First Impressions of Windows 8.1

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So, i downloaded the leak of Windows 8 RTM (while getting full speed of internet, 30 mins of download).
Upgrade install needs a special key to install, but can activate using Windows 8 key without problems.

Upgrade took about another 2-hour, plus some hassle with program conflicts (DWMHook, the aero blur for windows 8 doesn't work, so it gives error and crashed DWM), makes the OS to be completely usable took about 4 hours.

I really loved the start screen customization options, also the small tiles size. Organizing start screen is far easier than Windows 8, and finally, start button is back!

Too bad my install got so jammed up, that most modern UI apps that came with Windows 8.1 doesn't work, and some Windows 8 apps too. Windows Store won't work. Seems like i should do a refresh, although i don't feel like reinstalling desktop programs all over again.

I do love the changes Windows 8.1 made to Windows 8, but it could get some more features. I sure hope DWMHook would work with Windows 8.1, since it really adds some desktop eye-candy effects to Windows 8.

That's my first impression of Windows 8.1, feel free to share your experience and comments:cool:.
 

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Now i have to refresh my Windows 8.1 install, some bugs (notably upgrade bugs) started to appear. My WiFi adapter stopped working, performance issues, etc.
 

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Now i have to refresh my Windows 8.1 install, some bugs (notably upgrade bugs) started to appear. My WiFi adapter stopped working, performance issues, etc.

Same thing happened. My wifi adapted also stopped working. and then I reverted back to 8. Will try to upgrade via store after it is released
 

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Now i have to refresh my Windows 8.1 install, some bugs (notably upgrade bugs) started to appear. My WiFi adapter stopped working, performance issues, etc.

Same thing happened. My wifi adapted also stopped working. and then I reverted back to 8. Will try to upgrade via store after it is released

Thanks for sharing bagavan.
Yep, WiFi adapter stopped working (is it a driver issue?). After refresh i installed the Windows 8 driver (previously windows 7 driver), the adapter worked but cannot browse (severe browsing performance).

Waiting for weekend to full reformat of the windows 8.1 drive, currently using Windows 7 (ahh dual-boot).
 

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Now i have to refresh my Windows 8.1 install, some bugs (notably upgrade bugs) started to appear. My WiFi adapter stopped working, performance issues, etc.

Same thing happened. My wifi adapted also stopped working. and then I reverted back to 8. Will try to upgrade via store after it is released

Thanks for sharing bagavan.
Yep, WiFi adapter stopped working (is it a driver issue?). After refresh i installed the Windows 8 driver (previously windows 7 driver), the adapter worked but cannot browse (severe browsing performance).

Waiting for weekend to full reformat of the windows 8.1 drive, currently using Windows 7 (ahh dual-boot).


Yep Driver issue.

I also refreshed . adapter worked for few mins and then it stopped working. :(
 

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Better in EVERY way --this should have been Windows 8 - then 90% of fuss would have been avoided.

Only 1 gripe -- SKY GO with IE11 doesn't work (got round that problem using CHROME browser) otherwise everything 100% working and boot to desktop is fine.

On a Touch enabled laptop I actually LIKE the touch keyboard - especially as I can switch to Icelandic when I need to -- ever tried working in France / Belgium(Brussels / French speaking essentially) and having to type English / Nordic text using an AZERTY keyboard !!!!!.

I don't use touch on a stand alone monitor but am rapidly coming round to it in other cases such as using Multi Monitors. I originally swore blindly that I would NEVER use it - but for some applications it's fine --of course for cutting / pasting text a MOUSE is still the best tool for the job - but touch doesn't preclude using a mouse either.

@Bagavan -- on the driver issue -- if you still have the WINDOWS.OLD file from W8 when you installed W8.1 then simply re-install the driver via the "update driver" from the system==>device manager and point the search to the windows.old file -- this will work -- did for me for some special Touch enabled hardware on my new laptop which I upgraded to W8.1

Cheers
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Only 1 gripe -- SKY GO with IE11 doesn't work (got round that problem using CHROME browser)

Don't know if you noticed but Silverlight for 8.1 appeared yesterday in Windows updates. Perhaps that would help.
 

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Better in EVERY way --this should have been Windows 8 - then 90% of fuss would have been avoided.

Only 1 gripe -- SKY GO with IE11 doesn't work (got round that problem using CHROME browser) otherwise everything 100% working and boot to desktop is fine.

On a Touch enabled laptop I actually LIKE the touch keyboard - especially as I can switch to Icelandic when I need to -- ever tried working in France / Belgium(Brussels / French speaking essentially) and having to type English / Nordic text using an AZERTY keyboard !!!!!.

I don't use touch on a stand alone monitor but am rapidly coming round to it in other cases such as using Multi Monitors. I originally swore blindly that I would NEVER use it - but for some applications it's fine --of course for cutting / pasting text a MOUSE is still the best tool for the job - but touch doesn't preclude using a mouse either.

@Bagavan -- on the driver issue -- if you still have the WINDOWS.OLD file from W8 when you installed W8.1 then simply re-install the driver via the "update driver" from the system==>device manager and point the search to the windows.old file -- this will work -- did for me for some special Touch enabled hardware on my new laptop which I upgraded to W8.1

Cheers
jimbo

Thanks for sharing jimbo.
I assume that bagavan's issue is the same as mine, so here's what happened:
Upgrade Install -> WiFi random disconnect and unable to reconnect
Refresh -> Issue persists.
Redownloaded driver from hardware manufacturer -> Can connect, but severe performance impact (i was barely able to open google).

