howtogeek at July 14th, 2013 06:42 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/167610/8-features-microsoft-removed-in-windows-8.1/
Windows 8.1 brings some great new features, from a Start button and boot-to-desktop option to SkyDrive integration and a much more robust Modern interface. However, Microsoft is removing some features that were present in Windows 8.
don_dik at July 14th, 2013 09:07 — #2
I Discovered a couple of programs from slimware that uses the recimage files, and helps you easily manage file history, I cannot believe that Microsoft will remove this backup tool or how else are you going to use the reset or restart feature to roll back your installation? Are they also removing the Volume Shadow Copy utility? If so I will not be downgrading to 8.1 !!
fred at July 14th, 2013 10:53 — #3
I think MS missed the point with the new Start button. The function already exists as a lower left hand corner hotspot so putting a button instead is no big deal. I think what people really wanted was a Win 7 style Start button and Start Menu. Many people will think they have been conned by what MS is doing with the Start button. All they are doing is making Win 7 into a new XP. People will stick with Win 7 for as long as they possibly can.
themike at July 14th, 2013 12:01 — #4
and i have removed microsoft from my computers.
akshay2000 at July 14th, 2013 13:45 — #5
I think RecImg is still there for system images. But I'd really hate them for removing the 'hub concept'. One this that makes Windows Phone distinct is the hubs. They're convenient and beautiful. If users aren't going to have similar experience on Windows 8, it kinda defeats the point of unified experience! We want hubs. We want CalDev to be in calender to support Google calender. We do want to have all photos together like on Windows Phone. Actually, there are many things which Windows 8 team could borrow from Phone team. In fact, many of the implementations were made similar on the developers' side.
andrewrobert7 at July 14th, 2013 17:12 — #6
This may be the start of the mobile revouloution, or it may be the start of the linux revouloution. I don't know, but I know that Mac OS X won't take over, it is to expensive to be mainstream.
raphoenix at July 14th, 2013 20:51 — #7
Most Members make Backup Images using Free Macrium.
Member WHS made the Rescue ISO using the Windows AIK.
jd2066 at July 14th, 2013 21:36 — #8
If you’d like more SkyDrive syncing options, you can still install the
SkyDrive client app on Windows 8.1. It’s unclear if Microsoft will
continue offering this client application for Windows 8.1 in the
This is incorrect. I tried it when I first installed 8.1 preview and it doesn't work.
When you install the old SkyDrive desktop app on the Windows 8.1 preview, it will check for updates when you first run it and after figuring out that it is not needed on Windows 8.1 preview it will automatically disable itself.
jd2066 at July 14th, 2013 22:14 — #9
What do you mean by that?
If you are talking about the "Previous Versions" feature, it was removed in Windows 8.
I just downloaded ShadowExplorer to see if it still worked and it appears that it does still work on Windows 8.1 preview.
Which is a surprise to me as I had read that the ability to create persistent shadow copies was removed in Windows 8 but it looks like it may have just been the GUI only that was removed. How odd.
I just checked the reference page from the wikipedia page I read and it doesn't seem to support the clam that persistent shadow copies were removed however the automatic creation of them was removed so that limits the usefulness of ShadowExplorer as only the shadow copies created by system restore are displayed.
jd2066 at July 15th, 2013 02:15 — #10
Windows 8.1 still allows you to import backup images created with Windows 7, so you can access your old files
Are you sure about that? I don't see any place in Windows 8.1 preview to restore from a Windows Visa/7 backup.
nsdcars5 at July 15th, 2013 05:43 — #11
I actually like the new button. It'd be even better if it could lead to a menu...
carson_evans at July 15th, 2013 14:34 — #12
Windows experience index really should not be removed. I don't use this to compare hardware ratings, I do this so that windows can optimize certain settings. For example if you use SSD you should not defragment it. The experience index detects the use of SSD and automatically disables defragmentation of the drive.
geek at July 15th, 2013 14:35 — #13
It's actually not the experience index - Windows just does that automatically regardless.
jhigh2000 at July 16th, 2013 20:21 — #14
You can still create system recovery images using wbadmin, the backup command line tool.
From a Powershell prompt, the command to create a recovery image is:
wbadmin start backup -backuptarget:z: -allcritical
where z: is the destination drive letter.
To save the image to a network share, the command is:
wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:\\share\sharename -user:user -password:pass -allcritical
Once the backup process is complete, you will see the familiar "WindowsImageBackup" folder structure in the backup destination location.
To restore the image, boot the system from the Windows 8.1 installation media (this is important). You can't do this from the F8 recovery options. Once you've booted from the media (CD/USB), select Repair Your Computer...Troubleshoot...Advanced Options...System Image Recovery. From this point it's the same restore process as with Windows 7/8.
raphoenix at July 16th, 2013 21:05 — #15
Need to verify above posting.
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Updated: April 17, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista
scott_vt at July 16th, 2013 21:26 — #16
I don't download previews so count me out...
raphoenix at July 16th, 2013 22:00 — #17
Understand for sure.
Nobody is even discussing Win 8.1 ADK, PE, Etc....
A lot of stuff up on MS TechNet but most everyone is scared of Preview Edition.
scott_vt at July 16th, 2013 22:07 — #18
JD & Lowell aren't
raphoenix at July 16th, 2013 22:12 — #19
I see JD is posting again !!!!
akshay2000 at July 18th, 2013 08:40 — #20
I'm totally with you! Just stay the hell away from software meant from developers if you're not a developer (or unless you absolutely know what you're getting into!). People just go on beta channels of Firefox and install developer previews to be 'cool' and then complain about how the coders suck.
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