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  1. #11


    Posts : 38
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 + Windows 8.1 Pro with WMC x86


    The first attempt ended in failure because the system couldn't connect to the internet, so problems arose in signing up and accepting terms, I don't know for sure, but when the error flashed on the screen there was no back button, just a roll-back.

    The second attempt went smoothly, no re-download required. No aditional changes or re-setups were needed.

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  2. #12


    I've done three units thus far with no real problems other than having Microsoft change my user account to what they want rather than what I want. The should have given a choice. I could not find a way to change name/password so set up new account and deleted the MS one and lost all files that were linked to my account. Backups are soooo nice.

    Taking 8 hours a unit to update is not pleasant, have two units to go - not offering a disk is ridiculous for folks with slow internet and multiple units to update. They are making it harder and harder to like them and their products. Linux isn't all that user unfriendly any more, they had better watch how they treat their customers.

    I am waiting awhile on the two to go since I've read of many problems on one and the other - Lenovo hasn't put out drivers for windows 8 yet much less 8.1 so not going to hinder the Lenovo further by updating it for awhile. If others get along I may give it a go but it is my main unit and 8 hours without it isn't going to be nice.
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  3. #13


    Seems those with newer rigs have more problems. Drivers and/or UEFI secure boot? I dunno. Mine with an older Acer went without a hitch, although I don't totally agree with methodology.

    Post #113 here: https://www.eightforums.com/general-s...se-only-3.html

    Quote Originally Posted by TBolt View Post
    During the download, the lack of visual progress bars concerned me.
    I don't understand that. I had a visual bar that communicated with me all the way through the process just like installing any Store app.

    I finally have confirmation that "apps" now stands for my desktop programs, not just App Store applications. I (we all do, I presume) now need to re-install every program & update. So, this will take several hours.
    I don't understand that one either > never lost a thing including Office Pro 2013.

    Quote Originally Posted by exscentric View Post
    Taking 8 hours a unit to update is not pleasant, have two units to go - not offering a disk is ridiculous for folks with slow internet and multiple units to update.
    Agree. They should have offered an ISO just as they did for MSDN and TechNet subscribers for quicker installs. I bought W8 media for fresh install > I feel I deserve an ISO also, although in the end the ISO does no good for me because I have to download any way and I mirror backup. But unlike you, I only have one machine. I can surely see your gripe with multiple.
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  4. #14


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


    I got my copy of the ISO from TechNet in Sept and the update went perfectly. No additional issues to report so far.
    And the updates went fine as well.

    Jeff
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  5. #15


    How to download the official Microsoft Windows 8.1 ISO | How To - CNET

    The above has a way to download the 8.1 iso for upgrade only it says, not for a clean install. The same procedure is on this board somewhere, several have been successful.

    I had not tried it till seeing the cnet so went for it, it is downloading as I type.

    Still a 6 hour download on my connection :-)
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  6. #16


    Posts : 29
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Media Center


    I have done a reset from the store install and clean install from this download with no problem.
    I used the instructions from here. How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO.
    I have the win8.0 upgrade that Microsoft offered, I think it was around $30.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by TBolt View Post
    During the download, the lack of visual progress bars concerned me.
    I don't understand that. I had a visual bar that communicated with me all the way through the process just like installing any Store app.
    I did not -- glad you had one.


    I finally have confirmation that "apps" now stands for my desktop programs, not just App Store applications. I (we all do, I presume) now need to re-install every program & update. So, this will take several hours.
    I don't understand that one either > never lost a thing including Office Pro 2013.
    I was running Win 8.1 Preview. MS told us that, if you run the preview, you will have to re-install your apps. I though "Apps" referred only to Windows Store apps, but it turns out all of my installed progs were gone after the update.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 13
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    Actually, I had planned to upgrade from Vista Ultimate to 8.1 Pro.

    It now looks like I can't because after running the Microsoft 8.1 Upgrade Advisor, I found out my laptop won't support it because of hardware security issues:
    • Intel - XD bit
    • AMD - NX bit

    One of the main requirements of 8.1 is microprocessor implementation of above settings. If not supported on machine, then 8.1 upgrade will fail and subsequently revert to previous OS.

    Seems the only way I'll get 8.1 then, is to purchase a new machine with it pre-installed. Win 7 Ultimate Upgrade is now on order for this machine.
    Last edited by iain; 24 Oct 2013 at 12:24.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    Mine failed the first time, then I updated my video drivers and it worked the second time, third day on it and so far no problems. Saved off a copy of my win 8 macrium reflect backups just in case I need to go back, but looking good.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 376
    W8.1, W7


    To add some good news among all the trouble reports that flourish on the net: did one of my daily-used laptops yesterday, a recent Toshiba. As always (expecting the worst), made an image backup first.

    Update from Store went very well (apart from needing a minor adjust to the sound settings after it updated the sound driver). Total time approx 1,5 hours. Everything works as before, am quite impressed.
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