Installing the Windows 8.1 update from the Store is just part of the process of updating your computer. You may need to install updates to your apps, as well.
Note two changes to the Windows 8.1 Start screen. First, there are new ways to see all of your apps. Second, as you install new apps, tiles for those apps are NOT added to Start automatically, as they were in 8.0.
See all of your apps
On the Start screen, swipe up from the bottom (or move your mouse down and click on the downward pointing arrow) to display all of your apps.
Some app tiles may display information such as:
- NEW (you’ve installed this app but haven’t run it yet)
- Install (meaning you haven’t actually installed this app on this computer, but on another; on Start this is represented on an app tile by an arrow pointing down to a short line),
- Downloading (or a progress bar indicating in process), or
- Error (an app that was compatible with 8.0 but hasn’t been updated for 8.1).
You can sort your apps, which may make it easier to find them. Options consist of sorting by:
- date installed (the default)
- most used
Use the Search box in the upper right to search for an app by name. (As in 8.0, you can search on Start simply by typing; results in 8.1 display differently from 8.0.)
Install app updates
Although Windows 8.1 will install subsequent app updates automatically, you should check for updates once after upgrading to 8.1.
Open the Store.
In the Store, use Charms > Settings (or Win+I) > App updates, then select the Check for updates button.
On the resulting App updates screen, all updates are selected automatically. Use the Install button to proceed.
Install missing apps
Check for apps that you own but that aren’t installed on this computer (most likely if you sign into more than one computer using your Microsoft Account or if you installed the 8.1 Preview).
In the Store, display the command bar (swipe down from top or up from bottom; or right-click; or Win+Z). Select Your apps from the command bar at the top of the screen.
The resulting screen shows apps you own but have not installed on this computer. Select the Apps dropdown list under Your apps to display all apps or just apps installed on other computers you have signed into. Select Sort by date for the option to sort apps by name.
Note that even free apps are labeled Purchased.
Select individual apps or use the Select all button, then use the Install button.
Use the comment area for this blog entry to tell me what you think or to ask questions about apps in general.
Pin apps to Start
On the apps display select one or more tiles. The command bar appears automatically. Options may include:
- Pin to Start (or Unpin from Start)
- Pin to Taskbar (for a desktop program, not a modern app; or Unpin from Taskbar)
- Uninstall (remove this app or program from this computer – you still own the app and can reinstall it or install it elsewhere)