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First Impressions of Windows 8.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lensman View Post
    I did a 'clean' install of 8.1 and it performed flawlessly. This OS has a Cornucopia of things to discover and is a real joy to use. Admittedly, I am using the more classic desktop, with the philosophy that 'tiles' are for bathroom floors.

    All in all, I think that this is the best OS that MS has created so far, learning curve aside. Oh yes, Vipre 2014 works just fine on 8.1 Windows.
    Thanks for sharing your opinion Lensman!
    But still the WiFi issue is not fully gone, i randomly get the bug, although it was 1 per 25 boots, and can be fixed with a restart.

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    I've upgraded 3 machines from 8 to 8.1, 2 went smoothly with few to no issues. On one, after the upgrade to 8.1, no MS programs could access the internet. For instance, IE 11 and the Windows Store could not access the 'net but programs such as FireFox and Chrome worked fine. I found that to be amusing since I would have expected MS programs to be the ones to work while others didn't. I solved the problem by using the 8.1 RTM ISO and doing a clean install. Of course that meant I had to reinstall everything.

    I'm quite surprised by the reception that 8.1 is getting. I see comments like "this is what 8 should have been" and I scratch my head because the differences between 8 and 8.1 are extremely minor to the point that I wonder if the hours spent doing the upgrade via the store are well spent. There are a few improvements in 8.1 that I really looked forward to (#1 is boot to desktop) but nothing really compelling to the point where I would tell someone they really need to update. I know MS tweaked a lot of the Metro apps such as the Mail app but I don't use any of the Metro apps so I consider those tweaks irrelevant.

    All in all, I do consider Win 8.1 to be an improvement over 8 but I'm just not convinced that the improvements are worth the hours involved in doing the upgrade as there just isn't enough there for it to be compelling. I tell people that, if they don't like 8, upgrading to 8.1 won't do much to change their opinion.
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