Windows 8.1 upgrade reboots to black screen of ‘nothingness’.

If you’ve just upgraded your Windows 8 (non RT) device to Windows 8.1 and suddenly upon reboot you’re facing a quietly humming computer with a black screen of nothingness….don’t panic.  You’ve probably just got Master Boot Record issues.  This can be a fairly easy fix, particularly if you’ve already created a Windows 8.1 Recovery disk. …


Windows 8.1 Store seems confused about online status after upgrade.

After upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 on one of my laptops, I noticed that even though I was connected to the internet (via hotel wireless), the Windows Store didn’t seem to think I had any internet connection at all. Opening the Windows Store would result in this page. No proxy information was necessary for…