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With Windows 8.1, can Microsoft get its mojo back?

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    With Windows 8.1, can Microsoft get its mojo back?


    By any objective standard, the initial response to Windows 8 has been a mixed bag for Microsoft.
    The Redmond giant has had to watch for the past eight months as the PC market it dominated for decades first sputtered and then stalled. Itís also had to listen to customers complain, sometimes vehemently, about the usability challenges of Windows 8.
    And a good share of the blame for both situations can be traced right back to design decisions made several years ago by Microsoft executives in the early planning stages of what became Windows 8. They misjudged the hardware market, designing Windows 8 for 10-inch and up tablets and touch-based laptops, hitting the market as consumers discovered the joys of smaller devices. They overestimated their customersí willingness to move beyond the desktop to a world where touchscreens rule. It didnít help that the first wave of Windows 8 devices didnít even have touch capabilities and that Windows 8 did almost nothing to help introduce customers to its radical new interface.

    Will developers deliver the apps to kickstart the new platform?
    So far, the most successful app developers for Windows 8 are those making Start menu replacements. Ouch.
    http://www.zdnet.com/with-windows-8-...ck-7000017394/

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    No it cant when it pulls a stunt like to forget to include English(uk)
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    You will still be able to do a clean install with the Windows 8.1 Preview ISO file.

    If you don't want to lose your current installation, then you could install Windows 8.1 Preview in a virtual machine, or dual boot with it.
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    Yes, I am busy doing just that!
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    Shouldnt have to clean install
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    I am not a fan of 8, but clean install seems the best way.

    If you upgrade to the preview, then you may be stuck when the final release arrives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyparks View Post
    Shouldnt have to clean install
    If you upgrade from your Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview now, then only "Your files" and not your apps and settings will be kept when you upgrade to "Windows 8.1 Final" when it's released anyway.

    Since it's only a preview, it actually would be best to clean install it as a VM or dual boot. This way you will be able to upgrade your Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Final (when released) without losing anything.
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