In Pictures: What’s new in Windows 8.1 Update

Changes to default settings, dubious new features -- if you expect something amazing to turn you on to Windows 8, you haven’t been following along

Reduced Metro/desktop whiplash In Windows 8.1, if you’re on the desktop and you double-click on a picture file, like a GIF or a TIF, you’re tossed into Metro hell, with the Metro Photo app taking over. If you double-click on a media file like an MP3 or MP4, up springs the Metro Video app -- which is the last thing you probably wanted.

The Update fixes those problems: Under Update 1, your pics open in Windows Photo Viewer; your media opens in Windows Media Player. Those aren’t great choices, but they’ll do until you can install third-party programs worthy of your desktop.

One throwback: PDFs still open in the %$#@! Metro Reader.

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