Are You Planning to Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Today?

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maleficarus™

I have no interest using a touch screen! I will use W7 till I am forced to upgrade due to gaming...

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JimmyD1964

This article ask a question. Then a few choose to "Dis" the opinions of those that give a bad opinion of the product.
I don't get it.
That was the point in asking.
So to the ones that need to fire back at the negative reviews, Put on your "Big Boy" panties and "STFU"

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JimmyD1964

I don't see any reason to update to 8.1. I don't have a touch screen. It would be a pain to reach all the way to my wide screen.
I don't use cloud storage nor the Windows Store. I do use Classic Shell. My start button is a REAL Start Button not a hybrid.
If you discount using "Start Screen" and Cloud storage, What else is there?
I don't care how many times you change the colors of the Lipstick, it's still Lipstick on a _____ "well..you know"

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dbqfan

No thanks - I will not downgrade to Win8.

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xRadeon

I updated and the only issue was my USB 3 ports stopped working. Turned out it was the USB 3 boost app/drivers that Asus bundles with their software. Uninstalled that and it worked just fine. :) Yay!
The biggest thing I like about it is the updated built in apps, like the music app. Much better. I also like being able to run two things at the same time.

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dannnibb

I also had problems with the USB ports for a little while, it won't recognize my extended USB cable and even when I tried to plug in my iPhone to the USB port/s, it went wonkers!

Then I just tried all 6 USB ports and one was stable, so that did the trick I guess. I don't have any boost software installed (I have a desktop), so not sure what it was.

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Frameboy

It broke a bunch of my apps, like Tomtom and ATI Catalyst.

The start button is stupid... it just opens Metro. So back to Start8 for me.

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dannnibb

My metro cam app broke as well! I mean it just shows a black screen, and when I tried to record, it records just the sound and a black screen :/ Same with metro Skype and other metro cam apps. Tried reinstalling cam and video card drivers etc, no go.

Skype for desktop works though, and other desktop camera software. I love 8.1, this is the only bug I found so I don't think it's worth downgrading to 8 again. 8.1 works flawlessly know with my dual monitor displays and I love the new search feature.

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Fray

I have been vocal on this board about my dislike of Windows 8.

I've upgraded to Windows 8.1, and I have to say it's definitely better. It's true that the new desktop start button opens up Metro instead of a menu, but right clicking that button allows you to shut down without going through some Byzantine hidden Charm menu. Also the Metro boxes and background seem a bit less horrible to look at.

At this point I don't think I'll need to reinstall Classic Shell.

I am still strongly opposed to paying a monthly subscription for MS Word or for Windows 9 or 10.

I still think the Metro apps should have the normal Windows buttons (restore, minimize, close).

I still think there should be a proper taskbar in Metro.

And the advantages of the Windows 7 interface were better than having these Micky Mouse metro apps.

But, overall 8.1 doesn't seem too bad, and I'm going to try to get used to it. If I can't, I'll get Classic Shell back.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

A LOT of XP shortcuts work in Windows 8 ya know

Just drag a shortcut icon to the taskbar for RESTART, SHUTDOWN, STANDBY or whatever you like

Just keep the icons as 2-click commands to prevent accidental shutdown and you won't even need to open the damn start menu first

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legionera

Or better, just right click the bottom left corner

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draven913

I took the leap and it's not really that bad. My favorite part so far is that I have to run all my apps in "Windows 8" compatibility.

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Ghost XFX

And now for something you'll really enjoy!

http://groforums.ubi.com/showthread.php?21109-Issues-running-on-Windows-8

Congrats MS, this is a relatively new game and the Devs don't even recommend your Duck Lipped OS as support for it.

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davelray

And what, exactly, does that have to do with the price of rice in India?

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maxeeemum

No! I will not be downgrading!

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machew100

huhuhuhuhhuhuhh good one

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maxeeemum

You're my favorite deputy! LOL!

Somethings wrong with you! LOL!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I really, really hate regurgitated press releases.

Sales drop. Losses pile up. Someone from Redmond calls a Future US exec, and this place suddenly becomes a Microsoft press kit.

A couple years from now, you guys will be telling us how awesome it is to pay a monthly subscription for Windows 9. Or, rather, Redmond will be telling you to tell us.

"But now we have a Start button that takes us back to Metro!"

Yeah. Wow. That's really something.

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JimmyD1964

I agree. I subscribe to this magazine and in the old days it seemed like the Mag was on our side. Now it sounds like a commercial for the revenue stream.
If Maximum PC is going to sound like "CPU" Magazine, The subscription price should be refunded. Give it away free if it's just a "Commercial"

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davelray

I really, really dislike your regurgitated Win8 hate and fearmongering and anti Microsoft propaganda. Guess that makes us even. Oh, wait, it doesn't. I don't have to lie or take things out of context to make my points or validate my opinions.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Under Steve's desk?

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davelray

Thus showing you have the maturity level of a 12 or 13 year old Sweetness.

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crazygoji

I installed last night. It saw my home network but was not able to connect after entering the passkey and trying to add network devices. I hooked it up to the router via ethernet and then was able to connect wirelessly. Don't know if it needed to install a driver under the covers but it seemed fine after that. Will know for sure tonight. The boot time does seem slower than Win 8.

