8 Potential Problems for Windows 8.1

As many enterprises prepare for the impending release of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 update, it’s important to make sure that proper Windows cleanup and computer tune up precautions have been taken to ensure seamless transitions. Like with any major system upgrade, migration could lead to some pitfalls. Here are eight possible issues that businesses could encounter amid a Windows 8.1 installation:

1) User-friendliness
For employees who could never completely grasp the initial Windows 8 sea change, it’s unlikely that a new update will solve the problem. It could exacerbate frustrations in some cases, and companies could sacrifice employee productivity as resources are diverted to computer help and troubleshooting.

2) The BYOD divide
Windows 8.1 will be friendlier for companies dipping their toes into the bring-your-own-device trend. Windows 8 was more closely tied to the consumerization of IT than any operating system before it, wrote CIO.com. There will be more security vulnerabilities when mobile devices are involved, and companies without a sophisticated virus scanner could find that malware has more ways into its network.

3) Slow computer
Once an app on Windows 8 is launched, it stays open until a user manually shuts it down, but like smartphones, it’s not always clear which applications are open, according to TechRadar. Unused apps left running can be silent killers of processing speed.

4) Too much information
The default settings of Windows 8 apps permit other app users access to a user’s name, location and account picture, reported TechRadar. Users need to be aware of this setting so that they can avoid any TMI situations which can compromise professional discretion.

5) Using touchscreen
Previous versions of Microsoft Windows prompted users to upgrade primarily for modest, sequential technology changes, CIO reported. Microsoft has increasingly targeted business users with successive operating platforms with enhanced productivity tools. Windows 8.1 increases the business capabilities and device flexibility on the platform, so businesses should make sure their approaches are prepared.

6) Saving files
Windows 8.1 comes equipped with hard drive tools to augment those already in place but they have to bet set up. Managing the hard drive, especially as businesses users utilize the platform on different devices, is extremely important.

7) Poorly scheduled maintenance
The system is automatically setup to deploy updates at certain scheduled times, and if the hardware and connection enable it, it can start to update at an inconvenient time, according to TechRadar.

8) Too much bandwidth
Because so many of the apps require an internet connection, and Windows enables them to stay open, users could be hogging valuable bandwidth without even realizing.

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