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Question for those who have upgraded to 8.1

  1. #11


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    I downloaded from here http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...oad-previewand did not lose anything. But I wasn't happy with 8.1. First of all it wasslower than 8 and after running it a few minutes, my system froze. I did createa system image before I installed 8.1 so I just restored my image. I haven'theard of anyone else having the problems that I had, so maybe it was just mysystem that had the problem. But I did not lose any apps. I'm curious to knowif anyone else had the same problems as I did.

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I updated though the store, the first attempt failed with an 0x8020002e error. Another attempt after that also failed with the same error. After a reboot it finally installed. Other than having to log back into a couple of forums everything seems to be working OK. I noticed a Windows.old folder on my OS drive that wasn't there before. it was about 4 gig. Disk cleanup got ride of it. Something else I noticed was WEI is now MIA from the system screen. I've only been playing around with 8.1 for a couple of hours so far.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    My understanding is that if you go from an existing Win 8 build to 8.1 you retain everything. This also applies when updating the final 8.1 release while using the consumer preview (only for existing Win8 users). You have to update the preview through the store to keep all settings. Using an ISO will not keep settings, apps, etc. regardless of os.

    If you are going to use 8.1 on anything other then Win8 you may have to reinstall apps, settings, etc. Even when the official release comes out you will have to do a fresh install if you're using the consumer preview or not. Only for non Win8 os's.

    I installed 8.1 on my laptop (Win8) to test this and it did not remove anything (apps, settings, pics, games, etc). Obviously I didn't have to re-download anything either. Atleast not yet
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  4. #14


    It's real simple. You can upgrade from 8.0 to 8.1 preview release. Nothing has to be reinstalled.

    However, you CANNOT go from the 8.1 Preview release to 8.1 RTM when it's released. This is when the reinstall of apps will have to occur.

    If you elect instead to not update to the preview release now and simply wait for the RTM, you can upgrade from 8.0 to 8.1 RTM without having to reinstall anything.

    So, if you play with the 8.1 Preview, you WILL end up reinstalling apps down the road.
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  5. #15


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,588
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    I downloaded the ISO from Technet and did a clean install into a VMWare Player VM so didn't have any apps to begin with. The few apps I have installed thus far have all worked fine.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 68
    Window 8.1.1 Pro X64


    I will be waiting for the ISO cause I will install it clean to a new partition to be able to test it and to play with it. I will wait for the Final to install it on top of my Win 8.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The ISO is available to MSDN and TechNet members. It's not available (AFAIK) to the general public yet.

    As with all pre-beta software, and even some beta software, it's not going to be supported by software makers, and there are going to be bugs and problems. Just because some people have no problems doesn't mean others will not.

    If you are worried, then you are probably not a good candidate to test beta software. Wait for the final. If you're willing to take risks, then only you can test your own configuration.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    I updated through the store from 8 to 8.1 and now testing. First big problem, NIS 2012 is not compatible with 8.1. Looks like everything else is still there but need to test them all.

    Jim
    NIS 2014 Beta (v21) works.
    Norton 360 Beta (v21) & SSR Desktop Edition install fine.
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  9. #19


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    I updated through the store from 8 to 8.1 and now testing. First big problem, NIS 2012 is not compatible with 8.1. Looks like everything else is still there but need to test them all.

    Jim
    NIS 2014 Beta (v21) works.
    Norton 360 Beta (v21) & SSR Desktop Edition install fine.
    I had to uninstall then re-install NIS 2012 and it now works except for the Norton Toolbar in IE-11. It is enabled in the add-ons but will not show in the browser window. Windows still complains that it is not compatible but is working fine. I have also tried NIS 20 (2013) but same result. Toolbar works in FF so not too bad for a Beta system. I am staying with NIS 2012 as I use the Local Vault.

    Jim
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  10. #20


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,588
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    The ISO is available to MSDN and TechNet members. It's not available (AFAIK) to the general public yet.
    ...
    That was true when posted but the ISO is now available to the general public: Download Windows 8.1 Preview - Microsoft Windows
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