[Guide] Things To Do After Installing Windows 8.1

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might be aware of Windows 8.1 which is a free update for Windows 8 operating system. It fixes many annoyances and issues found in Windows 8 and also brings many new and useful features to Windows 8.


Recently Microsoft released final version of Windows 8.1 to public which can be downloaded and installed using following links:

Download Windows 8.1 RTM Now

Download Free Windows 8.1 RTM 90-day Trial Version

We have posted many tutorials about Windows 8.1 in past which can be read in our exclusive Windows 8 and 8.1 section. These tutorials will help you in learning about new features of Windows 8.1 as well as fixing issues while installing or upgrading to Windows 8.1.

If you have installed Windows 8.1 in your computer system, this article will tell you about a few things which you should do after Windows 8.1 installation. In this topic, we are going to share a few points which you should know and follow after installing Windows 8.1.

So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

1. Learn New Features of Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 comes with many new features which were not available in Windows 8 such as ability to direct boot into Desktop, disable hot corners (Charms Bar), more Start Screen customization options, etc.

You can read all about these new features present in Windows 8.1 using following articles:

[Exclusive] Windows 8.1 Features List

[Review] What's New in Windows 8.1?

2. All Windows 8 Articles, Tips, Tutorials and Software Work in Windows 8.1

Since Windows 8.1 is an update for Windows 8, all Windows 8 articles and software will work fine in Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 is based on Windows 8, you can consider it as a service pack for Windows 8.

If you have not used Windows 8 and want to learn more about Windows 8 features which are also present in Windows 8.1, check out following exclusive review of Windows 8:

[Windows 8 Review] What's New in Windows 8?

Once you read the above mentioned article, you'll have full knowledge of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 features.

Also check out following articles which are also applicable to Windows 8.1:

Best Windows 7 Registry Tweaks and Tips-n-Tricks Which Work in Windows 8

Windows 8 and 8.1 Hidden Secret Features and Useful Hotkeys

3. Troubleshoot Issues Present in Windows 8.1

There are a few known issues which many Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 users have faced in past. If you are also facing any problem while using Windows 8.1, check out following articles which will help you in fixing the issues:

All above mentioned articles will work fine in Windows 8.1.

4. Tweak Windows 8.1 Functionality and User Interface

Many Windows 8.1 users complain about the addition of 6 new folders Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos in My Computer or This PC window. If you also don't like this new addition, you can remove these folders from This PC window using following article:

[Tips] Tweak and Customize Windows 8.1 Explorer "This PC"

The above mentioned tutorial also helps you in changing name of "This PC" back to Computer or any other desired text string.

Also check out following exclusive tutorial to speed up Windows 8.1:

Master Tutorial to Make Windows 8 / 8.1 Super Fast

5. Delete Windows.old Folder to Free up Disk Space

If you upgraded Windows 8 or Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, there might be a new folder "Windows.old" present in C: drive containing 5GB+ data. You can remove this folder with the help of following tutorial to reclaim free disk space:

[Tip] How to Get Extra Free Disk Space in Windows?

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  • ^^ Hey pc10282013, you posted on wrong section and you should post on http://www.askvg.com/download-mozilla-firefox-latest-version/

  • I have read complaints from several people that the Windows.OLD folder in Win8 and Win8.1 is deleted by the system "whenever it feels like it", NOT only when you decide and NOT only after 30 days.
    Some people have be very annoyed to find that files they had not had time to recover from Windows.OLD had been deleted before 30 days without any input from them.

  • If you have an SSD drive, another thing to iis to disable the Trim command, as Microsoft does not seem to have implemented it correctly in Windows 8.

    See this post: social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/f97425f8-3857-4aa4-9cf5-437d5e212c9c/defragging-ssds-a-default?forum=W8ITProPreRel

    Go to Task Scheduler, look in the Microsoft folder for the "Defrag" entry in the folder and right click on it to disable it. Then create a new task to implement the Trim command on SSD drives the right way: C:\Windows\System32\Defrag.exe c: /O where C: is the drive you want to trim.

    If Vishal Gupta has time, maybe he can upload and xml file that can be imported into task scheduler for everyone to implement this tweak easily.

