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How was installation?

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#1 Steven P.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:29

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DIE START, DIE!!!!! - Steve Ballmer

 

Inspired by the Windows 8 experience thread, we have put together a Windows 8.1 satisfactory poll.

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Some facts:

  • Windows 8.1 Preview version 6.3 (9431) Released June 26 2013
  • Signed off RTM - not yet
  • Handed to OEMs - not yet
  • Released to MSDN/TechNet - not yet
  • Released to Retail - not yet

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#2 Studio384

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:40

Over here, installation went great on al my devices (pc, laptop and tablet). No issues seen. As far as I've tried, everything I normaly use works (Office 2013, Adobe CS6, WinRAR, FileZilla, etc.). Yep, I'm prety happy.



#3 Max Norris

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:43

Not going to use a preview build on my main system (on one of my test systems) so didn't throw everything and the kitchen sink at it, but all in all pretty decent for a preview release.  Tried a few applications, a couple games, etc, ran as expected with no problems.  Shaping up to be a pretty nice update once it's finished.



#4 Jub Fequois

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:50

I like it a lot, actually. There are small refinements here and there and I'm not even going to install a start screen replacement I think.

 

Sorry if this is common knowledge, but has anyone noticed the introduction of animated wallpapers in the start screen?



#5 George P

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:55

I like it a lot, actually. There are small refinements here and there and I'm not even going to install a start screen replacement I think.

 

Sorry if this is common knowledge, but has anyone noticed the introduction of animated wallpapers in the start screen?

 

 

Yeah I noticed those a while back in one of the preview videos they posted.   What I want to know though, and since I haven't installed it yet to try, how does the start screen work when you have it set to use your desktop wallpaper but you also have the desktop set to slideshow mode where it cycles between different wallpapers on a set timer?  Does the start screen update as well?  I hope it does since I have some 140 wallpapers I cycle through on my desktop.  



#6 luckyarcher

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:58

I find it very strange that gtalk is not functioning. Other than that I don't find it compelling to remove Pokki, the new start button isn't what it used to be.

Anybody knows why gtalk is non functional?

#7 +Frank B.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:58

I installed the preview as upgrade over the existing Windows 8 installation. Graphical glitches in the Windows Store aside this worked fine.

 

Compatibility: Most apps worked, MetroTwit crashing upon launch being the exception.

 

Features: It's what I expected it to be - a refined version of Windows 8. Is it good enough to wean skeptical users from earlier versions of Windows and bring them to 8.1? I'm not sure. On a non-touchscreen PC/Laptop 8.1 still feels kludgy, with two entirely different UX concepts shoehorned into one product. The changes in the preview bridge the gap between Metro and desktop to a degree, but still.. it all feels awkward.



#8 CanonCygnus

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:04

I am really sad that they screwed up the unified Search Charms experience that was introduced in 8 in favour for the Search Hero. Though. Annoyed me most in 8.1. Another thing is customising the Start Screen. You tap+hold for picking a title, rather than slight swipe, which is a defined experienced.



#9 TheExperiment

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:07

I have to be able to finish the download.  Before it'd go to 44% or so and switch to Pending... forever.

 

Now I *think* I fixed it, but it's still stuck at 44% (still says Downloading though, so I figure it just went over 1GB and isn't smart enough to figure out that that's supposed to happen heh.)

 

So yeah, I'll get back to you once it actually installs, which should've been over six hours ago heh.



#10 Buendia

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:09

I like it a lot, actually. There are small refinements here and there and I'm not even going to install a start screen replacement I think.

 

Sorry if this is common knowledge, but has anyone noticed the introduction of animated wallpapers in the start screen?

 

I can't see any animated wallpapers in the Personalize menu and I've tried to select all of them,

Also, the boot screen which shows betta fish is supposed to be animated but mine isn't. Any ideas?



#11 singularity87

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:18

I'm pretty disappointed with the wait for the ISO files!!

 

I'm not really sure why they've delayed the release of those.

 

I don't want to install it as my main OS until RTM - I finally have Windows 8 running smoothly :) .



#12 George P

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:32

I'm pretty disappointed with the wait for the ISO files!!

 

I'm not really sure why they've delayed the release of those.

 

I don't want to install it as my main OS until RTM - I finally have Windows 8 running smoothly :) .

 

 

The 24hr delay, which is pretty minor, is so they can get people to test the newer store upgrade system first which is how most Windows 8 users will upgrade to 8.1 when the final hits.  It's important to get feedback and people testing it that way instead of just doing a clean ISO install which should work regardless.


I can't see any animated wallpapers in the Personalize menu and I've tried to select all of them,

Also, the boot screen which shows betta fish is supposed to be animated but mine isn't. Any ideas?

 

 

The animated stat screen wallpapers move when you scroll the tiles left and right, they don't move if the start screen is just sitting there.   If even when scrolling they still don't move then I dunno, maybe it's a gfx driver issue?



#13 +d5aqoëp

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:35

Just read some reports of lag in DWM. Are window animations laggy like the ones in previous leaked builds?

They may have delayed the ISO release to save some bandwidth. The early downloaders will hammer each other in torrents.
/conspiracy theory.

#14 Buendia

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:38

 

The animated stat screen wallpapers move when you scroll the tiles left and right, they don't move if the start screen is just sitting there.   If even when scrolling they still don't move then I dunno, maybe it's a gfx driver issue?

 

I still can't see any animations. It's probably due to my legacy graphics card and outdated drivers.

 

Also, dragging apps from top to bottom no longer closes them like it did in Windows 8, they still remain running which can be checked in Task Manager.



#15 Dot Matrix

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:43

Installed to my Surface RT yesterday. Installation went smoothy, and took may upward of an hour to complete. Search is a little slow at times, but other than that, everything still works, and works great!

 

Also, Buendia, I don't have any of the animated tattoos either, after tweeting Brandon LeBlanc, he got back to me indicating that the animated backgrounds are NOT included in the preview build.