Windows 8.1 is a fantastic update! It was what windows 8 should have been (and could have been had it been given the extensive beta its predecessor enjoyed). Paul Thurott beautifully summarizes my feelings on Windows 8 in the prologue to his Windows 8.1 review:
While nearly nobody thinks as deeply as Paul on the matter, many have nicely summarized what's different. Here's the Nerds Limited QuickList:
- Smoother user interface
- Much better help functions
- Search which won't make you crazy
- The desktop many people badly missed
- A deeper SkyDrive integration
- Better core apps (mail, contacts, calendars, skype, etc.
- Finally Apps in the store which arent awful (the new facebook app is pretty neat)
- A fantastic photo app for touch interface.
We've done many Windows 8.1 upgrades for clients and have only run in to two issues thus far:
- Secure Boot isn't configured correctly watermark on the desktop
Secure boot was a feature which began with windows 8, but wasn't widely adopted until very recently. Apparently, Microsoft has decided that they should change the rules with 8.1. If you bios supports the feature, I'll gladly enable it during our next session. It wasn't anything we did or didn't do wrong. Here's Microsoft's official statement: SecureBoot.
2. The default browser doesn't stick unless it is Internet Explorer.
This issue seems like another veiled attempt by Microsoft to get people to use Internet Explorer. Because I set the default browser to Firefox, Windows decided to give you a pop up at some point which I'm sure you didn't see asking you to change your default browser for the operating system. Here's a link to change your browser back to the app of your choice: MS change your default browser.