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  1. #11


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


    Yes, that is correct, a full version can be moved to another device, but not ran on two or more devices at the same time.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 502
    Vanilla 8 Pro x64


    So in essence for those running 8 as is, it's basically the same as installing a Service Pack? Good to know.

    One thing I haven't seen mention of is what, if any, ramifications of not updating 8 to 8.1 will be.
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  3. #13


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


    Quote Originally Posted by SmartEyeball View Post
    So in essence for those running 8 as is, it's basically the same as installing a Service Pack? Good to know.

    One thing I haven't seen mention of is what, if any, ramifications of not updating 8 to 8.1 will be.
    It will be similar to a service pack but done in a different way. You'll update though the Windows Store not though Windows update. You won't see a standalone installer package either like you would with a service pack. At least that's the way I read it. To actually get install media you'll have to buy it. That's why its free to Windows 8 users as they are the only ones that can get it though the Windows Store. Technically its more than just a service pack. The Windows kernel is upgraded so its an upgrade to a new OS, not just adding features like a service pack does. The ISO is going to be Windows 8.1 not Windows 8 with SP1. This is a big update. My advice to anyone that's going to update though the store is to make a set of recovery media, if you haven't already, and or make an image of your current install before you update. Just in case.
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  4. #14


    All good advice, Kerry.

    Please allow me to sum up what you stated > It will be upgrading to a new OS via the Store, not the usual upgrading process.

    In addition, they may perform it as they did with 8 to 8.1RP where one had to retrieve an "upgrade update" via Windows Update which only then allowed the upgrade as per Brink's tutorial: https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...d-install.html

    As you may know, personally I was never able to upgrade that way upon 2 attempts, but rather fresh installed via the downloaded ISO. Hopefully all will go well this time. I'd much rather fresh install, though.
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  5. #15


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I upgraded to the preview though the store and had issues. It's debatable whether that was because it was only the preview or it was because of doing an upgrade. I clean installed the RTM on two PC's so far and no issues. I'll take a clean install over an upgrade any day of the week.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 176
    Windows 8.1


    I'm still debating what path I want to take.I would like to do a clean install but it looks like that's not going to be possible. On my desktop to start over again I would have to load the OEM version of Windows 7, then upgrade to 8.0, then to 8.1. My other idea is to go ahead and buy another copy of the Windows 8.0 OEM and update from there. From what I hear Windows 8.0 OEM is cheaper than what the full version of 8.1 will cost.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I upgraded to the preview though the store and had issues. It's debatable whether that was because it was only the preview or it was because of doing an upgrade. I clean installed the RTM on two PC's so far and no issues. I'll take a clean install over an upgrade any day of the week.
    It's hard to say isn't it? The fresh install of RP from the ISO straight from the hard drive was/is buggy for me. Nothing major. Just minor stuff. A few scannow-s and DISMs seemed to have helped. I could never quite get it to a 99.9%. (Lol! There never 100%). My 8 fresh installed from purchased OEM disk runs flawless.
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  8. #18


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


    Quote Originally Posted by SmartEyeball View Post
    So in essence for those running 8 as is, it's basically the same as installing a Service Pack? Good to know.

    One thing I haven't seen mention of is what, if any, ramifications of not updating 8 to 8.1 will be.
    The ramifications will show in 2 years. That is when support for Windows 8 will end and you will get no more monthly security updates.

    Jim
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SmartEyeball View Post
    So in essence for those running 8 as is, it's basically the same as installing a Service Pack? Good to know.

    One thing I haven't seen mention of is what, if any, ramifications of not updating 8 to 8.1 will be.
    The ramifications will show in 2 years. That is when support for Windows 8 will end and you will get no more monthly security updates.

    Jim
    By that time we will be running some Preview of 9 or something like it.
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  10. #20


    Denmark
    Posts : 224
    Windows 8.1 64bit Pro


    I have only an Windows 8 Pro Upgrade dvd (Danish language). I have tried to install the .ISO of Windows 8.1 Pro, but my cd-key don't work, as the win8.1 is not an upgrade (of cource). So I have never seen Windows 8.1 in action, and I have some question about it, that some of you might know the answer to? I hope

    So how do I:

    1) Get the upgrade to win8.1 (danish language)?
    2) make some sort of installable media from clean PC to Windows 8.1 Pro? (my upgrade DVD can be clean installed)
    3) get info of how much free space I need on my C-drive for this upgrade to be a success (using a SSD)
    4) Will there be any driver issues? (have a Windows 7 Intel USB3 driver installed now, as the build in USB 3 driver in Windows 8 is slow as he.., as described here:
    USB3 - still missing a new Intel USB3 driver look at #10)
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