here's some info for clarification (only a snippet, see article for full text):
Microsoft shows off Windows 8.1 Start button, other upgrades in video | Ars Technica
However, if you skip the preview, you'll be able to install the 8.1 update as a straightforward upgrade. This won't require reinstallation of any applications.
Installing the update will take about 4GB of disk space, but the installed size should be a little smaller than that of Windows 8 due to smarter use of compression and removal of temporary files.
No service pack I know of needed Windows to be reinstalled, that is maybe if you did beta testing on it before RTM releasing.
I'm probably going to put Windows 8.1 on a separate partition on my drive like I did with 7 and 8. It gives me a better grasp of how it'll react with my system, how it's going to be used, how performance is like purely with my hardware, etc. From what I've read, 8.1 will be taking less hard drive space, and possibly faster with the NT 6.3 kernel.
Then when the final version comes out, I will restore my image allowing me to upgrade my original Windows 8, not 8.1 preview to final 8.1. This way I will be able to upgrade without need to reinstall all my desktop apps but only those I have installed during the time I used the preview.
Last edited by Kari; 06 Jun 2013 at 05:35. Reason: Typos
For me I'd certainly like to see if the Install Applications has been fixed properly -- currently if you install a classical Windows application like say the adobe full CS6 suite or Visual Studio then every .EXE file creates a tile which makes a real dogs dinner of a mess requiring a lot of "Post Install" work.
Boot to desktop is nice (not absolutely mandatory in my case though).
Customisation of tiles and start screen would be really nice -- I think 8.1 goes some way to allow this.
Running Metro apps CONCURRENTLY with Desktop (Classical Windows apps) is a great feature - especially on multi-monitors -- nice for example to be able to look at dynamically changing Market Data while concurrently doing a Spread sheet or Power point demo etc.
Start button -- not an issue for me.
Bigest bugbear is the current hoops you have to do in tidying up the tiles after large application installs -- if that's been reasonably fixed then IMO it's worth updating for that feature alone.
If also Metro can run concurrently with Desktop apps in re-sizeable screens then again a worthwhile upgrade.
For users who don't have too many apps to install the upgrade might not be worth while performing - but IMO Ms seems to have put a fair bit of work into 8.1 in addressing issues and in any case the security mechanisms will have been improved (not that they were bad anyway) and IE11 from my "tinkerings" with it on leaked builds looks quite a worthwhile upgrade in its own right.
If Ms make previews available on TechNet before general availability I shall try it in a VM first and post results as soon as I can get my fingers on it.
Did anybody notice that at the end of the video the bald dude says..."Available June 26"?
Ok, catch me up here. When you guys talk about 'apps', in this thread at least, you refer only to 'metro apps', is that right...??
And as I have only normal, desktop apps, I should otta be ok...yes..??
LOL. Amusingly ironic comments
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