Microsoft Now Accepting Pre-orders for Windows 8.1 (Full Version)

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Analogkid

I might actually install the 2 $39 copies I got of Win8Pro (they ran out of upgrades and sent me full versions!!) now with the 8.1 upgrade. The DirectX (Win 8.1 only) using SysRAM for textures is probably the biggest thing I'm looking forward to.

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poee

Perhaps if sales of Windows 8.x are low enough, Microsoft will get the hint that they would be better served listening to their users instead of force-feeding us a "mobile" UI on a desktop.

It seemed as if it took a massive public backlash against Vista before they got the hint on that one. Remember Mojave? It really took an effort to get it into their skulls that Vista was judged not-ready-for-prime-time. So they eventually caved and accelerated the release of Windows 7 (which, as we all know, is basically what Vista should have been on release). But Microsoft is a huge, slow-moving, and often shockingly obtuse company. So I suppose it shouldn't come as a surprise that they forgot that very expensive lesson.

Here's hoping that MaximumPC stops this incessant shilling for a half-baked OS and uses whatever influence is left in the enthusiast segment to pressure MS into remembering us desktop power-users.

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allc0re

A true power user would have no trouble using Windows 8. I've been using it since January (and 8.1 preview since it was released) with joy and no trouble. I wonder how much time you've actually spent using the OS.

Also, Vista wasn't nearly as bad as you make it out to be. Way to jump on the bandwagon.

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bluetorino1973

How can it be jumping on the bandwagon when Microsoft's own engineers called Vista a big mistake and they should have fixed it before release. Even one engineer said they should have stopped the project and start from scratch.

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allc0re

Vista post-SP1 was a decent OS and post-sp2 it was good. The bandwagon I'm referring to is the one where everyone hated Vista just because it was Vista, not because they had a legitimate complaint. Give me a legitimate complaint and then I'll take back my bandwagon statement.

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Volleynova

Been using 8.1 for some time now, it is rock solid and seamless. Enjoy the update folks!

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Chad727

So I can pay $120 to not get a start menu that I find useful, not get media center, and get an interface (that screams crayola coloring book) designed for touch OR pay $99 for Win7 and get the opposite? Cool, thanks for clarifying that Microsoft! Maybe they'll get it right again come Windows 9.....

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noobstix

Should I even feel guilty that I paid $200 for Windows 7 Home like 2 months after it was released?

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Mikey109105

Still not touching anything remotely associated with Windows 8 with a 5 foot pole.

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Nixon

Oh man, lets all go camping outside of Wall-Mart until they place a boxed copy up on the shelf guys!!!

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jgottberg

lol, seems like eons ago that we did that for Win95 and 98.

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Innomasta

I for one, am excited!