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Why Have Most Windows 8 Users Not Upgraded to Windows 8.1?

  1. #61


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    Why Have Most Windows 8 Users Not Upgraded to Windows 8.1?

    Because Microsoft did it though the Windows store instead of Windows update. I think they would have got more takers if they had done it that way and made it a "recommended update".

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  2. #62


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Why Have Most Windows 8 Users Not Upgraded to Windows 8.1?

    Because Microsoft did it though the Windows store instead of Windows update. I think they would have got more takers if they had done it that way and made it a "recommended update".
    Agreed!
    That, and the fact that the migration/transformation to Windows 8 did not go smoothly for a huge number of users, and may still be progressing poorly. So..., it scares a lot of people off.
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  3. #63


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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Why Have Most Windows 8 Users Not Upgraded to Windows 8.1?

    Because Microsoft did it though the Windows store instead of Windows update. I think they would have got more takers if they had done it that way and made it a "recommended update".
    Agreed!
    That, and the fact that the migration/transformation to Windows 8 did not go smoothly for a huge number of users, and may still be progressing poorly. So..., it scares a lot of people off.
    If you have an OEM install and only recovery disks to fall back on ( if you took the time to make them) its a big issue if your update goes south. I've only done it once though the store and it didn't go well. I'm one of the lucky few who have access to clean ISO's so I just started over and did a clean install of 8.1. A lot had to go back to the OEM 8.0 install and debate having another go at the store update. I'm betting they didn't do it that second time.
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  4. #64


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    A lot had to go back to the OEM 8.0 install and debate having another go at the store update. I'm betting they didn't do it that second time.
    I'm betting they didn't run recimg after the upgrade either and just hoped for the best. Each to their own.
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  5. #65


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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    A lot had to go back to the OEM 8.0 install and debate having another go at the store update. I'm betting they didn't do it that second time.
    I'm betting they didn't run recimg after the upgrade either and just hoped for the best. Each to their own.
    Even a stand alone downloadable update would have been a good move, especially if you have more than one PC to update. Based on past performance though, I wouldn't get your hopes up at them offering up an ISO this time around. I'd be more than happy to eat those words though.
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  6. #66


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    To clarify as someone who has hesitated with her desktop- compatibility. I'm still undecided on whether I'm simply upgrading my desktop or replacing it- I do either on a three year cycle. I'm just a year into this desktop's lifespan and whatever decision I make doesn't have to be made until January 2016 when I might end up getting a new one anyway. I always install programs which worked on old versions of Windows and quite frankly I'd rather save the compatibility headache until I have to deal with it. Also, I can upgrade to 8.1- HP has been very helpful in saying which models can and can't but many people have effectively been stranded on Windows 8 and I don't agree with them cutting off the Windows 8 lifespan. It's nothing against 8.1 but it's a new operating system masquerading as an update and people shouldn't be penalized for being unable to deploy it.

    The more people who don't, the more likely Microsoft will cave and do something for them. I'd rather they focus all their attention on Windows 9 than their various shades of Windows 8 operating systems anyway.
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  7. #67


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    Quote Originally Posted by Allison View Post
    Ipeople shouldn't be penalized for being unable to deploy it.
    How are you penalised? You don't have to do anything if you are happy with what you have. It isn't going to get suddenly worse.
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  8. #68


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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Allison View Post
    Ipeople shouldn't be penalized for being unable to deploy it.
    How are you penalised? You don't have to do anything if you are happy with what you have. It isn't going to get suddenly worse.
    Moving the end of main lifespan cycle up to 2016 rather than 2018? That is penalizing people and rendering many computers, a lot of OEMs usually with a prematurely unsecure OS. I feel for people who are affected because they bought machines in good faith that it was (Windows 8) a new operating system and they would be fine. It's my other reason for not updating because the more machines that don't, Microsoft may reconsider its stance and it might not affect me but it does affect others.
    My first reason is foremost compatibility. Generally, start screen/start menu and cumbersome search properties aside, I'm happy to move onto new systems. I became happier with Windows 8 after I stopped trying to install third party start menus. I like Windows 8.1 on my laptop- they'd pretty much have to turn the OS into a cloud streaming, power user denied joke for me not to keep moving on.

    I guess I'm sympathetic because these aren't people holding onto XP and trying to cripple new machines- they bought new machines in a lot of instances or upgraded to a new OS in Windows 8 with a main lifecycle to 2018 and then their hardware was unable to upgrade to the new "update" and then support's end was brought up to 2016.
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    I think you'll find it is only older AMD processors that lack the CMPXCHG16b instruction set and will not work with 64 bit 8.1. It would be annoying if you were in that boat but nothing lasts for ever. Some people on this forum have found that these old AMD processors do in fact work.
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  10. #70


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    Windows 8.1 is better in almost EVERY WAY especially if you don't like or use the "Metro" interface. Boot to the desktop directly.

    I'm even LOATHING the interface on Smartphones -- if you have lots of apps installed you are forever scrolling and it' needs a Ph.D in Computer Science to even start to arrange these in a sensible order -- modern phones seem to come with loads of bloatware apps that can't be uninstalled.

    Actually the Metro interface isn't new at all --it's rather old fashioned and can really be called "The Kiddies Interface".

    Have a look. !!!

    @ StriikeN

    BTW I have some programs that STILL can only run on XP -- I just use a VM for those -- W8.1 is really snappier (much) than W7 so why not just run your application on small W7 Virtual machine and keep W8.1 for the rest. Virtual Machines these days are really efficient and run almost at native speed on modern hardware.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Why does it feel like I've read this once or twice before....
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