Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Windows 8.1 Preview Not Working on All Computers

  1. #21


    Posts : 142
    Win 7 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post

    Maybe you should try the product yourself before you bash people for expressing their opinions. Also, I know what a local account is, I wasn't given that option during installation. That's why I said I was going to try it again to find a work around.

    By the way, pizza is awesome, but only as long as it doesn't have onions or anchovies on it.
    I'm sorry you feel this way. At no point did I say you were wrong. I haven't tried 8.1 yet, so I can't say if it's good or bad. For all I know, it could be just as crappy as you said.

    The point isn't whether 8.1 is good or crappy. The point is every time you start a review with something like "I spent 10 minutes with this puppy and I hated it so much I hacked it to death" you lose all credibility. And believe me, you're not the only one who does this. A lot of tech reviewers these days seem to think it's the cool thing to say something like that.

    I use an hp envy x2 for everything. A few months back, there was a review of this device that was posted. I kid you not, the reviewer started his article by saying he had a bad feeling about this device before he got it. Then in the article he said yup it was as slow and laggy as he predicted. He spent 3 paragraphs ranting about how the tablet portion does not have a charging port. This told me that he probably spent like 5 minutes with the device before writing the article, considering the fact that the device tablet portion DOES have a charging port. He also complained that it didn't have an sdcard slot even though the specs said it did. Again, I can assure you that this device does have an sdcard slot. He ended his article with a clever smirk saying something like the envy x2 does not inspire envy exactly like he predicted.

    There's a reason why people want to read reviews. They want to know something about the device to decide whether they should get it or not. Why give a convoluted and obviously biased review of something?

    If you think you hate something because of your bias, then either clearly state that or refrain from sharing your opinion. All bias opinions do is clog up the internets, which is made of a series of tubes.

    Off the top of my head, I can't think of anything for the life of me that you can get to know well enough in just 10 minutes. Even a simple calculator takes longer than that to get acquainted with.


    Truth be known, I will most likely give 8.1 another go to see if I can make it work for every day use. I gave Win8 a week or so, but for the reasons I explained earlier it just wasn't a viable solution. Would it work now? Maybe, maybe not. I have no need or desire to find out.

    Yes, I should have spent more than 10 minutes poking around, but my first impressions were rather poor. The new "start" button isn't even a start button in the traditional or classic sense. Its nothing more that a shortcut to get you back to the metro interface, the same as the Windows key on the keyboard. It was deceiving and insulting of Microsoft to tell their customers that they had "listened to the masses and have reinstated the start button", knowing full well it was a flat out lie.

    All Microsoft has to do is give users the ability to switch to a classic desktop if they choose to do so, and it should include the traditional start button and start menu. This option should be available without the need for a 3rd party app like Classic Shell. If they were to do just that one simple thing they would stand a good chance of Win8 or 8.1 becoming a huge success on the same level as Win 7. But their refusal to do so is doing nothing but alienating their customers and pushing them towards alternatives.

    Its also costing them a butt-load of cash. That alone should give them enough incentive to listen to their customers desires.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post



    Maybe you should try the product yourself before you bash people for expressing their opinions. Also, I know what a local account is, I wasn't given that option during installation. That's why I said I was going to try it again to find a work around.

    By the way, pizza is awesome, but only as long as it doesn't have onions or anchovies on it.
    Windows 8.1 'Blue' preview: It beats Windows 8

    Look at jimbo's last paragraph.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #23


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I really wonder if Microsoft did that on purpose just to tick off the people begging for the return of the start button and start menu. What a way to give your potential customers the finger.
    Possibly. More likely it is an ambush for the unsuspecting. They can now display the desktop on machines in store. I suspect the hideous start screen has been repelling people from buying 8 machines.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #24


    Posts : 16
    8 preview


    Using a local account on a vm 8.1. Will run for a while till update rtm. Is the update going to cost anything?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #25


    Posts : 142
    Win 7 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Windows 8.1 'Blue' preview: It beats Windows 8

    Look at jimbo's last paragraph.