Currently i deleted Windows 8, and i'll redownload the official version of Windows 8.1 from MS.
 

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Hi there
Better in EVERY way --this should have been Windows 8 - then 90% of fuss would have been avoided.

Only 1 gripe -- SKY GO with IE11 doesn't work (got round that problem using CHROME browser) otherwise everything 100% working and boot to desktop is fine.

On a Touch enabled laptop I actually LIKE the touch keyboard - especially as I can switch to Icelandic when I need to -- ever tried working in France / Belgium(Brussels / French speaking essentially) and having to type English / Nordic text using an AZERTY keyboard !!!!!.

I don't use touch on a stand alone monitor but am rapidly coming round to it in other cases such as using Multi Monitors. I originally swore blindly that I would NEVER use it - but for some applications it's fine --of course for cutting / pasting text a MOUSE is still the best tool for the job - but touch doesn't preclude using a mouse either.

@Bagavan -- on the driver issue -- if you still have the WINDOWS.OLD file from W8 when you installed W8.1 then simply re-install the driver via the "update driver" from the system==>device manager and point the search to the windows.old file -- this will work -- did for me for some special Touch enabled hardware on my new laptop which I upgraded to W8.1

Cheers
jimbo

Thanks for sharing jimbo.
I assume that bagavan's issue is the same as mine, so here's what happened:
Upgrade Install -> WiFi random disconnect and unable to reconnect
Refresh -> Issue persists.
Redownloaded driver from hardware manufacturer -> Can connect, but severe performance impact (i was barely able to open google).

Currently i deleted Windows 8, and i'll redownload the official version of Windows 8.1 from MS.

So let us wait for the official release. we both have the same kind of problem.

@jimbo

Tried to search in windows.old manually browsed the set up file but did not work.so reverted back to 8
 

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Can anyone tell me what size file the Windows 8.1 RTM upgrade is? I am curious to know, as my ISP is Verizon and I have a limited amount of data usage each month. Thanks!
 

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3.61 GB (x64 - PTBR)

:)
 

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3.61 GB (x64 - PTBR)

:)

Thanks for the info. H'mmmm, it looks like if I want to upgrade, it will cost me. :( Maybe I will just stay with Windows 8 then, until I upgrade my system.
 

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3.61 GB is the size of the full ISO, downloading from Windows Store only costs 2.4~ish GB.
 

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3.61 GB is the size of the full ISO, downloading from Windows Store only costs 2.4~ish GB.

Thanks for the additional info. If that is the case, then I should be able to do the the upgrade.
 

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So i was messing around my new install of Windows 8.1, and finally fixed the WiFi issue i was having.
The last thing on the waiting list: DWMHook for Windows 8.1.
 

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I've just noticed something and hope it's really back, animations on the Bing picture of the day. I used to love those when they happened on Windows 7 but of course had Aero and such on there but it wasn't on 8.:(

I've just seen the photo for today and it's a leaf frog and mushrooms and the frog is breathing and his throat is moving, yippee. :thumb:
 

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So i was messing around my new install of Windows 8.1, and finally fixed the WiFi issue i was having.
The last thing on the waiting list: DWMHook for Windows 8.1.

Glad to read you got that worked out. :thumb:

I've just noticed something and hope it's really back, animations on the Bing picture of the day. I used to love those when they happened on Windows 7 but of course had Aero and such on there but it wasn't on 8.

I've just seen the photo for today and it's a leaf frog and mushrooms and the frog is breathing and his throat is moving, yippee.

I Have Bing Desktop with daily pics, which I've also have configured as my Start Screen background as well. I also use Bing as my home page in IE11 to see the animated pics. I agree > The pics are great!

I'm a bit confused, Joan (which isn't too difficult!) > I had the animated pics in 8 with IE10. You did not? Are you saying you had animated pics on your desktop with 7?
 

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David Bailey

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First impressions of 8.1 Pro

First, my computer details:

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I downloaded 8.1 from the store.

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It took about 2 or 3 hours to complete download & get started.
( I fell asleep so time is approximate )

Things went smoothly.

I updated 5 drivers first.
I got 2 Windows updates next & changed various trivial settings.

So far I am pleased with 8.1.
It was a little slow at first but it is getting quicker the more I use it.

I like the new Settings (cogwheel button in charms bar).

One thing I should mention is, I lost nothing in the process of installing.
All files & programs & folders, etc. are still with me.:party:
(and working)

I used my Microsoft account in the process.
My original 8 Pro Product Key stayed the same on 8.1.

If Win 9 is free too, I might try it.:)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Name
    David A. Bailey
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
    Family F
    Extended Family 14
    Model 2
    Extended Model 2
    Stepping 0
    Revision ON-C0
    Instruction
    Occupation
    Trying to live a good life before I die.
    Browser
    Opera 24.0
    Antivirus
    Avast Internet Security
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Hi there
especially after updates (fixed issue with Silverlight and Sky Go) better in EVERY WAY.

Still have ONE issue -- can't get Icelandic LIP -- this was available even in Windows 8 !!!. Keyboard support fine and Office 2010 Language pack still working.

Minor bug --things like GOOGLE SEARCH- after you go to a site from a query you need to press the back button TWICE to get back to the query -- same on TPB (naughty naughty !! not waiting till year 2300 to get some decent TV shows !!) but not all web sites.

Cheers
jimbo
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1 X LG 40 inch TV
    Hard Drives
    SSD's * 3 (Samsung 840 series) 250 GB
    2 X 3 TB sata
    5 X 1 TB sata
    Internet Speed
    0.12 GB/s (120Mb/s)
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    Iceland

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