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Windows 8.1 RTM Released to MSDN & Technet

  1. #41


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    I took a clean install, the 8.0 OEM key wasn't accepted (I had a key prompt which I skipped) but the OEM key it was already inserted. Just needed to activate online.
    If you need to re-insert it manually, do that. If it fails it might already be inserted.

    All good.

    Needed to mess around a bit so I also did the install in a VirtualBox 4.3 Beta but I had bluescreens due to VBox being unstable; VM VT-x instabilities.

    The OS works fine and I like the new colored tiles.

    Looks like the default Windows theme is pretty orange-yellowish, just to my liking and that was a surprise.

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  2. #42


    Quote Originally Posted by Dave44 View Post
    wonder if this means they going to release some updates for the RTM too
    the only update so far was today, it was a flash player update
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  3. #43


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    I took a clean install, the 8.0 OEM key wasn't accepted (I had a key prompt which I skipped) but the OEM key it was already inserted. Just needed to activate online.
    If you need to re-insert it manually, do that. If it fails it might already be inserted.

    All good.

    Needed to mess around a bit so I also did the install in a VirtualBox 4.3 Beta but I had bluescreens due to VBox being unstable; VM VT-x instabilities.

    The OS works fine and I like the new colored tiles.

    Looks like the default Windows theme is pretty orange-yellowish, just to my liking and that was a surprise.
    The product key field was blank for me. I never thought to try skipping it. I don't know what my embedded code is. The script I ran only showed my Media Center key when I ran it, not the embedded key. In a way it actually made things quicker and simpler for me. My embedded code is for 8 core, so I end up upgrading to 8 Pro and then doing it again to add media center. I got to skip one step and install 8.1 Pro. Then do the one add features to add Media Center.
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  4. #44


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


    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    I think it's time for you to move on from Vista Windows mail and find another program that you like.
    Got it to work using the Win 7 tute (Edit: now defunct) ...it and calendar both now work fine. I don't care if it's regarded as an insecurity now that its not supported, I happen to like it better than other email clients and my antivirus/antispam client will filter it anyway. Sorry but I'm not into all this Outlook in the cloud stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by shakennstirred View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave44 View Post
    wonder if this means they going to release some updates for the RTM too
    the only update so far was today, it was a flash player update
    Just received 17 and then 1 more for Office after the reboot which I had to go and download manually as it kept repeating itself and then failing.
    Last edited by Ex_Brit; 12 Sep 2013 at 09:57.
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  5. #45


    Winnipeg, Canada
    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Centre RTM


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SnarkyTwit View Post
    Microsoft screwed up big time with this one! Make sure you have a backup of your Windows 7 installation before upgrading to this piece of crap. Good thing I backed up. I had years of software installed on my Windows 7 installation that was summarily wiped out by this "upgrade". I figured that when they said you have to reinstall your apps, they meant the apps from the app store. But apparently not. All of my software that I spent years accumulating was gone! I am not about to go about finding product keys and installation media for all the software that I had installed, some of which doesn't exist anymore. I had gigabytes of games installed that I would have to re-download from Steam, Origin and Blizzard again. This doesn't work well if you have a slow internet connection with download caps. As I was restoring my backup of Windows 7, I wondered why Microsoft did this. The only reason I can think of, is to drive people to their store to buy software that cannot be easily replaced by this "upgrade". I noticed that during the "upgrade" of Windows 8.1, they helpfully added a screen that said you can get apps from their app store. Nice try Microsoft, but I won't be doing that again any time soon. If I have to replace all of my software in order to upgrade, I will buy an Apple or Chromebook first, instead of your very user-unfriendly operating system.

    Snarks
    Sorry to hear.... but the upgrade path for keeping apps & settings only applies to previous versions of windows 8...and yeah backup should be a regular habit IMHO particularly if you spent years accumulating apps and setting up your rig to your specific needs.
    So if I upgrade to Windows 8 first and then Windows 8.1, I should be able to keep my programs? Am I reading you correctly? I'd be more than happy to do that if it meant that I get to keep my programs. Can someone enlighten me?

    Snarks
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  6. #46


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


    When I did the update from 8 to the 8.1 preview though the store I didn't lose anything, apps or installed programs. I did a clean install of the 8.1 RTM though so I started with a clean slate this time around.
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  7. #47


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    I think it's time for you to move on from Vista Windows mail and find another program that you like.
    Got it to work using the Win 7 tute...it and calendar both now work fine. I don't care if it's regarded as an insecurity now that its not supported, I happen to like it better than other email clients and my antivirus/antispam client will filter it anyway. Sorry but I'm not into all this Outlook in the cloud stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by shakennstirred View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave44 View Post
    wonder if this means they going to release some updates for the RTM too
    the only update so far was today, it was a flash player update
    Just received 17 and then 1 more for Office after the reboot which I had to go and download manually as it kept repeating itself and then failing.
    One of the office updates screwed up Outlook 2013 on me and another forum member. Outlook 2013 problem.
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  8. #48


    Winnipeg, Canada
    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Centre RTM


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    When I did the update from 8 to the 8.1 preview though the store I didn't lose anything, apps or installed programs. I did a clean install of the 8.1 RTM though so I started with a clean slate this time around.
    I think I may just bite the bullet and do a clean install. I really want to have this on my computer, but I didn't want to have to install everything all over again. Maybe a clean install is what I need in order to get rid of all the accumulated crap on my computer too. Thanx for your help!

    Snarks
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  9. #49


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


    Quote Originally Posted by SnarkyTwit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    When I did the update from 8 to the 8.1 preview though the store I didn't lose anything, apps or installed programs. I did a clean install of the 8.1 RTM though so I started with a clean slate this time around.
    I think I may just bite the bullet and do a clean install. I really want to have this on my computer, but I didn't want to have to install everything all over again. Maybe a clean install is what I need in order to get rid of all the accumulated crap on my computer too. Thanx for your help!

    Snarks
    I had issues when I updated to the 8.1 preview though the store. My WIFI would cut in and out at random, same deal for my touch pad. All's good this time around after doing a clean install. I'll take a clean install over an upgrade any day of the week. I don't mind taking the extra time required if it gets me a nice fast stable system.
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  10. #50


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


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    I think it's time for you to move on from Vista Windows mail and find another program that you like.
    Got it to work using the Win 7 tute...it and calendar both now work fine. I don't care if it's regarded as an insecurity now that its not supported, I happen to like it better than other email clients and my antivirus/antispam client will filter it anyway. Sorry but I'm not into all this Outlook in the cloud stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by shakennstirred View Post
    the only update so far was today, it was a flash player update
    Just received 17 and then 1 more for Office after the reboot which I had to go and download manually as it kept repeating itself and then failing.
    One of the office updates screwed up Outlook 2013 on me and another forum member. Outlook 2013 problem.
    I wish I could remember which one it was...the KB ended in 2009 I believe and it was an Office update. (In Vista a.t.m.) I'm not sure what the cure is, if any, for hiccups in WU. Apart from hiding the darn thing and then manually installing from their website I guess.
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