I thought to give a try installing the recent leaked Windows 8.1 update 1 on VirtulBox as a virtual machine, and found quite interesting changes. Since it is just an update, we can’t expect much from the release if you are already a Windows 8 or 8.1 user. Microsoft did not comment anything on the leaked version yet, therefore the final version could be something different.
Microsoft has pushed back the release of update 1 from March to April 2014 and I guess this could be an influence of new CEO. The delay indicates that we can something more or exciting features/changes on the final official release than current leaked version.
Let us see how to install Windows 8.1 update 1 on VirtualBox. Its very simple and straight forward as our earlier guide about installing Windows 8.1 on VirtualBox. You must have a supported processor with few enabled capabilities to run this OS on the physical or virtual machine. Windows 8.1 update 1 runs fine inside VirtualBox, it is smooth and quick.
What You Will Notice in Windows 8.1 Update 1?
This time Microsoft has kept desktop/laptop users in their mind more than tablet users, that’s right, your computer mouse got more power now. By using the mouse (cursor) you can do more tasks than earlier versions of Windows 8.
First thing you will notice the two extra buttons next to logged in user name, search and power button. This power button is very useful and you can shutdown or restart the PC without struggling to get Windows charm bar then shutdown options. Search icon will be helpful to find the items quicker than before.
More Options on Metro Apps
1) Metro apps got title bar now and close and minimize buttons are in it. So it would be easy to close or minimize metro apps rather than struggling as shown here.
2) Pin metro apps to taskbar.
You can pin your favorite app to taskbar now which will enable you to launch them easily and quickly from desktop mode.
Metro app’s context menu gives option to uninstall it from there itself.
3) Also by enabling ‘Show Store apps on the taskbar’ in taskbar settings, you can see, preview and access the running apps from desktop mode easily.
Here is the desktop view with running metro apps in task bar.
Other than these changes which can be noticed by anyone, there are some changes in mail app, control panel settings and more in Windows 8.1 update 1.
I have not installed the VirtualBox guest additions on Windows 8.1 update 1, because it worked well and smooth even without it and this is just for testing purpose only.
As we expect Windows 8.1 update 1 will be pushed to existing Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 users as a Windows update, it’s a very rare case that you will be doing a fresh installation on a PC or virtual machine.
If you have found any new and exciting features/changes on update 1, let us know.
Here is the running Windows 8.1 Update 1 on VirtualBox.