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  1. #61

    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Hewjr100 View Post
    How do I download it?

    On October 17th, Microsoft will be providing a download link for the Windows 8.1 Update. The update is free and will be available via the Windows Store. Beginning 12:00AM on October 18th in New Zealand, or 4:00AM October 17th in Redmond, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update. You will also be able to download an ISO image of the update, so you can do a clean installation if you so choose.

    Everything you need to know about the Windows 8.1 rollout, including pricing and availability | WinBeta

    Just thought I should pass this on. Any thoughts on this?. Article was posted on Oct. 12th

    Look at the same text now though...
    How do I download it?

    On October 17th, Microsoft will be providing a download link for the Windows 8.1 Update. The update is free and will be available via the Windows Store. Beginning 12:00AM on October 18th in New Zealand, or 4:00AM October 17th in Redmond, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update. Microsoft may offer the update as a separate download, perhaps an ISO file, so you can save it on your thumb drive or DVD.
    And also the new text at the end of the article describing the update:
    Post has been updated to reflect that Microsoft has yet to reveal if there will be a standalone ISO of the update. Microsoft may have provided the ISO of the 8.1 Preview, but we are not sure if Microsoft will do the same for the final build. Will it just be available as an update from the Windows Store? Probably not, but we will just have to wait and see. If an ISO does become available, we will provide the download link.
    So it seems they aren't so sure any more. Given Microsoft have said back in August that there won't be an ISO (at least not a free one for consumers upgrading from 8 to 8.1), and Winbeta don't appear to have a source to the contrary, I'm not getting my hopes up for an ISO.

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  2. #62

    Posts : 224
    Windows 8.1 64bit Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by waltc View Post

    Here's a link for you....

    Can I Run Windows 8 in 1024 x 600 Screen Resolution? - Screen Resolution - Tutorials

    The instructions for editing the registry there are fairly simple and straightforward.

    You also might want to Bing/Google "Downscaling Windows 8 resolutions" and see what turns up--someone may have written a little diddy that automates the process for you.
    Thank you very much . I wonder why MS did not make an entry in control panel for this little thing.
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  3. #63

    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center

    I was frankly shocked to discover how many people did not buy 8.0 during the ~4 months that Microsoft put it on sale for $39.99, along with a free Media Center. Some of them are complaining they now have to bite the bullet and pay full pop for 8.0/8.1--what, did they think it would ever sell for less than $39.99? Very strange to pass up a deal like that, imo.
    40 bucks, hell I jumped on it when the PRO version was 14.99 incl the free MC

    Even with the startup and other missing stuff and Metro fiasco I wasn't going to pass that up, since Oct last year i have had no real issues running W8 as my W7 used to look, with several 3rd party programs to tame the beast I like it just fine, at least the way I have it set for my personal use with my own made desktop pix. I have my desktop set to what I wana see, and boot right to that. I even found this old gadgets program if your into those on W8. I used it for a bit but don't need it now.

    Fadetaskbar = glass the taskbar
    Startmenu X = a nice FULL featured start menu
    the old windows game pack = all the old games
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  4. #64

    Well to answer the iso question once and why don't we just wait and see what happens. Heck all this speculation is killing me

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  5. #65

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hewjr100 View Post
    Pre-installed oem windows 8 standard not pro. the windows 8 pro ugrade I bought last year will only upgrade from windows 7.

    To upgrade Windows 8 core, you need to use the Pro Pack.

    To upgrade to Pro Pack
    No install files needed.
    Only the Upgrade key is need.

    Add Features to Windows 8
    use the Windows 8 Pro OEM/Retail full version.
    Sorry I ain't paying for the same real estate twice. I have windows 8 pro update, which I paid for. Why should I buy the oem version or pay $99.00 for adding the feature.


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  6. #66

    I bought two of the very cheap W8 pro's at the Windows store and one less cheap but great value at the UK store PC World. I added one WMC while it was free. I will try updating to 8.1 only if it is free.
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  7. #67

    Just to calrify my stance on windows 8.1 update due tomorrow, if ms will not provide iso update, which mught allow custom install, then on Oct. 17th I will switch to Ubuntu linux, which coincidentally debuts a new version tomorrow also.

    It really doesn't matter to me windows or linux. The only issue is money, which I have given to Microsoft since 1992.

    Microsoft "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW"

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  8. #68

    Chicago USA
    Posts : 84
    Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit and 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Burgurne View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    From what I read, one can have just a local account. This is how it was performed when 8.1 was released; They sent out an update via Windows update. This placed a link in the Store to start the process. You press the link, it downloads, and installs. So therefore, yes, you may have to open the Store app to get the ball rolling. To date I've never heard of anyone getting injured or killed by opening up the Store app, so I guarantee it's safe.
    That is correct, but my Acer Aspire is then NOT able to upgrade to Win8.1. It can't run ANY app at all in Metro because the screen resolution is too small!! (1024x600 it is), so on that I can't even start the "Store app".
    On my main PC it is not a problem if it can be handled without a "live-ID".

    Ideas to update to win8.1 on my Acer Aspire One is wanted
    Borrow a large enough monitor (one with a large enough resolution) and connect it externally. The integrated video often times will support larger screen resolutions than what the integrated monitor will. If you don't have a connection for an external monitor then just ignore this post.
    I have a Gateway LT4009U which is pretty much a clone of the Acer Aspire netbook. Even with the registry tweak it still won't run apps. I had 1024 X 768 and 11** X 8** (can't remember the exact resolution) and clicking on an app resulted in a black screen and a frozen computer. Same problem with an external monitor connected at 1024 X 768 or higher resolution.
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  9. #69

    Posts : 26
    wds 8.1- x 64Bit

    It's Oct 17 ..... Still waiting ..

    So far .. NO link from MS store yet ...!!
    Last edited by Wds; 16 Oct 2013 at 17:51.
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  10. #70

    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10

    Still almost 12 hours to go I think... I seem to remember the release date is 18 Oct, midnight New Zealand time.
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