Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/173871/what-you-need-to-know-about-windows-8.1/
Windows 8.1 is available to everyone starting today, October 19. The latest version of Windows improves on Windows 8 in every way. It’s a big upgrade, whether you use the desktop or new touch-optimized interface.
'Today' is October 18th, especially in your timezone, Chris
I am not with the in crowd in that I LIKED Windows 8,it wasn't perfect, but it was stable. I downloaded Windows 8.1 yesterday and it was a smooth transition, and it is nice having a start button back. 8.1 is an improvement and it does bring some of the best elements of the excellent Win 7 OS over to 8, but I don't think that Win 8 deserved all the bashing it has been getting.
How do you download the 8.1 .iso? I was told by numerous Microsoft MVP or other designated Microsoft people on the answer forums that there would be no ISO released and the only way to get the update for free is through the Windows Store.
MS have made it hard to get the iso, which is in keeping with their general attitude relating to Windows 8.
I posted a link at My Digital Life forums, passing on a tip I found at Neowin:
The MDL forum has a lot of other info in this regard, too.
If you have a SSD and a HDD and when you installed Windows 8 you placed your Users or Program Files folders on the HDD and installed the OS on the SSD, you won't be able to upgrade to 8.1 via the store. You will get the following error "Sorry, it looks like this PC can't run Windows 8.1. This might be because the Users or Program Files folder is being redirected to another partition." I am hoping that MS fixes this quickly.
I've been running Classic Shell since I installed W8 on my PC's it gave me back my start button and slide out menus like W7 had.
Just wondering if there would be any benefit to going to 8.1?
I do want to grab my free upgrades to save as ISO files, while it's still free. Just in case I want to install it later. Just want to be sure it's worth it since all 4 pcs are running very stable.
Guess I could run a clone disk first and try it, but I'm running a RAID 10 Array on my primary and am concerned about that as well.
Welcome any experienced replies reguarding there experience with a similar install.
If you're upgrading a VMware Workstation Windows 8 VM, you will probably need to reinstall the VMware Tools to get the shared folders to work again. At least for version 8 of Workstation. When you reinstall the tools, choose the Repair option.
So... MS released a useless OS, have improved some (but hardly all) of it, and we're supposed to be grateful? I'll stick with Win 7, thanks.
I've noticed something interesting in the full screen interface. I don't know if this worked this way in 8.0, but in 8.1, if I move the mouse off the right side, the contents scroll to the left. Likewise, when I move the mouse off the left side of the screen, the contents scroll to the right. That is SO much cleaner than using the mouse wheel for left/right scrolling.
Also, there's now a small arrow at the bottom of the screen in the full-screen Start screen. That shows you All Programs.
One of my biggest complaints has been that Microsoft hid things behind gestures: everything you need to do should be exposed by a visible button. While 8.1 doesn't fix all of that, the Start button and the Starts screen changes do improve things a little.
Crap. Crap I say. Like Obamacare, if you have to repeatedly backpedal after implementation, you shouldn't have implemented in the first place. Friends...there is no argument for that.
From the article:
You’ll also be able to download ISO images of Windows 8.1, so you can perform a clean install to upgrade.
This is not true.
As I wrote in the Win 8 to Win 8.1 update thread (including 8.1 preview to 8.1 updates) thread:
Comment from Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows 8.1 Now Available Blog Post: "We're not releasing the ISO images to folks who don't have MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. Best way for everyone else is to update through the Windows Store. "
I keep noticing in original article reference to "desktop" computers in the replacing of Windows 8 with 8.1. Is it too ignorant to ask if 8.1 isn't equally downloadable to laptop computers like my wife has?
Never mind, I googled it. Sorry I asked...
Windows 8.1 is indeed downloadable to a Laptop running Windows 8.0 originally.
Just insure the laptop has updated machine device drivers and bios available on the vendor's website.
...I'm not seeing it. I have the KB(numbers) update that is needed for 8.1, I have an internet connection, valid key, etc... But the Store and the Windows Update box are saying nothing at all. Anyone having the same problem?
[Problem] You can't find Windows 8.1 update in Windows 8 Store
If you can't find Windows 8.1 update listed in Windows Store, you should wait for a few hours. Since Microsoft released Windows 8.1 just a few hours back, it'll take some time to appear in all regions. So better to wait for a few hours until it appears in your country.
If you can't wait or if the update doesn't appear even after waiting for some hours, check out following steps:
- An update "KB2871389" is required to update to Windows 8.1, so make sure this update is installed in your Windows 8 system.
To check it, open Windows Update from Control Panel or Start Screen and check for new updates. If the update has not been installed in your system yet, Windows Update will automatically detect and download it.
Alternatively, you can direct download and install the update using following links:
Download KB2871389 Update for Windows 8 (32-bit)
Download KB2871389 Update for Windows 8 (64-bit)
Download KB2871389 Update for Windows Server 2012
Once the update is installed successfully in your system, repeat the above mentioned steps to upgrade to Windows 8.1 through Windows Store. Now it should work without any problem.
Update doesn't work for me.
Computer freezes when "Preparing Devices".
Upon reboot (reset button) it reverts back to Windows 8 and shows error code 0xc1900101 - 0x30018.
I've looked left and right and I'm not the only one having this issue.
Windows 8 was freshly installed on new hardware on wednesday evening an fully updated, latest drivers installed etc etc.
No AV were installed.
Some people reported that by uninstalling Intel drivers (chipset, rst etc) the update worked. Others had to disable NIC, others had to remove graphc card drivers... I havent tried everything yet (very busy at work!)...
The ONLY thing "out of the ordinary" on my system is my video card. I flashed a custom bios to it.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1393791/official-nvidia-gtx-780-owners-club#I'm thinking MAYBE that could be the issue, if windows checks for full hardware infos during the install.
I'll flash default vbios after trying everything else (if everything else doesn't work).
I don't know why did they remove the right click option from "Networks". How can I forget the network or see the data usage?
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