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'.