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
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Ok now that i have got home and started testing I have noticed that my dolby digital home theator V4 no longer works (maybe a reinstall?) and it is not automatically connecting to my wifi when the PC boots I have to manually click on the SSID and put in my key.
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#2
Drone
Don't manually delete windows.old folder. Just run disk cleanup and it will take care of it.

It's funny that downloading took less time than installing .....
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#3
remixedcat
It's a good idea to delete and redo wifi profiles anyways to clean up any issues that may arise.
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#4
Arjai
by: brandonwh64
Ok now that i have got home and started testing I have noticed that my dolby digital home theator V4 no longer works (maybe a reinstall?) and it is not automatically connecting to my wifi when the PC boots I have to manually click on the SSID and put in my key.
You have two comps in your specs. It's the 920 build that has been a bane to your existance, recently, no?

I happened to notice that your motherboard is not one I commonly see in people's specs. At least not frequently.

Am I alone in thinking software may not be the major contributor to your ails? IDK, just an observation.

:confused:

AnnCore just went through a bunch of issues crunching and it turned out to be hardware, namely a bad RAM stick. ...Maybe?
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#5
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Now I am getting this...



Maybe this was not a good idea..
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#7
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: FX-GMC
Permissions issue maybe? Did you try to right click the installer and choose "Run as Administrator"?
no option to



Already tried the "take ownership" reg file on the C:

by: remixedcat
It's a good idea to delete and redo wifi profiles anyways to clean up any issues that may arise.
Just tried that then restarted and still will not connect and wants my key each time it connects

LOL more drama in wind 8.1 land... I can no longer download ANYTHING due to privileges



BUT!!!!

I am in the administrators group....



Lovely.....
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#8
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Updated. No problems. Did disk cleanup afterwards. got about 8-10GB back.
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#9
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Going even more deeper I created another local admin account and now explorer locks up when I right click on any file :(

Backing up to reformat. I will wait until there is an ISO for windows 8.1 before I proceed with this update again. This is def not how I wanted to spend my night
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#10
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: brandonwh64
Going even more deeper I created another local admin account and now explorer locks up when I right click on any file :(

Backing up to reformat. I will wait until there is an ISO for windows 8.1 before I proceed with this update again. This is def not how I wanted to spend my night
but i thought microsoft made super dependable products that could never be replaced :confused:
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#11
X800
Help
In my win shop there is no dowloadlink or icon for win 8.1 and i have all uppdates ???
:cry:
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#12
remixedcat
You may wanna reinstall the WLAN drivers
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#13
thx71
Windows 8.1 download is crap

started at 13:00 pm to download and now its 03:00 am and the downlosd is so slow i am now at 37%, was better via the normal update procedure that it was all done :banghead:
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#14
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: Easy Rhino
but i thought microsoft made super dependable products that could never be replaced :confused:
But they do and fuel the super elitist race
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#15
AphexDreamer
The windows 8.1 upgrade was smooth for me. I have yet to encounter something that doesn't work.

Malwarebytes, MSI afterburner, ATI CCC, adobe, Razer Synapse all were on my start menu just like before and all open.

Real like the integrated email management, cloud and theme update. Basking in it all.
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#17
Ravenas
by: Easy Rhino
uh, when did i say businesses upgrade whenever a new OS is released? if windows 8 continues to utilize the metro interface even years down the road you won't see businesses upgrading. you will in fact see them skip windows 8 and wait for a much more business friendly windows 9 which is already in heavy development.:nutkick:
Microsoft isn't going to abandon the metro interface. That is ridiculous to even think. At this point they have taken it to their OEM PCs, their in house tablet, their phone licensees, and the Xbox. It isn't going anywhere, anytime. In fact, there is evidence to support Microsoft is investing their whole company in to the idea of one interface across all of their products.

You will be sticking with Linux or Mac if you don't adapt.
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#18
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Is anyone else having trouble signing into Origin now? It wont sign into online mode. Steam is fine though.
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#19
Ravenas
by: MxPhenom 216
Is anyone else having trouble signing into Origin now? It wont sign into online mode. Steam is fine though.
No both work fine for me.
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#20
Divide Overflow
Download took longer than the upgrade installation.

Didn't need to reinstall any software.
Browser / email / connectivity were all immediately working.
Had to reconfigure sound options to get audio working again.
Took several attempts before windows update worked properly again. Kept getting a connectivity error before it finally worked. (MS servers probably getting hammered.)
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#21
manofthem
WCG-TPU Team All-Star!
This morning I left it downloading, and it went ahead and installed while I was at work. When I got home, I just had to click a few settings, and it finalized the setup. Everything seems fine and dandy, just has to clean up Windows.old through Disk Cleanup.

The only issue I've had is that Steam didn't connect the first time, but it worked the second time. Let's hope it continues to play nicely.
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#22
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Ravenas
No both work fine for me.
Yep, now its working. Had to do a reboot.

....When in doubt, reboot..........
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#23
ShiBDiB
by: brandonwh64
no option to

http://img.techpowerup.org/131017/Capture063.jpg

Already tried the "take ownership" reg file on the C:



Just tried that then restarted and still will not connect and wants my key each time it connects

LOL more drama in wind 8.1 land... I can no longer download ANYTHING due to privileges

http://img.techpowerup.org/131017/Capture064.jpg

BUT!!!!

I am in the administrators group....

http://img.techpowerup.org/131017/Capture065.jpg

Lovely.....
Looks like more of an error on their end not microsofts imo.


Downloading the update now.. so we'll see if my computer implodes in a bit
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#24
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
by: ShiBDiB
Looks like more of an error on their end not microsofts imo.


Downloading the update now.. so we'll see if my computer implodes in a bit
Whos end? Mine? I did as others did and thats when the chaos started. I have formatted and put 8 pro back in. Right now I have to go through the pain of redownloading all my games.
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#25
ShiBDiB
by: brandonwh64
Whos end? Mine? I did as others did and thats when the chaos started. I have formatted and put 8 pro back in. Right now I have to go through the pain of redownloading all my games.
Dolby, permissions probably changed with the update and their installer doesn't adjust for it.
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