If you’ve got Windows 8.1, you’ll want to make sure to run the update for Windows 8.1.1. It’s not a huge change, 8.1 still works the same way that it did before, but there are still some nice new features.
The biggest change: Windows will now detect whether you are using a keyboard and mouse or a touchscreen and automatically boot up to the screen that works best with that device. Tablet users will go to the Metro/Modern user interface and keyboard users see the familiar desktop.
Users will also notice that the power button is now the top of the Modern/Metro screen. You’ll still have to choose settings to see it in the desktop mode.
You will also see that the search icon is up at the top as well, making search just a click away for mouse users.
Windows apps will now feature the familiar X to close option. Just mouse over the top right corner to see it.
You can now also pin Metro/Modern apps to the taskbar in the desktop mode.
To pin, just click on the app on the start screen or in the all apps section and choose Pin to taskbar.