While Windows 8.1 from Microsoft has been made available to the general public since October of 2013, the platform hasn't arrived without its fair share of problems and controversies related to the overall build of the OS.
The new platform from Microsoft does indeed follow an interesting trend where the OS coming out every alternate year is better than what is released before. For example, while Windows XP took all of us by storm, Windows Vista is something most of us will want to forget. Again, Windows 7 was a delight.
However, if you have indeed installed the new software and looking to run it on your PC, know that you will be plagued by a few problems you are not really used to. However, there are ways to bypass these problems. Here's a look at the 5 most pressing issues and their fixes.
Internet Not Working
There are chances that on upgrading the Internet on your PC might not work. In fact, a number of people say that even if it works the first time, on refreshing it stops. However, there's a fix. Just head over to Control Panel and open the ‘Network and Sharing Centre'. Now, click on ‘Change adapter settings', and right-click on your active network.
In the menu, choose ‘Properties', highlight ‘Internet Protocol Version 4′, choose ‘Properties' again and change the Preferred DNS server to 22.214.171.124 and the Alternate DNS Server to 126.96.36.199. Then click OK.
Remove Charms Bar
if you are playing a game or using a website which often requires you to move your mouse, the Charms Bar can be a cause of major hindrance. And if you are looking to disable it, open the computer's Control Panel then click on ‘Mouse'. Once the new window opens, click on the ‘Device Settings tab', highlight the mouse you use, and choose ‘Settings'. Now uncheck the box next to ‘Edge Swipe Right'.
Broken App Tiles
There are often ‘dead tiles' that arrive as leftovers from old native apps that were not properly removed after updating. And after a while, they are the most irritating. But you can remove those. Just enable hidden folders in the view menu, then head to Users/User/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Application Shortcuts and delete the oldest sub-folders. Once done, reboot your computer and those links should be gone.
Often it has happened that after updating to the latest version of Windows, several different programs have lost their clarity and sharp edges. To end this problem, you need to right-click on the Desktop and choose ‘Screen Resolution'. Once the new window opens click on ‘Make text and other items larger or smaller' and click the check-box next to ‘Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays.' Rebooting your PC later should solve any issue.
No More Media Libraries
The libraries feature first arrived with Windows 7. And needless to say, it also went on to become quite a popular one. And although Windows 8 continued to utilize this feature, in Windows 8.1 they disappeared. But you can easily restore them. Just open File Explorer, click the ‘View' tab at the top of the screen, click on ‘Navigation pane', and the select ‘Show libraries'.