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Should I upgrade from 8 to 8.1?

  1. #1


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    windows 8

    Should I upgrade from 8 to 8.1?


    Hey,

    I have Windows 8 on my laptop. I have Classic Shell installed for my start button, don't use any modern apps (not against them, just have yet to see the point), and am not interested in the Skydrive at the moment. Is there any added value to upgrading to 8.1 or should I just stick with 8? Thank you.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well, considering that it's free... there is no reason not to.

    Reasons why you should.. Windows 8 won't be supported forever. IE11 will not be available on Windows 8 (you have to upgrade to 8.1 to get it).

    I don't see why you wouldn't upgrade... Staying on 8 is a dead end. You'll have to upgrade eventually anyways.
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  3. #3


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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Well, considering that it's free... there is no reason not to.
    Well There's a reason not to at the moment for some PC's. I have 3 PC's which I did update 2, with the third PC, I have an MSI Z77 mpower MB and there's quite a few problems with incompatible drivers, namely: Blue tooth, Wireless and in addition, some applications will not work with Windows 8.1.
    Having said that, you can try it yourself BUT, before doing update to 8.1, you should make a complete image backup of your current system so if you run into problems at least you can back out and wait until the manufacturers come up with new drivers, apps etc...
    For me, there's not much changes between 8 & 8.1, just little things here and there.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Well, considering that it's free... there is no reason not to.
    Well There's a reason not to at the moment for some PC's. I have 3 PC's which I did update 2, with the third PC, I have an MSI Z77 mpower MB and there's quite a few problems with incompatible drivers, namely: Blue tooth, Wireless and in addition, some applications will not work with Windows 8.1.
    Well, of course that statement is qualified by "If your system is compatible".
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  5. #5


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    If you use a Microsoft account, you should.
    If you love to use a Local account, you shouldn't
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  6. #6


    A very slight improvement in response time, much of the improvements are in Store and IE11 is not supported by Gmail, it loads very, very slowly, Windows 8 is supported for another 2 years and we will have Windows 9 by that time, if you are happy with Win 8 just ignore it and get on with whatever you are doing and I can assure that you haven't missed anything exceptional
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  7. #7


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    Windows 7 uiltimate, Windows 8.1 pro 64bit, Windows server 2008R2, Windows 10 TP


    If you're desktop user and don't use very specific new windows 8.1 features like 3d printing..
    Windows 8 is just fine.

    IMHO only good things in windows 8.1 is:
    Slightly (very slightly) better performance its hard to notice if you don't clock it.
    Boot straight to desktop, but I would recommend 3rd party start menu anyway and usually it has option to boot straight to desktop.

    Other than that start button is scam.. it is not start menu that many people wanted it does same as corner did in windows 8
    if you're desktop user probably you won't care about start screen that has been changed a bit.
    IE11 may be good but there is still sites that has some compatibility problems with IE10..

    And the bad in my opinion:
    You're forced to use Windows online account to login to your pc well you can still use local but SkyDrive doesn't work and youre nagged about it.

    Deep bing integration I never was fan of bing (luckily you can disable it)


    Generally windows 8.1 moves more towards metro tiles, not windowed metro apps and cloud services
    if you like that upgrade would be good thing.
    If no at least I would recommend waiting some time until some bugs get ironed out and workarounds for some annoying things are found like how to sync files with SkyDrive with local windows account like it was possible with windows 8.
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  8. #8


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    YES
    end of.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. #9


    Posts : 279
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    YES
    end of.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2
    windows 8


    Thanks guys. I'll update eventually, but I think I'll wait for awhile to make sure any bugs are worked out. I use a local account and really the benefits don't seem huge big given my current computer use.
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