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#1 f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 00:46

I work at a popular office store in my free time, and when I went in today I saw we had boxed copies of 8.1 in the back and we had our internal copies in to install on our showroom PC's. We spent the whole evening upgrading them. No problems what so ever, the upgrade process was very smooth and fast. The PC's also felt pretty snappy compared to 8.0. I will take screens of build numbers, etc tomorrow. :)

 

 

 

Just thought you guys wanted to know...




#2 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:05

yeah October 17th, via the store and October 18th via physical purchase. they posted it back in August.

 

http://windows.micro...rywhere_Pos1_01



#3 Dot Matrix

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:05

Um... Not sure if living under a rock or.... but, we've known for a bit 8.1 is coming in October. :yes:



#4 OP f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:09

Um... Not sure if living under a rock or.... but, we've known for a bit 8.1 is coming in October. :yes:

 

I'm in college, and work. I don't follow stuff like I used to.



#5 statm1

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:14

Tyler, I assumed you were aware of the Oct 18 release date and were alluding to it coming sooner due to it already being in stores more than 3 weeks early..



#6 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:25

Microsoft must be working in overtime doing yearly releases now. Unlike Mac, Windows can be installed on any PC and everything has to work properly. I wonder how the quality of yearly released Windows will be compared to 3-4 year released Windows (bugs, etc).



#7 +timster

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:26

a lot of people are already running Windows 8.1 since all the ISOs were leaked and then put up on MSDN and Technet



#8 Devmer11

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:47

i've been running it since the isos leaked lol but thanks for the info though some people may not be aware



#9 +Medfordite

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 02:17

One thing I don't like about RTM's or getting a new OS fresh after the release...(Windows at least, don't remember this on Mac or Linux when I was running their desktops) is that you then have to wait for the manfucturers, developers, etc...to build for the new version.  I have a few that don't want to run well in 8.1 but it is fine with me.  Only thing that tripped me up today was trying to find a driver for Android USB that would work with their SDK.  Not even Google had support for 64-bit at least.  Found one but it took a good hour or two of trial and error.

 

Later on in the aging of the system, you get ready access to this stuff and while I know 8.1 isn't public yet, I can't expect support right away, it is just a little annoyance compared to having the full benefits of a faster system. 



#10 jakem1

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:50

I work at a popular office store in my free time

 

Ouch!!!  Doesn't sound like free time :(



#11 HawkMan

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 07:41

a lot of people are already running Windows 8.1 since all the ISOs were leaked and then put up on MSDN and Technet


Haven't found an en-gb ISO yet so I can't upgrade since I don't want to reinstall everything.

#12 HawkMan

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 07:43

One thing I don't like about RTM's or getting a new OS fresh after the release...(Windows at least, don't remember this on Mac or Linux when I was running their desktops) is that you then have to wait for the manfucturers, developers, etc...to build for the new version.  I have a few that don't want to run well in 8.1 but it is fine with me.  Only thing that tripped me up today was trying to find a driver for Android USB that would work with their SDK.  Not even Google had support for 64-bit at least.  Found one but it took a good hour or two of trial and error.
 
Later on in the aging of the system, you get ready access to this stuff and while I know 8.1 isn't public yet, I can't expect support right away, it is just a little annoyance compared to having the full benefits of a faster system.


Getting the android SDK USB driver to install and work on anything not XP is nearly impossible, and if you tried and failed once it might be impossible afterwards.

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 11:26

I'm in college, and work. I don't follow stuff like I used to.

Still a nice reminder for those that will get Windows 8.1 on October 17th (or 18th, depending on where you live). :)



#14 ashpowell

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 12:16

Haven't found an en-gb ISO yet so I can't upgrade since I don't want to reinstall everything.

 

 

The en-us version kept my uk language settings etc on upgrade.. or is there more to it?



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Posted 29 September 2013 - 16:56

Kind of going a little off topic here...

Haven't found an en-gb ISO yet so I can't upgrade since I don't want to reinstall everything.

I was waiting for an en-gb release also, until I discovered that there was a language pack leak and with a a little work you can convert the en-us leak to en-gb with it. I actually used a script to automate the process, pm me if you want the link.

The only concern I have with this is whether I'll have issues with apps and the windows store, not that I really use them though...

The en-us version kept my uk language settings etc on upgrade.. or is there more to it?

If you try to do an upgrade with a different language version then you don't get the upgrade option to keep everything, applications, settings and data, only data if I remember correctly.