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How to upgrade to 8.1 a non-metro capable machine?

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    How to upgrade to 8.1 a non-metro capable machine?


    How would Microsoft suggest an Intel 3600/Atom 2800 user running 8.0 however incapable of running Metro apps or accessing the store update to 8.1?

    Machine manufactures, Microsoft and Intel have not taken responsibility for creating video drivers capable of running Metro apps on these Intel 3600/Atom 2800 recent machines, they pass the 8.0 Windows compatibility check and were advertised by manufactures as being Windows 8.0 ready.


    Having already purchased machines and Windows 8.0 we feel somewhat discriminated against, and cheated out of our investment once again, please advise?



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    Well no suggestions, come on guys, I thought there were some experts here?
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    What is the reason it won't run Metro? Is it simply because of the requirement for a resolution of 1024x768 or better?

    I installed Windows 8 on my netbook but had to change a registry setting in order to set the resolution high enough in order to run Metro apps. See this thread: Win 8 on a netbook!

    Another possibility would be to install 8.1 from an ISO that was downloaded on another machine. See this thread: How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO
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    Hello strollin,

    Thanks for your reply, correct will not run a resolution of 1024x768 or better.

    Tried the registry edit quite some time ago and will no work on this machine.

    I have been trying to download the 8.1 ISO for two days, no luck it is still too busy and I keep getting a message letting me know that it is too busy.

    Guess I will just need to be patient until some of the dust clears and see if Microsoft makes some offering to us loosers or I can download the 8.1 ISO.
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    Could you try using external monitor connected to your vga port, I'm not sure if it lets you use metro with it as your computers own display don't support those resolutions.
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    Hello Mad Dog,


    Thanks for the reply, no VGA, only a HDMI port, however I had tried attaching an external monitor, still crashes the system with the Intel 3600/Atom 2800 CPU and Metro apps.

    I did manage to down load 8.1 from Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help and upgrade my 8.0 instalation to 8.1.

    I then removed all the Metro apps through the command line "Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage".

    Uninstalled Internet Explorer 11 installed Firefox because Microsoft in their ultimate wisdom made Internet Explorer 11 a Metro app and it will not run on the Intel 3600/Atom 2800 CPU.

    Remember this machine passes the Windows 8.0 and 8.1 Microsoft compatibility check.

    So I am up and running only issue now is to figure out how to down grade IE11 to IE10 and I will be temporary content with my system.
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    There is a desktop version of IE and a Metro version in 8 and 8.1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    There is a desktop version of IE and a Metro version in 8 and 8.1?
    Hello Alphanumeric,

    Not that I am aware of, 8.0 has IE10 no issues, in 8.1, only an IE version 11 that has some Metro aspects incorporated into it which manages to not run with my video card, blacks out the screen and I am forced to restart before I can get and video back up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    What is the reason it won't run Metro? Is it simply because of the requirement for a resolution of 1024x768 or better?

    I installed Windows 8 on my netbook but had to change a registry setting in order to set the resolution high enough in order to run Metro apps. See this thread: Win 8 on a netbook!

    Another possibility would be to install 8.1 from an ISO that was downloaded on another machine. See this thread: How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO
    Hi there
    how about this one

    Connect your net book to an EXTERNAL monitor -- the graphic cards in these netbooks will support a higher resolution on these than the native screen -- using Windows +P try and display on external monitor only

    Then do your upgrade from the store.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by msasso View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    There is a desktop version of IE and a Metro version in 8 and 8.1?
    Hello Alphanumeric,

    Not that I am aware of, 8.0 has IE10 no issues, in 8.1, only an IE version 11 that has some Metro aspects incorporated into it which manages to not run with my video card, blacks out the screen and I am forced to restart before I can get and video back up.
    If you launch IE from the desktop taskbar shortcut you get the desktop IE. If you launch it from the Metro Start Screen you get the Metro version.
    C:\Programs Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe is the desktop version. I put a shortcut to it on my Start Screen and unpin the Metro one that I never use.
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