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PCWolf

Will not be upgrading to Windows 8 or 8.1 anytime soon. Thanks but No Thanks.

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Scatter

Wow, that just bummed out my whole evening. And here I was hoping that you were planning to upgrade.

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jesse_n_sf

Always people like yourself needing to give a "Hate" comment.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

And always Microsoft employees trolling public forums....

Build a better mousetrap, instead of expecting to teach customers to appreciate the taste of a shit sandwich.

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davelray

Hrmm, if they are an employee, at least they are doing their job. So what's your excuse? Does someone pay you to be a troll? No? Man, your life must suck then.

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machew100

Anyone who likes Windows 8 is either an idiot, microsoft employee, or both. Internet high five! /sarcasm

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US_Ranger

Let's see, Windows 8.1 destroyed my chrome browsing experience. Luckily there was a fix online (after looking) about disabling DPI scaling when browsing so that's finally fixed. Unfortunately, I have no sound now so that's the next thing I need to work on. Not the best rollout but at least the start button is there instead of having to drag the mouse to the corner of the screen just right.

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davelray

I use and prefer Chrome to IE for a lot of sites I go to. I haven't had an issue with it running under 8.1. What exactly was your problem? The only thing I had to do after updating to 8.1 was update my NVidia video driver because after the update, everything looked like an old 3d movie without your 3d glasses on. But updating the driver fixed that right up.

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AFDozerman

Wish I could, but it isn't showing up in my windows store.

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jesse_n_sf

Preview version won't work

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davelray

If you are running the preview, it won't show up. Also, if you haven't completed some earlier updates, it won't show up.

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MrGeek

Installed and loving it!

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Roykirk

I installed it a couple of weeks ago from Technet, but as a clean install on a system where I was using Win 7. I pretty much stay in the desktop and the only time I go to the home screen is to use search. It's basically Home Screen Search instead of Start Menu Search but it works the same and I get kicked back to the desktop when I launch the items for which I searched.

The system seems very spry and I'm pleased with it in general, with a few things I miss from Win 7 (still my favorite Windows OS).

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Eagle70ss

Heck no....sudo pacman -Syu all day. Dat 30 second, no restart upgrade.

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FGCC

Working great so far, even my AMBX lights work great. And I love I can disable the STUPID mouse gestures.

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Scatter

So the upgrade is available in the Windows Store but isn't showing up in Windows Update? Nice. That certainly shows where Microsoft's priorities lie.

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davelray

That's because they are using the Windows Store to verify whether you can upgrade for free or not.

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Incognito

Wrong. I use a "Local Account" and have never associated my Windows 8 install with a Microsoft account. Windows Update could have easily verified whether you're eligible to upgrade, just as it had done with Service Packs in the past. Also, Microsoft initially said they were going to offer 8.1 ISO's to Windows 8 users who wanted to do a clean install and then quietly retracted their stance. If you try to download the 8.1 ISO from MS and use your Windows 8 key MS will give you a big middle finger. The only way to download the 8.1 ISO for a clean install is to trick MS by first starting a download of the Windows 8 ISO and then cancelling and doing the 8.1 ISO. Even after downloading the 8.1 ISO you have to install 8.1 using generic KMS Client Keys and then install 8.1 and once it's installed you activate using your Windows 8 key. How F'ing retarded is that? I got so fed up with Windows 8/8.1 that I went back to Windows 7 and it was like a breath of fresh air.

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davelray

You could have just simply signed in to your MS account, updated to 8.1 then switched back to local account. And no, I'm not wrong. I already stated it verifies you can update via your Windows 8 key attached to your account. Now you may not like that, and you are welcome to your opinion. Do you chew out the guy at the liquor store when they ask for your ID and you don't have it or don't want to show it and they refuse to sell to you?

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Scatter

Don't all Windows 8 owners qualify for a free upgrade?

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davelray

Qualification and verification are two different things. I qualify to buy alcohol, but I have to show my ID to verify that I qualify. Microsoft is merely choosing to use the Windows store and your attached Microsoft id/account to verify that you own a legitimate copy and therefore qualify to upgrade.

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machew100

Not enterprise.

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bjoswald

I don't use Windows 8 so I obviously didn't get the update. However, my GF did get it and she's very satisfied with it. In fact, the first thing she said after I installed it was "Yay! Pretty flowers!" (her wallpaper on the Start Screen).

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AFDozerman

Sure. Plenty to be had for free. Sounds like a good deal... Uhh, I mean...NO! I WOULD NEVER TOUCH THAT SPYWARE! DIE WINDOZE! I WANT MY START BUTTOON BACK!!! I CANT USE A COMPUTER WITHOUT A START BUTTON!!!

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jesse_n_sf

Dude, deal with it. Please yell at yourself in the mirror instead of to everyone in this forum.

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PCWolf

You have a start button now. Even thou It's Fake & leads back to that tacky looking Touch UI, but you have it now. Enjoy your pseudo Start button.

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machew100

Windows 8
>Tacky Metro UI

Windows XP, Vista, 7
>Tacky glossy-buttoned shit that's existed since early 2000's.

Good one.