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  • #16
    Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

    Originally posted by JeremyW View Post
    I haven't tried it yet but if you use a Microsoft account as your login, it should reapply your "metro style" app installs and settings automatically.
    I have mine on a test domain at home, so don't use that type of login. Not really using any of the "Metro" apps either. I was a bit surprised as it's supposed to be a service pack type release rather than a new install, albeit in preview form.
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    • #17
      Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

      Is this "apps" (TIFKAM style) or real applications too?

      What about user data?
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      • #18
        Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

        Well MS's FAQ says that when you upgrade Windows 8 or Windows RT you will keep "Windows settings, personal files, and most apps" and I also note that using a Microsoft account is a requirement for the preview.
        http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-8/preview-faq

        Furthermore, I hear that you can't upgrade the 8.1 Preview to 8.1 RTM and a reinstall will be necessary.
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        • #19
          Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

          Someone needs to explain the concept of "domains" and "active directory" to them, or do they assume no-one will be using Win8.x in a corporate environment

          "Most Apps", indeed. A typical CYA answer from MS
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          • #20
            Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

            "Most apps" is utter BS. Not one app remained after I upgraded, including Office 2013.

            Some Windows settings remained, but very few, files in locations such as My Documents or Downloads remained and I wasn't asked for my LiveID at any point.

            This current trend of forcing everyone to have a LiveID is really getting my goat. You can't activate Office 2013 without one, all of the TIFKAM apps want your LiveID and to "integrate" any previous profile settings, which is a major PITA when I have a business LiveID for my MCP account and don't want that integrated with my personal Skype account.
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            • #21
              Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

              *Removes 'Service Packs' from automatic approvals list in WSUS*

              Thanks for the heads-up!

              I agree about the live-id issue as well. Had a forum poster lose access to their computer because it failed to work properly.
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              • #22
                Windows 8.1 updates

                Does anyone know how my friends are supposed to be able to update their Windows 8 with the new version 8.1 available for free soon to the general public. I understand the software wiil be 2 to 3 Gb therefore far to large to download, even with fibre optic, but will as last permanently show the START button on the desktop.

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                • #23
                  Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

                  Gordon,
                  2-3Gb is fine over most DSL connections, and over fibre will be a matter of minutes only.

                  Having said that, tell your friend to tread carefully and ensure 8.1 doesn't wipe out all their installed apps etc.

                  As far as the "start button" goes, it isn't really (button, but no menu)
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                  • #24
                    Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

                    Hi, I have updated to 8.1 pro last week and I like it a bit more than 8. With windows 8 I used to use classic shell to speed up navigation.
                    With 8.1 I find everything a little more intuitive, it's still obvious that metro was designed for a tablet but when you're used to this screen/apps it can be quite useful.
                    It does feel like 60% windows 7 30% windows 8 and 10% windows 8.1, so it's not that much of a big leap to 8.
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                    • #25
                      Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

                      I have a couple of elderly friends like me, both of whom say they have managed to download and install version 8.1 onto Windows 8. I see from previews it is now possible to see the all important START button shown on the usual Desktop, instead of the multicoloured boxes for Tablets.

                      I only have Windows 7 thanks goodness. So please exactly how do I tell my fiends like me not the least bit interested in Tablets, how to personalise 8.1 so only the Desktop displays on start up.

                      Thanks

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                      • #26
                        Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

                        Here's a link detailing the steps.
                        http://www.pcworld.com/article/20432...ndows-8-1.html
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                        • #27
                          Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

                          i don't like windows 8.
                          my pc is slow, i like linux lubuntu

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                          • #28
                            Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

                            thank you for your feedback,
                            Is there anything particular you don't like about 8.1 ?
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                            • #29
                              I am trying to activate Windows 8.1 Pro. Official activation key. It says to go to PC settings to do so. I click on PC settings and it takes me to the START Screen. I cannot get to the activation Screen

                              Upgrade to 8.1
                              I had the same issue but 8.1 seems a lot better

                              Seems Microsoft are trying to market the tablet PC approach
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                              • #30
                                Re: Windows 8.1 Preview

                                Not sure what you're getting at but you may want to try the command line to enter your new product key: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2750773

                                Of course I could be misunderstanding what you're trying to say.
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