  • Another task worth disabling is WinSAT, since Windows 8.1 no longer displays the Window Experience Index rating on the system properties page, there's really no reason to run WinSAT. See this discussion:troublefixers.com/stop-disable-experienceassessment-index-tool-winsat-exe-in-windows-7-and-windows-vista/

  • Hi AskVG, may I ask how could I fix this Direct3D error? After I upgraded my Sony Vaio E series to 8.1 Single Language, I've got this AMD Radeon Graphic Blocked on my Computer->Manage* . I did update the graphic card and when I update it, nothing happens. I still got this Direct3D error and the error can be found while opening DXDIAG.exe. I updated my other Graphic card (my computer has 2 graphic card which they call switchable graphic cards) the Direct3D error is gone but it blocked again my other graphic card. I tried going to the Sony website and get the updates for my computer, sadly, they dont have any updates for the 8.1 ... Any help? Thank you :)

  • VG

    ^^ You can try to manual install Direct X runtime package. I also had to install it while trying to install Media Player Classic in Windows 8.1.

  • Thanks for the reply, more power and God bless :)

  • Hello, I try updating DirectX but it doesnt fix the issue. I still got this error in the screenshot:

    Do you have any idea how to deal with it? Thanks in advance :D

  • VG

    ^^ It looks a driver problem to me. You should wait for an updated driver for your graphics card.

  • Is there any highly compressed version of 8.1 ISO,VG? Because I am having a slow connection and I want to try out 8.1.

    Thanks in Advance and please reply as fast as possible man!

  • VG

    ^^ No. At least not legally and officially. I dont know whether such version is available on torrents, etc or not.

  • i regret on updating to 8.1 .. this update ruined 50% of my computer ... I cant believe why i choose the 8 over the 7 which is stable OS.

  • Hi I really need your help, I used to play games smoothly with no issues but after installing it, my graphics turned brown and blurry, any solutions to that?
    AM using NVIDIA GeForce GT640 4GB gracphics

  • VG

    ^^ Did you try following?


  • After upgrading from 8 to 8.1, opening files from a network share is painfully slow. This occurs randomly. IE 11 will also randomly hang for like 30 seconds with "not responding" at first launch.
    any suggestions?

  • VG

    ^^ I can only suggest you to either try Reset/Repair PC options or perform a clean install of Windows 8.1. There might be many reasons behind your problem such as driver problem, upgrade issues, etc.

  • Hi there.
    Im new here, just a noob asking,

    Recently ive bought predator G3-605.
    Running on stock windows 8.1.
    What my problem is, torrent downloads are very very very slow. Downloading at 0.1kbps to 0.8kbps. Ratio between seeders/leechers are good. Im not understanding why it's downloading at such speeds.

    Was previously using a win7 laptop. I could reach up to 5mbps. So now with my new equipment, i cudnt even reach 1.0kbps.

    Im not sure whats wrong, everything is new & up to date(I did check). Im using a wired ethernet connection so I believe it should be downloading at amazing speeds. Can anyone rectify for me please?

    Normal downloads and browsing are fine. Its just torrents.

    Thanks for the help!

  • Hi! I purchased a Gateway with windows 8.1 installed. Worked great until the computer did an automatic windows 8.1 update. After that, my app store will not load at all. Not only that, I cannot even load Facebook. I currently use Opera as my web browser. I tried many fixes listed on google. I even tried running Internet Explorer to open Facebook with no avail. Please help me. I have only had this computer for 4 months!!!! I am so frustrated! Thank you!

  • VG

    ^^ You can uninstall the Windows 8.1 Update 1 using Control panel -> Programs and Features -> View installed updates.

  • Hi, After installing Windows 8.1 There are a LOT of registry errors. Why are there so many registry errors on a new installation? Is it ok to use CCleaner to clean the registry so soon after the install. Should I run the file cleaner before using the registry cleaner or should I run the registry cleaner first. I apologize for asking what probably sound like dumb questions but I am very new to computers. Thank you

  • VG

    ^^ Both are separate things and you can use them in any order.

