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Windows 8.1 not a viable option.

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by nguchiro View Post
    I live in Africa and the best I get is 30 - 60 Kbs. How on Earth does MS expect me to download over 3 gigs in order to update to 8.1? ISPs charge high rates here for internet access. I am going back to windows 7 if this issue is not resolved! We don't all have the high speeds the rest of the world enjoys.
    So the rest of the world should revolve around you because you live in a undeveloped country?

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by BRKING View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by nguchiro View Post
    I live in Africa and the best I get is 30 - 60 Kbs. How on Earth does MS expect me to download over 3 gigs in order to update to 8.1? ISPs charge high rates here for internet access. I am going back to windows 7 if this issue is not resolved! We don't all have the high speeds the rest of the world enjoys.
    So the rest of the world should revolve around you because you live in a undeveloped country?
    This is unhelpful.

    A while back someone suggested to have a friend download the ISO file to upgrade to 8.1, well, that's not possible unless the friend is on TechNet (which is about to be phased out by Microsoft shortly) or perhaps if you may want to try a rather a obscure workaround posted elsewhere here, or else pay for an upgrade that should have been free. Otherwise the only way to get a free upgrade is the way Microsoft intended, via the Store which is only practical with a highspeed connection. The point being MS seems to have lost touch with its customer base, and the real world with overly restrictive policies meant to cut down on piracy but in actual fact is alienating its customer base.

    There is no need for you to assist them in this.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by corax View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BRKING View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by nguchiro View Post
    I live in Africa and the best I get is 30 - 60 Kbs. How on Earth does MS expect me to download over 3 gigs in order to update to 8.1? ISPs charge high rates here for internet access. I am going back to windows 7 if this issue is not resolved! We don't all have the high speeds the rest of the world enjoys.
    So the rest of the world should revolve around you because you live in a undeveloped country?
    This is unhelpful.

    A while back someone suggested to have a friend download the ISO file to upgrade to 8.1, well, that's not possible unless the friend is on TechNet (which is about to be phased out by Microsoft shortly) or perhaps if you may want to try a rather a obscure workaround posted elsewhere here, or else pay for an upgrade that should have been free. Otherwise the only way to get a free upgrade is the way Microsoft intended, via the Store which is only practical with a highspeed connection. The point being MS seems to have lost touch with its customer base, and the real world with overly restrictive policies meant to cut down on piracy but in actual fact is alienating its customer base.

    There is no need for you to assist them in this.
    MS has made a choice. Either people can adapt or they should find a new OS. Seems pretty simple.
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  4. #14


    Let's take a look at both sides. From a business standpoint I can understand why Microsoft is pushing the upgrade download. They are cutting costs like a lot of companies are. We see this everywhere. This includes us as individuals. Economies are not in the greatest shape. Who here has not tightened the belt on their finances?

    The cost of producing, warehousing, taking orders, picking orders, packaging, mailing/shipping, facilities/buildings, and all the employees to do so must be an astronomical cost, especially for a huge corporation like Microsoft. Don't forget all the returns when a customer rejects a product for any reason > Reverse the process above.

    Although I sympathize with the OP and others, a lot of us didn't have the download speeds we are enjoying today. They are continually upgrading the infrastructure, especially within the last 5 years. Here in the United States anyway. I'm sure other developed countries are doing the same. Also keep in mind that routers and ethernet cards have come a long way. Therefore Microsoft, as a corporation, has saw fit to make a change.

    I'm quite sure another factor MS considered, as other companies, governments, and individuals do, is to be sensitive about the environment. How much plastic, paper, energy, and any other items needed will be eliminated from an already polluted world?

    On the other hand, companies like MS need to be sensitive to groups that do not have the luxury of high speed internet. Perhaps they should farm out upgrade media to another company to do so, but remember you'll have to pay the price. Will it be worth it instead of the time and data costs that it will take?

    Perhaps someone else has another alternative.
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