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Windows 8.1 Problem. What should I do?

  1. #11

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1

    Thanks for the reply. The link to the Windows 8.1 ISO is very useful.

    However, I don't think that I am gonna download another gigabytes of Windows installation media. I think in my case some of the drivers are probably incompatible with Windows 8.1 and the associated manufacturers haven't released the updated drivers yet. So, I am gonna wait several months before upgrading to 8.1. The 8.1 experience so far has been painful enough to me, and I have been unable to do my work for days because of this. In addition, I notice the slower performance of 8.1 compared to 8.

    I am thinking of re-installing Windows 8. My concern at the moment is with the Windows Media Center. When I bought Windows 8, I got the free upgrade offer for the Windows Media Center. My understanding is that the activation key for Windows Media Center was valid only up to certain date, which is already expired by now. If I were to reinstall Windows 8 (clean install), will I be able to re-install the Windows Media Center as well?


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  2. #12

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1

    I managed to solve it! Woohoo ... Thank you for those who helped.

    I didn't reinstall. It turns out there is a whole lot of new problems that comes with downgrading to Windows 8. I purchased my Windows 8 as an upgrade from Vista. I purchased it online and burnt the installation media into a DVD. It turns out that if I want to reinstall Windows 8, I would need to reinstall Vista first and then re-upgrade it using the Windows 8 DVD. The Windows 8 DVD cannot be used to clean install on to a blank hard disk, unless if you use the full-version and not the upgrade version. This creates a problem for me as I don't have the Vista installation media. Windows Vista came with my Acer laptop as an OEM OS and Acer didn't supply the Vista CD. So reinstalling Windows 8 will not work for me. So those who are thinking to downgrade from 8.1 to 8 should first check their Windows 8 license. Lucky, I did not rush to wipe out my hard disk.

    So, I was forced to confront my 8.1 demons. Earlier I mentioned that Blackberry's RIM MDNS service caused the console windows kept popping on and off. Disabling that service solved the pop-up problem. Next, there was the driver problem. The problem was finding out which driver was the culprit. Using the free software, BlueScreenView, I read the Windows Dump files, and discovered the offending drivers. They are the ENE PCMCIA driver, ENE memory stick drivers, and other ENE drivers. Once those are disabled, my Wifi and Ethernet work just fine.

    I hope this helps others who experience similar problem. I recommend using the free software BlueScreenView to help pinpoint the offending drivers.
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  3. #13

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

    This may have worked for you, Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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  4. #14

    Posts : 375
    Win 8.1 64bit

    May be some useful info in this thread.

    I cannot see web pages through IE, Mozilla or Chrome
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