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  1. #41


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


    I like to run it on real hardware so I can see real performance and any possible issues with my hardware.

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  2. #42


    Hafnarfjrur IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    OK then the easy way would be to take an image backup of your system before you start and then if it doesn't work or you want to revert back simply RESTORE the image of the old OS.

    Backing up a system these days on decent hardware is only about 15 - 20 mins work -- same amount of time for a restore --you only need to backup the OS itself (and any hidden / boot partition). I assume you keep the OS on its own partition away from data drives etc.

    I am not a fan of Dual booting -- invariably causes grief later on.

    For a lot of people though using a VM is a good idea.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #43


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


    Yes VM's are a good option. I have nothing against using them in certain situations. You asked why so I answered.

    I don't game on my laptop so it's just Windows, Office and a couple of apps to install. For me It's a great test unit for 10. I'd have to see something aw inspiring to make me want to redo my desktop and reinstall all my games in 10. I'm not a big fan of upgrade installs. I almost always end up with issues that make me want to start over with a clean install. Been there did that, don't want to do it again. I'm also not all that fond of dual boots.
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  4. #44


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I'm currently quintuple booting with no problems. (knock on wood!)
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  5. #45


    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I like to run it on real hardware so I can see real performance and any possible issues with my hardware.
    I'm with U homes....... got what I need and don't need to "experiment" on my only working laptop. Don't need no advice on system backup image's either, do that in my sleep.

    Us "peeps" do things our way, I don't have all those fancy banners under my name but have enough knowledge to do what i need, smirks..

    The question WAS not so much "tryin" this 10, it WAS about the install key.
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  6. #46


    Posts : 94
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    So it seems you can only get the Windows 8.1 ISO with the November updates through MSDN? I was a bit shocked to find my ISO download from here - Create installation media for Windows 8.1 doesn't include them

    In the process of doing an OS reinstall and see I have a lot more updates to do - including the 8.1.1 update

    EDIT: Never mind seems I did get the 8.1.1 update and a few others. I just saw the watermark and assumed it was the older ISO.

    I'm good.
    Got the ISO using this method. Did it twice and both times, SHA1 checksums did not match. Does Microsoft purposely add stuff into the ISO after you've dled it thru their dl client, like IP address info and stuff, thus allowing them to track ISO sharers, but destroys SHA1 checksums?
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  7. #47


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I'm not sure what you're asking but the ISO I downloaded was good as noted in my edit. As for adding stuff - that happens all the time in the form of Windows Updates - a normal procedure that should happen.

    Again, I somewhat lost on your question. Sorry.
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  8. #48


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1


    I feel I sound ridiculously ignorant, but if we have a fully perfectly functioning system, what is the advantage of recreating the ISO short of having the latest and greatest immediately? (wont these be distributed through Windows updates)?
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  9. #49


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    In a simple statement... it would make reinstalling the OS (if the need arises) a lot easier, and a lot less hassle in downloading gigs of updates.
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  10. #50


    Posts : 94
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    I'm not sure what you're asking but the ISO I downloaded was good as noted in my edit. As for adding stuff - that happens all the time in the form of Windows Updates - a normal procedure that should happen.

    Again, I somewhat lost on your question. Sorry.
    The question was, how come I dled the same ISO twice within 24 hrs and got a different SHA1 checksum each time?
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