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Windows 8.1 Its a Good System
Windows 8.1 Its a Good System
Too Much to Cover Today
Too Much to Cover Today
Still Using Win XP
Still Using Win XP
Many Decisions
Many Decisions
More Decisions
More Decisions
Will My Computer Run Windows 8.1
Will My Computer Run Windows 8.1
Will My Programs Run in Windows 8
Will My Programs Run in Windows 8
Which Version Should I Buy
Which Version Should I Buy
Buy OEM or Upgrade
Buy OEM or Upgrade
How to Setup Dual Boot
How to Setup Dual Boot
Upgrading to Windows 8
Upgrading to Windows 8
Do I Need Touch Screen
Do I Need Touch Screen
Metro or Start Screen
Metro or Start Screen
First View of Windows 8
First View of Windows 8
Do I Need an Add-On Program Like Classic Start Menu
Do I Need an Add-On Program Like Classic Start Menu
Customizing Options for 8.1
Customizing Options for 8.1
Start Menu Boxes
Start Menu Boxes
Switching from Metro to Desktop Screen
Switching from Metro to Desktop Screen
Old Friend the Desktop
Old Friend the Desktop
How to Boot to Desktop
How to Boot to Desktop
Cool New Features
Cool New Features
Right Click the Windows Icon
Right Click the Windows Icon
Customizing the Tiles
Customizing the Tiles
Customize the Start Screen
Customize the Start Screen
See All Your Programs
See All Your Programs
See All Your Programs (cont
See All Your Programs (cont
Full App & Program List
Full App & Program List
Common Question
Common Question
Skydrive Integration
Skydrive Integration
SkyDrive in Windows 8.1
SkyDrive in Windows 8.1
SkyDrive in Windows 8.1
SkyDrive in Windows 8.1
Keyboard Commands
Keyboard Commands
Helpful Hints
Helpful Hints
PC Settings
PC Settings
PC Settings (cont
PC Settings (cont
My Take on Windows 8.1
My Take on Windows 8.1
Closing Thoughts
Closing Thoughts

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Windows 8.1 Its a Good System

Windows 8.1 Its a Good System.ppt
1 Windows 8.1 Its a Good System

Windows 8.1 Its a Good System

SIR Phil Goff Branch 116 November 21, 2013

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2 Too Much to Cover Today

Too Much to Cover Today

Quick overview to help you start with Windows 8.1 So many things you can do with the new operating system Multiple ways to do any task. I just describe what works for me Put all the bad press aside and decide for yourself. You may really like it Presentation is posted on our website so you can refer back to the links and instructions: http://a2cat.sirinc2.org

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3 Still Using Win XP

Still Using Win XP

Windows XP first introduced 12 years ago. Over 20% of computers still using the system. Microsoft will stop support in April, 2014. No More Updates No Security fixes Make a plan to upgrade. No reason to move to Windows 7. Jump to Windows 8.1.

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4 Many Decisions

Many Decisions

Will your computer run 8.1? Which programs will run in 8.1? Which version should you buy? OEM or Upgrade? Pricing? Do I Need a Touch Screen? What is the Metro or Start Menu? How to Boot to Desktop? How to Customize Start Menu?

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5 More Decisions

More Decisions

Do you need Add-on like Classic Start Menu? How does Dual Boot Work? What is Skydrive? A Few New Tricks

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6 Will My Computer Run Windows 8.1

Will My Computer Run Windows 8.1

If you are running Win XP or Vista, go to this link to check your computer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8 If you are running Win 7 then Windows 8 will run on your computer. If you are running Win 8 then Windows 8.1 will run on your computer. Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade for Windows 8 Once Windows 8 is running you can download Windows 8.1 Upgrade Download is 3.5GB so it is huge!

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7 Will My Programs Run in Windows 8

Will My Programs Run in Windows 8

Microsofts website will test all of your programs for compatibility http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8 Note: the website now refers to Windows 8.1 Office 2003 will work in Windows 8 & 8.1 even though it may say it will not. Support for Office 2003 will stop in April 2014. You may wish to try one of the Open Source products like Libre Office

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8 Which Version Should I Buy

Which Version Should I Buy

Windows 8 comes in 2 versions: Windows Basic and Windows Pro Windows RT is not Windows 8! It is a web based system. Windows 8 Basic or Pro is fine for Home Use. You are unlikely to ever use the additional features of the Pro version If it doesnt say Pro then it is the basic version Check these websites to see the differences http://www.intowindows.com/windows-8-windows-8-pro/ http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/windows-8-versions-which-is-right-for-you-1076505

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9 Buy OEM or Upgrade

Buy OEM or Upgrade

Always go with 64-bit system. It works fine with 32-bit programs. Amazon has Windows 8 Basic 64-bit (System Builder) for $100. This can be installed on a clean drive with no other Operating System. You will need to reload all of your programs and data files. Amazon has Windows 8 Upgrade Pro 64-bit for $75. Upgrade will only install on a computer running Win XP, Vista or 7. Upgrade will retain all of your programs and data files. Upgrade can be installed as dual boot if you wish. Dual boot will require you to reload your programs and data files.

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10 How to Setup Dual Boot

How to Setup Dual Boot

Dual Boot means to setup your computer with two Operating Systems, e.g. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. You will need a clean partition for the new Operating System You will need to reload all of your programs and data files for the new system When finished you may boot into Win 7 or Win 8.1 upon startup.

