PSA: Windows 8.1 now available through Windows Store

By Scorpus
Oct 17, 2013
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  1. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 968   +147

    not so fast there buddy, I'm living in a third-world country, the philippines... we may not have the latest tech available to us but the possibility that everything is for sale is a real one.
    your privacy is not safe here. even our then president arroyo was wire-tapped. the Philippine army sergeant admitted the wiretapping, the generals denied wiretapping capabilities, the politicians knew about it but would not acknowledge any participation in it.
    there is even a rumor that u.s. drones are operating in Philippine territories without real authority or congressional approval.

    pirates already have the leaked windows 8.1 rtm about a month ago but the people who bought legit windows 8 will have to undergo the painful process of re-downloading the same installer file for each computer to be updated.
    this is akin to movie piracy, the pirated copies have no ads and the legit ones have fbi warning, upcoming movies, etc, before the actual movie.

    Microsoft should have allowed downloading of windows 8.1 using windows 8 key. just like the monthly patch updates, ms should just check if the windows 8 key is legit/unabused/for the particular machine only before it allows ANY windows 8 to be upgraded to windows 8.1.
    being a fan of ms, as much as it pains me, Microsoft's move is a pain in the '455'.
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,385   +607

    Wow, are you serious? This is oddly hilarious. (That there is no 8.1 update for Enterprise)
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

    LOL, yeah they have to build the starship first. :p And we are still playing with Grasshoppers.
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  4. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 301   +81

    When I mentioned Third World, I was thinking somewhere where one could stake out a shack in the countryside, other than perhaps fuel for cooking and light, the main 'appliance' would be your AK-74 which would be needed to live in peace, not sure how well they work for hunting...yes Win8 has driven me to thoughts of this...LOL
    Maybe Africa??
  5. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,534   +92

    It just downloaded then told me it would reboot in 15 minutes. Don't remember seeing any choice dialog for fresh or upgrade. I'm guess that there is no upgrade option from 8.1 Preview. Desktop was pretty much the same experience and same splash screens during update. Not much available in the way of choices at all really.
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  6. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 968   +147

    I'm now in the process of downloading windows 8.1 pro with media center (x64), 3.42gb, from within windows 8 app store. assuming no power interruption and computer is not turned off, it will be finished in ~3 days.:p
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  7. I checked the Windows Store on Thursday and no upgrade. I checked again on Friday morning and still no upgrade. (U.S. East)
  8. cmbjive

    cmbjive TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 458   +78

    You might have to make sure Windows 8 has all the latest updates first before trying to upgrade to Windows 8.1. My wife's computer did not show the Windows 8.1 upgrade until after I installed the most current Windows 8 updates.
  9. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,138   +498

    I tried it now on my desktop after updating and honestly, its ok. I had not tried the pre-realse version so all im going off of is now what I have experienced.

    The start button actually looks good down there, glad its back honestly because it is a bit easier when you have 3 screens it was a little annoying but I still did not see it as a big deal personally. But thats an opinion...

    The search feature is significantly improved, like it actually finds stuff now compared to before, I can search alot easier in alot more variety compared to having to manually tell it general places to search.

    As for everything else, I have not played around with it enough yet, but its improved for sure. Though I personally liked Windows 8 once I got used to it, I think its nice to at least know they are improving things about it.
  10. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 968   +147

    My ISP is giving me a push, from ~50kbps to ~200kbps, so ~7 hours and the download/installation is almost finished.:D (y) the internet plan I have is 768kbps with spikes up to 1mbps, then very slow if I exceed ~10gb/month.:eek:

    I'm still mad at ms for not letting legit windows 8 users use original key to download windows 8.1 update for offline installation or bootable dvd/iso creation.:mad:

    I have installed latest October 2013 updates prior to windows 8.1 so I tend to agree with cmbjive. I hope the update will be smooth all the way.
  11. I have discovered that if you are using Windows 8 Enterprise volume license that you can not upgrade from the Windows Store and can only upgrade via media.
     
  12. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 968   +147

    Update was smooth but I fell asleep thru it.:D

    so far, most programs appear as is:
    1. mso 2010 home and student
    2. process lasso 6.7.0
    3. steam engine
    4. Mozilla thunderbird

    except:
    1. avast free antivirus is gone, well its update time since avast 2014 is now available.
    2. gmail account missing from windows live mail. ;) ms kicking google or I forgot I erased gmail?
    3. NVidia driver pack 327.23 still works but NVidia GeForce experience is re-trying to scan for game folders (no, it would not support my old NVidia 9800gt card:p )
    4. ie11 appears to remember my techspot password but requires me to manually type the login name before automatically signing me in.
    5. some free programs I installed from www.giveawayoftheday.com no longer work.
  13. hood6558

    hood6558 TechSpot Booster Posts: 292   +44

    Desktop users were thrown 2 small bones - wallpaper integration on the start screen, and boot to desktop. Almost every other change is a step in the wrong direction (like the phony Start button), they're all designed to keep you in Metro and Windows Store, or put Bing search results in every search. They even hide the local account option during installation, almost guaranteeing the average user will give up and just sign up for a Microsoft account, which then takes control of your system in many subtle and not-so-subtle ways. If you're the kind who always uses MS's built in programs, you're in heaven, because everything is more synchronized and integrated, such as Skype and SkyDrive. But if you're more inclined to use third party programs, you're better off sticking with Windows 8 or 7.
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,385   +607

  15. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 968   +147

    Thanks, St1ckM4n.
    I have finished updating my three windows 8 computers to windows 8 with the first download consuming about 7 hours, the second download consuming about 13 hours, and the third download consuming about 19 hours.:D

    unfortunately, I am too late to read a guide on another forum on how to create a windows 8.1 iso using my own purchased cd key from microsoft store:
    http://www.neowin.net/news/here-is-how-to-get-the-windows-81-iso-and-create-a-usb-install-stick
    the windows 8.1 iso I made and burned to dvd is set aside for backup purposes.
    I also made two windows 8.1 usb installers.:)


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