Windows 8.1 for Business

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What’s new with Windows 8.1 for business?

Improved IT controls

Improved IT controls


Smooth steering: IT can control the layout of the Start screen on company-issued devices to ensure key apps are easily accessible. IT can also prevent users from customizing their start screen to ensure consistency across individual workgroups or the entire company.
Wi-Fi Direct™ printing


Network streaming: Connect to Wi-Fi Direct™ printers without adding additional drivers or software on your Windows 8.1, forming a peer-to-peer network between the device and the printer.
Wi-Fi Direct™ printing

Native Miracast wireless display

Native Miracast wireless display

Cord-free connectivity:
Present your work wirelessly. Simply project your media to a Miracast-enabled* projector or other device via Wi-Fi Direct using Near-Field Communication.

Auto-triggered VPN


Easy sign-in: With new support for a wider range of VPN clients in both Windows and Windows RT devices, now you can automatically trigger VPN connections through an app. Windows 8.1 will automatically prompt you to sign in with one click.
Auto-triggered VPN
Malware resistanceMalware resistance


Windows watchdog: Defender, Microsoft’s free antivirus solution in Windows 8.1, now includes network behavior monitoring to help detect and stop the execution of known and unknown malware. Internet Explorer will scan binary extensions (e.g., ActiveX) using the antimalware solution before potentially harmful code is executed.

Desktop features

Desktop features


Quick access to the Start button, now on the taskbar, lets you get started right away. Choose from a new, broad color palette for your Start screen, including animated options, or skip the start screen all together and boot directly to your desktop or apps screen.


To go straight to desktop mode when you start your device:


1. While in desktop mode, using your mouse, right click on the taskbar and select properties. (If you have a touch screen, press the Windows Logo for several seconds). This will open the "Taskbar and Navigation Properties" dialog box.


2. Select the "Navigation" tab.


3. Under the Start Screen section, select "Go to desktop instead of start when I sign in".


4. Select "Apply".
Learn the basics and beyond

Get to know Windows

There are new ways to get around Windows. Many PCs now have touch capabilities, but you can also use the mouse and keyboard you're used to. We'll teach you the basics to help you get started.
Get to know Windows
Learn how to get around your PC

Windows 8 comes with new ways of getting around. Getting to know some basic actions can go a long way toward helping you get around your PC quickly and efficiently.

Learn how to get around your PC

Zoom in and out

Touch the screen or an item with two or more fingers, and then move your fingers toward each other (pinch) or away from each other (stretch). This will bring items on the screen closer or zoom out so you can see more.


Zoom in and out

On start, click the zoom icon in the lower right corner of your screen or press Ctrl while you rotate the wheel button on your mouse.
Explore with charms.

Use the charms menu to do the things you do most often like search share links and photos, connect devices and change settings.
Search for something specific within an app or across your PC.
Share files and info with friends without leaving the app you're in.
Go back to the Start screen anytime.
See and use the devices connected too your PC, like a printer or TV.
Find information, help and settings for your PC and the app you're in.


Easy migration for your organization: The Windows XP era is ending ,so when you’re ready to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can rely on Dell to be your strategic partner. Why?
  • We are the top worldwide Windows 8 Enterprise deployment partner and we’ll use our experience to ease your transition.
  • We can reduce deployment costs with our unique Optimized Deployment Service Framework.
Commercial customers can reference the Clean Install Instructions when updating to Windows. 8.1. Driver updates may also be required. Visit http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?docid=625361 (In English) for detailed instructions on how to upgrade your Windows 8 system to Windows 8.1.

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Dell Services received two awards in the U.S. market including the U.S. Windows Partner of the Year 2013 award and, for the second consecutive year, the U.S. Windows Deployment Partner of the Year award for 2013. Dell’s patented methodology and decades of experience deploying Windows systems around the world helps customers achieve a fast, secure, and affordable transformation to Microsoft’s new modern operating systems.

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What’s new with Windows 8.1

New Features of Windows 8

What are Charms?

Charms are a set of features that are located within the Start screen. To open the Charms menu, you can swipe in from the right edge of the screen. If you are using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, then move the mouse pointer down. If you are using a multi-touch touchpad, place your finger to the right of your touchpad and swipe left onto the touchpad. Charms include Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings.

The Basics – Start, Search, Email, Power Off, Control Panel

Where is the Start Button or the Start Menu?

The Start screen replaces the Start menu in Windows® 8. You can pin apps, contacts and websites to Start for easy access to what you use most. All of your apps — both apps you install from the Windows Store and desktop apps — are available from the Start screen. You can organize, group and name categories of applications. Tiles and notifications show what is new so you can get important information and updates at a glance.

You can easily get to Start by using the Windows key Windowson your keyboard. Also, you can get to the Start screen by swiping in from the right edge of your screen and tapping the Start charm or (by pointing your mouse to the upper-right corner of the screen and then select Start charm or if you are using a multi-touch touchpad, place your finger to the right of your touchpad and swipe left onto the touchpad and select Start).

Using Apps

How do I pin an app to Start?


  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then select Search.
    (If you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, then select Search. Or, if you are using a multi-touch touchpad, place your finger to the right of your touchpad and swipe left onto the touchpad, then select Search).
  2. Select the app icon you want to pin.
  3. Pull down on the icon (or right click) and a checkmark will appear on the icon.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, the option to Pin this app will appear.
  5. Select Pin to pin this app to Start.

Using Charms

How do I connect to a Wireless Network?

Swipe in from the right edge of your screen to open the Charms bar or, if using a mouse, point to the upper right corner of the screen and move the mouse pointer down. If you are using a multi-touch touchpad, place your finger to the right of your touchpad and swipe left onto the touchpad. Select Settings, then Internet Access. Choose the network you would like to connect to.

The Windows Store

Do I need a Microsoft account to use the Windows Store?

Yes, you will need to establish a Microsoft account to purchase or access apps through the Microsoft store. With a Microsoft account, you can see all of the applications you purchased from the Store and you can install any of those apps on up to five PCs. For more information, see: http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows-8/apps
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