Windows 8.1 available to pre-order starting at $119

By Shawn Knight · 18 replies
Oct 2, 2013
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  1. Microsoft is now accepting pre-orders for Windows 8.1. As you may know, the update is free for those already running Windows 8 but if you’re looking to install the update directly from Windows 7 or on an empty hard drive...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I may have to pick this up if Battlefield 4 performance is in fact a lot better on Windows 8 than Windows 7 (when the full game comes out). What has the world come to!
  3. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    Whats with the price? I thought Windows 8 was considerably cheaper?
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    If only. I might actually consider picking it up for less than $50.
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  5. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 684   +253

    Why don't you all just buy a PlayStation 4 if your interesting in nothing more than frames per second...why would you actually go out and buy a tablet operating system to play a console video game? If you can't find better ways to get more performance out of your computer than spending $200 for a crappy tablet operating system you need help. That's half the cost of a PS4.
  6. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    What is that... a 4chan app in the screenshot? huh... just noticed the little logo
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  7. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    Uhm what planet you live on? BF4 is a PC game first ported over to consoles, go see for yourself. The console version looks nothing like the superior PC version. I game at 2560 x 1600 on Windows 7 and it works just fine, don't need some lame 8 messing everything up.
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  8. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    Does anybody remember the days when a service pack only cost the time it took to install?
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  9. @ lurker101, windows 8.1 is a free upgrade to existing windows 8 users and is a PAID product for new windows OS users.
  10. Start button/menu, Aero?
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    Start button, no start menu. The button just goes to the metro start screen.
  12. gcarter

    gcarter TS Enthusiast Posts: 82   +23

    I have an official copy of windows 8, and aquired the RTM release through "unofficial" channels.
    One thing I will say is that its deffinately more refined than 8.0 - one of the annoyances I had in 8.0 was that in the my networks list, it would see other windows 7 pc's, however selecting the pc name would kick up an error... the only way I could connect to another pc's shared resources was to manually navigate via the pcs ip address.

    Windows 8.1 fixed this! :)
    I also quite like the options to have more control over the metro app size. Furthermore, the search function within metro works better, in that for example searching for "control panel" in 8.0 meant you first had to select settings before it would display - in 8.1 it seems to do an app and settings search without having to click an option
  13. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 415   +186

    ...or maybe you should remember the days when Windows XP retail was replaced with Windows XP SP2 retail boxes?
  14. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    You do know this is a free update, right? This retail box are for those who don't have Windows 8 at all...
  15. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    Yeah, I think my error has been pointed out once or twice in this thread now...
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,017   +2,546

    OK, so for a hundred and twenty bucks, does this semi-polished turd give you Media Center, or is that even more money?
  17. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    So I should have checked? Lol. Take it like a man.
  18. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    No reason to respond with rudeness. He made an honest mistake and wanted the thread to progress past it.

    OT: I fail to see why windows 8.1 means I should buy windows 8 all of a sudden. Microsoft didnt add a start menu, which would have made windows 8 fine in my eyes, for the most part.
  19. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    What's the point? $100+ on an OS that doesn nothing my windows 7 can't do, no thanks. Windows your really messing up.

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