Curious about Windows 8.1? Watch this video walkthrough

Windows 8.1 hit RTM hit a few days back and even though Microsoft has not made the bits available via official channels, numerous copies of the RTM build have been leaked.  While we know that many of you will likely wait until the bits become available from Microsoft in October, some are pursing these leaked builds to reveal the new features coming down the pipe.

Bavogames has posted to YouTube a video that goes over many of the new features come to Windows 8.1 and we have posted it above for your viewing pleasure.

The video shows off the new wallpaper, a new theme, new shortcuts and many more personalization options.  If you have been curious about Windows 8.1, the video offers a great look into the updated Windows 8 platform.

As with any leaked copy of Windows or any other software, proceed with caution as there is no official support available if you break your install. Of course, if you do have any questions, the Neowin forums are a great resource for help.

Source: Bavogames (YouTube)

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Here's a cool nifty trick to get Libraries to reappear in Windows Explorer in Windows 8.1:
Right click on SkyDrive in Windows Explorer and scroll down to "Include in Library," then select "Create New Library" and voila! There it is...just below "This PC"

No matters what!

Windows 8 or 8.1

the fall behind windows 7, Windows 7 is still the best operating system to go, the update from 8.0 to 8.1 will not change that!

Like the changes, although I'm not impressed, yet. Compared to the preview not much has changed. But it doesn't really have to, anyway.
I've got two questions: is the search now picking the in-app-search while you're running the app or does it still choose the general search as default?
And does the pictures app now allow opening photos from skydrive (at least those that are available offline)?

The colours! I paid good money for the Windows 8 OS only to get a limited palette. My Commodore 64 looked better......... Anyway why do I worry, I will just boot to desktop as usual.

Pwned. Windows 8.1 works like it should on my mum's Dual core Laptop @ 1,7GHz and 2GB of RAM. It boots pretty fast actually. The only problem is that UX is kinda slow(1/7 of the time actually) and that's because I've opened Skype, uTorrent, Windows Media Player etc. I've very happy with this release. Cannot wait to install it on my desktop.

On another note, the Start Screen CAN get used to. Just the modern apps suck. I uninstall every single of them, but in Windows 8.1 I cannot uninstall Camera, Photos and SkyDrive anymore.

Start screen still looks like **** and reminds me of a children's coloring book. Don't get me wrong, I love the look of everything being square and flat, but they don't bright it all together well. There are just way too many bright colors mismatching and clashing and it really becomes an eye sore.

Thank god 8.1 gives you an option to bypass the start screen completely. Never have to look at the start screen, ever.

I agree. While I like the start screen itself, it just seems unpolished to me. All the tiles share the same animation, whereas on WP8 they have different and more alive animations. Also the colors on the start screen are far too many for my taste. I'd rather have all the tiles share the accent color than have each tile in its own color.

lolneowin said,
Start screen still looks like **** and reminds me of a children's coloring book. Don't get me wrong, I love the look of everything being square and flat, but they don't bright it all together well. There are just way too many bright colors mismatching and clashing and it really becomes an eye sore.

You can change the colors to black with no background and white accent color if you want to. You can also size all your tiles to be small so they look like little icons. The way it looks is really up to you.

Yeah, but the tiles are auto colorized now in 8.1. The tile shorcuts pull a random color based on the color of the icon within the tile and colorize the entire tile background for that app. After you get all your apps on the start screen, it looks like a rainbow on your screen. At least in windows 8 they used a standard accent color for all installed apps that complimented your background color.

So you go from a decent unified look like this in windows 8 -
http://i.imgur.com/uhzsYK2.png

..to this disaster in windows 8.1 -
http://i.imgur.com/PrqZkO3.png

Hope UxStyle will come up with 8.1 support by October.

Wonder will 8.1 revert the changes I made to the Win+X menu?

Microsoft has long way to go, there are many bugs to squash. One of the noticeable bug is, when you go to "This PC" --->"Documents"...right click on any folder, then go to --->"include in library" -->Documents. Once you do that, you will see Libraries appears on the left side navigation. But when you close the window, the library disappears lol @Microsoft. I really don't see the point of Library if "This Pc" includes everything already. Libraries is redundant especially because inside "This PC" you also have the same folders again or rather libraries. This is ridiculously so stupid.

MaSx said,
Microsoft has long way to go, there are many bugs to squash. One of the noticeable bug is, when you go to "This PC" --->"Documents"...right click on any folder, then go to --->"include in library" -->Documents. Once you do that, you will see Libraries appears on the left side navigation. But when you close the window, the library disappears lol @Microsoft. I really don't see the point of Library if "This Pc" includes everything already. Libraries is redundant especially because inside "This PC" you also have the same folders again or rather libraries. This is ridiculously so stupid.

Libraries is only redundant if you're a person who used the default user folders to store your files only, which I and others do not. People need to stop thinking the way they use Windows is the way everyone else does. I have files on multiple drives in different folders, for me the libraries are helpful and not redundant. The user folders in "This PC" are not Libraries, the fact you call them that means you don't understand it.

Let's see, you have "Favorites" where you can add any folders you want.

You have Desktop, doc, downloads, music, etc under "This PC" as sub-folders and then you have the same folders, once you click "This PC" on top of Devices and drivers and then once again the same folders under libraries.

Yes, truly, I do not understand.

MaSx said,
Let's see, you have "Favorites" where you can add any folders you want.

You have Desktop, doc, downloads, music, etc under "This PC" as sub-folders and then you have the same folders, once you click "This PC" on top of Devices and drivers and then once again the same folders under libraries.

Yes, truly, I do not understand.