    I had already read that, but thanks just the same. I have an idea where I screwed up during installation. The next chance I get to do the install again I'll try to verify it.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #26


    Posts : 122
    Windows 8 64bit Pro


    I decided when windows 8.1 was first available I would wait for the ISO files to be available to download and dual boot on my PC and laptop, both then had W8 Pro installed. I'm glad I did this, and, as like W8 Preview, W8.1 Preview is buggy and annoying, for example the new start menu for mind is a step backwards compared to W8 and is buggy - the resizing is OK, but that's all, also remote control is a little buggy. When I finished installing both of OS's and completed setting everything up I ran sfc /scannow on both the machines and both were clean with no integrity violations in the system files which is good.
    So what I'm getting at is you can live in both worlds if you have the time to dual boot, and there is no problems with W8 when you want to return, its automatically included in the boot menu and works - this is on a single drive with multiple partitions on my laptop. On the PC I decided I would install it to another hard drive, as I didn't have enough room on my 250gb drive, and that worked except W8.1 wasn't included in the boot menu when I finished, however BCD Edit will probably fix that.
    So don't rush in and make hasty decisions, think it through, and don't expect beta versions to be as good as they were with Windows 7, the final version of W8 after numerous updates is as good as W7 and even better for mind.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #27


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by whest View Post
    I decided when windows 8.1 was first available I would wait for the ISO files to be available to download and dual boot on my PC and laptop, both then had W8 Pro installed. I'm glad I did this, and, as like W8 Preview, W8.1 Preview is buggy and annoying, for example the new start menu for mind is a step backwards compared to W8 and is buggy - the resizing is OK, but that's all, also remote control is a little buggy. When I finished installing both of OS's and completed setting everything up I ran sfc /scannow on both the machines and both were clean with no integrity violations in the system files which is good.
    So what I'm getting at is you can live in both worlds if you have the time to dual boot, and there is no problems with W8 when you want to return, its automatically included in the boot menu and works - this is on a single drive with multiple partitions on my laptop. On the PC I decided I would install it to another hard drive, as I didn't have enough room on my 250gb drive, and that worked except W8.1 wasn't included in the boot menu when I finished, however BCD Edit will probably fix that.
    So don't rush in and make hasty decisions, think it through, and don't expect beta versions to be as good as they were with Windows 7, the final version of W8 after numerous updates is as good as W7 and even better for mind.
    You say it is buggy, then please explain what the bugs are so that others may be either helpful with the problems or see if they can come up with a fix. Also this will help those who are installing Win 8/8.1 for the first time. . .Thank You. . .
    Last edited by Lee; 30 Jun 2013 at 12:41.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #28


    Madrid, Spain
    Posts : 228
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I didn't see any bugs so far.

    To me it's just 8.0 with the new menu features, not a noticeable change in any sense.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #29

    Win8.1 is for US only


    I live in Ireland
    I have been trying to install Win8.1 on my SurfaceRT 64bit.
    I Have even installed the US version of keyboard & Language.

    I have been a Beta Tester of EVERY MS Beta.

    I will never do it again after this slap in the face!!

    See all the "I"s, that is how mad I am!!

    TULLY
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #30


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Windows 8.1 'Blue' preview: It beats Windows 8

    Look at jimbo's last paragraph.
    I had already read that, but thanks just the same. I have an idea where I screwed up during installation. The next chance I get to do the install again I'll try to verify it.

    I was running Win 8 with only a local account and when MS announced you needed a Microsoft Account (Live Account) which I had for my old Technet sub I just created a new user account and gave it Admin privileges and used it to upgrade to 8.1. After it finished I just used my local account and it works just fine.

    Jim
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 3 of 7 FirstFirst 12345 ... LastLast
Windows 8.1 Preview Not Working on All Computers
Related Threads
OK, here's a weird one..... I have Windows 8.1 installed on VM Player and never had a problem. Now, for some odd reason the App Store keeps telling me there's a connection problem and won't open.... it's acting as though there is no internet connection, which of course there is as I can access...
After 3 days of fruitless searching and multiple attempts to install 8.1 I finally found the answer. My hardware does not have the required LAHF/SAHF support nor does it support Prefe6tchW. Why this matters now withe the 8.1 update when it does not matter with 8 is beyond me. See here: Can't...
Works: Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6) Autodesk AutoCAD 2014 (*1) Bittorrent 7.8.0 Cacheman 7.60 CCleaner 4.0.3 CorelDRAW Suite X6 (Update 2) Doro PDF Writer EVGA PrecisionX 4.2
Well seeing as how we have a list of working AV for Windows 8, might as well start one for working games. If you want to contribute, feel free to do so! :) Windows 8 Developer Preview Build 8102. Legend: GREEN = Working RED = Not working BLUE = Additional information
I had no problems under Consumer Preview, but I can't get any of my GFWL titles to load at all with Release Preview! Latest version is installed (Apr '12) and Dirt 3, SSIV AE 2012, Bulletstorm all refuse to load. Dirt 3 and Bulletstorm start loading then give up. SSIV AE 2012 gives an error...
Working/Non Working software for Windows Developer Preview AKA Windows 8 Please use color code above when posting your list Paint.NET Google Earth Divx Plus Web Player (free) Logitech webcam software - model, Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook