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How large will 8.1 upgrade (in the store) be?

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    How large will 8.1 upgrade (in the store) be?


    For some of us with a slow/unreliable internet connection the upgrade may be a real hurdle. Any Idea of the size of the upgrade? Best guess? Might be wise waiting for an ISO file I think, rather than risk the store method.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Probably up to a Gigabyte at least. But the updater is probably a stub-installer which is a small file. But when it is run, it continues to download files from MS, and a whole MS OS can be several Gigabytes in size.
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    I would expect there to be a downloadable iso file available as well that you can use to update - there was with the Preview. Then you could download it at your leisure, burn it to disc/usb stick, and install with a bit more assuredness. But maybe they won't make an iso available this time - who knows...
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    That's what I used, I got the latest Preview ISO. But MS intends to not distribute this OS as a physical, installable DISK.
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    No, MS will not offer a physical disc, but if one has a slow/iffy internet connection, best to download the iso and take it from there, rather than risk a botched installation. For that matter, perhaps he could download it from a friend's faster connection and then burn it to media.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgage View Post
    No, MS will not offer a physical disc, but if one has a slow/iffy internet connection, best to download the iso and take it from there, rather than risk a botched installation. For that matter, perhaps he could download it from a friend's faster connection and then burn it to media.
    MS have said that for upgrades from 8 to 8.1, there won't be ISOs which "consumers" can download for free; unlike the Preview, the final version of the upgrade will only be via the Windows Store.

    They will sell you a full installer version if you're upgrading from Windows 7 or to install as a system builder, which presumably will be an ISO download or on a DVD, but that will cost you.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 8.1 Pro + MC 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sgage View Post
    No, MS will not offer a physical disc, but if one has a slow/iffy internet connection, best to download the iso and take it from there, rather than risk a botched installation. For that matter, perhaps he could download it from a friend's faster connection and then burn it to media.
    MS have said that for upgrades from 8 to 8.1, there won't be ISOs which "consumers" can download for free; unlike the Preview, the final version of the upgrade will only be via the Windows Store.

    They will sell you a full installer version if you're upgrading from Windows 7 or to install as a system builder, which presumably will be an ISO download or on a DVD, but that will cost you.
    Everything I have read backs up what you just posted. No ISO for the average Joe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sgage View Post
    No, MS will not offer a physical disc, but if one has a slow/iffy internet connection, best to download the iso and take it from there, rather than risk a botched installation. For that matter, perhaps he could download it from a friend's faster connection and then burn it to media.
    MS have said that for upgrades from 8 to 8.1, there won't be ISOs which "consumers" can download for free; unlike the Preview, the final version of the upgrade will only be via the Windows Store.

    They will sell you a full installer version if you're upgrading from Windows 7 or to install as a system builder, which presumably will be an ISO download or on a DVD, but that will cost you.
    That is bad news, and IMO, pretty stupid of MS at this point. They are acting as though they are in a position of power, when what they really need to do is win some hearts and minds. I hope they don't blow it...
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 8.1 Pro + MC 64 Bit


    It could very well backfire on them with a lot of negative press if a lot of PC's end up with issues after upgrading. Especially if it becomes difficult to get those PC's back to the factory 8 install. Some people just won't create the recovery media until its too late.
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  10. #10


    UK
    Posts : 281
    Windows 8.1


    I don't mind the download method, but like many people I have slow broadband (about an hour an a half per gig to download)

    I have 3 Windows 8 machines that will need upgrading, going to be a fun couple of days
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