Why wouldn't the same user folders show up when you click "this pc" on the right main window exactly? In fact why do you even count that or view it as being odd? And Favorites are still just one specific folder, libraries are a collection of lots of different locations into one. As I said not everyone uses the default user folders which are listed under "This PC". I have videos on 3 different hard drives in a number of different folders. Instead of filling up my "Favorites" pane with a long list of each folder, which would be counter to the idea of a Favorites list anyways, I can add them all to my Video Library and view them all from one central place. That's not the same thing at all like the default Videos user folder located on you system drive.

So again, for users like me and others who also have more than one hard drive in their systems, Libraries are not redundant for us and they are not the same as the user folders listed under "this pc".

I found the following info:
If you use the ISO file, you can only make a clean install, or you can keep your personal files, that's all.
If you want to keep your settings, apps and personalizations, you (will) have to make the upgrade from Microsoft Store - as soon as it will be available.

And yeah, it's a shame, but I can't upgrade my Windows 8 x64 Pro installation to the same version of 8.1... only to make a clean install, losing all of my settings and currently used apps. (Makes no sense for me...)

pasztor.laszlo said,
If you use the ISO file, you can only make a clean install, or you can keep your personal files, that's all.

Not true. I upgraded from Win 8 Pro x64 to Win 8.1 Pro x64 and kept my settings, personal files and apps. Try starting the setup from within Windows.

Nothing for Desktop rather than putting Spydrive and making tablet file folder view MS should have included new functionality.

I am windows 8 and use it with StartisBack but I think this will be my last windows OS. I don't see any foreseeable reason to put new crap from MS anymore.

Eh. The desktop already works great in 8.0. They added alot of stuff in 8.0 but the modern side felt incomplete. This tries to make that less so.

I have BCM43225 and 8.1 preview. I can't connect to wireless network unless I perform a restart and sometimes it just disconnects after a bandwidth intensive task like torrenting or loading a youtube video I'm expecting RTM to fix this.

hungb.nguyen said,
anybody have wifi driver issue?! !/

Many people do, it seems to be an issue with Wireless N networks. If you go to registry and force B/G it works but that is hardly a fix. MS definitely knows about it, there are literally hundreds of threads about this in the beta feedback forums.

They're calling this a new OS? Why didn't they just add these changes to a service pack or something. Seems the changes are pretty lame to be released as a new OS.

notta said,
They're calling this a new OS? Why didn't they just add these changes to a service pack or something. Seems the changes are pretty lame to be released as a new OS.

Windows 8.1, not Windows 9.

Apple simply bumps the minor revision # every year and no problem, but Microsoft DARES to try the same thing and it's a huge scandal/problem.

Microsoft's version format is typically Major.Minor.Build.Servicepack+hotfix

While Windows 8 is not version 8, they are using that Major.Minor scheme to signify that these are large, but not major changes to the OS (as a marketing thing, the internal version of Win8.1 is the same as the NT version, which is 6.3)

CygnusOrion said,
Apple simply bumps the minor revision # every year and no problem, but Microsoft DARES to try the same thing and it's a huge scandal/problem.

But microsoft isnt charging u for.it like Apple does.

Look at Windows 8.1 Event Viewer, so many errors and warnings after a fresh install, compared to its predecessor, and most, because they are new, have no solutions to them.

I got those too. My wireless connection only works if I plug in an Ethernet cable (what and idiotic bug). Default yellowish wallpaper made nauseous after 2 minutes looking at it. UI inconsistencies from Windows 8 persist.
No point in installing this, I have Windows 7, working fine for me.

JasonMiles said,
I got those too. My wireless connection only works if I plug in an Ethernet cable (what and idiotic bug). Default yellowish wallpaper made nauseous after 2 minutes looking at it. UI inconsistencies from Windows 8 persist.
No point in installing this, I have Windows 7, working fine for me.
Jason, you are about to get crucified. Hold on bud!

Guess it just depends. My install went flawlessly, only had to install 1 driver (Intel Mangement Interface) and its faster than 8 was, which was already faster than 7.

Side note - why are you stressing over the event viewer anyway? On every computer I've ever owned on every OS I've had a ton of errors and warnings in there, didn't mean Windows was falling apart.

Edited by LightEco, Sep 1 2013, 1:08am :

Yes I have, but unfortunately, these errors are nothing to do with drivers/software, and throwing a search on Google for them, comes up blank. Only software I have installed is, em, Windows 8.1, nothing else ATM after fresh install. All drivers installed and up to date, but the Event Viewer is like a nightmare waiting to happen.

My USB 3.0 external hard drive does something weird now. In Win7 and 8.0, normally when it's inactive, it just appears in my computer and when I start browsing it, it takes a few seconds to wake up and starts showing content.

In Win 8.1, it actually disconnects and reconnects to wake itself up. Ex: I'll go ahead and browse it (to wake it up) and it suddenly closes the explorer window and I hear the sfx when a device is disconnected. Then it reconnects and I have to open the window all over again.

JasonMiles said,
I got those too. My wireless connection only works if I plug in an Ethernet cable (what and idiotic bug).

It's clearly a feature to make your internet go faster.

This is quite normal on Windows before general availability. The drivers you have may be up to date but there are often tweaks to be made before GA, as the drivers come from Windows Update anyhow they don't have to be done just yet.

JasonMiles said,
I got those too. My wireless connection only works if I plug in an Ethernet cable (what and idiotic bug). Default yellowish wallpaper made nauseous after 2 minutes looking at it. UI inconsistencies from Windows 8 persist.
No point in installing this, I have Windows 7, working fine for me.

I agree. There is absolutely nothing new in 8.1 that makes any difference or improvement to Windows 8. What a joke.

scaramonga said,
Look at Windows 8.1 Event Viewer, so many errors and warnings after a fresh install

Those errors are there to make it easier for "Microsoft" to tell you that your computer is infected with viruses when they call you out-of-the-blue. :-)