Microsoft released Windows 8.1 a few months ago as a free upgrade for those who had already switched to 8.0. Earlier this month, a further update to 8.1 was issued. We still don't have the old-fashioned Start button back as it was, but rumours suggest that it may make a welcome return around August.
If you're one of the original Windows 8 users and you haven't yet succumbed to the free offer of an upgrade to 8.1, beware. This is no minor cosmetic update. I decided to bite the bullet yesterday and update my main PC (which, against my better judgement, was running Windows 8 rather than 7).
After the update to 8.1, the first thing I noticed was that I could no longer drag icons around my desktop. They were securely fixed in place. It turned out to be a problem with a utility that I use called Fences, which allows me to organise my icons into titled groups. Fences prior to version 2.11 doesn't like Windows 8.1, and the immoveable icons bug manifests itself.
The second program I tried to use after the update is a specialist VPN (virtual private network) app which sets up an encrypted connection between my PC and the university where I work, so I can work securely from home instead of always being in the office. This didn't work either, and it took me almost an entire afternoon of Googling to find out why.
No doubt there are other problems too, which I have yet to discover.
Therefore, if you're currently using Windows 8 and you've not yet switched to 8.1, check before you upgrade that all your critical apps are supported by the new OS. You may find that they are not yet known to work correctly.
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