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    Microsoft Creates USB-Based Windows 8.1 Upgrade Kit to...


    Windows 8.1 is alive and kicking, but it turns out that not all company partners have been prepared for the launch of a new Windows version.

    Only 20 percent of the PCs scheduled to go on sale during this holiday season will come with a preinstalled copy of Windows 8.1, but Microsoft has got you covered.

    Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott writes that Redmond has created what is being called a Windows 8.1 Upgrade Kit, delivered on a USB flash drive to retailers selling Windows PCs. Thus, they can easily upgrade the operating system and deploy Windows 8.1 on every sold new PC.
    Microsoft Creates USB-Based Windows 8.1 Upgrade Kit to Boost OS Adoption

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    If that is accurate, somebody at MS is finally getting the right ideas. Well done, and not before time.
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    One has to wonder how that's going to work? Upgrade it to 8.1 and then restore it back to the OOBE state? Also what happens when the user does a Reset or Refresh? Don't get me wrong, I do think its a good idea to move them up to 8.1. I'm just wondering if there will be any hidden gotchas for who ever buys that PC latter on down the road. Who you are you going to call if you have issues? The manufacturer, the retailer that did the update and sold you the PC, or Microsoft, who supplied the update? I'm thinking if left to the retailer to do, this update will only be done on the display models.
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    this update will only be done on the display models
    LOL. If they can display the desktop , that is clearly going to be less repellant than the much loathed start screen. Things like that can make a surprising difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    this update will only be done on the display models
    LOL. If they can display the desktop , that is clearly going to be less repellant than the much loathed start screen. Things like that can make a surprising difference.
    That sounds like a good idea but I don't think it would be advantageous. With no Start Menu your going to be back on the Start Screen first mouse click anyway. The retailer is all about the latest and greatest so I don't see too many taking the time to set the display models to boot to desktop. They are going to want you to see that they have Windows 8.X on them. I do get where your coming from though.
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    Salesmen can display the desktop, click the fake start button, quickly explian , oh look- they are doing your programs full screen to make it easier for you, then very rapidly go back to the desktop.

    The customer will likely think it a bit strange, but at first glance it seems like a laptop, and they came in to buy a laptop, so they are less likely to be put off.

    The start screen was truly awful. If they wanted that kind of stuff, they would have gone to the phone shop.

    8.1 is an interesting beast. It appears to be less metro, but in fact there is more metro. We shall see if the disguise will fool the average punter. I think it might.

    Like the Wicked Witch dressed as Dear Old Granny in Snow White.
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    The other question to ask is the kit free or $xx.00. No mention any where of cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Salesmen can display the desktop, click the fake start button, quickly explian , oh look- they are doing your programs full screen to make it easier for you, then very rapidly go back to the desktop.

    The customer will likely think it a bit strange, but at first glance it seems like a laptop, and they came in to buy a laptop, so they are less likely to be put off.

    The start screen was truly awful. If they wanted that kind of stuff, they would have gone to the phone shop.

    8.1 is an interesting beast. It appears to be less metro, but in fact there is more metro. We shall see if the disguise will fool the average punter. I think it might.

    Like the Wicked Witch dressed as Dear Old Granny in Snow White.
    The improvements made in how Metro works on multiple monitors in 8.1 have me running 8.1 on my desktop now instead of 7. I boot to desktop but I still use the Metro Start Screen to launch some apps and programs. I only see it when I need it so it doesn't bother me. Mind you, if I didn't have my free TechNet account and actually had to buy it, I'd still be running 7 on my desktop PC. My laptop came with 8 and is now running 8.1. I only have the one Windows 7 PC in the house now. It doesn't get used much so I haven't bothered to upgrade it to 8. I really didn't like 8 much when I first saw it and used it. I'm quit used to 8 now and don't miss the old start menu.
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