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How to Correctly Install Windows 8.1 Preview

  1. #41


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Just a warning. The Win8.1 Preview acts just like a Win8 refresh, i.e. all your present files and programs on your boot drive are loaded into a folder called windows.old. This is NOT a Service Pack or simple patch but a complete reload of Win8. Two issues. One is that any program that has info in the registry will have to be reinstalled. The other is that if you have an SSD that is filled up, you will need to back it up somewhere, do a clean install and move the files and programs back onto the drive.
    Is this correct? I stopped my Technet install once I saw that it would do a refresh rather than just upgrade Win8. I want to do a clone of my SSD before I touch this puppy!
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 27 Jun 2013 at 08:39.

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  2. #42


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    ISO's are available on TechNet and MSDN, if you have a subscription. I've already downloaded the 64 bit ISO. Language packs are there too.
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  3. #43


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Just a warning. The Win8.1 Preview acts just like a Win8 refresh, i.e. all your present files and programs on your boot drive are loaded into a folder called .old. This is NOT a Service Pack or simple patch but a complete reload of Win8. Two issues. One is that any program that has info in the registry will have to be reinstalled. The other is that if you have an SSD that is filled up, you will need to back it up somewhere, do a clean install and move the files and programs back onto the drive.
    Is this correct? I stopped my Technet install once I saw that it would do a refresh rather than just upgrade Win8. I want to do a clone of my SSD before I touch this puppy!
    Now that you mention it I see a Windows .old folder on my OS drive, its only a little over 4 gig in size though. Disk cleanup got ride of it. Other than having to log back into a couple of web sites non of my programs or apps have lost any of their settings. Not that I've noticed but I haven't been using 8.1 for very long.
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  4. #44


    Posts : 203
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yeah I heard bummer I don't have a TechNet or MSDN subscription so I'll just have to wait for the Microsoft consumer preview download to be made available later today.

    I'm treating the preview the same way I treated the leaks as a beta, so I'm planing on installing the OS as a fresh install onto my secondary SSD for my testing pleasure.
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  5. #45


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Just a warning. The Win8.1 Preview acts just like a Win8 refresh, i.e. all your present files and programs on your boot drive are loaded into a folder called .old. This is NOT a Service Pack or simple patch but a complete reload of Win8. Two issues. One is that any program that has info in the registry will have to be reinstalled. The other is that if you have an SSD that is filled up, you will need to back it up somewhere, do a clean install and move the files and programs back onto the drive.
    Is this correct? I stopped my Technet install once I saw that it would do a refresh rather than just upgrade Win8. I want to do a clone of my SSD before I touch this puppy!
    Now that you mention it I see a Windows .old folder on my OS drive, its only a little over 4 gig in size though. Disk cleanup got ride of it. Other than having to log back into a couple of web sites non of my programs or apps have lost any of their settings. Not that I've noticed but I haven't been using 8.1 for very long.
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    These are the choices that are given on the Technet version of Win8.1 Preview .iso setup file. Nothing is said about programs, only about apps (programs?) and stuff in your user folder. It definitely does say that some apps/programs will have to be reinstalled. Sure sounds like a refresh to me.
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  6. #46


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Just a warning. The Win8.1 Preview acts just like a Win8 refresh, i.e. all your present files and programs on your boot drive are loaded into a folder called .old. This is NOT a Service Pack or simple patch but a complete reload of Win8. Two issues. One is that any program that has info in the registry will have to be reinstalled. The other is that if you have an SSD that is filled up, you will need to back it up somewhere, do a clean install and move the files and programs back onto the drive.
    Is this correct? I stopped my Technet install once I saw that it would do a refresh rather than just upgrade Win8. I want to do a clone of my SSD before I touch this puppy!
    Now that you mention it I see a Windows .old folder on my OS drive, its only a little over 4 gig in size though. Disk cleanup got ride of it. Other than having to log back into a couple of web sites non of my programs or apps have lost any of their settings. Not that I've noticed but I haven't been using 8.1 for very long.
    Click image for larger version

    These are the choices that are given on the Technet version of Win8.1 Preview .iso setup file. Nothing is said about programs, only about apps (programs?) and stuff in your user folder. It definitely does say that some apps/programs will have to be reinstalled. Sure sounds like a refresh to me.
    I updated though the Store not via ISO image so that changes things. The windows kernel changes from 6.2 to 6.3, this is more than a service pack.
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  8. #48


    Posts : 38
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 + Windows 8.1 Pro with WMC x86


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Mine failed the first time I updated from the store, I got a 0x8020002e error. I eventually rebooted and tried again and it worked. The system screen now reads Windows 8.1 Pro Preview with Media Center. Anybody else noticed that there is no WEI score now?
    Interesting. All traces of WEI have been removed in My Windows 8.1 Pro Preview as well. Maybe it'll be added back in the final since this is just a preview.

    Not all of it. The Windows\Performance folder is still there, and in it Winsat.exe and the Datastore folder. With no apparent way to make it run. And it doesn't do so automatically.
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  9. #49


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Avoid the torrents.

    Get from TechNet/MSDN. If you don't have a subscription wait for the public availability later today.
    My sentiments exactly but Alpha and Beta versions I did download from a torrent but from about fifth or sixth time. Was not aware that MS office in Belgrade was giving the to whom ever asked. Afterwards I got consumer preview from them. When RTM came out they they gave it to me without even asking and when full version came out got it for $19.95. So I think I got a good bargoon there, otherwise I don't think I could afford it for full retail price.
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  10. #50


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Mine failed the first time I updated from the store, I got a 0x8020002e error. I eventually rebooted and tried again and it worked. The system screen now reads Windows 8.1 Pro Preview with Media Center. Anybody else noticed that there is no WEI score now?
    Interesting. All traces of WEI have been removed in My Windows 8.1 Pro Preview as well. Maybe it'll be added back in the final since this is just a preview.

    Not all of it. The Windows\Performance folder is still there, and in it Winsat.exe and the Datastore folder. With no apparent way to make it run. And it doesn't do so automatically.
    Interesting. Perhaps WEI will be added back in Windows 8.1 Final.
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