Windows 8.1 9385: How to enable hidden items in PC settings

It should not come as a surprise that Microsoft has a few hidden features in the leaked build of Windows 8.1 9385 that they likely did not want to be seen by the end consumer before the feature was fully implemented. While there are still gems likely to be discovered, Bavogames on YouTube has put together a video on how to enable some of the hidden items in the latest leaked build.

The tutorial is quite simple to follow and requires you to download (at your own risk) an application that automates the process. The video then walks through some of changes that were applied after you run the application for you to play with at your own leisure.

Windows 8.1 will be released later this year with expectations that it will likely hit RTM around the August timeframe and Microsoft has already confirmed that a public preview will be released at BUILD which takes place in late June.

Source: Bavogames

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having watched the video http://fora.tv/2013/05/07/Wind..._Starting_Over_with_Windows

She doesn't truly address what most would probably question. She sure talks with canned talking points. She did state that, 8.1 will be available in the windows store for windows 8 and will update their windows. great thing about watching the interview. Windows 8 was designed as the answer to ipad and iOS. So I'm thinking they are trying to pull people away from the desktop.. what about laptop users? what about enterprises that use keyboard and mouse? cad/cam users for industrial uses. Microsoft she said is basically trying to be everything to everyone. when you try to be everything to everyone, you end up being nothing to everyone.

MS by this interview seems to be "pulling" the market ideal from desktop/laptops to surface pro/RT systems. old school computing will always stick around. I have to admit, MS is really betting the farm on this OS. the fine line between Apple and MS is becoming more blurred.

I'm still thinking this will be a £19.99 upgrade, same as what Apple do with their OS updates, they arn't just gonna give it away for free.

People were fine with paying £29.99 (I think it was) to upgrade to latest OSx, would be amazed if it wasnt the same with MS...

So much wasted real estate. Couple of texts and all blank white screen. This is clearly aimed at tablet and metro has no place on Desktop space. Clearly Metro is ****** child of MS tablet interface on Desktop and will not be loved by any sane person on desktop space.On Tablet, may be but definitely not on Desktop. MS should put option to turn this metro off as choice to users who don't want to deal with this abomination.

I would really like Metro apps in Windowed mode, just like the Mixapp from Stardock. Now they are just useless on my desktop with two big monitors. Also, just make the startscreen optional for desktop users. It doesn't hurt anyone and people that like the startscreen can just use it. It's a shame I need to buy/use Start8 from Stardock to get a good experience.

hutchinson_1989 said,
In an interview, Julie Larson-Green said it would appear as an update in the Windows 8 App Store

Link? The desktop is treated as an app, but can the Windows Store update the whole OS?

hutchinson_1989 said,
In an interview, Julie Larson-Green said it would appear as an update in the Windows 8 App Store

Source? As far as decompilers go, the Windows Store is not capable of installing desktop software let alone launch executables as Modern Apps don't have Admin privileges. To do such a thing a Windows Update would have to come through first. All will become clear soon- the dev preview will be available soon as well!

buggingmenot said,

Link? The desktop is treated as an app, but can the Windows Store update the whole OS?
Yes it can: Windows Store doesn't mean that it's a Modern UI app, it will just be an installer.

So how will this "Blue" update be applied? Do we know yet? I'd have to assume that it can be easily installed over your existing Win 8 setup. As almost a "service pack" type of installed update. But then will we also be able to install cleanly from a native .iso file? It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out.

I suspect it might be a product key that you put into "add features to Windows" in the control panel. OR, it might be something rolled out in Windows Update that installs like a regular update. I really do not know though!

It's going to replace Windows 8, so I don't think it's going to be a new feature to add. It'll be a service pack through Windows Update, a standalone executable or other installation media.

este said,
So how will this "Blue" update be applied? Do we know yet? I'd have to assume that it can be easily installed over your existing Win 8 setup. As almost a "service pack" type of installed update. But then will we also be able to install cleanly from a native .iso file? It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out.

No one knows, since Microsoft hasn't said anything. But the most logical conclusion is that it will work like past service packs. New copies of Windows 8 will probably come be 8.1, just like how new copies of Windows 7 come with SP1.

este said,
So how will this "Blue" update be applied? Do we know yet? I'd have to assume that it can be easily installed over your existing Win 8 setup. As almost a "service pack" type of installed update. But then will we also be able to install cleanly from a native .iso file? It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Seems everyone's on the same page. But I would expect it to be handled like a SP (Which essentially it is). I don't think the distribution will be anything out of the ordinary, Microsoft already has a means to distribute updates, I'd expect they'll leverage that. Boxed copies will be replaced with 8.1 discs...

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I suspect it might be a product key that you put into "add features to Windows" in the control panel. OR, it might be something rolled out in Windows Update that installs like a regular update. I really do not know though!
They confirmed that it will be release in the Windows Store.

And what if you don't download things from the Windows Store? I'd still assume they would offer it via download on Microsoft website......

este said,
And what if you don't download things from the Windows Store? I'd still assume they would offer it via download on Microsoft website......

I'm sure. Because if you don't have Windows 8 linked to a Live Account, you don't have access to downloading apps from the Store, do you? I could be wrong, but I thought I read that somewhere...

M_Lyons10 said,

I'm sure. Because if you don't have Windows 8 linked to a Live Account, you don't have access to downloading apps from the Store, do you? I could be wrong, but I thought I read that somewhere...

You can use the store even if your installation of the OS is not linked to a MS account; you will have to sign in to the store using your MS account though. Said that I also think that 8.1 will be offered through Windows Update as well and will be part of the OS when bought in retail stores. Furthermore I imagine that people who bought W8 without physical media will be able, if they decided to do so, to download again an ISO of the OS that will include the update; once installed they will just use their existing Product Key.
It might be different for the preview although I see no reason to limit its,distribution through the store only

Fritzly said,

You can use the store even if your installation of the OS is not linked to a MS account; you will have to sign in to the store using your MS account though.


False. I have a local account with no Microsoft account and I can update the built-in apps.

buggingmenot said,

False. I have a local account with no Microsoft account and I can update the built-in apps.

Calm down Zorro...
Built in apps yes but you cannot buy/download apps without it.

I sense new Metro elements good that they are enriching the API and also good that these settings are bringing across the stone age ones from the desktop. Was kind of expecting them to do a half-hearted job but it looks like the majority of useful stuff is coming across.

ingramator said,
I sense new Metro elements good that they are enriching the API and also good that these settings are bringing across the stone age ones from the desktop. Was kind of expecting them to do a half-hearted job but it looks like the majority of useful stuff is coming across.

Here's hoping. I do like Windows 8, but it definitely needs 8.1. I'm eager to see what all they have included in this update.

TsarNikky said,
I thought it was spelled FUBAR.

No they're two totally different things. Foobar is an example of a widely used name to refer to anything when you're explaining something, especially by combining foo and bar. For example...
foo = "blah"
bar = "hello "
foobar = foo + bar
This is useful because combining foo and bar isn't always done with the plus sign, for example.