Windows 8.1 Update 1 Leak Continues: New Search And Power Buttons, Traditional Context Menu Support In Start Screen

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Right Click

The leaks of Windows 8.1 Update 1 continues. Everyday, we are coming to know about new feature/tweaks that Microsoft is working on Windows 8.1. Today’s leak reveals couple of significant changes. As you can see in the screenshot above, Microsoft is now adding two new buttons next to user account menu. You now have Search and Power buttons which will allow you to access search and power options. Previously, these two options were hidden in Charms menu. Even though this is good news for users to access these items with ease, I personally think this is adding clutter to the Start screen.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Search LiveTile Size

The second significant change is related to right click context sensitive menu. Currently in Windows 8.1, you will have right click options in App bar, but in this Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked build, you can see that Microsoft is now displaying traditional style right click menu whenever you click it. As you can see in the screenshot above, you now have all App Bar options in the context menu itself. I personally think this is also an unnecessary feature that takes users to old Windows UI paradigm.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Shutdone

A few days back we posted screenshots of early Windows 8.1 2014 Update builds. It revealed one noticeable feature that many were complaining about, you can now pin Windows Store apps to taskbar. If you are among the millions of people who spend most of the time on classic desktop screen and rely on couple of Metro apps, this is a great feature. Apart from that yesterday we posted about the feature in which pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. As you can see in the below screenshot, PC Settings page content is displayed in the taskbar preview.

Source: WZOR

  • Azjerei

    Boo… MS backing on their vision :(

    • Sugadevan

      All because of those bunch of haters and cavemen who don’t want something modern.

      • Mateusz

        Not only because of haters and caveman… There are milions employers who have to use windows in company or enterprise. I have Windows 7 on study and id prefer it to work than Windows 8 on my Samsung ultrabook.

        • NGM123

          Unfortunately the zealots here wont agree but you are dead right.
          W8 is beautiful on a touch screen tablet, what it was designed for, but at work on a normal PC/non touch U.I it’s an abomination.
          MS is right to make these changes if they want it to appeal to the masses.
          Sent from my Surface

          • DaFoo

            It really isn’t an abomination. I have 5 computers running Windows 8 in my household, and only one is a touchscreen. I have no problems navigating Windows 8 with a mouse and keyboard. It’s no different than 7, really.

  • cybersaurusrex

    I applaud the changes. Metro is becoming more functional… which is what users expect from Windows. All of the “touchability” of the original Windows 8 is still there too. :)

    • Emi the Strange

      more functional?
      please… are you that ignorant? the same options could be found on the bottom of the start screen when you right clicked on them. so please learn how to use your mouse and keyboard and Windows… and a computer.
      so yeah this isnt adding anything new… or something “more functional”.

      • skruis

        Probably would have been better to say “more functional” for traditional Windows users.

      • GetEdumated

        Yeah, but if you don’t have a touch screen and are using a mouse, it is a considerable distance to right-click a tile in the middle or top of the screen and then have to move the pointer all the way to the bottom. It may not seem like much until you have to do it a bunch of times- then it gets super annoying.

        • NGM123

          I absolutely love W8 on my Surface, but your right, its a pig with a mouse. All the people not supporting the changes are casual users and don’t have to work daily with W8 on a PC. If the did, they would be screaming for changes, W8 with a mouse is a dog.

          • blakjedi

            W8 or the metro interface? W8 works pretty much the same as Windows 7 on the desktop side.

          • NGM123

            Metro, but even the desktop is a pain in the ass, every time U move the mouse the charms bar is flicking in your face. W8 no matter the interface sucks hairy balls with a mouse.

          • DaFoo

            This, of course, isn’t true. The charms bar only comes up if your mouse is in the lower left corner of the screen. And even then, it’s only a preview unless you keep it there for a second and move the mouse up. I never see the charms bar on ANY of the 5 computers running Windows 8 in my household, unless I purposefully make it appear.

          • Mr Facts

            You do know you can take out charms right?

          • NGM123

            Interestingly no I didn’t, and I’m a geek, so what chance has Joe Average got? Love W8 on my Surface but I got frustrated with 8 very quickly on the PC and kicked it to the curb where it belongs

        • DaFoo

          Could you elaborate WHY you would be clicking on a bunch of tiles one after the other while going to the bottom of the screen in between? Why not just hold ctrl and select multiple tiles and then go to the bottom of the screen to change them all at once? Or at least lighten the load if you are doing multiple changes?

