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Windows 8.1 not a viable option.

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    Windows 8.1 not a viable option.


    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.

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    W8.1, W7


    This may do the 8 to 8.1 upgrade (but at a cost), we'll see when it's released for sale.

    Windows 8.1 'Back-up Media' disc available to buy soon
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    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.
    You are not alone. Here I get about 25kb/s on a good day and I brought up the same question. See here Windows 8.1 Free Update on Disc for Windows 8 Users?

    However, 8.1 is not getting universal approval, yet. I read this 8.1 trashed system (and others) and it makes me think of remaining with W8 with "Start Menu 8" installed (to get the classic Start Button etc. back).

    The Professor.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    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.
    That would require about 24-hour non-stop download.
    Even if you manage to get the ISO (3GB) from somewhere, it's a bit less than the upgrade (4.5GB).
    The 32bit versions require less space: about 2.5GB for the ISO.

    The issue will always be the speed:
    They won't reduce the size of the download or make smaller ISO's, that's for sure.
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    I can only imagine that some pc's are not up to spec regarding win 8.1. If you look at my specs you will see mine is a faily large pc on 8.1 and 120mb broadband and win 8.1 upgrade went in with no trouble, apart from me not reading something properly!!!
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    Not everyone in the world, either has or can afford a really high speed Internet Connection, but most of us know someone who does.
    My own connection speed is OK for the daily grind, but when it comes to downloading 4+ gig's of stuff, I call up a friend and ask him to download it for me. Then I get it from him on a flash drive and I burn my own ISO's.
    For the everyday stuff, the "Internet Download Manager" (IDM) has been a lifesaver for me. It really speeds up download times! I highly recommend it! (this is NOT a commercial message)

    Just a thought!

    TechnoMage
    Last edited by TechnoMage; 16 Nov 2013 at 11:33. Reason: Clarification
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    my 120mb is at the same price I was paying for 30mb, so I am not paying a lot.
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    It's always shocking to me to find out how speeds vary and also the cost of service from other parts of the world. right now I am seeing 53.04 Mbps from a server about 3000 miles/ 4828.03 km from my home. The speed vares from time to time but this is an example. But if anyone still has their Win7 I would sure keep it.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    win8.1 updated is not totally necessary ,so just stay with win8 ,no need to go back to win7
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    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Perhaps The Gates Foundation should be asked to involve itself in the provision of affordable high-speed internet access in the parts of the world that don't have it yet, and in the interim, the provision of loaned installation/upgrade media (not product keys) through public libraries and schools in those areas.

    I'm sure if enough people asked their schools and libraries, and governments to request such provisions, and involved their local and national media, there would soon be some movement on the matter.

    Since Windows 8 has now got a limited product support lifecycle, of 23.5 months and counting:

    Windows 8.1 will remain under the same lifecycle policy as Windows 8 with support ending 1/10/2023. Windows 8 customers will have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after the General Availability of the Windows 8.1 update in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    ,

    you should expect some movement on this within the next 12 months.
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