Thursday, October 17th 2013

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Is Now Available

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced the global availability of Windows 8.1, a feature-rich update to its popular Windows 8 operating system, enabling customers to create experiences that keep pace with their lives - at work, at home or on the go. Beginning Oct. 17, consumers with a Windows 8 device in more than 230 markets and 37 languages can download the free update via the online Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available on new devices and as boxed software starting Oct. 18 at retail locations around the world.

Windows 8.1 evolves the Windows vision for highly personalized computing while showcasing Microsoft's continued commitment to rapid and responsive development. It marks a wave of new, innovative devices coming for consumers and businesses - from the convenience and mobility of tablets and 2-in-1s to the productive experience expected from laptops, all-in-ones and specialized industry devices. Many of these new devices are touch-enabled and will deliver advancements in processing power, battery life and design, across a range of price points.

Windows 8.1 offers a host of increased customization refinements and functional improvements, including the following:
  • Highly personal. An improved and more customizable Start screen offers variable tile sizes, more background designs and colors so each Windows device looks unique and personal to the individual. In addition, customers can choose how to start their Windows experience - at the Start screen or directly in the familiar Windows desktop - while all their Windows devices stay in sync with their Microsoft account.
  • More familiar and easy to navigate. As an iconic part of the Windows experience, Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button as a familiar point of navigation. An updated apps view lets users see all their apps at once for easy access and new clicks and cues, as well as a Help + Tips app that gets them up to speed quickly.
  • Enhanced search. The new Bing Smart Search provides the easiest way to find what users need on the device or on the Web in one beautiful and easy consolidated view that's built for touch. Simply swipe or type from the Start screen, and Smart Search will find it - whether it's a document on a PC, a photo album on SkyDrive, a favorite app, a song from Xbox Music or a website.
  • Wide range of apps and services from the Start. Windows 8.1 is the most complete out-of-the-box experience. It offers a range of apps and services from the Start screen, allowing customers to quickly and easily do the things they love on Windows, such as catching up with friends and family via Skype, emailing effortlessly in the Mail app, watching movies and TV shows on Xbox Video, finding new recipes with the Bing Food & Drink app, or listening to free streaming music via Xbox Music. Windows 8.1 also comes with the new Internet Explorer 11, which is fast, fluid and perfect for touch. Internet Explorer 11 brings enhanced touch performance, speed boosts, and synchronized browsing history, favorites and settings across all Windows 8.1 devices. Windows 8.1 also provides native support for 3-D printing, meaning it will have plug-and-play support for 3-D printers, enable apps to seamlessly print 3-D jobs and understand 3-D file formats.
  • The best for multitasking and productivity. Windows 8.1 includes the display and use of up to four apps side by side, flexible windows sizing for each app on the screen, the ability for one app to launch another app, and improved multimonitor support so users can view the desktop or apps from the Windows Store on any or all monitors.
  • Deep cloud integration with SkyDrive. Windows 8.1 makes it easier than ever to work from anywhere and know that files are always accessible - across devices and locations. With SkyDrive, users can create, edit, save and share files anywhere, anytime, on whatever device they're using.
  • A beautifully redesigned Windows Store. The new design of the Windows Store improves how great apps are showcased and makes it easier for customers to get the apps they want. Fresh layouts and categories, such as New & Rising, make it easier to stay up to date on the hottest new entries to explore. Personalized recommendations use the Bing advanced recommendation and relevance system to help find new favorites. And with Windows 8.1, apps are updated automatically by default, so users always have the newest and best version of any app, such as Fresh Paint, which now includes watercolor, a new graphite pencil set and a new clean, modern user interface for the latest painting or drawing creations. New and updated apps are also continually being delivered to the Windows Store, including Evernote, Facebook for Windows 8.1, Hulu Plus, Adobe Photoshop Express, eBay, Netflix and NOOK.
Customers can go to http://www.windows.com/shop to learn about the wide variety of new Windows devices available now and throughout the holiday season to find the one that best fits their needs and budgets.
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229 Comments on Microsoft Windows 8.1 Is Now Available

#1
erocker
by: brandonwh64
Just installed the 8.1 upgrade and it saved all my apps and my start8 still works like a charm. I suggest the upgrade if you have non legacy equipment.

