Microsoft Windows – The La Brea Tar Pit Continues

ImageI‘ve reached my end-of-life for using Microsoft Windows. It’s OK for the many to use this product, but I’ve decided to only support it where required by clients. It’s no longer a part of any of my personal computers. I’ve made the switch to using UBUNTU & Linux Mint and the need for me to use the product is no longer required.

There are some reasons to use Microsoft Windows but for now, I’ll describe a few tips on using this product.

Microsoft added another screen below the Start screen that contains all of your apps. If you’re on a PC, scroll the tile interface to the right and click on the little arrow that pops up.

That list displays all of the apps that come with Windows 8.1, the ones you’ve downloaded from the Windows store, and all of your desktop apps. You can still use the search charm to find your apps as well.

Windows 8.1 provides an option to start out in the previously familiar desktop environment instead of landing on the Start screen when the computer boots up. The setting is not easy to find. Start by switching to desktop mode if you are not already there.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/default.aspxFrom the Win 8.1 desktop, right-click on the taskbar and choose Properties. In the Taskbar and Navigation Properties box that opens, click the Navigation tab. In the options in the “Start screen” area, turn on the checkbox next to “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.”

If you want to disable the Windows 8 “charms bar”; the menu that pops into view every time you move the mouse to the upper right corner of the screen; you can turn it off in the “Corner navigation” area. Once you have made your changes to the Taskbar and Navigation Properties box, click Apply and OK.

Microsoft 8 workiing with tiles

The next time you log-in to your computer after a restart, you will begin in desktop mode. If you need to look at the old Start screen, just click the small “Start” button in the bottom left corner of the Taskbar.

There is still the placeholder for Start Menu. If you have 8 installed

check under
C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu


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