Using WinTOTAL and TOTAL with Windows 8.1

This document explains how to launch our desktop software within Windows 8.1.

Document 9010  |  Last updated:  01/31/2019 RR2

If you plan on using TOTAL or WinTOTAL with Windows 8, you'll need to make sure your device is running Windows 8.1. Version 8.1 is a free upgrade available to all Windows 8 and Windows RT users. Click here to learn how to update your operating system.

Windows RT, used for older tablets, only allows you to install programs available in the Windows Store. Therefore, WinTOTAL and TOTAL can't be installed on any device running Windows RT. Click here for our minimum and recommended system requirements.

Keep reading to learn how to launch TOTAL or WinTOTAL on Windows 8.1.


1 — Find the program on your computer

There are a few different ways to locate your a la mode software in Windows 8.1. Choose a panel below for instructions.

Option 1: Start typing

Simply start typing the word "WinTOTAL" or "TOTAL" from your Start screen. In Windows 8, when you start typing on your keyboard from the Start screen, it immediately opens a search panel on the right side of your screen and begins searching the keywords you have entered.

Option 2: Open Charms Bar and click Search

  1. Hover over the upper right or the lower right of your screen, or press your Windows key + the letter C to pull up your Charms Bar.

  2. From your Charms Bar, click the search button and you can find your application in the list of apps on the left, or begin typing the name of the program to narrow down the list.

Option 3: Manually browse for the file

  1. From your Start screen, click the Desktop tile to access your Windows desktop. You can also use the Windows Key + E on your keyboard.

  2. From your Windows Desktop, click the Windows File Explorer button in your taskbar, and browse to your WinTOTAL directory.

    • The default path for WinTOTAL is: C:\a la mode\WinTOTAL
    • The default location for TOTAL on a 32 bit version of Windows 8 is: C:\Program Files\a la mode\TOTAL
    • The default location for TOTAL on a 64 bit version of Windows 8 is: C:\Program Files (x86)\a la mode\TOTAL
  3. For WinTOTAL: Simply locate the file named WinTOTAL.exe.
  4. For TOTAL, open the bin folder and locate the file named alamode.winTOTAL.exe.

2 — Pin your software icon to the Start screen

Once you have located WinTOTAL or TOTAL, right‑click the application and choose Pin to Start.


3 — Launch the program

Return to your Start screen and click the WinTOTAL or TOTAL tile to launch the program.


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