      • frankwick

        he should have said “more functional for mouse users”

  • ZloiYuri

    Context menu is good. But why not in Metro style????? 5 minutes in Photoshop… Facepalm…

    • Great gig

      Agreed. They are totally lost. Whatever vision they had has now been thoroughly, hopelessly, jumbled. That looks terrible.

      • reKitab

        Aren’t you “jumping the gun” so early on a “Leak”?

    • Emi the Strange

      maybe becuase you think about programming first and later about UI?…. also your versión looks horrible only becuase you added and awuful color bar to the left and a horrible icon, it doesnt change the fact that this feature still looks like adding weird stuff to the start screen, but thats because some people said “this is a touch UI and I dont know how to use a computer so I cant move my mouse to the bottom to use the damn options”

      • ZloiYuri

        I think about STYLE. And yes, this were impromptu in 5 minutes. And you don’t even understand what design is. Mix of windows95 and 8.1 is horrible and one of reasons why people don’t like this Frankenstein monster of old shit and future beauty. But you like it. Think about what the mesh in your mind, pink lady

        • Herb_Eaversmells

          Emi the Strange is one of the dumbest people that comment on here and always has something negative to say then he/she goes on some wild nonsensical rant thinking he/she’s smart.

    • skruis

      I would venture to guess but who really knows … that the leak is more of a proof of concept rather than a “this is the final look” kind of thing. Just too early to really judge I think.

      • ZloiYuri

        Hope you right, but after icons from W95 in 8 I can wait anything.

    • GetEdumated

      Re-fucking-lax everybody. In the programming process, you make sure things WORK before making them pretty. I’m certain the menus will get skinned before launch.

  • Nham Thien Duong

    If this is true it would be an improvement, though the present version is both mouse-, stylus- and finger-friendly, this version only looks mouse-friendly.

  • Rasetech

    So we need to deal with context menus which are to small for touch devices again? This is bullshit MS! i hope this is one thing we can configure!

    • counterblow

      I hope to goodness these only appear on a right mouse click

  • Kruegerman

    I suspect these screenshots are fake. In 8.1, when you go into “tile editing mode” by right-clicking on a tile, the tiles gray out and the group headers appear in textboxes to allow you to edit.
    I highly doubt Microsoft would have removed these visual cues, unless there’s now a different way to invoke the original “tile editing mode”.

  • Alejandro Machado R.

    It could be better, visually.

  • jimski27

    I get the Power button, cause lots of users can’t seem to find it. But why the Search icon. Just start typing on the Start screen and search pops out. Easy. Oh, and IMHO those context menus are just silly.

    • GetEdumated

      For those of us who actually make an effort to learn how to use something, that’s fine but you’ve got to realize people are buying machines thinking they will work like their old ones and then get frustrated when things are hidden without assuming they just don’t know what they are doing. It’s in MS’s best interest to make products that are intuitive and don’t require a manual to operate. Not everybody reads technology blogs.


    Hmm old style context menu may b just to calm … Users who r afraid of win8 or better say modern look. It is just to tell them, v r getting back to what u want (old school win7).

    Power button is something we needed. Search could b avoided, but again it can be boon to users to search apps, but feel lost whn on start screen.

  • grs_dev

    This is Gawd Awful! Please stop bastardizing the user experience.

  • Willem Evenhuis

    Idea is good. Will the app bar still exist? If not this update would be a tough sell for surface and wiindows 8 tablet users. The contextual menu is too fidgety and small and inpractical and a step backwards.

  • blakjedi

    what about some shit like oh say THE CLOCK as part of the overlay. LOL why do you have to search for simple things in this UI?

    • DaFoo

      There is a CLOCK on the overlay. Just swipe from the right. Or use a clock app and pin it to the start screen.

  • NegLewis

    For the last 20 years people were trained to see 5+: layers of apps in the same time:
    Desktop, Task Bar, Running apps and Start Menu + Search + Installed apps.
    With Windows 8/ Metro people have instant access to only 2-3 layers… barely:
    Start Menu + Search + Running apps.
    or Running apps + Search
    This is … what it is.
    MS needs to fix this ASAP!!! Or they will be crucified.
    Another thing is storage: Minim 64 G (32 SSD + 32 eMM/Flash) build in + HDMI.
    From the OS standpoint of view MS needs to address Caching (cab’s) Temporary files, Multiple trivial 500 MB files (Fonts, icons, wav’s…) ++
    Storage and Indexing : Partially Compressed Drives / Unused Files.
    Removing all this things I was able to have a 100% OS and Office not at 10GB + 7 GB… + 5 GB but a 5+GB Windows and 2+ GB Office.
    This in a couple of hours of data-mining my HDD.