Windows 8.1 Update: default behaviors and settings

Start screen in Win 8.1 Update 1

Windows 8.1 Update is officially here and users will get the update via Windows Update, starting today, April 8th, 2014. Some of the changes include boot to desktop, new way of closing apps, and default apps that open specific files. However because things will work differently between tablets and non-tablets, it can be a bit confusing what Windows 8.1 Update will actually do. To clarify, here is a table describing what’s going to happen:

Device TypeBefore Windows 8.1 UpdateAfter Windows 8.1 Update
Tablet- Boots to Start Screen
- Closing App takes user back to Start Screen
- Pictures, Music and Video files open with Modern App
- Boots to Start Screen
- Closing App takes user to the previously used App.
- Pictures, Music and Video files open with Modern App
Non-tablet- Boots to Start Screen
- Closing App takes user back to Start Screen
- Pictures, Music and Video files open with Modern App
- Boots to Desktop
- Closing App takes user to the previously used App.
- After closing all Apps the user ends in the Desktop
- Pictures, Music and Video files open with Desktop applications

SEE ALSO: Windows 8.1 Update: time to update, if you don’t your PC will stop getting patches

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.