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News Microsoft outlines Windows 8.1 upgrade plans

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 6 Jun 2013.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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  2. Bonedoctor

    Bonedoctor Have you turned it off & on again?

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    Hmmm. I smell rat.
     
  3. bigc90210

    bigc90210 Teh C

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    well... wont be trying that till its done then....
     
  4. Florian

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    How is this a surprise? Microsoft has never officially supported upgrading from beta code to gold. The only thing that has changed is that it's getting much easier for "normal" end users to get their hands on betas.
     
  5. Stanley Tweedle

    Stanley Tweedle NO VR NO PLAY

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    I'm impressed that tiles can be bigger and also smaller than previous tiles. That must have taken some real expert coding.
     
  6. Corky42

    Corky42 Where's walle?

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    Well those back room boys at Microsoft are the best of the best, and its amazing what a modern PC can do now days....
     
  7. Stanley Tweedle

    Stanley Tweedle NO VR NO PLAY

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    Seems so. Backdrop image behind tiles is also groundbreaking.
     
  8. alpaca

    alpaca llama eats dremel

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    And you don't even have to pay for it! Amazing.
     
  9. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    As annoying as it may be, this is no different to past previews...
     
  10. Yslen

    Yslen Lord of the Twenty-Seventh Circle

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    8.1 actually looks pretty nice.
     
  11. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    I disagree: it's vastly different. Why? As the article mentions, end-users are going to be prompted to upgrade to the Public Preview. Every single Windows 8 and Windows RT user will receive a pop-up on or around the 26th, telling them that Windows 8.1 Public Preview is available, has a bunch of shiny new features and is available to install right damn now, free of charge.

    Somewhere in that notice, it'll mention "oh, and by the way, if you install this you'll be reinstalling all your applications in a few months time."

    How many people will actually see that warning and hit the 'No Thanks' button remains to be seen. This isn't like previous previews at all: you had to actively go out and find those, download them, burn them to a disc (or USB drive) and install 'em. That's not the case here, and that's why it's unique.
     
  12. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    There will be no pop-up update. It will be a Windows Update under optional. And I am sure it will tell you before you install it.

    This is nothing new guys. In reality, if you really want, you can upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 8, and then apply Windows 8.1 when the final version come out, avoiding a re-installing your application. That is similar trick to what some people do when they use the beta version of Windows and switch to retail. It's not recommended, I don't recommend it, but doable.
     

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