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Windows 8.1 RTM Released to MSDN & Technet

  1. #31

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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64 bit)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Well with the RTM 8.1 from Technet it is actually a Pro key that I got, so I probably wont have to do the double key stunt that you had to do. I will, however, have to do the Add Features one for MC.
    The leaked RTM that I downloaded came with a Pro key too, but that's only used to install it. You can then use it until January 2014 before having to activate it with the key you got when buying Windows 8.

    As long as you have all of your keys written down, you'll be fine either way.

    @z3r010 - No worries! If you had the desktop SkyDrive client installed, that is disabled in 8.1 as SkyDrive is baked into the OS, but it will still show up under Programs & Features so you can uninstall that if you want to. Also, there's a backup of your user profile in the Users folder that can be deleted - I can't remember the exact name of it, so obviously proceed with caution with that or just leave it alone.

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  2. #32

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    windows 8.1 preview

    Already install 8.1 RTM, is there anything different?
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  3. #33

    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64 bit)

    Quote Originally Posted by cheneygreen View Post
    Already install 8.1 RTM, is there anything different?
    This version is identical to the leaked one. The hashes match 100%.
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  4. #34

    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Clean install of Win 8.1 Pro from Technet. When I deleted my partitions on my boot SSD, it created 4 new ones instead of the usual 2. I also needed to boot from boot manager on SSD rather than just the SSD.
    Only choice for language was English UK! English US for dollars and stuff.
    It asked for a Serial Number which Technet gave me two. I donno why as it is supposed to be free, isn't it? Maybe because it is Pro?
    The changing of text and icon sizes in resolution tab is different but better.
    Right clicking the new "Start" icon on the taskbar had some useful stuff but I still installed Start8 (ver 1.20) that worked fine.
    So far, no hiccups or anything that fails to install or run. Speed is faster as I have not yet installed the tons of stuff I had on it before.
    Metro Start menu is funny. There are now two screens, the main one with a few choice boxes. Scroll down tho and there is still that HUGE list of garbage boxes from program installs. Too funny that MS decided to hide all that.
    Will post if I find something that is a show stopper.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 10 Sep 2013 at 12:16.
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  5. #35

    a long wait has been ended with the launch of the same .. i am going to download it through the suggested sites with the hope of getting it better and smarter now
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  6. #36

    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64

    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    I put in on a usb stick and ran setup from within Windows 8 pro w/mc to do the upgrade, when done I had to add the media center back in by adding the key at the add features bit.
    I clicked 'setup' from Win8.0 Pro, ran the upgrade, and have WMC still there. Had to look on the 'Apps' start screen to find it.
    TechNet versions. Didn't have to install it on Win8.0 either, which was unexpected.
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  7. #37

    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)

    That's odd as the license isn't the same as the 8.1 installation one. I just installed 8.1 Pro and it took a while but succeeded. It wiped out my Vista Windows Mail a la Windows 7 hack but didn't touch my desktop address toolbar or quicklaunch or even my old-style Windows Calendar which I prefer. Apart from minor irritants such as changing the lock screen image and altering the boot order in my mutli-boot, all easily remedied, it went smoother than I thought it would. Gone is WEI, thank goodness. I get so fed up redoing that every time I update my graphics drivers.
    Now debating whether to even attempt to get Windows Mail back. I really wish Microsoft had kept it going instead of that awful WLM.
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  8. #38

    I think it's time for you to move on from Vista Windows mail and find another program that you like.
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  9. #39

    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)

    True, but I'm a stubborn old fart so will at least try to get it back LOL ;-)
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  10. #40

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

    I just did a clean install using the en_windows_8_1_x64_dvd_2707217 which is Windows 8.1 (multiple editions) (x64) - DVD (English). Downloaded from TechNet. It didn't read or use my embedded key? I was prompted to enter one. Just for fun I tried the Windows 8 Pro TechNet key I used on that laptop before and it wouldn't accept it. I then just used one of my 8.1 Pro TechNet keys and it installed and activated OK. My Windows 8 TechNet ISO reads and uses the embedded key just fine. All my onboard hardware appears to be working fine with the default drivers with the exception of my track pad. It works but without the smart gestures utility I have no two finger scroll, no scroll at all actually as it doesn't have a dedicated scroll bar. I'm also not sure if my dual video is working as it should be or what video card its actually using. I'll look into that eventually, for now I'm just tweaking things and reinstalling some of my programs. I had no problem adding Media Center though add features. It will be a while before I get things the way I had them with the previous 8 install. Its stable at the moment which is more than I can say about my previous experience with the preview release. That was an upgrade install so no real surprise there. I'll take a clean install over an upgrade any day of the week.
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