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Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is a free update for Windows 8. This update brings more features that are familiar with users of Windows XP or Windows 7, to make the transition as easy as possible. Here is a guide to upgrading.

The system requirements for Windows 8.1 are nearly the same as the requirements for Windows 8 – if your PC is already running Windows 8, in most cases, you can get the free update to Windows 8.1.But before you begin, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Your files, desktop apps, user accounts and settings come with you. Windows 8.1 comes with some new built-in apps, and it will update or replace some of your existing built-in apps. Your existing Windows Store apps don’t come with you, but once the update is complete, you can reinstall all of these apps at once – or just the ones you want. For more info, see the Reinstalling your Windows Store apps section of this page.
  • Consider using a Microsoft account to sign in to your PC. If you already use a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 8, you’ll use that same account to sign in to Windows 8.1. If you don’t, we recommend that you start using a Microsoft account in Windows 8.1. Simply put, it’s the glue that holds together so many useful features of the new Windows: the ability to download apps from the Store, automatic syncing of your settings and documents between your PCs, backing up your photos to the cloud so you can get to them from anywhere, and seeing all your contacts from multiple email and social networking accounts together in the People and Mail apps.If you already have an account you use with Outlook.com, Xbox LIVE, Windows Phone or Skype, then you already have a Microsoft account.
  • In the Store, click the Windows 8.1 update. If you don’t see the update on the Store home screen, see Why can’t I find the update in the Store? 
  • After the update has installed, your computer will restart several times to complete the process. (This can take anywhere between 15 minutes and several hours depending on individual machines)
  • Next, you’ll see a list of recommended settings called express settings. To accept these settings and continue, click Use express settings. You can change any of these settings later, after you finish setting up. You can change them now though by clicking Customise
  • Next, you’ll be asked to sign-in. Here you can use a local account or a Microsoft account. It is recommended to use a Microsoft account. If you already use a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 8, your account name will be filled in for you. If you previously used a local account for this, you’ll need to sign in with your local account first, then it will ask you to set up a Microsoft account, which you can use to sign in to your PC after the update
  • If this is your first time setting up a PC with Windows 8.1, you’ll see the new SkyDrive options. If you already have another PC running Windows 8.1, and you chose to sync settings on that PC, then your SkyDrive settings will also sync from your existing PC to this one, and you might not see this screen. If you click Next on this screen, your PC will use these default SkyDrive settings
  • You will now be shown the Start screen and it will probably look familiar to you but if you’d like to explore what’s new and how to get around, see Start screen page. 
  • Congratulations, you installed Windows 8.1!

Enabling Network discovery in Windows 8

If you are unable to find, for example, a network printer on a networked PC, you may need to enable Network discovery. Follow these steps to enable this feature.

  1. To begin, right click the Network system icon on the taskbar and click Open Network and Sharing Center


  2. In the Network and Sharing Center, click Change advanced sharing settings


  3. In the Advanced sharing settings, under Network discovery, select Turn on network discovery and then click Save changes to finish

You have now enabled network discovery, and you will be able to discover other devices on the network!

Keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8

A list of the most useful keyboard shortcuts available in Windows 8.

Windows Key + D Show Desktop
Windows Key + C Open Charms Menu
Windows Key + F Charms Menu – Search
Windows Key + H Charms Menu – Share
Windows Key + K Charms Menu – Devices
Windows Key + I Charms Menu – Settings
Windows Key + Q Search For Installed Apps
Windows Key + W Search Settings
Windows Key + Tab Cycle through open Modern UI Apps
Windows Key + Shift + Tab Cycle through open Modern UI Apps in reverse order
Windows Key + . Snaps app to the right (split screen multitasking)
Windows Key + Shift + . Snaps app to the left (split screen multitasking)
Windows Key + , Temporarily view desktop
Alt + F4 Quit Modern UI Apps
Windows Key + E Launch Windows Explorer Window
Windows Key + L Lock PC and go to lock screen
Windows Key + T Cycle through icons on taskbar (press Enter to launch app)
Windows Key + X Show Advanced Windows Settings Menu
Windows Key + E Launch Windows Explorer Window
Windows Key + Page Down Moves Start screen and apps to secondary monitor on the right
Windows Key + M Minimize all Windows
Windows Key + Shift + M Restore all minimized Windows
Windows Key + R Open Run dialog box
Windows Key + Up Arrow Maximize current window
Windows Key + Down Arrow Minimize current window
Windows Key + Left Arrow Maximize current window to left side of the screen
Windows Key + Right Arrow Maximize current window to right side of the screen
Ctrl + Shift + Escape Open Task Manager
Windows Key + Print Screen Takes a Print Screen and saves it to your Pictures folder
Windows Key + Page Up Moves Start screen and apps to secondary monitor on the left
Windows Key + Pause Break Display System Properties
Shift + Delete Permanently delete files without sending it to Recycle Bin
Windows Key + F1 Open Windows Help and Support
Windows Key + V Cycle through notifications
Windows Key + Shift + V Cycle through notifications in reverse order
Windows Key + 0 to 9 Launch/show app pinned to taskbar at indicated number
Windows Key + Shift + 0 to 9 Launch new instance of app pinned to taskbar at indicated number
Alt + Enter Display Properties of selected item in File Explorer
Alt + Up Arrow View upper level folder of current folder in File Explorer
Alt + Right Arrow View next folder in File Explorer
Alt + Left Arrow View previous folder in File Explorer
Windows Key + P Choose secondary display modes
Windows Key + U Open Ease of Access Center
Alt + Print Screen Print Screen focused Window only
Windows Key + Spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows Key + Shift + Spacebar Switch to previous input language and keyboard layout
Windows Key + Enter Open Narrator
Windows Key + + Zoom in using Magnifier
Windows Key + Zoom out using Magnifier
Windows Key + Escape Exit Magnifier

Changing your password in Windows 8

This guide will show you how to change your Windows 8 account password.

  1. Move your pointer to the bottom right hand corner of your desktop to bring up the charms menu
  2. Click Settings
  3. Now click Change PC settings
  4. Once the new window has appeared, click Accounts on the left hand side column
  5. Now click Sign-in options and select Change under Password
  6. Now enter your current password in the field provided and click Next
  7. Now enter your new password twice and a password hint, then click Next
  8. Now click Finish to complete this change

You have now changed your account password in Windows 8!