Why Have Most Windows 8 Users Not Upgraded to Windows 8.1?

Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade to Windows 8. It’s what the original Windows 8 should have been, with important improvements for both desktop and tablet users. So why are more people using Windows 8 than Windows 8.1?

It’s hard not to see this as a failure for Microsoft. Windows 8.1 is the first “new version” of Windows they’ve given out for free to existing users and most Windows 8 users aren’t biting.

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You know who it is? I struggled with the pixels but I think it was before the Stones security took it all downhill.

1, 2, 3, 4 what are we fighting for....

lmao

Hey they're coming to Australia in a few months, all my friends bought tickets. I didn't, I have to stick a knitting needle in my eye that day, whenever it is.
I hear Mick got a huge discount on safety railing for the stairs and the disability toilets. There may be a problem with the stage though, no wheelchair access :p

And the avatar .. is it Carlos Santana?

Didn't you hear, Micks girlfriend just committed suicide, all concerts canceled for now.
 

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I just downgraded from windows 8.1 to 7. Sadly one of the main reasons I did it was because my autodesk programs didn't work with 8.1 "yet" and I need them haha. Windows 8 was way better than 8.1 and I wish I never upgraded, I may even go back to that some day, who knows.
 

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I remember that one.
 

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Hi there
Windows 8.1 is better in almost EVERY WAY especially if you don't like or use the "Metro" interface. Boot to the desktop directly.

I'm even LOATHING the interface on Smartphones -- if you have lots of apps installed you are forever scrolling and it' needs a Ph.D in Computer Science to even start to arrange these in a sensible order -- modern phones seem to come with loads of bloatware apps that can't be uninstalled.

Actually the Metro interface isn't new at all --it's rather old fashioned and can really be called "The Kiddies Interface".

Have a look. !!!

@ StriikeN

BTW I have some programs that STILL can only run on XP -- I just use a VM for those -- W8.1 is really snappier (much) than W7 so why not just run your application on small W7 Virtual machine and keep W8.1 for the rest. Virtual Machines these days are really efficient and run almost at native speed on modern hardware.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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Hi there
Windows 8.1 is better in almost EVERY WAY especially if you don't like or use the "Metro" interface. Boot to the desktop directly.

My Windows 8 Pro x64 boots into desktop directly too. I'm holding on to it and I'll be on the lookout for the 8.2 update reviews.

GL & Cheers
 

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Hi there
Windows 8.1 is better in almost EVERY WAY especially if you don't like or use the "Metro" interface. Boot to the desktop directly.

My Windows 8 Pro x64 boots into desktop directly too. I'm holding on to it and I'll be on the lookout for the 8.2 update reviews.

GL & Cheers

Hi there
How did you get Windows 8 to boot directly to desktop --that feature was added to W8.1 only as far as I know.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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Hi there
Windows 8.1 is better in almost EVERY WAY especially if you don't like or use the "Metro" interface. Boot to the desktop directly.

My Windows 8 Pro x64 boots into desktop directly too. I'm holding on to it and I'll be on the lookout for the 8.2 update reviews.

GL & Cheers

Hi there
How did you get Windows 8 to boot directly to desktop --that feature was added to W8.1 only as far as I know.

Cheers
jimbo

I have no idea! I have this 'feature' from the moment I installed Windows 8, bootcamped on my Mac Pro 3.1. AFAIK it works cause I installed POKI menu for windows 8:

https://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu

I have a closer look into it for you!

GL & Cheers
 

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Hi there
OK - but unless you said in your post that you had added a 3rd party app the info you gave was misleading as it implied that W8 can boot straight to the desktop "Out of the box" which it doesn't.

I'm not having a go at you but it's very easy for people to get the wrong info like some would say - where's the configuration for W8 to boot straight to desktop.

W8.1 DOES boot straight to desktop without any 3rd party addons.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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Hi there
Windows 8.1 is better in almost EVERY WAY especially if you don't like or use the "Metro" interface. Boot to the desktop directly.

My Windows 8 Pro x64 boots into desktop directly too. I'm holding on to it and I'll be on the lookout for the 8.2 update reviews.

