Great tutorial, as usual.
Just bought a Xmas laptop for my son, came with Win8, upgraded through the Store.
It appears that MS has added all the Windows updates to the upgrade, only had three updates after installing Win8.1.
Very good of them to keep it current.
There is a known issue with some Windows updates.
venue 8 pro WiFi Issues - After Windows Update - DON NOT INSTALL KB2903939
What is being said is un-install these updates:
Try one at a time as there are reports in the link above that some people install...
Nokia (soon to be bought by MS) has never been able to gain traction in the US, but they are very popular outside of North America, they do pretty well in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. Their feature phones are doing very well in certain parts of the world, due to lower price.
The Dell Venue Pro 8 with a Bay Trail Z3740D is said to be available on 18 October, other Bay Trail models are scheduled to be released at the same time. We'll find out for sure in less than two weeks.
Intel® Atom™ Processor Z3740D
This says: Status Launched, Q3'13
The Wife has a Atom...
When they say "not designed for", they are referring to the upgrade installation path, ie. installing from within your running Windows version, XP and Vista. You can do a clean install on just about any machine that can run XP, and any machine that runs Vista.
Of coarse, you can buy Windows 8.1...
"We were just ahead of our time, like most of our mistakes,” he (Bill Gates) said.
This is true for several of their products/services, and, of coarse getting several of the main elements wrong, and bad advertising....
With Bay Trail CPUs, there is now a way to make inexpensive tablets and laptops. Low temps, longer battery life, are only a couple of the advantages.
Who would want to get less functionality when you can get a full Win8.1 OS on a 8" tablet. There are more Windows programs/apps available.
From the above linked article:
Another part was to compete with non Windows desktop devices, as most current tablets are, it's a different market area that MS wants to be a part of. With new low power CPUs there will be more Windows desktop tablets, which is not ideal for the desktop...
This is the same thoughts I have when someone makes arguments about things that are a personnel preference, not a statistical fact, as they claim.
Your post deserves a big green check mark, "Problem Solved".
Now we can move on to other Windows 8.1 evaluation issues.