  • About a year ago I bought a new Gateway computer with 8.0. I love(d), Love(d), LOVE(D) it! I sang the praises of 8.0 to anyone who would listen. Got several family members and friends onto the 8.0 bandwagon. Then a few weeks ago a family member ACCIDENTALLY "upgraded" it to 8.1...(how does that even happen?---nobody knows). Now as far as I am concerned my computer is RUINED. And nobody sells 8.0 any more. Microsoft totally screwed up with 8.1. I have spent hours unsuccessfully trying to figure out how to make my scanner save in any format that is a document rather than a "picture." The whole system wants desperately for me to send EVERYTHING I do to the blasted "cloud," and everything runs sloooooooooowly because of all the garbage that 8.1 insists on running in the background. There is absolutely NOTHING good I can say about 8.1. I have ordered recovery discs from Gateway to restore 8.0 once I have managed to figure out how to backup EVERYTHING onto a flash drive. Even THAT process is so convoluted in 8.1.........8.1 just made EVERYTHING have to go through extra steps that 8.0 didn't require. Pictures saved from my camera or cell phone to the computer insist on saving EVERYTHING in 4 different places and AGAIN---wants to default everything through the cloud. And the cloud related "features" cannot be uninstalled----they are a permanent part of 8.1. But what makes me even more furious than anything else is that Microsoft will STOP SUPPORTING 8.0 NEXT YEAR!!! Seriously. This is ridiculous. Rather than "upgrading" to 8.1 (again) between now and then after I get it all back to 8.0 I can only say that I guess I am grateful that I will have over a year to save up for my first ever Apple computer. After which I will NEVER own another computer with any form of MS Windows again!

  • MANY thanks - disabled the 8.1 upgrade request (hopefully) (using method 2).
    I had thought 8.1 would be a harmless upgrade but it basically wrecked the machine so I did a factory reinstall of Win8.
    The wrecking meant I'd no access to software or computer settings - task bar had been corrupted and 'start button' missing/disabled.
    I note your article mentions auto boot to desktop. This is available in W8 through "Skip metro suite" - and 'classic shell' offers well, the classic windows features - including allowing you to choose the style you prefer from three different versions of windows!

  • Two things.
    One: When I updated, I couldn't open skype, the program was running, i could see it on the taskbar, but it was stuck minimized.
    I fixed that.
    What I can't fix, however, is number two: All my games changed rendering devices from OpenGL to Direct3D9.0
    The only reason I know that is because killing floor lets you select rendering devices, all my other games don't. Which is why I'm here.
    Seriously, please help?

  • VG

    ^^ Try to update your graphics card driver. Go to the manufacturer website and download the latest driver.

  • Hey VG,
    Recently I had installed Windows 8.1 but I have a serious problem with this. Whenever I start my laptop and after booting Windows 8.1, even without opening any program, memory consumption is 750MB. It is making my laptop really slow.

    Please give a solution.

  • VG

    ^^ You should check startup programs list and Service Manager and disable unnecessary programs and services.

  • recently i installed windows 8.1 in my lap.but the problem is pc games like fifa11 are not working at all.plz find a solution for this.thanx.

  • After I install windows 8.1 my scanner stopped working printer still works fax still works but scanner quit working

  • Hi VG

    After i installed 8.1, my torrent client became too slow. I have change my torrent client and gave me the same result. Other downloads not using torrent seems to be fine. Thanks

  • The problem I keep having with 8.1 update is it removes all of my network settings and I'm not able to reconnect to my home network not to mention driver issues all of the drivers become missing UGH...

  • hi please since i installed windows 7 to my windows 8 system my sound has stopped working. now have upgraded to 8.1 on the same system its still not working. i did a clean installation. i have tried almost everything

  • VG

    ^^ You'll need to install required drivers for the sound card and the sound will be back. You can get the drivers from Windows Update, your PC manufacturer website or recovery CD.

  • how do i get them? i have already tried drivers pack 2014 and downloaded a lot of drivers. but the sound still didnt work

  • hello please is there something else i can do. cause i have downloaded and updated a lot of drivers. i miss my computer sound badly. and i need it urgently

  • After installing window 8.1 the first vital step is to check if you have latest security updates available for your windows operating system. To get the security updates automatically, go to control panel and check your security updates needs.

  • Sir, Is there a desktop cleanup wizard in windows 8.1 ? How can I cleanup my desktop without it?

  • VG

    ^^ Desktop cleanup wizard used to automatically delete unused shortcuts from Desktop. Its better to manually delete unwanted shortcuts yourself.

  • Hi my problem is I have done a clean install of Windows 8 and then did all the updates so I could install Windows 8.1 it has downloaded but then when I turn computer off and then go back to it there is a message saying windows did not install properly so it is going to shut computer down and restart, when it does restart it has the same message, it just keeps restarting it self I have used 8.1 since it first came out and I think it is the best, but ever since Windows 10 arrived I have had nothing but trouble I really don't like it so why does Microsoft insist that we insall on our computers surely everyone should be able to use which ever one they are most comfortable with please can you help.

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