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  1. #31


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    Just in case MS doesn't offer an 'image' with the Spring update, this is working well:
    (this is what I've done):
    - wiped disks completely
    - performed a clean install with Windows 8.1 Pro ISO,

    Attachment 39633

    - installed all drivers, completed all MS updates, set desired Windows features, etc., etc., etc.
    - re-applied the 'Redmond' updates, (triple checked for any pending actions)
    - created a System Image Backup
    - reset PC to said Backup,

    Attachment 39634

    - reporting to you from one squeaky clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro 6.3.9600.17031 and all is working well.

    Attachment 39636

    Attachment 39638

    Now... we'll wait and see what happens on April 8th to see if this was all for naught!

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  2. #32


    Windows 8.1 Update 1 was leaked a couple of weeks ago via Microsoft’s servers and although the company has removed the downloads soon after they reached the web, plenty of users have actually managed to get the update.

    A couple of days ago, it has emerged that the version that Microsoft “accidentally” leaked was only a testing build of Windows 8.1 Update 1 which wasn’t actually the RTM flavor we’ve all been expecting for, which means that Redmond most likely continued work on the upcoming OS update.

    Now it turns out that a new build has been compiled, with the first signs spotted on a Windows Update page that comprises information about a fix delivered to users as part of the Patch Tuesday rollout.
    Read the rest here:Microsoft Ready to Ship Another Windows 8.1 Update 1 Build
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  3. #33


    Made me full system backup before update so no surprises for me if they change their mind (again), last patch Tuesday went smoothly too. They said it would be regular update so can't expect no image than. I suppose that any Windows bought after April 8th together with machines bought after that will have that incorporated. Anyway, what will be, will be. I'm ready come snow or sunshine.
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  4. #34


    "When installing Windows 8 (I upgraded thru store so I didn't notice with 8.1) during setup it runs WEI to determine best settings for that score. On slower computers, it even sets windows to Blank or transparent while moving them around on desktop. Win7 was doing same thing"

    Well thanks. I had no idea it did that!

    I have been browsing for some info from MS since I read this interesting info, but couldn't find anything.
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  5. #35


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    "When installing Windows 8 (I upgraded thru store so I didn't notice with 8.1) during setup it runs WEI to determine best settings for that score. On slower computers, it even sets windows to Blank or transparent while moving them around on desktop. Win7 was doing same thing"

    Well thanks. I had no idea it did that!

    I have been browsing for some info from MS since I read this interesting info, but couldn't find anything.
    I always pay attention to processes happening while something is installing, specially during windows installation. It would be more apparent if those processes are more verbose or give some more choices during installation. I remember people complaining that Win95 asked so many questions during installation so they "streamlined" the process to the point when it's difficult to follow all that.
    Don't remember exactly now but there was a part of installation, close to the end when it said something like "Determining HW requirements to set windows bla. bla bla".
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  6. #36


    I see. Still interesting. I understood that on installation, the latest drivers received from manufacturers, and in the MS Dbase, were loaded. This was on reason for the initial fail of Vista - the driver guys had not bothered to write new drivers.

    Do you have any kind of site, or link, where I could read up a little on this?
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  7. #37


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    I see. Still interesting. I understood that on installation, the latest drivers received from manufacturers, and in the MS Dbase, were loaded. This was on reason for the initial fail of Vista - the driver guys had not bothered to write new drivers.

    Do you have any kind of site, or link, where I could read up a little on this?
    Most drivers installed with windows are just pretty basic ones with no "bells and whistles" and limited options. Even updating them thru control panel does not always ( might even say rarely) produce "full" driver you would get from part manufacturerand maybe another step could be taken to get even more updated driver.
    Case one. My Asus HD 3850 top worked with Win8 with MS drivers but had fewer options than the ones from Asus, which in turn was at least 2 versions older than the ones I found at AMD site. Than came Win 8.1 and there was no driver compatible at Asus but 2 weeks later I found right drivers at AMD.
    Case 2. Realtec sound worked with initial windows 8 installation, was nowhere to be found at Gigabyte site at the time and did not have it's control panel like drivers from Realtec directly and even when they showed up at Gigabyte they were 2 versions older. Same goes with some other HW and good drivers for USB3 came out even later but worked for a while with Win7 drivers. Even worse was with AHCI drivers which came 6 month or more later and are still not completely satisfactory.
    Now if you look at driver details, with most of them, their parts and some files predate Win8 by a long time. Clear conclusion is that they change just parts of driver needed to make them compatible with new OS or to make some corrections. That's why there's no point chasing newest drivers for everything especially if it's older stuff except if there is apparent incompatibility.
    Those are age old facts and not specific to windows 8 /8.1.
    Case 3, HP never released drivers for Win8 for older printers, windows found drivers for my HP Laserjet 4l and 1300, not as many settings for them as there were for HP drivers for XP but they work eve with files harking back to 2001 (at least that's their declared date). For Mustec Bearpaw scanner had to wait until some good soul modified drivers to fit Win8 and same goes for drivers for older Sound blasters and my K world TV card.
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  8. #38


    That checks. MS, of course, if a compatible driver is not available, install the closest "generic". You have no link, the answer to my query?
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  9. #39


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


    The limitations of the MS supplied generic drivers become even more apparent on devices like laptops that often have very customized drivers. Everything works as far as sound and video go but my laptop Function keys for stuff like volume up down etc don't work. My touchpad works but my two finger scroll is MIA. To get the full functionality for most of my hardware I have to install the ASUS supplied drivers. Dual Video being one of the biggies.
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  10. #40


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    That checks. MS, of course, if a compatible driver is not available, install the closest "generic". You have no link, the answer to my query?
    Not really, it's all from experience, careful observation and talking to a lot of people. MS is not really forthcoming with such details.
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