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Microsoft has reintroduced the Start button in Windows 8.1. This version of the Start button will let you toggle between the Start Screen and the Desktop, much the same as the <Windows>key does. This gives you three ways to flip between Start and the Desktop:
Also, right-clicking the Start button will provide a menu with many of the options available from the original Start Menu. Programs will still need to be launched from the Start Screen or from a Desktop shortcut, however.
Windows 8.1 allows you to boot directly to the Desktop view of the system rather than the Start Screen. To enable this feature, follow these steps:
Windows 8.1 includes tight integration with SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage system. To learn more about SkyDrive and it's benefits, be sure to check out the Learn about SkyDrive page from Microsoft.
Windows 8.1 has added significant search enhancements, including search for files and folders directly from the Start Screen.
Finally, Windows 8.1 has made numerous improvements to the user interface to make getting around your PC easier. More lock screen options, new tile sizes on the Start Screen, and more Start Screen backgrounds are just a few changes.
21 Feb 2021