[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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That's all for now. Don't forget to check our exclusive Windows 8 and 8.1 section to read lots of useful articles about Windows 8.1.

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