Should I delete windows.old?
Yeah, you can get rid of windows.old.
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#2
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Easy Rhino
delete windows.*
Delete Linux.

Do it, You won't.
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#3
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: MxPhenom 216
Delete Linux.

Do it, You won't.
hi, this thread is about windows 8.1, not linux. please stay on topic.
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#4
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Easy Rhino
hi, this thread is about windows 8.1, not linux. please stay on topic.
:roll:

Anyway I'm pretty sure there are no windows.* files anywhere. Not on my computer anyway. :laugh:

EDIT: Nope, just searched my C drive. Nothing. I think it's safe to go ahead.
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#5
remixedcat
I'm gonna wait this one out since this system needs a solid OS for my testing and stuff... too much stuff to reconfig if stuff mucks up.
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#6
erixx
i would never ever delete Windows.old without a DEEP check. Stupid 3rd party software developers like to save stuff in the weirdest places.... Of course if you only play games, who cares! :P
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#7
theoneandonlymrk
by: erixx
i would never ever delete Windows.old without a DEEP check. Stupid 3rd party software developers like to save stuff in the weirdest places.... Of course if you only play games, who cares! :P
:mad::banghead: i had to do a win7 first, win8 upgrade, so ive only just got rid of 1 windows.old

the new start menu is amazing, i hated that metro nonsense but now i have a start button its all alright ,,, welll except thats sarcasm(noted for some) and the damn paint icon isnt in start nor is wordpad notepad ,all those things I have to ass about to use,, nice.
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#8
erixx
Just tested for the first time in my life Xbox Music. It is the stupidest thing I ever seen. Before playing my own music on my hdd, it shows me a propaganda (publicity) spot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We do not deserve this bullsh1t. Totally and irreversibly smelling like iTunes (which I NEVER have had to smell, btw... But I got imagination)
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#9
lZKoce
I downloaded it from app store - 3.65 GB, but when I tried to install, it says: Your PC ran into an error, reverting back to the previous windows version....I guess I will have to make a fresh install. Pff....I was going to anyway.
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#10
xvi
by: manofthem
Any chance your user account control is set to off? I had to turn it back on in order for it to start.
I can't stand UAC, so yes, it's off, but turning it on wasn't what fixed it. (See below)
Thanks though!

by: Dos101
Give it time, Microsoft's servers are getting hammered right now.
My issue appears to have been fixed by installing a few updates over in Windows Update and rebooting. I can't say for sure if it was the updates themselves or just rebooting, but after the reboot, the Windows 8.1 update appeared under a new "Update Windows" category and appeared as soon as the app was opened.
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#11
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Ok I deleted windows.old and now after reboot I cannot ping or remote into in... I figured some stupid shit would happen to me
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#12
Pinktulips7
Window 8.1 sucks

