In Pictures: The hidden fangs of Windows 8.1 - and how to avoid them

Before you install Windows 8.1, make sure you understand the gotchas and how not to get bit

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Take back the rest of the interface If you follow all of these steps, you’ll put a big dent in the damage done by Windows 8.1. But there’s more you can do.

First, go through my slideshow “The desktop lover’s guide to supercharging Windows 8.1,” which dives into detail about setting up the All Apps list in a more manageable light. It also takes you through ways to load your old-fashioned desktop’s Taskbar.

Then, take a look at “Minimize Metro! How to make Windows pure again,” for details on replacement programs you could and should use to avoid those jarring trips into Metro land.

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