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Will upgrading fix a Broken OS?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro

    Will upgrading fix a Broken OS?


    I have another thread here regarding my file explorer and it seems, after running every possible test, that the OS is bad.

    My question is, if I was to upgrade to the 8.1 preview, is there a possibility that it can correct the issue with the current OS 8pro?

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Can't you just restore your computer to factory settings ?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Can't you just restore your computer to factory settings ?
    I am sure that I could, but I am doing everything in my power to not lose all of my installed software. A lot I have had a long time and no longer have keys/serials, etc after my move. So, yes, but i'd like to know if wctually upgrading to the 8.1 would fix any existing OS issues. Or, since it is a "preview" is that just like installing a service pack?
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  4. #4


    My question is, if I was to upgrade to the 8.1 preview, is there a possibility that it can correct the issue with the current OS 8pro?
    It is of course possible that this will solve your problems. But I wouldn't expect this. This is not a good solution to your problems.

    Be aware that the Windows 8.1 preview is only that. It will expire after which you will need to do a clean install of the full release of Windows 8.1 or revert to your current OS. Be sure you have some means of doing that.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    My question is, if I was to upgrade to the 8.1 preview, is there a possibility that it can correct the issue with the current OS 8pro?
    It is of course possible that this will solve your problems. But I wouldn't expect this. This is not a good solution to your problems.

    Be aware that the Windows 8.1 preview is only that. It will expire after which you will need to do a clean install of the full release of Windows 8.1 or revert to your current OS. Be sure you have some means of doing that.
    So, are there any other ways to repair an OS? The Microsoft Automatic Repair stated that it was unable to repair, but didn't say what the issue was! Everything works except explorer. No icons in the nav pane show up, only for a minute, then they go. Is there a windows repair disk of some sort that I can download?

    Also, it isn't possible to intall the preview, then when the official release comes out, simply upgrade with a purchased key?
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  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Seems to me that if you install 8.1 you'll lose all your programs anyway..

    Have you tried sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth in administrator command prompts ?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Seems to me that if you install 8.1 you'll lose all your programs anyway..

    Have you tried sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth in administrator command prompts ?
    Yes I have tried that, I was given instructions on this forum to do so.

    So, going up to 8.1, even though it is a preview, would make me lose my programs? Why doesn't that happen if I upgrade from 7 to8?
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  8. #8


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


    I up graded from 8 to 8 pro with media center & had to reinstall my stuff.
    Someone with the 8.1 upgrade should jump in & offer advice.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hmmm, that is weird every time that I have upgraded to a differnent OS, as long as moving up or back, I've never lost any installations. thanks for bringing it to my attention though.
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  10. #10


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


    I can't explain it.
    That's just what happened to me.
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