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Windows Blue Consumer Preview vs Windows 8.1

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    Windows Blue Consumer Preview vs Windows 8.1


    Hi Folks:

    I have a copy saved of both the x86 and x64 versions of the Windows Blue Consumer Preview. I am interested in running Windows 8.1 eventually, but I have a couple of questions:

    (a) If I were to set my CPU clock and date back awhile, could I still install the Preview to try out for a couple of months?

    (b) Even I were successful with (a), would there be enough major differences between the Preview and the finished product that it would distort my impression of using Windows 8.1 on a regular basis?

    In other words, would it still be worth installing the Preview to get a "real" impression of Windows 8.1?

    Thanks for your input everyone.

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    Instead, download the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition to try for 90 days.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Holy moly, the differences in the Consumer Preview of 8.0 versus 8.1.1 is like night and day.

    Don't try the Consumer Preview, go to link Ztruker posted and try out the 8.1 Enterprise trial.
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    Well I figured the original preview was different. I was talking about the "Blue" preview. That's the 8.1 beta. I was just curious. I'll try the Enterprise Eval instead.
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Ahh, gotcha!

    If I remember right still, Windows 8.1 Blue and current are still quite different.
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