Every system administrator with even a few gray hairs has a playbook full of tips and tricks for tweaking Windows machines. With every new release, it's important to revisit that personal knowledge base and determine which techniques are still valid and which need to be discarded.

Windows 8 brought impressive new capabilities to desktops, notebooks, and tablets, and Windows 8.1 is a significant (and free) upgrade. In this article, I've listed some do's and don'ts for fine-tuning the Windows 8.1 configuration on new devices you're planning to deploy.

1: Choose the right hardware

You're familiar with the traditional tradeoffs ...

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