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  1. #51


    Denmark
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    From what I read, one can have just a local account. This is how it was performed when 8.1 was released; They sent out an update via Windows update. This placed a link in the Store to start the process. You press the link, it downloads, and installs. So therefore, yes, you may have to open the Store app to get the ball rolling. To date I've never heard of anyone getting injured or killed by opening up the Store app, so I guarantee it's safe.
    That is correct, but my Acer Aspire is then NOT able to upgrade to Win8.1. It can't run ANY app at all in Metro because the screen resolution is too small!! (1024x600 it is), so on that I can't even start the "Store app".
    On my main PC it is not a problem if it can be handled without a "live-ID".

    Ideas to update to win8.1 on my Acer Aspire One is wanted

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  2. #52


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Burgurne View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    From what I read, one can have just a local account. This is how it was performed when 8.1 was released; They sent out an update via Windows update. This placed a link in the Store to start the process. You press the link, it downloads, and installs. So therefore, yes, you may have to open the Store app to get the ball rolling. To date I've never heard of anyone getting injured or killed by opening up the Store app, so I guarantee it's safe.
    That is correct, but my Acer Aspire is then NOT able to upgrade to Win8.1. It can't run ANY app at all in Metro because the screen resolution is too small!! (1024x600 it is), so on that I can't even start the "Store app".
    On my main PC it is not a problem if it can be handled without a "live-ID".

    Ideas to update to win8.1 on my Acer Aspire One is wanted
    Borrow a large enough monitor (one with a large enough resolution) and connect it externally. The integrated video often times will support larger screen resolutions than what the integrated monitor will. If you don't have a connection for an external monitor then just ignore this post.
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  3. #53


    Quote Originally Posted by Hewjr100 View Post
    That's what I was hoping for.

    Henry
    Yes, of course you can... You'll get the same iso that Microsoft released to MSDN & Technet members a month ago (the one I have.) Plus, with the Oct 18th iso you can do a clean install or an update from either Win7 or Win8.0 while maintaining *all* of your files & installed programs. Nice. Of course, you'll only get it gratis if you bought win8.0; have to pay the piper if coming off of Win7.

    I was frankly shocked to discover how many people did not buy 8.0 during the ~4 months that Microsoft put it on sale for $39.99, along with a free Media Center. Some of them are complaining they now have to bite the bullet and pay full pop for 8.0/8.1--what, did they think it would ever sell for less than $39.99? Very strange to pass up a deal like that, imo.
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  4. #54


    Funny thing is I bought windows 8.0 pro for $39.99 online, but I just bought (June 1st 2013) a new laptop with windows 8 pre-installed. Naturally I tried to use my 8 pro to upgrade, but to no avail. Anyway I will not upgrade to 8.1 without an iso.

    Henry
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  5. #55


    Quote Originally Posted by Burgurne View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    From what I read, one can have just a local account. This is how it was performed when 8.1 was released; They sent out an update via Windows update. This placed a link in the Store to start the process. You press the link, it downloads, and installs. So therefore, yes, you may have to open the Store app to get the ball rolling. To date I've never heard of anyone getting injured or killed by opening up the Store app, so I guarantee it's safe.
    That is correct, but my Acer Aspire is then NOT able to upgrade to Win8.1. It can't run ANY app at all in Metro because the screen resolution is too small!! (1024x600 it is), so on that I can't even start the "Store app".
    On my main PC it is not a problem if it can be handled without a "live-ID".

    Ideas to update to win8.1 on my Acer Aspire One is wanted
    Here's a link for you....

    Can I Run Windows 8 in 1024 x 600 Screen Resolution? - Screen Resolution - Tutorials

    The instructions for editing the registry there are fairly simple and straightforward.

    You also might want to Bing/Google "Downscaling Windows 8 resolutions" and see what turns up--someone may have written a little diddy that automates the process for you.
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  6. #56


    Quote Originally Posted by Hewjr100 View Post
    Funny thing is I bought windows 8.0 pro for $39.99 online, but I just bought (June 1st 2013) a new laptop with windows 8 pre-installed. Naturally I tried to use my 8 pro to upgrade, but to no avail. Anyway I will not upgrade to 8.1 without an iso.

    Henry
    Did you get some kind of Windows 8 "starter edition" with your laptop? (I'm not familiar with--have no experience with--such a version if it exists.) If you're not sure, it may already have Win8Pro installed and so not being able to "upgrade" to what you already have installed would seem only normal... What message is posted by the OS when you try to upgrade to your 8.0Pro iso?

    Yea, you'll be able to download the 8.1 iso for free on the 18th (Friday!) I believe...according to what Microsoft says.

    Sometimes people will say "Win8" when they mean to say "Win8Pro", which is why I asked that question. If you have some kind of "basic" Win8 installed, then go to your OEM web site for that laptop and hunt for information on updating to Win8.0Pro should you discover you need to do so. The information certainly should be there, somewhere.
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  7. #57


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by waltc View Post
    Yea, you'll be able to download the 8.1 iso for free on the 18th (Friday!) I believe...according to what Microsoft says.
    Have Microsoft really said you'll be able to download the ISO for free? Can you post a link (or is it on another thread)?
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  8. #58


    Pre-installed oem windows 8 standard not pro. the windows 8 pro ugrade I bought last year will only upgrade from windows 7.

    Henry
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  9. #59


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


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by waltc View Post
    Yea, you'll be able to download the 8.1 iso for free on the 18th (Friday!) I believe...according to what Microsoft says.
    Have Microsoft really said you'll be able to download the ISO for free? Can you post a link (or is it on another thread)?
    There was a link to something on the WinBeta site saying an ISO would be obtainable, but I have yet to see anything official from Microsoft saying it. They have in the past said no, you won't be able to download an ISO. If that has changed I also would like to see a link to that info.
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  10. #60


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Hewjr100 View Post
    Pre-installed oem windows 8 standard not pro. the windows 8 pro ugrade I bought last year will only upgrade from windows 7.

    Henry
    To upgrade Windows 8 core, you need to use the Pro Pack.

    To upgrade to Pro Pack
    No install files needed.
    Only the Upgrade key is need.

    Add Features to Windows 8
    or
    use the Windows 8 Pro OEM/Retail full version.
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