- First of all, Windows 8.1 setup does not ask for your timezone during setup. Right click on your clock and set your timezone straight away, or you can run into problems that you can’t imagine.
- Windows 8.1 will frequently ask you to download and install .NET 2.0 and 3.5. But everytime you try downloading it, you will get the error 800F0906. This issue was present in the Preview editions and hasn’t been fixed so far. Here’s the universal workaround: mount your Windows 8.1 ISO and issue this command in Command Prompt or PowerShell:
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /Source:h:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess
(where h:\ is the letter of the Virtual Drive containing Windows 8.1 Installation Media.
- The Lock Screen which has a very short default timeout (1 minute) will drive you crazy. By default, you cannot change its timeout in the advanced settings of your power plan. To change it, open Registry Editor.
Navigate to the following key:
Double Click Attributes and change its value from 1 to 2.
Now when you edit the advanced settings of your power plan, you can see a new parameter under the Display sub menu, namely “Console lock display off timeout” (see figure below). You can set your timeout as you wish.
- Install DirectX.
Quoting directly from Microsoft:
Some applications and games require DirectX 9. However, your computer includes a more recent version of DirectX. If you install and then run an application or game that requires DirectX 9, you might receive an error message such as “The program can’t start because d3dx9_35.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.”
To install it, go to: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35
- This one’s upto you, but I found this handy. In Windows 7, the Libraries were quickly accessible in the Navigation Pane. In Windows 8.1 however, Libraries appear beneath This PC in the pane. Ever since I started using Windows 7, I personally keep all my data in a separate hard drive and just add the location of my Documents, Music and Pictures to the appropriate Library. Hence Libraries are my most used links in the Navigation Pane. I do not like to scroll down each time to access them. Here’s a workaround to bring them above This PC in Windows 8.1.
Open Registry Editor (Run > regedit) and navigate to the following key:
Change the value of SortOrderIndex to 38 (hexadecimal).
- Do not ditch the new Metro apps instantly. Give them some time. You will soon learn you will be using these new apps for the rest of your life. It wasn’t 5 minutes I started using the new Reader app that I realized I would finally stop using Adobe Reader which I had been using for the last decade.
- Do not install any ISO mounting software. Windows 8.1 includes this feature by default.
- Do not install any third party antivirus software. Windows Defender, prebundled into Windows 8.1 is just a rebranding of the Microsoft Security Essentials and works great.
Enjoy Windows 8.1!