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11 Upgrading to Windows 8

Upgrading to Windows 8

Win 8 Upgrade will overwrite your existing Win 7, Vista or XP partition but keep all programs and data files in place. The old Operating System will be gone. This is the simplest way to convert to Windows 8 You may use the Upgrade copy for a dual boot if you wish. Google how to set it up.

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12 Do I Need Touch Screen

Do I Need Touch Screen

NO! Touch Screens only add value in a few situations. Swipe right side of screen to get Charm Bar Swipe left side of screen to toggle to Start screen Touch Screen functionality may become more robust in the future.

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13 Metro or Start Screen

Metro or Start Screen

Metro or Start screen shows your shortcuts as tiles rather than icons. Looks like Windows Phone start screen Good screen if you only use a few programs. Most people will opt to use the conventional desktop with icons for programs.

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14 First View of Windows 8

First View of Windows 8

This is the Metro or Start Menu

Click on Square labeled Desktop

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15 Do I Need an Add-On Program Like Classic Start Menu

Do I Need an Add-On Program Like Classic Start Menu

Windows 8.1 does not have the old Start Button on lower left Several programs like Classic Start Menu and Stardock will recreate the Start Button similar to Windows 7 You dont need the Start button! The New Windows icon in place of the Start Button is very powerful Right click the Window icon and see the options You dont need an Add-On Program!

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16 Customizing Options for 8.1

Customizing Options for 8.1

Too many options to cover today Many ways to accomplish any task Two important options are: You can boot to Start or Desktop You can resize and label Start screen tiles to your liking

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17 Start Menu Boxes

Start Menu Boxes

The term Start menu means the Metro view. The Tiles on the Start screen function the same as Icons on the Desktop of Win 7 In some cases they have additional functionality by showing content within the Tile You can group the Tiles on the Start Menu to your liking You can change the labels of groups of Tiles to your liking Once organized the Start Menu is very easy to use

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18 Switching from Metro to Desktop Screen

Switching from Metro to Desktop Screen

Various ways to switch back and forth: From the Start Screen, click on the tile labeled Desktop Press the windows key on your keyboard. Click on the window icon in lower left corner of screen.

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19 Old Friend the Desktop

Old Friend the Desktop

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20 How to Boot to Desktop

How to Boot to Desktop

Open the Desktop Screen Right click on the bar at the bottom Select the Navigation Tab and Click where shown:

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21 Cool New Features

Cool New Features

Windows 8.1 Boots Quickly The Search function is extremely powerful. Will search your computer or the web or both. The windows icon on the lower left contains many tools:

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22 Right Click the Windows Icon

Right Click the Windows Icon

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23 Customizing the Tiles

Customizing the Tiles

Go to Start Screen Right Click anywhere and a bar will be revealed at the bottom of the screen Click on Customize at bottom right. Drag the tiles into logical groups and edit the titles of the groups.

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24 Customize the Start Screen

Customize the Start Screen

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25 See All Your Programs

See All Your Programs

Programs and Apps are really the same thing. Each must be written for a particular operating system, i.e. Apple, Android, Windows, etc. Apps are often available for all popular systems. Programs such as Office, Quicken, etc tend to be larger and are only available on the PC or MAC. In Windows 7, you could see all your programs by clicking on the Start button in lower left. In Windows 8, go to the Start screen and click on the little down arrow on lower left.

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26 See All Your Programs (cont

See All Your Programs (cont

Left click on a program (or app) and it will launch Right click on the program (or app) and several options will be shown at the bottom of the screen.

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27 Full App & Program List

Full App & Program List

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28 Common Question

Common Question

I loaded a program and it shows on the Start screen. How do I create an icon on the Desktop screen? Right click on the tile on the Start screen. In the bar at the bottom click on Open File Location Right click on the program, hover over Send To and select Desktop

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29 Skydrive Integration

Skydrive Integration

Skydrive is Microsofts cloud service To load Windows 8.1 you need a Windows live account Register Windows.live.com with your email address Pick a password This will be your logon ID to your computer Microsoft will log you into Skydrive when you log into your computer This is a source of irritation to privacy advocates

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30 SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

Microsoft wants you to store data in Skydrive. They give you 7GB free to start. (More costs money.)

Folders Suggested by Microsoft

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31 SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

Any File stored in a Skydrive Folder is synced to your Skydrive cloud storage. Right Click any file or folder under Skydrive and you can go online to Skydrive cloud From the Website of Skydrive you can share files and folders

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32 Keyboard Commands

Keyboard Commands

Pressing Windows Key will toggle to Start or Desktop Windows Key + D will take you to desktop Windows Key + C will open the Charm Bar Windows Key + S will open the Search Box. Or just start typing anywhere on Start screen and the Search box will open.

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33 Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints

In Addition to the traditional Control Panel PC Settings is very powerful Open the Charm Bar by pressing Windows + C or move your mouse to the right edge of the screen

Click on Settings

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34 PC Settings

PC Settings

Click on Change PC Settings

PC Settings

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35 PC Settings (cont

PC Settings (cont

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36 My Take on Windows 8.1

My Take on Windows 8.1

Its a great system overall It forced change on people which they dont like Journalists jumped on Windows 8 to increase readership Windows 8.1 takes some time to be used to new commands Whether a simple user or Power user it will work well for you. Things I dont like: The new Skype too clean, no obvious commands Charm Bar isnt all that useful Start Screen has limited value to me.

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37 Closing Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

Develop a plan to convert to Windows 8.1 Straight Upgrade on existing computer, Clean install on a new hard drive and reload programs, Dual boot on existing computer, or Buy a new computer and move all your programs and files Windows 9 will be out in about a year, so convert now.

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