Windows 8.1 Tutorials with a Mouse and Keyboard
Yes, Windows 8.1 Works Great With Mouse and Keyboard. I’ve been using Microsoft since the old ‘DOS’ days, and used every single version of Windows. The Start Screen is awesome, and here’s why.
5 things to know:
1) It’s really just Windows 7 with a Start screen. That’s right, it’s still the same operating system (with things fixed and upgraded, of course, to make it faster and better) with the Start menu removed and the Start screen introduced. That’s putting it a bit simply, but the point is your ‘desktop’ works like it did before (with a few cool new things you couldn’t do before like snap apps alongside your desktop view).
2) For die-hards, you can ‘sign in’ right to the desktop and skip the start screen. It’s fast and easy to do.
3) The Start screen is just your Start menu replacement. When organized and used correctly, it’s even faster than the Start menu. You can even pin “people” and “websites” to your Start screen for regularly updated content (convenient!). For IT Pro’s, organizing it and using it in the enterprise environment will BENEFIT your internal customers. Regular users hated the ‘menu’ because they get overwhelmed and couldn’t easily find things. Now (through the features Microsoft gives IT) you can create a default Start screen for them (group productivity apps, group internal programs your company uses, etc.). When I show people how to use the Start screen, they are often perplexed…but not at the Start screen, but at why their techie friends said it was horrible (because after being shown how it works, it’s easier for them).
4) Mouse and Keyboard work just fine. I don’t have a touchscreen computer, and found it very easy to use Windows 8. With Windows 8.1, I noticed they added even more ‘tweaks’ that made it even easier for mouse and keyboard users in the modern interface/Start screen.
5) Power users will like Windows 8.1 too. Remember, the start screen is just your start menu replacement. If you can’t live without the ancient menu, there are replacements out there. You can also set your start screen (when the button is clicked) to go to the ‘Apps’ list, which is similar to your old menu. Multiple monitor support has been added, and being able to ‘snap’ multiple programs has also been added. You’ll find the multitasking features even better by having those Windows Store apps snapped by your desktop (such as Twitter on your left, with your desktop taking up the rest of the screen). Finally, all your regular desktop apps can still be pinned to the Start screen (and you can make them into small icons too). I recommend you change the ‘wallpaper’ for the Start screen to match your desktop wallpaper (makes the transition very smooth and less jarring).