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Microsoft goes public with Windows 8.1 upgrade policies

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    Microsoft goes public with Windows 8.1 upgrade policies


    Microsoft is sharing more on how existing Windows 8 and Windows RT users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 'Blue' preview and final.
    Read more at: Microsoft goes public with Windows 8.1 upgrade policies | ZDNet

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    I'm pretty confused as to why if you decide to try out these preview builds that you simply are unable to upgrade them with the final code down the road and have your apps preserved. It seems strange that you would have to reinstall all of your apps upon full release if you try the preview...while those who forgo the trial will be able to go to the full release without having to reinstall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I'm pretty confused as to why if you decide to try out these preview builds that you simply are unable to upgrade them with the final code down the road and have your apps preserved. It seems strange that you would have to reinstall all of your apps upon full release if you try the preview...while those who forgo the trial will be able to go to the full release without having to reinstall.
    I found that strange also but with looking at how many Windows 7 to Windows 8 installs go and have to do a clean install anyway maybe not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I'm pretty confused as to why if you decide to try out these preview builds that you simply are unable to upgrade them with the final code down the road and have your apps preserved. It seems strange that you would have to reinstall all of your apps upon full release if you try the preview...while those who forgo the trial will be able to go to the full release without having to reinstall.
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    It is similar to when updating from Windows 8 Preview to RTM, you had to do a clean install. I assume MS did not want to have to write a special upgrade from the test version when a single upgrade from Windows 8 would handle the vast majority of customers. I plan to update to 8.1 preview and then when 8.1 is released It will be time for a clean install of Windows 8. My big question - will 8.1 update have all the fixes and updates that have been released for Windows 8. If it is, then a clean install of Windows 8, then update to 8.1 and then whatever new fixes and updates. Similar to how Windows 7 SP1 is handled if you don't have the integrated disk. I will probably go to a SSD at that time and start fresh.

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    I just fail to see this as an operating system, I see it more like a service pack. That's why I don't understand the need for software reinstalls. Oh well, I will play with it on a test system only, would never put a release like this on my real box. Will just wait for the full thing to come out.
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    I cannot open the store on my computer, actually I have not bothered to fix it as there is NO apps that I want to use.
    This means that I have to get it working (and put up with all the crap that comes with it) before I can Upgrade.
    Not Happy at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodi View Post
    I cannot open the store on my computer, actually I have not bothered to fix it as there is NO apps that I want to use.
    This means that I have to get it working (and put up with all the crap that comes with it) before I can Upgrade.
    Not Happy at all.
    Could you please tell us what crap you have to put up with once your store is usable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I just fail to see this as an operating system, I see it more like a service pack. That's why I don't understand the need for software reinstalls. Oh well, I will play with it on a test system only, would never put a release like this on my real box. Will just wait for the full thing to come out.
    That was debated in another thread. Service pack? Upgrade? I do believe the kernel number will change from 6.1 to 6.2 so in essence its an OS upgrade and more than just a service pack. What's being updated and or changed makes it look like the equivalent of only a service pack. At least that's the way I see it.
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    Yeah, it's all semantics. I'm not going to get all worked up over the differences. it's subtle at best, certainly not a new OS in my opinion. But then again, it's just like 2008 and server 2008R2. They are different things, each with their own unique problems.
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