#1 By: Lowell Heddings, July 24th, 2013 09:08
Should you upgrade to the Windows 8.1 Preview?
That was the question posed to us this week, and it does seem like a worthwhile question. The Short answer: wait for the final release on your main PC.
While it is true that Windows 8.1 is a dramatic improvement over Windows 8, you probably don't want to upgrade right now, because when the final version comes out, you won't be able to upgrade... unless you are running Windows RT on an ARM tablet, which almost nobody is doing anyway.
If you have a test box, or don't mind reloading in a few months, you should definitely check out the Preview though. Just some of the new things you will find in Windows 8.1:
In practice you will find a huge improvement in Windows 8.1 usability, especially on tablets, but for desktop users the Metro experience can be nearly eliminated, which is a big upgrade.
Still want to upgrade? We've got you covered.
Have you already upgraded to the Windows 8.1 preview? Waiting for the final release? Or did you flee and install Linux instead? Join the discussion.
#2 By: Naman Sood, July 24th, 2013 09:33
To do: the above. Just kidding. I'm waiting for the final release, I have to reinstall every few days as it is, and a preview could be even more unstable than the RTM.
#3 By: Lowell Heddings, July 24th, 2013 09:48
Why would you have to reinstall every few days?
#4 By: Jeff Atwood, July 24th, 2013 10:37
IE11 is very buggy for me. Many crashes in gmail.
#5 By: Naman Sood, July 24th, 2013 10:44
Well, sometimes Hibernate doesn't work, sometimes the wireless driver corrupts itself (and quits working). Oh, and did I mention the time when I accidentally formatted my Windows drive as EXT4? Other than that, I keep Windows reinstalls to once every three months.
#6 By: David, July 24th, 2013 11:38
I guess that I'm one of the few people in the universe that really likes Windows 8. I don't use the apps downloaded from the app store much. I have found that Windows 8 is the most stable and the quickest version of Windows that I have ever used. I have used just about every version of Windows since Windows 3. I play games quite a bit and also have used System Mechanic for about 20 years now. After a few hours of game playing on previous versions of Windows up to and including Windows 7, I would have to run System Mechanic to repair all the funny things that have happened to my computer. Games fragment the hard drive quite a bit, they also fragment the registry and in general mess up my computer. Since I started using Windows 8 Pro, when I have been playing games all day, System Mechanic doesn't have much to do to fix the damage to my machine. About the only things that it finds to do is maybe delete a few junk files left on my hard drive. I don't know if I am going to upgrade to 8.1 of not. I happen to like Windows 8 Pro the way that it is.
#7 By: Kevin Teeter, July 24th, 2013 12:34
Time for a change.The upgrade has been one headache after another.Glad it is working for some.I'm not going to be tweeking everyday for MS.Not on their payroll.Apple has problems but at least their product performs better out of the box,than this crap MS is hustling.
#8 By: Mister Midnight, July 24th, 2013 12:52
I'm running Windows 8.1 on my SurfaceRT tablet and it is awesome!!
#9 By: Mister Midnight, July 24th, 2013 12:57
Well with Windows 8 there's no need to reinstall. You can do a refresh or a complete reset within the OS.
Now that's awesome.
#10 By: Michael Roberts, July 24th, 2013 15:15
Is this a windows plug? Have you guys lost your senses ? Windows 8 was terrible. So bad I deleted everything including the master boot record, and reinstalled windows 7 on an asus G75vw. What I have now is lightning fast, no bs, and a dependable system. What else could I ask for ?? Good luck to all you win 8 converts. Cause that's what you're gonna need.
#11 By: Kris Dekeyser, July 25th, 2013 05:32
A week ago Windows 8 performed an upgrade and asked me to reboot to install the updates. That was the last I saw. The PC did not come up again only to ask me to perform a repair which did not help at all.
So I reinstalled with the Windows 8.1 preview and I must admit, it looks way better. I have a 3 monitor setup and finally I can work with apps and desktop applications at the same time. This has not been mentioned before, but 8.1 has improved the usability on a multi-monitor setup significantly too. That aspect alone was worth the upgrade for me.
Unfortunately it did not come for free. Several applications now cannot be installed or only work partially. Most importantly this is Bitdefender AntiVirus which refused to install completely, even in any of the compatibility modes. Alkohol 120% and DaemonTools also only work partially as the SPDT driver currently cannot be installed on Win 8.1.
Sadly, I'll probably return to Windows 8 soon, because those the antivirus and Alkohol are too important for me. I liked 8.1 much better than 8.
@msr02816: I liked Windows 7 also more than Windows 8 and honestly I even liked XP more than Win7. With the UI updates of Win 8.1 it gets closer to Win7 again. If only these incompatibilities would be gone ... - it's a matter of time, I know. Unfortunately, some of us do not have the option to choose their OS freely. At work we rely on Lync for the office communication and at least Win7 is required for that. Since I do not have a license for Win7, but I do for Win8, it left me no choice. (Before you ask: no, the Win8 license does not allow me to install a Win7. This is only allowed if upgraded from Win7 to Win8). BTW I use a dual-boot with Linux for my own pleasure
#12 By: John Geldreich, July 26th, 2013 08:21
THIS!!! The only thing keeping me tied to Windows right now are a few games, but they work just fine in Windows 7.