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$Windows.~ directory

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    $Windows.~ directory


    Has anyone determined for sure what it is for. It is left after 8.1 installs. Early some thought you could move it to other computers to avoid the 3.2gig download but it only has 3-400 meg.

    It took me8 hours to download/install. Not going to do that for four more units.

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    Windows 8.1


    I did a clean install of Win 8.1 ISO but this thread seems to indicate there is/may be a way to generate a standalone installer.

    Cannot update to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 :(
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    There was mention of the possibility yesterday but nothing definite was posted. May do some trials tomorrow if noone posts. It has an auto inf fill as well as a setup file. I'm thinking it may just the basics that will install
    basic sruff then download the drivers etc, but just guessing at this point.
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    Just copied the files to another puter and ran the setup file and got an error related to not finding autorun.dll. Burned files to dvd and got the same result. Dosen't look like it was what I had hoped for.

    Edit: I was thinking maybe this was a rescue disk of some sort so ran it on the machine which it was made on - not so, it gave the same error so I have no idea what it is for. I also attempted to run the setup from the hard drive and same error message.
    Last edited by exscentric; 19 Oct 2013 at 07:31. Reason: Further info
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    C:\$Windows.~BT and C:\Windows.old - Microsoft Community says it is part of the windows.old system to revert to windows 8.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by exscentric View Post
    C:\$Windows.~BT and C:\Windows.old - Microsoft Community says it is part of the windows.old system to revert to windows 8.
    Well that's certainly not what you want.
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    $Facepalm.~BT
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    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by exscentric View Post
    C:\$Windows.~BT and C:\Windows.old - Microsoft Community says it is part of the windows.old system to revert to windows 8.
    Well that's certainly not what you want.
    Updated another rig overnight, guess that is what I will have to do for three more, rather nice of Microsoft to cause people so much wasted time by not offering a dvd to those with slow connections/multiple computers.

    Should not be surprised, but wonder if they think about how good Ubuntu is getting and how much time wasted/trouble they cause people. I would have switched several years ago if I didn't NEED a couple of windows programs.

    Off to updates :-)
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