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Windows 8.1 Update goes live, download required for 8.1 users to receive patches beyond May 13

By Jos
Apr 8, 2014
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  1. As expected, Microsoft has flipped the switch on the first major update to Windows 8.1, bringing a series of changes and tweaks designed to improve the operating system's non-touch experience for mouse and keyboard users.

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  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    Very nice, this update just adds more things back to the normal desktop user.
     
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Yeah it is a step in the right direction.
     
  4. GreenArrow

    GreenArrow TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +30

    Guess I am finally going to put windows 8.1 on my laptop.
     
  5. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Addict Posts: 227   +85

    Good to see they're fixing the mess they made initially. I will probably skip directly to Windows 9 which should fix the remaning problems and build upon all the fixes and experience from 8.
     
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,559   +598

    It's unreal how badly MS stepped all over themselves with Windows 8. All they had to do is during install, offer a Windows 7'ish type UI or the Metro UI. THAT'S IT. And everyone would have been happy.

    Instead, they took the "we know what's good for you, we're going to cram it down your throat and you're going to like it" approach.

    Crazy.

    I use Windows 8.1 (with a Win 7 UI emulator) and looking forward to checking out this later update. I'd just as soon do without the emulator.
     
  7. It will be when they release the start menu and the windowed metro apps when they at last fix windows 8. Balmer can put his full screen apps and menus right there with his fear for android and IOS.
     
  8. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 647   +227

    I am very confused. What is the purpose of pinning Metro apps to the desktop. Let me ask an even more general question. What is the purpose of running 'apps', that is to say, applications designed for tablets, on a desktop.....at all? If we can all agree(and I think we can) that a desktop application will always be more powerful and more productive(I.e., full keyboard and mouse support) over an "app" what's the purpose of launching 'apps' on a desktop computer...at all? It boggles the human brain. If metro apps keep morphing...update by incremental update...into desktop applications....how will they continue to be any different from a regular desktop application?

    Have we not already established that 'most normal people' don't give a frogs fat *** about using touch on a desktop all day long? I am not sure where Microsoft is going with their Frakenstein creation and I don't think they even know what the hell they are trying to accomplish.

    I guess it's a trick to overcome the abysmal adoption rate of Windows 8 by catering to a segment of people who have straight up rejected a touch-only interface on a desktop platform. I don't think they have any clear vision at all. Other than throwing desktop users a few bones to calm the storm and hoping that's enough to win them back.
     
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  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,505   +2,055

    It's kind of like closing the gate after the horse has bolted but at least they're attempting to clean up their mess although they're probably a day late and a buck short. If you haven't got Win 8 by now, wait until their next OS release, hopefully they won't be making the same blunders.
     
  10. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,154   +1,429

    I still like Start8 menu better than this new Windows native one. Start8 menu is a better looking one and has lots of options in it. For anyone who is already using it, it is unlikely they will want to change to the new dumb-looking Windows 8.1 menu.
     
  11. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    Why would you emulate something that is already there?
     
  12. I have always though that it is just their way to "force" and getting us used to their windows 8 movile interface. MS must be very scare of android and ios adoption, just counting how many smartphones and tablets has those SOs, they must think that they are just a couple of years from losing their supremacy, so, balmert must had said, lets release a "relative" cheap windows 8 with the metroui so people start to like more to see the windows 8 movile interface. (sorry for the english)

    That is the only way I can think how they force on us their full screen menu and apps, it has absolutely no logic.

    Also, a software company buying nokia?
     
  13. Chis2k

    Chis2k TS Rookie

    Why is Bing Bar part of Windows update? I'd take MS a little bit more serious if they got out of the "toolbar" business.
     
  14. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,657   +309

  15. I'm disappointed Microsoft didn't bring aero back in 8.1. Guess I'll have to wait for version 9.
     
  16. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 854   +339

    Every modern processor supports that...
     
  17. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    Odd set of updates.
    I downloaded all the small-sized updates via windows updates leaving the ~890mb 'windows8.1-kb2919355-x64', restarted the computer.
    then I downloaded manually (for the purpose of saving bandwidth for my 3 windows 8.1 computers) kb 2919355 x64 and got a 690 mb file (707363 kb) which I installed.
    after the required restart, windows updates show another kb 2919355 x64 but with much less size, about 19mb, if I'm not mistaken.
    Installation done with no error. no other windows updates are found after the restart.
     
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,555   +2,899

    Just exactly how should I view this, "You have one month to update, or we don't care if you are secure or not!"?

    Microsoft doesn't seem to care how little they value public relations. I'm not gonna ride this roller coaster. I will stick with Windows 7 and if MS hasn't come to their senses by the time I need to move on, it will be to late for MS to mend a burning bridge.
     
  19. Make sure your system will run 8.1. If your hardware does not support
    PAE, NX, and SSE2 it will not run 8.1.
     
  20. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,657   +309

    I guess it depends on how you define 'modern'. I have 2 machines built in the last 5 years which do not appear to 'modern' enough. Of course, I do budget builds, so the components were on sale at NewEgg.
     
  21. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 854   +339

    I doubt they will make Windows OS which supports only newer processors. By modern I think of CPUs like Intel I series, AMD equivalents, maybe a bit older ones too. PAE is needed for 32bit processors while most of the CPUs today are 64bit. NX bit is supported by CPUs from around 2004 if I'm not mistaken. SS2 as I remember was supported by AMD Athlon 3000+ which I had about 7 years ago. So I would probably say that your machines support those functions.
     

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