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Should or should I not?

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    Should or should I not?


    As I have said previously I am new to Windows 8, now I am getting messages saying download 8.1 for free.
    Question:: What is the difference? would it help me? mine is a household computer for fun, sending e-mails, checking news and weather and hammering the daylights out of Spider Solataire.

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    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    You do not really need it, if you have no problems with Windows, but it is recommended.

    Support for Windows 8 ends in January 2016, so you can decide until then.

    Windows 8.1 Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ

    Windows 9 will be released within a year, so you can just upgrade to Windows 9 instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    You do not really need it, if you have no problems with Windows, but it is recommended.

    Support for Windows 8 ends in January 2016, so you can decide until then.

    Windows 8.1 Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ

    Windows 9 will be released within a year, so you can just upgrade to Windows 9 instead.
    Thanks mate, in that case I will sleep on it for the time being.
    Cheers.
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  4. #4


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


    Go for it.

    Use Macrium Reflect to backup your present system first.
    If you don't like 8.1 restore to 8.

    You'll love 8.1.
    Next best thing since sliced bread.

    I have 8.1.1 Pro.
    It is truly a delight.

    I have 8 on a usb.
    I have 8 Pro on usb.
    I have 8.1 on usb.

    I like backups in case I need them.
    I also have a set of Factory settings disks.

    edit---You never know when Microsoft will pull the free download & make you pay for it. Click image for larger version
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  5. #5


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Well Windows 8.1 Update 1 can bring some speed improvement, but upgrading can turn into a horror story.
    I myself will never forget, that I have tried multiple times to upgrade to 8.1 for 2 days and failed.
    Not to mention, that some people were then unable to boot neither 8 nor 8.1, so precious time wasted.
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  6. #6


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


    I went to the Store & clicked on 8.1 Pro & it installed nicely.
    No problems.

    I had though, updated all my drivers & got all available Windows Updates first.
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    I strongly recommend 8.1
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  8. #8


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I strongly recommend 8.1

    As long as you prepare correctly, you should not have any problem:
    1. Use Free Macrium to backup the whole disk to an external harddrive
    2. Install all updates from Windows Updates
    3. From Admin Command Prompt, run 2 commands:
      - Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
      - sfc /scannow
    4. Turn off Anti Virus/Anti Malwares Software
    5. Win+R->msconfig->Services and put a check mark on Hide all Microsoft services and disable all non microsoft services
    6. Reboot and run the update for Windows 8.1
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    Just upgraded the wife's Samsung Series 7 Ultra to Windows 8.1 with update 1 this past weekend. Just took an image before i started. Piece of cake.
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    I have 8.1.1 Pro.
    It is truly a delight.
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