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My impression of Windows 8.1 Update 1

  1. #1


    USA/Tenn/Oak Ridge
    Posts : 245
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit

    My impression of Windows 8.1 Update 1


    Well, I took the dive and install the currently leaked version of update 1 for Windows 8.1. I installed the following updates:


    First I installed the following roll-ups:
    1. KB2883200
    2. KB2884846
    3. KB2887595
    4. KB2903939
    5. KB2911106

    Then I installed the Update 1 updates:
    1 KB2919442
    2 KB2919442-1
    3 KB2919355
    4 KB2932046
    When thatís all done Update 1 is installed. It does take a bit of time so be patient it does work fine.

    My impressions and thoughts:
    1. Changes to start screen:
    a. Only big change is when you right click on the app icon you can directly perform functions such as resize, uninstall and remove from start screen. The difference is you donít have to go to the bottom of the start scree to accomplish these tasks.
    b. Value: Itís a nice add on. Is it needed?? Yes and no. I like it but the previous way of accomplishing this takes was not that hard to do.


    2. Changes to the desktop:
    a. Not many other than you can pin the apps to the taskbar and it makes it easier to use the apps within the desktop.
    b. Value: Itís very nice and itís very well worth the upgrade, IMO. I just like having direct access to the apps that I use the most right on the taskbar and not having to go to the start screen.


    3. Other thoughts:
    a. I use Classic Shell and that makes my navigation of Windows 8.1 much easier for me at least. And I think using this will reduce some of the complaints that are made against Windows 8.X in general.
    b. In addition with the option to directly booting to the desktop Windows 8.1 is now a very good OS, IMO.
    c. Finally, Iím really looking forward to the final release of Update 1 and Windows 9.

    Jeff (BunnyJ)

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  2. #2


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


    There are also a minimize _ ,and a close X button on a toolbar for Metro Apps. Move your cursor to the top of an open Metro App and you'll see it. Also if you move your cursor to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will pop up. I like having the close button. I wish the taskbar wouldn't auto hide though for the Metro Apps.
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Where do you get the leaked version ?
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Does it mess up your installed programs ?

    Your settings & files & folders ?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Does it mess up your installed programs ?

    Your settings & files & folders ?
    If you're gonna try it, run it in a VM or dual boot it.
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  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I don't like the sound of that.

    I think I'll wait for the official release from Microsoft.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I don't like the sound of that.

    I think I'll wait for the official release from Microsoft.
    That's probably best. It's fun to mess around with but it's not mind blowing.
    I played with it but I ditched it, mainly because it was taking up too much precious space on my way too small SSD!
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Where do you get the leaked version ?
    There are several around at the moment.

    Frankly, for the average user who has automatic updates turned on, I don't think a difference will be noticed, apart from the huge size of the update.
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  9. #9


    USA/Tenn/Oak Ridge
    Posts : 245
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    There are also a minimize _ ,and a close X button on a toolbar for Metro Apps. Move your cursor to the top of an open Metro App and you'll see it. Also if you move your cursor to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will pop up. I like having the close button. I wish the taskbar wouldn't auto hide though for the Metro Apps.
    I just noticed that. Thanks for pointing it out for me and I like it as well. The changes are subtle but they make 8.1 nicer to use overall.
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  10. #10


    USA/Tenn/Oak Ridge
    Posts : 245
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Does it mess up your installed programs ?

    Your settings & files & folders ?
    Not one bit. The updates work just like the ones that are performed when the normal Windows updates take place.
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