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

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


    Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade to Windows 8. It’s what the original Windows 8 should have been, with important improvements for both desktop and tablet users. So why are more people using Windows 8 than Windows 8.1?

    It’s hard not to see this as a failure for Microsoft. Windows 8.1 is the first “new version” of Windows they’ve given out for free to existing users and most Windows 8 users aren’t biting.
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    Windows 8.1 is the first “new version” of Windows they’ve given out for free to existing users and most Windows 8 users aren’t biting.
    85% of people wouldn't know it was avail. lets face it, the only people that care are registered here.

    Take my wife for instance, she would still be using 3.1 if it wasn't for me, if it does what she needs, she doesn't care. Which reminds me, I should get her to upgrade that Motorola Razor
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    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post
    Windows 8.1 is the first “new version” of Windows they’ve given out for free to existing users and most Windows 8 users aren’t biting.
    85% of people wouldn't know it was avail. lets face it, the only people that care are registered here.

    Take my wife for instance, she would still be using 3.1 if it wasn't for me, if it does what she needs, she doesn't care. Which reminds me, I should get her to upgrade that Motorola Razor
    lol!
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    The majority of people don't like change.
    Serious computer users don't like their stuff 'screwed with' and MS screwed with this one real good;
    so, most say: 'upgrade again!? Forget it!'
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    My wife's laptop is still running the factory OEM 8.0 install. All she does is Facebook and an occasional Google search. I just put off updating it as I don't use it and she would never no the difference even if I did update it. I'll get around to it eventually. She never goes to the Windows Store so she hasn't been prompted to do the update or even knows its there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    She never goes to the Windows Store so she hasn't been prompted to do the update or even knows its there.
    And that i think is the reason that people haven't upgraded (updated?) to Win 8.1 they don't even know its there, they don't go to the store and don't use the metro / modern interface.

    Why Microsoft hasn't made it available via windows update is anyone's guess, bloody strange decision if you ask me.
    Can see the same happening to update 1 that's supposed to be coming beginning of April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquatarkus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    She never goes to the Windows Store so she hasn't been prompted to do the update or even knows its there.
    And that i think is the reason that people haven't upgraded (updated?) to Win 8.1 they don't even know its there, they don't go to the store and don't use the metro / modern interface.

    Why Microsoft hasn't made it available via windows update is anyone's guess, bloody strange decision if you ask me.
    Can see the same happening to update 1 that's supposed to be coming beginning of April.

    Regards
    Aquatarkus
    Also the people that are on Win 8.0 will not be able to get Win 8.1.1 or what ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by aquatarkus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    She never goes to the Windows Store so she hasn't been prompted to do the update or even knows its there.
    And that i think is the reason that people haven't upgraded (updated?) to Win 8.1 they don't even know its there, they don't go to the store and don't use the metro / modern interface.

    Why Microsoft hasn't made it available via windows update is anyone's guess, bloody strange decision if you ask me.
    Can see the same happening to update 1 that's supposed to be coming beginning of April.

    Regards
    Aquatarkus
    Also the people that are on Win 8.0 will not be able to get Win 8.1.1 or what ever.
    From what I've read update 1 will come via Windows Update not though the Windows store. But as Labeeman states, if your not running 8.1 you likely won't be offered update 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade to Windows 8. It’s what the original Windows 8 should have been, with important improvements for both desktop and tablet users. So why are more people using Windows 8 than Windows 8.1?

    It’s hard not to see this as a failure for Microsoft. Windows 8.1 is the first “new version” of Windows they’ve given out for free to existing users and most Windows 8 users aren’t biting.
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    A Guy
    Windows 8 is great, I love it. It took me a month to get used to, but once I set it up it has been 10 times what Windows 7 was, and Windows 7 was no slouch.

    But 8.1 feels like a forced update, it is not the same OS as Windows 8. Windows 8 is still very similar to 7, but 8.1 is VERY different. Most people don't bother with the Metro Screen, so any improvements in that area for 8.1 are worthless to those users - People will generally stick with what works, Windows 8.1 cannot do half of what I require it to do, cos the most useful functions have been totally removed, including Backing up the system.

    So, there is a Facebook App update that only works for 8.1? Don't need it, never used it in 8 either.

    Why do Mac users update instantly? Because they KNOW they are installing a Desktop OS, and that it is NOT significantly different than their previous OS- Where Mac OS's stay basically the same, only adding functions and features, Windows 8.1 has totally different features, and mostly, mostly MISSING features.

    Windows 8.1 is no Windows OS, Windows 8 definitely IS a windows OS - And Microsoft totally abandoned it, leaving users like me who loved it in the dust, with a kick in the arse as "Thank You".

    There should have been a Windows 8 Service park. There should BE a service pack - But on ALL of the MS Sites, there is not one word about Windows 8.

    Also, we are still buying from the warehouses of Windows 8 machines that did not sell last year. So a new PC Will most likely have Windows 8 on it - Except for HP, who have started making PCs with Windows 7 on them, and my last 2 clients have bought THOSE instead of 8 - And with a 150 dollar discount on all machines with 7 on them, its a high incentive for HP consumers.

    I've sent maybe 10 people who were looking for new PCs to HP in the last 2 months.
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    People hate change. So what does Microsoft do in its infinite wisdom? Come out with Windows 8 which is is totally different than previous versions of Windows. So then what does Microsoft do? They come out with Windows 8.1 which is very different than Windows 8. Windows 8 continues to sell like garbage so what does Microsoft do? You guessed it! More changes! But do they actually give customers what they've been screaming for, the return of the Windows 7 style desktop and start menu? Nope...

    brilliant....
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