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How to Correctly Install Windows 8.1 Preview

  1. #101

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    Windows 8

    Thanks caperjack, will be waiting for the final 8.1 to come out. Lynn

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  2. #102

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    win8.1.1 enterprise

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn View Post
    Thanks caperjack, will be waiting for the final 8.1 to come out. Lynn
    your welcome
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  3. #103

    There are some differences between Windows 8 Pro and the regular Windows 8. I don't have the info in front of me at the moment but both versions are available as 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems. The Windows 8.1 Pro preview is available as either 32-bit or 64-bit. Beyond that they are functionally the same.

    It's not unusual for Microsoft to release a preview in one version only. For example, the Windows Server 2012 R2 preview is only the Datacenter Edition, which is the high-end version of the OS.
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  4. #104

    Following up to the question I posted here a day or so ago aboput upgrading a Windows 8 VHD installation to 8.1.

    Bottom line: I could not find an easy way to do this. You cannot upgrade unless you start setup within the "old" OS (that is, a boot from the Windows 8.1 DVD doesn't allow an upgrade). I tried that first and was met with the obstacle I mentioned: "you can't upgrade a VHD" so I have given up. I'm sure that with some third-party tools I might be able to do something like that but it isn't worth all that effort. It's not that I have much running on Windows 8 anyway.

    I wound up creating a new VHD for Windows 8.1 and installed the preview to that. After some initial weirdness and a reboot it seems to be doing pretty well now. It "found" my Windows 8.1 VM and copied my settings from there, and that went rather flawlessly.

    "Initial weirdness" I encountered after setup:

    - Display resolution was all wrong and I could not set it to the natvie resolution of my monitor (1440 x 900).
    - Apps I opened only appeared as minimized icons on the desktop toolbar. I could not open them.
    - Reboot hung and I had to hard boot the machine

    All those issues were resolved after the reboot.
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  5. #105

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    64 bit 8.1 preview

    Clean Install on Test Bench

    Can I install 8.1 preview on new hard drive without any previous os? My plan is to install it on an open test bench computer so I can test it with different hardware configurations.
    fyi, I do not have any windows 8 licenses atm.
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  6. #106

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

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  7. #107

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    win8.1.1 enterprise

    Quote Originally Posted by Kang View Post
    fyi, I do not have any windows 8 licenses atm.
    as alread stated yes, just download the win 8.1 .iso and it will come with a key for you to use
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  8. #108

    Tampa Bay
    Posts : 63
    MS Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with WMC


    I believe... Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview expires on January 15th 2014.

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