Window 8.1 sucks!!!its big stepback from Window Vista/Window 7...Microsofts Software Clown are going backwords!!!!What a stupid looking interface!!!I will never ever upgrade to Window 8 and thinking about Apple!!!!!!!!!!!!:mad:
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#13
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: Pinktulips7
Window 8.1 sucks!!!its big stepback from Window Vista/Window 7...Microsofts Software Clown are going backwords!!!!What a stupid looking interface!!!I will never ever upgrade to Window 8 and thinking about Apple!!!!!!!!!!!!:mad:
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#14
AphexDreamer
by: Pinktulips7
Window 8.1 sucks!!!its big stepback from Window Vista/Window 7...Microsofts Software Clown are going backwords!!!!What a stupid looking interface!!!I will never ever upgrade to Window 8 and thinking about Apple!!!!!!!!!!!!:mad:
Windows 8.1 took so many steps back it wound up back where it started. ;)
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#15
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: Pinktulips7
Window 8.1 sucks!!!its big stepback from Window Vista/Window 7...Microsofts Software Clown are going backwords!!!!What a stupid looking interface!!!I will never ever upgrade to Window 8 and thinking about Apple!!!!!!!!!!!!:mad:
LOL this guy knows.
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#16
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: Easy Rhino
LOL this guy knows.
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#17
Prima.Vera
I still need someone to explain me in basic English why SP 8.1 is better than Win 8.0 vanilla, or even better, Win 7.
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#18
Dos101
by: erixx
Just tested for the first time in my life Xbox Music. It is the stupidest thing I ever seen. Before playing my own music on my hdd, it shows me a propaganda (publicity) spot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We do not deserve this bullsh1t. Totally and irreversibly smelling like iTunes (which I NEVER have had to smell, btw... But I got imagination)
Xbox Music is OK, definitely not great. Can't say that I ever had any ads played if I was listening to music from my hard drive though. Are you sure you weren't streaming the song? (A little wifi icon appears next to the song if you are). IMHO Microsoft should have kept the Zune software and modified it for touch, it was far superior at music management compared to Xbox Music.

by: xvi


My issue appears to have been fixed by installing a few updates over in Windows Update and rebooting. I can't say for sure if it was the updates themselves or just rebooting, but after the reboot, the Windows 8.1 update appeared under a new "Update Windows" category and appeared as soon as the app was opened.
That would have been my next suggestion. :laugh: Be sure to check for updates after 8.1 is installed, there should be about 3 updates for it.
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#19
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: Prima.Vera
I still need someone to explain me in basic English why SP 8.1 is better than Win 8.0 vanilla, or even better, Win 7.
I don't even know but since I am a sheep I decided to install.
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#20
cheesy999
by: Prima.Vera
I still need someone to explain me in basic English why SP 8.1 is better than Win 8.0 vanilla, or even better, Win 7.
Well as a long time user of 8

The metro settings menu is now a full settings menu

Apps actually work properly across multiple monitors, and two can run at a time without messing with the other

And i now have 3 buttons for the start menu, because apparently the pop up one, and charms at the right side, wasn't good enough
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#21
Black.Raven
by: Prima.Vera
I still need someone to explain me in basic English why SP 8.1 is better than Win 8.0 vanilla, or even better, Win 7.
It can open Iso files by it self. And you have more options to make it more like a start menu. It runs more stable, and starts up faster. support for directx 11.2
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#23
scazbala86
Change isn't so bad

by: Prima.Vera
I still need someone to explain me in basic English why SP 8.1 is better than Win 8.0 vanilla, or even better, Win 7.
Advantages of Windows 8.1:
More color options
Desktop wallpaper on start screen provides more uniform experience
Boot to desktop
Easy access to "All Apps" section of start screen
Start (ish) button with easy right click access to shutdown/reboot/etc
Cleaner install (freed up 6gb from my 8.0) install

Advantages of Window 8 over 7 (in general)
Direct X 11.1
Snappier navigation (hard to measure, easy to see)
Up One Level button in File Explorer
Improved Task Manager
Faster Boot

Now granted, yes, Windows 8 (and 8.1 for that matter) could still use a little tweaking. The hot corners are not the most intuitive thing ever, and the start screen is a not so big departure from the start menu, but all in all Win 8(.1) has lots of really nice touches. The UI is clean, snappy, lightweight. The boot speed is a good deal better than Win 7. I've been on Win 8 since they released it through MSDN and I don't plan on going back. Change isn't so bad.
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#24
rtwjunkie
by: scazbala86
Advantages of Window 8 over 7 (in general)
Direct X 11.1
Snappier navigation (hard to measure, easy to see)
Up One Level button in File Explorer
Improved Task Manager
Faster Boot
and don't forget:

better task manager UI in general, and speedier file transfers. really a good operating system when you get away from Metro UI (for those that don't like that part).
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#25
Crap Daddy
by: Black.Raven
It can open Iso files by it self. And you have more options to make it more like a start menu. It runs more stable, and starts up faster. support for directx 11.1
8.1 supports DX 11.2
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