Windows 8.1 Update 1 Release Date Rumored for April 8th

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sirhawkeye64

In looking at all of the Service Packs and Updates that Microsoft has had to do over the years for its operating systems, I think they could take a lesson from Apple in that keeping things simple and simply improving on the previous OS release (instead of re-doing things) would be better. It's like every other OS release sucks because Microsoft went and redid everything. I'm a PC fan, but at least the Mac OS looks similar from release to release from what I've seen.

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siramic

Thank you Brittany, for updating the Article title to include "Update 1" as some of us were unaware of that incremental .1 roll out.

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PCWolf

Windows 8 is for Casual Tablet Loving Noobs.

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danishwonder

Article fails to mention the update is NOT 8.1 but rather 8.1 update 1.

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USraging

I wonder if the following update is going to be 8.1.1.1... I hope they can make metro useful with the new update.

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PCWolf

Metro is only useful to Tablet Junkies. The only way it can truly be useful is if they add an option to completely disable it.

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RandomInt

We’ve been seeing some solid performance gains in Titanfall running on Windows 8.1 Update 1 compared to Windows 7. It varies depending on system specs and drivers but there’s a noticeable difference, similar to the performance improvements you’re getting in Battlefield 4.

Congrats to Respawn.

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pastorbob

Looking forward to it. Maybe it will fix the stupid update failure "error 80244FFF" that I have been getting for the past six weeks. I'm getting tired of updating manually through downloads and WSUS offline.

Microsoft is clueless when it comes to fixing this.

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SkinnyZeroOne

Putting a date on the "much-anticipated upgrade"

Much anticipated by who exactly? MSDN Subscribers? So what?
Not me. I have 8.1.
I have tweaked the living daylights out 8/8.1
Anyone that could sit on my W81 rig would never even realize that they're on W8 and not 7.
Metro - the whole Start thing was never an issue for me - got tweaks galore to circumvent every single gripe about this W8 argument.
When I went from 8 to 8.1 the headaches really started.

They blew it - this OS sucks for power users. It is NOT faster than 7 as some people post. Just because you get a quicker reaction on the desktop & certain other areas doesn't mean it's faster. Think it cold boots faster? Only with a UEFI Bios otherwise BS. Most that think so are not doing a full cold start.
Could go on and on .. An update - upgrade - .POINT nonsense?
Stop already. Gimme another odd number OS - 9 Please.
Leaked comments indicate that MS knows full well that Metro was designed for casual users & not for us.
I actually like it over 7 but view it as a Service Pack - not as an upgrade. Under the hood it's pretty much the same but it IS buggy. There are backup & library issues (W81) among others. And it is NOT Faster.
Another 'Upgrade' will not fix this mess.

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CaptainFabulous

Blah blah blah windows 8 sucks blah blah blah windows 8 sucks blah blah blah...

Don't you people get tired of the same old broken record? It doesn't suck. It's fine. Grow up.

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Baer

I agree, it runs fine and it is fast. I have run loads of benchmarks comparing two high end rigs with 7 and then 8.1 both OSes optimized.
As for those without the UEFI Bios, of course outdated BIOS and hardware will not take full advantage all the features of the latest OS just as Win 7 would not run in all its glory with a Pentium single core or a year 2000 BIOS.
Haters will hate, nothing new there.
As far as the article saying "8.1" instead of "the next update to 8.1" that is something that should have been caught, a typo or mistake of that magnitude by a journalist and their editor indicates that this was written on an i-pad by a kiddie. Not great journalism.

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Granite

shrug...

So don't upgrade it. After all, nobody says you HAVE to, you know.

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SkinnyZeroOne

Of coarse I don't have to upgrade.
I'm just saying that it really is a mess. I was seriously OK with 8 because I can get around every single cosmetic gripe that anyone has. No start button - I'm telling you that from the moment I read that I said to myself that some tweak will fix that. And that was long before W8 came out - Stardock already had a fix for that crap. Been using their stuff since forever but it took me by surprise that they were the ones to start fixing up W8.
Stardock's Start8/ ModernMix/Object Desktop & other freeware programs fix all the cosmetic things that power users could care less about.
But no one but MS themselves can fix underlying issues with this OS.
An OS is an OS. In my mind it should be that an upgrade should be ... well to make things better. Upgrading the OS should be a no brainer - not something that users would have to think about.
Upgrade the OS - Period. If you have to think about that because it is an option ... well then there's another problem. It just shouldn't be like that with an OS.
The only time it would/should be an option in my view would be if hardware limitations come into play. If not for that - upgrade the OS .. always upgrade the OS.

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fung0

SkinnyZeroOne, I agree with your verdict on Windows 8.x, but not your willingness to put up with its failings.

Buying into Win8, even if you mod it back to the Win7 UI, still gives Microsoft the green light to continue its ruinous Metro/WinRT strategy. It's still accepting an OS switch at some point down the road, when you finally realize that Windows is being locked down, dumbed down, and no longer built with the power user's needs in mind.

Considering the negligible 'benefits' of Win8 over Win7, a total boycott is no hardship. When Nadella announces he's splitting Win9 and Metro into two separate development paths, that will be soon enough to climb aboard.

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Granite

I'm always ready for Win8 updates and I expect this will be as painless as it was to go from Win8 to Win8.1.

I'm looking forward to using the new features designed for keyboard and mouse users, since I'm one of them.

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Random

hurray for Win8... and hurray for ice cream and hurray for rainbows and gummy-gumdrops!

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TheMissingPiece

Someone needs to quick-edit! It's supposed to be Win8.1 Update 1.

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Nixon

Ohhh! Boy, I was really confused. I didn't know there was going to be another big update for Windows 8.

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FatOldGuy

Umm I have been running 8.1 for months.

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AEM

She meant the Spring update for 8.1.

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FatOldGuy

I'm sure she did, she should correct the article though.

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Random

I'm sure you think you are "hip" and "with it" for pointing out the obvious typo... but, do calm down and try relaxing your sphincter a bit.

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FatOldGuy

Fixated on sphincters are you?

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Random

Only your mom's.

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PCWolf

Oh Snap!

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Random

Did you also host a Windows 8.1 launch party at your house when it was released?

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FatOldGuy

Did you host a stupid comment party? my point was the article is incorrect, as 8.1 has been out for some time now.

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siramic

I really didn't get this article either. Is it implying the boxed sets like at Best Buy will now have text on them that they're 8.1, like XP-7 showed a Service Pack # on them?

Heck, Stardock Start8 even had the update fix for 8.1 to help patch the double, 2 start buttons (8.1s and Start8s).