GL & Cheers

Somehow recall getting this to work on 8.0 back then, before 3rd-party apps... If I remember correctly the desktop was initiated by the AV splash screen - but don't quote me on this will have to see if I can replicate it when I get home later :p
 

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Hi Jimbo,

As I said in my previous post: "I have a closer look into it for you!"

Keep you posted!

Cheers
 

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I have a little Acer Aspire One netbook I just put my copy of 8 on. I haven't gone to 8.1 yet for two reasons:

1) I keep reading you can lose your local account if you aren't real careful when setting it up, I have no desire to use the store, or connect my MS Live ID. I am content with a local account.

2) The biggest reason is the size.... Almost 3GB would take almost 5 (just checked) hours on my connection to download.

Geeve
 

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Looks like i have the slowest internet! i takes me 13-16 hrs to download 3 gb :confused:(55kbps)
 

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Looks like i have the slowest internet! i takes me 13-16 hrs to download 3 gb :confused:(55kbps)

Sorry to be a pedant (and doubly so if I am wrong). 3gb is 3.221.225.472 bytes or 25.769.803.776 bits. At 55kbps this would take around 5 1/2 days. I guess your speed must be better than you thought (or my arithmetic worse of course). Cheers :)
 

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My wife's laptop is still running the factory OEM 8.0 install. All she does is Facebook and an occasional Google search. I just put off updating it as I don't use it and she would never no the difference even if I did update it. I'll get around to it eventually. She never goes to the Windows Store so she hasn't been prompted to do the update or even knows its there.

Your better off to leave well-enough-alone. I had my girlfriend upgrade and all I hear is bitching about things not working now.
 

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My wife's laptop is still running the factory OEM 8.0 install. All she does is Facebook and an occasional Google search. I just put off updating it as I don't use it and she would never no the difference even if I did update it. I'll get around to it eventually. She never goes to the Windows Store so she hasn't been prompted to do the update or even knows its there.

Your better off to leave well-enough-alone. I had my girlfriend upgrade and all I hear is bitching about things not working now.

It will be a clean install when I finally get a round toit. I'm holding off waiting to see if a new ISO shows up on MSDN with update 1 included.
 

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I had my girlfriend upgrade and all I hear is bitching about things not working now.
Ah that will be it I'm married - I'm used to it.
 

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My wife's laptop is still running the factory OEM 8.0 install. All she does is Facebook and an occasional Google search. I just put off updating it as I don't use it and she would never no the difference even if I did update it. I'll get around to it eventually. She never goes to the Windows Store so she hasn't been prompted to do the update or even knows its there.

Your better off to leave well-enough-alone. I had my girlfriend upgrade and all I hear is bitching about things not working now.

It will be a clean install when I finally get a round toit. I'm holding off waiting to see if a new ISO shows up on MSDN with update 1 included.

Hi there

MSDN Subscription is EXPENSIVE for normal people - so that's not a usually available resource. TechNet was fine but it's closed to new subscribers and existing subscribers will be blocked as soon as the subscriptions expire -- mine goes in October so still a few months left.

So for most people one has to hope that Ms does release ISO's via normal channels such as the Ms site itself.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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Your better off to leave well-enough-alone. I had my girlfriend upgrade and all I hear is bitching about things not working now.

It will be a clean install when I finally get a round toit. I'm holding off waiting to see if a new ISO shows up on MSDN with update 1 included.

Hi there

MSDN Subscription is EXPENSIVE for normal people - so that's not a usually available resource. TechNet was fine but it's closed to new subscribers and existing subscribers will be blocked as soon as the subscriptions expire -- mine goes in October so still a few months left.

So for most people one has to hope that Ms does release ISO's via normal channels such as the Ms site itself.

Cheers
jimbo

Yeah, I know all that Jimbo. All I'm saying is I have that option so I'm waiting. It's too bad Microsoft killed TechNet, like you said MSDN is too pricy for most people to afford. It's also a shame that its so hard to acquire official Microsoft ISO's. I've never understood that? You still need a valid product code so its not going to promote piracy. And those that do that will find a way to get it anyway.
 

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