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    Unusual W8.0 to 8.1 behavior, upgrades to 8.1 then reverts back to 8.0?

    Excuse, but could you give more details? Windows 8.1 can be downloaded in different ways: 1) As a click-to-run upgrade of Windows 8 from Microsoft Store 2) As a disc image (ISO file) from Microsoft website 3) Directly from MS server using the Windows and Office download tool Every way has some...
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    Unusual W8.0 to 8.1 behavior, upgrades to 8.1 then reverts back to 8.0?

    Could you please add, which Windows 8.1 media you used? Like, for example, IR5_CCSA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV9 or something else.
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    Win8.1: Safe Mode frequently breaks with empty black screen

    I cannot answer your questions right now, but a few more details may be helpful (for me or someone else). 1) Which malfunction forces you to use the safe boot? Is it the same problem which happens with your system time to time, or different random problems? 2) Which boot menu you use: standard...
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    Scheduled performances and maintanence when computer is off

    I see that you ask two different questions, about keeping PC offline in general and scheduled settings in particular. In general, you can keep PC offline or switched off indefinitely. Of course, when it goes on/online and some important tasks, needed to keep OS in the healthy state, were...
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    7 home premium upgraded from vista home premium. now can I upgrade again?

    No difference. If you already have Windows 7 installed, its history doesn't matter, like was it installed on clean PC or upgraded from XP or Vista. It's Windows 7 now, it can be upgraded to 8.1 directly with keeping only the user files, or via the intermediate upgrade to 8 if you need to keep...
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    7 home premium upgraded from vista home premium. now can I upgrade again?

    For an answer, you can look at the neighbour forum thread: Is there such a thing as an "In Place Upgrade" from W7 to W8.1?
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    Solved Is there such a thing as an "In Place Upgrade" from W7 to W8.1?

    My two cents: 1) If you have a problem with automatic update, install manually KB3138615 from Microsoft (x86 or x64 version for your system). 2) Restore the Windows 7 - style boot menu (called by F8 button at start). Run command prompt as Administrator, then input: BCDEdit /SET "{Current}"...
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    Solved Is there such a thing as an "In Place Upgrade" from W7 to W8.1?

    As far as I know (and saw in practice) the direct upgrade from Windows 7 to 8.1 isn't possible, you will have only an option to keep all user files, but not any program. To upgrade to 8.1 with keeping all software, need to use the intermediate upgrade to Windows 8.0, after that 8.0 to 8.1 is...
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    Win Updates runs for hours, finds nothing.

    Thank you, billmcct! I had to add two links, for x86 and x64, but forgot it because last time I used this patch on x86 machine. As for a question, what exactly this patch does... You can get some insight reading its description in KB3138615 article, but I suspect that some internal changes are...
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    Win Updates runs for hours, finds nothing.

    I also had such issue several times after fresh installation of Windows 8.1 ISO. In my case, KB3138615 always resolved the problem. Before install it, need to switch off Internet connection and restart PC. After installation connect again and update as usual. Download Update for Windows 8.1...
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    How to implement a SSD?

    It should work as you described. However, I'd prefer a slightly more complex way: 1) Clean up the HDD and trim it to SSD size (only if need). 2) Make a full system backup on the external drive (e.g. USB HDD). 3) Connect SSD and restore this backup to it. 4) Switch the boot device. So, you can...
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    Startup Settings doesn't show up no matter what method I use

    As far as I know, the new (Windows 8+) boot menu cannot be called easily by pressing F8 because it is intended to appear only after system failure. You can restore the old-style boot menu like it was in Windows 7. Run the cmd.exe as administrator, then input BCDEdit /SET "{Current}"...
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    lost among all updates in Win8.1

    Of course, you need some practice with Windows 8.1 if you never used it before. But it's not as hard as you might think. For example, my Windows 8.1 looks very close to Windows 7. I use the Classic Start menu (www.classicshell.net), which is easily configurable similar to Windows 9x or XP or 7...
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    lost among all updates in Win8.1

    It depends. Some updates are released for all supported Windows versions, while some others only for the particular versions. Obviously, GWX were released only for Windows 7 and 8. You can always check any update in the MS Update catalog (input KBxxxxxxx in the search box): Microsoft Update...
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    lost among all updates in Win8.1

    Here is my list of hidden updates in Windows 8.1 x64, which includes telemetry and GWX. Of course, other people may add more. KB2976978 KB3044374 KB3046480 KB3080149 KB3150513 KB3184143