance personalization with customization options. You can now change the color and background of the Start Screen to something more precise with a new color slider tool. You can also change it to a personal photo or the one that’s the background on your desktop. The lock screen can now display a slideshow of your photos.

3. More Tile Sizes This is a small feature, but one many seem to be excited about. You now have a few more size options for the tiles on your Start Screens. That means the bigger tiles can show more information right on the Start Screen. For instance, with the weather app you’ll see more details about today or tomorrow’s weather. You can also shrink down tiles to just be a small icon.

4. Universal Bing Search From Anywhere When you swipe from right to left on the edge of the screen in Windows 8.1 you will still get the Search charm or button, but selecting it and typing in a search term will bring up some different results. Now, not only do you search for files on your device, but also the web via Bing. It’s the fastest way to get to the web.

5. Redesigned App Store Microsoft says its Windows Store now has 80,000 apps and is adding more by the day. Those apps will all be in a newly designed app store when Windows 8.1 launches later this year. The store has been completely redesigned with a layout that highlights apps that are recommended just for you.

6. New Paint and Camera Apps Speaking of apps, there are some new native apps, including a new paint or “Fresh Paint” and camera app. The paint app has new tools, including oil paints, pencils and watercolors. You can blend colors and there is support for Wacom tablets. The camera app has also been updated with features similar to HTC’s Zoe feature. It will capture a photo before and after you hit the shutter button so you don’t miss a good shot.

Along with the information that Volume License (VL) customers, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to access the Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM, Microsoft posted the following huge table which differentiated the various Windows 8.1 editions that will be available starting October. Windows RT 8.1 is only for OEMs, so you won’t be able to install it on your own. However, you can compare other Windows 8.1 editions to choose the one that suits you.

Feature name Windows RT 8.1 Windows 8.1 Edition Windows 8.1 Pro Edition Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition
User experience
Apps launch other apps (new) x x x x
Customize multiple tiles at once (new) x x x x
Lock screen photo slide show (new) x x x x
Four tile sizes (new) x x x x
Microsoft account login x x x x
Multiple instances of same app (new) x x x x
                Open up to four variable sized windows at once (new) x x x x
Optional boot to the desktop/All apps screen/Start screen (new) x x x x
PC Settings improvements (new) x x x x
Portrait mode improvements (new) x x x x
Search powered by Bing (new) x x x x
Set the desktop wallpaper as Start background (new) x x x x
The Start button (new) x x x x
The Start screen and live tiles x x x x
Touch keyboard and thumb keyboard x x x x
Automatic app updates from Windows Store (new) x x x x
Built-in apps (Mail, Calendar, People, and more)i x x x x
Install and run desktop apps (x86/x64) x x x
Internet Explorer 11 (new) x x x x
Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT includedii x
Windows Media Playeriii x x x
Windows Store x x x x
Xbox SmartGlassiv with Play To / Play On x x x x
Devices and peripherals
3D printing support (new) x x x x
Biometric enrollment (new) x x x x
InstantGo v x x x x
MiraCast wireless display support (new) x x x x
Mobile hotspot / Wi-Fi tethering (new) x x x x
Multiple monitor improvements (new) x x x x
Storage Spaces x x x
Wi-Fi Direct wireless printing support (new) x x x x
CPU Sockets 1 1 2 2
Maximum RAM vi 4 GB 128 GB 512 GB 512 GB
Mount ISO / VHDs x x x x
Reset and refresh your PC x x x x
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) vii x x x x
VHD boot x x
Windows Update x x x x
Assigned access (new) x x x
Client Hyper-V x x
Device enrollment (new) x x x x
Domain Join x x
Exchange ActiveSync x x x x
Group Policy x x
Open MDM support (new) x x x x
Sideloading LOB apps <sold separately > <sold separately > x
Start screen controlviii(new) x
Windows To Go Creator x
Work folders (new) x x x x
Workplace join (new) x x x x
AppLocker x
Binary extension scanningix x x x x
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go x x
Device Encryptionx x x x x
Family Safety x x x x
Multi-factor authentication for BYOD (new) x x x x
Picture password x x x x
Remote business data removal (new) x x x x
Trusted Bootxi x x x x
Windows Defenderxii x x x x
Windows SmartScreen x x x x
BranchCache x
Built-in VPN clientsxiii x x x x
DirectAccess x
Remote Desktop (client) x x x x
Remote Desktop (host) x x
VDI enhancements x

Source: Microsoft


Very Important to disable the Secure Authentication that limits the access to all kind of network shares :

Open PowerShell as Administrator :

Set-ItemProperty -Path “HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Parameters” RequireSecureNegotiate -Value 0 -Force

Another way to run this action by PowerShell 3.0 :

Set-SmbClientConfiguration -RequireSecuritySignature $true

Enjoy 🙂


4 thoughts on “Windows 8.1 Is Released

  1. Hey Henry, For Windows 8 Enterprise You Must Update 8.1 From Microsoft Volume License Center.
    We Cannot Update From Windows Store, Why Is That?

    • Hi Tal,

      Because the version of your Windows 8 license is Enterprise that is only available via the VLC that’s the only way you can update that edition !
      For home/pro editions the store is a valid place to update.

      Hope I help you,
      Henry Hazot

  2. Don’t forget to run this command as an Administrator 🙂
    Works like a charm !

  3. Don’t Forget the Fitness app ! so cool

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