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questions about upcoming 8.1 update


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Hello,

I have a dual-boot system (using BootIT NG) with two hard drives. Disk0 has Win7 (normal setup with 100MB System Reserved volume) and Disk1 has Win8 (normal setup with 350MB System Reserved volume). I don't have drive letters assigned to the other OS' volume, so Win8 won't access the Win7 volumes & vice-versa. Disk1 does have one shared volume I use for moving things between the two. I also use Stardock's Start8 on my Win8 installation. I'll take full image backups of both before upgrading & stick them elsewhere.

So i have a few questions about the upgrade that I'm hoping people will know from the preview and/or beta testing. I understand it's a download from the Windows Store.

1) will it overwrite the MBR? I'm assuming it updates that System Reserved volume, but does it leave the MBR alone (since I'm using the BootIT EMBR)? No UEFI here, BIOS only.

2) does it create a Windows.old folder or is it more like a service pack where it just puts the replaced files in a hidden folder under Windows?

3) I expect Start8 will need to be removed entirely before the upgrade & reinstalled afterward. Correct?

Thanks!
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro x64 w/ Start8 v.1.55
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    built myself
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-4770K 3.50 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Z87-Plus
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4600 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    DELL U2713HM
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 PRO 256GB SSD -- OS drive
    pair of 2 TB HP MB2000EAMZFs -- data/backups
    PSU
    Cooler Master V850
    Case
    Cooler Master HAF 932
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    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
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    MS Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
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    MS Comfort Optical Mouse 3000
    Browser
    mostly Firefox, some IE, some Chrome
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    Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2016 (16.0.0.614(a))
    Other Info
    - BIOS, drive firmware, drivers all latest

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1) will it overwrite the MBR? I'm assuming it updates that System Reserved volume, but does it leave the MBR alone (since I'm using the BootIT EMBR)? No UEFI here, BIOS only.
Will not overwrite the MBR.

2) does it create a Windows.old folder or is it more like a service pack where it just puts the replaced files in a hidden folder under Windows?
YES.

3) I expect Start8 will need to be removed entirely before the upgrade & reinstalled afterward. Correct?
May be, may be not.
 

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System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
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    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

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3) I expect Start8 will need to be removed entirely before the upgrade & reinstalled afterward. Correct?
The most recent version of Start8 (1.20) was updated to handle Windows 8.1. So, it should work as is.
 

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