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How to fix a Windows 8.1 upgrade that ends with a black screen

After your upgrade to Windows 8.1, if you see a black screen and only a mouse pointer, you may have video drivers that are incompatable.The solution is to remove the video drivers in safe mode and here is how to do that.

Make sure you boot to the Windows 8.1 DVD or Windows 8.1 thumb drive using UEFI and not legacy boot if you have a PC with UEFI.On a Dell PC, using F12 will let you choose what to boot to.
Once you have booted from the 8.1 install media (Win8 may work too), look for the repair option.
Then choose Repair + Troubleshoot + Advanced Options + Command Prompt
1.Open Command Prompt.
2.With Command Prompt open, execute the correct bcdedit command as shown below based on which Safe Mode option you'd like to start:

Safe Mode:
3.bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal
Safe Mode with Networking:
bcdedit /set {default} safeboot network
Safe Mode with Command Prompt:
bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal
bcdedit /set {default} safebootalternateshell yes
Tips: Be sure to type whatever c…

Setting Windows 8.1 default save location from SkyDrive back to Documents

The default for Win8.1 when you go to save a document, is to send it to SkyDrive.

In order to change it back to Documents, here are the steps.
From the Desktop bring up the charms and click Change PC settings at the bottom.

Then choose Skydrive and File Storage and turn the “Save Documents to Skydrive by default” slider to off