Upgrading to Windows 8.1 – The Results

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The Start button is back and you may now have your beloved desktop directly up after booting. Those were some of the things that you’ll get after upgrading to the free Windows 8.1. Here’s what I found out so far.

Windows 8.1 with Start button and SecureBoot problem.

Fig. 1 Windows 8.1 with Start button and SecureBoot problem.

Yup. The Start button is back but the Start Menu isn’t. Geez, Microsoft! I thought it was a package deal thing – Start button with a start menu. There were some who even pointed this one out when 8.1 Preview was released. But Microsoft is really stubborn. The new Start button just switches your desktop to the Start screen. Right-clicking it would bring out a power user menu. Win+X will also bring out this menu.

Power User Menu

Fig. 2 Power User Menu

I also had the SecureBoot problem (Fig. 1) as my SecureBoot isn’t enabled yet. Design-wise, it’s almost just the same. Moving some panels from one side to another. The search function (Win+Q) will now slide a search everything panel on the left on the screen. Win+Q opens an “Everything Search”, Win+W is for “Settings Search”, while a Win+F is for “File Search”. Bing is also integrated in the search if you opted to use it during the configuration phase of the installation.

Search

Fig. 3 Search

There are also added options for personalization for when the Start screen is up.

If you haven’t configured your Windows 8.1 to go directly to Desktop after booting, just right-click on an open space on the Taskbar and select Properties. Go to Navigation tab and check the first option in the Start screen area (When I sign in or close…).

If you want reviews for Windows 8.1, you may want to check out articles from ExtremeTech, The Verge, TechRadar, and PCWorld.

Insert Images on GMail’s Message Body

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This tip will let you insert images to your GMail’s message body and not as attachments. This also works on Google Apps-based email.

1. Click “Settings” on your main email page.
2. Click on the “Labs” tab.
3. Search for “Inserting Images” feature by Kent T. Tick/Select “Enable“.

Insert Images

Insert Images

4. Scroll down and click the “Save Changes” button.

When creating a new email, you’ll notice that there is a new tool on the palette beside the “Insert Emoticon” button. Click the “Insert Image” button to add an image from your computer or from a link to your message body.

Insert Images Button

Insert Images Button

Remember, that this is just an experimental feature. There’s no assurance that it will be working 100% all the time. Also, make sure that GMail Offline is enabled for this lab to work.

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