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My impression of Windows 8.1 Update 1


BunnyJ

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#1
Well, I took the dive and install the currently leaked version of update 1 for Windows 8.1. I installed the following updates:


First I installed the following roll-ups:
1. KB2883200
2. KB2884846
3. KB2887595
4. KB2903939
5. KB2911106

Then I installed the Update 1 updates:
1 KB2919442
2 KB2919442-1
3 KB2919355
4 KB2932046
When that’s all done Update 1 is installed. It does take a bit of time so be patient it does work fine.

My impressions and thoughts:
1. Changes to start screen:
a. Only big change is when you right click on the app icon you can directly perform functions such as resize, uninstall and remove from start screen. The difference is you don’t have to go to the bottom of the start scree to accomplish these tasks.
b. Value: It’s a nice add on. Is it needed?? Yes and no. I like it but the previous way of accomplishing this takes was not that hard to do.


2. Changes to the desktop:
a. Not many other than you can pin the apps to the taskbar and it makes it easier to use the apps within the desktop.
b. Value: It’s very nice and it’s very well worth the upgrade, IMO. I just like having direct access to the apps that I use the most right on the taskbar and not having to go to the start screen.


3. Other thoughts:
a. I use Classic Shell and that makes my navigation of Windows 8.1 much easier for me at least. And I think using this will reduce some of the complaints that are made against Windows 8.X in general.
b. In addition with the option to directly booting to the desktop Windows 8.1 is now a very good OS, IMO.
c. Finally, I’m really looking forward to the final release of Update 1 and Windows 9.

Jeff (BunnyJ) :geek:
 

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#2
There are also a minimize _ ,and a close X button on a toolbar for Metro Apps. Move your cursor to the top of an open Metro App and you'll see it. Also if you move your cursor to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will pop up. I like having the close button. I wish the taskbar wouldn't auto hide though for the Metro Apps.
 

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#3
Where do you get the leaked version ?
 

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#4
Does it mess up your installed programs ?

Your settings & files & folders ?
 

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#6
I don't like the sound of that.

I think I'll wait for the official release from Microsoft. :)
 

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    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
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    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
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Edwin

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#7
I don't like the sound of that.

I think I'll wait for the official release from Microsoft. :)
That's probably best. It's fun to mess around with but it's not mind blowing.
I played with it but I ditched it, mainly because it was taking up too much precious space on my way too small SSD!
 

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davehc

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#8
Where do you get the leaked version ?
There are several around at the moment.

Frankly, for the average user who has automatic updates turned on, I don't think a difference will be noticed, apart from the huge size of the update.
 

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BunnyJ

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#9
There are also a minimize _ ,and a close X button on a toolbar for Metro Apps. Move your cursor to the top of an open Metro App and you'll see it. Also if you move your cursor to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will pop up. I like having the close button. I wish the taskbar wouldn't auto hide though for the Metro Apps.
I just noticed that. Thanks for pointing it out for me and I like it as well. The changes are subtle but they make 8.1 nicer to use overall.
 

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BunnyJ

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#10
Does it mess up your installed programs ?

Your settings & files & folders ?
Not one bit. The updates work just like the ones that are performed when the normal Windows updates take place.
 

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    Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built: Atomic City Computer
    CPU
    AMD A4-4000 3.0/3.2Ghz
    Motherboard
    MSI FM2-A55M-E33
    Memory
    8BG of Corsair DDR3 RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    On Board
    Sound Card
    On Boardi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic 27" VA2703
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Seagate 500GB, Crucial 120Gb SSD
    Case
    Thermaltake
    Cooling
    N/A
    Keyboard
    Corsair Raptor K40
    Mouse
    Amazon Generic Optical
    Internet Speed
    56Mbps
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All my Apps and programs still work as advertised. I applied the two leaked updates to my current install.
 

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    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
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    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
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    Browser
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    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

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