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
loop
Basically, it's difficult to understand why some people behave like they re CEO of microsoft or software sellers, and have the stand to tease others who may not like new software from microsoft, really then i cant have any other opinion except how wonderful the new windows are?
Ok i m not newbie i set up computers from 1995 with custom cooling solutions (watercooling. phase change etc) because my favorite hobby is oc'ing. i ve paid lots of money to this market just fr hobby and my opinion is windows 8 and 8.1 is a shit software designed for tablets and phones, i' m using them only for being up to date but (thanks to iobit trick) with proper start button, not with metro shit, its idiotic unuseful and I DONT WANNA use this (metro) because its only a marketing SHIT
p.s. English is not my speaking language, so my apologize for some mistakes
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#2
Ahhzz
by: GSG-9

.... Change is not so fast for people maintaining very old architecture and large large databases.
This.


How does "Metro" improve my clients' access to their RDP connections to a server running custom software? How does it improve my accountant clients' ability to run Peachtree, Quickbooks, Excel, Email? Database management? Improve support for legacy printers?

Exactly. Not moving any more of our clients that way as long as we can. Win 7 for us, thanks.
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#3
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: loop
Basically, it's difficult to understand why some people behave like they re CEO of microsoft or software sellers, and have the stand to tease others who may not like new software from microsoft, really then i cant have any other opinion except how wonderful the new windows are?
Ok i m not newbie i set up computers from 1995 with custom cooling solutions (watercooling. phase change etc) because my favorite hobby is oc'ing. i ve paid lots of money to this market just fr hobby and my opinion is windows 8 and 8.1 is a shit software designed for tablets and phones, i' m using them only for being up to date but (thanks to iobit trick) with proper start button, not with metro shit, its idiotic unuseful and I DONT WANNA use this (metro) because its only a marketing SHIT
p.s. English is not my speaking language, so my apologize for some mistakes
The problem with everything, as I see it, isn't that the opinions differ, it's that one group see the other group as morons, and everyone has so strong feelings about it. This goes for you too it seems ("metro shit", "marketing shit", "shit software" etc etc). The other problem is that MS is dedicated to it (I don't have a problem with that, but people get so angry about it, it's a very diversifieng topic) Windows Everywhere, and it'll be Metroish.
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#4
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: Frick
The problem with everything, as I see it, isn't that the opinions differ, it's that one group see the other group as morons, and everyone has so strong feelings about it. This goes for you too it seems ("metro shit", "marketing shit", "shit software" etc etc). The other problem is that MS is dedicated to it (I don't have a problem with that, but people get so angry about it, it's a very diversifieng topic) Windows Everywhere, and it'll be Metroish.
So true, your whole post, but especially the highlighted bit. I guess it's the core of being opinionated and can apply to any controversial subject.

Talking generally, not just Windows 8, I think what really fuels it, is that each side thinks they're "obviously :rolleyes: " right, whether that's true or not. For the side that's actually right though, they're justified in responding like that. But which side is it...? Or sometimes neither is right, or it's a grey area and they've both got a point to a degree...
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#5
kenkickr
by: brandonwh64
Ok I got the second FTP up and going! I used Quick N Easy FTp server lite and it has a max connections of 50 set.

ftp://205.144.212.5:22/

User: tpuuser
Pass: tpu
Thank you very much for doing this.

The only issue I've had so far is after the 8.1 update the system was confused which monitor was which. Driver reinstall fixed that. So far about the only thing I've noticed is the so called start button and the less space on my ssd.
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#6
AsRock
TPU addict
by: Easy Rhino
but i thought microsoft made super dependable products that could never be replaced :confused:
That's why i would never try MS OS Upgrade. Sure they got better but you should understand there is a chance you might have to change your plans for the day.
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#7
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: kenkickr
Thank you very much for doing this.

The only issue I've had so far is after the 8.1 update the system was confused which monitor was which. Driver reinstall fixed that. So far about the only thing I've noticed is the so called start button and the less space on my ssd.
Run the disk cleaner and remove the older installation. You'll gain back all your space and then some.
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#8
tigger
I'm the only one
I installed mine over the top of win 7 with a full install disc from windows, worked flawlessly. Also my install is using only 31gb with some progs installed.
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#9
hellrazor
Windows 8.1 seems to be blasting MBRs (standard MS procedure nowadays, I don't know why anyone wouldn't expect it), so make sure you know how to fix things when you can't boot into Linux or BSD or plan9 or whatever you've got running.
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#10
theoneandonlymrk
by: hellrazor
Windows 8.1 seems to be blasting MBRs (standard MS procedure nowadays, I don't know why anyone wouldn't expect it), so make sure you know how to fix things when you can't boot into Linux or BSD or plan9 or whatever you've got running.
It's also made by asshats skygo won't work until next month now due to my new pc (not just 8.1 upgraded) and avast got removed during 8.1 update unknown to me so its developed an infection ,,,asss's tomorrow for this shit.
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#11
eidairaman1
Does this support start 8 or other taskbar/start menu integrations?
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#12
manofthem
WCG-TPU Team All-Star!
by: eidairaman1
Does this support start 8 or other taskbar/start menu integrations?
Check it out ;)
by: erocker
Does Start8 work with 8.1?
by: brandonwh64
Just installed the 8.1 upgrade and it saved all my apps and my start8 still works like a charm.
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#13
dcf-joe
Just got the free upgrade to Win 8.1 Pro x64.

Since I had a license for StartIsBack for regular Windows 8, I just had to download the new version designed for Win 8.1, and my license worked, so all is well.
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#14
ste2425
Why is it called Metro? Just makes me think of the trains. Everybody knows, in a zombie apocalypse puplic transport it where it starts.

StartIsBack, turn of all the metro stuff sliding and poping up at me left right and center, default all my programes to 'traditonal' programmes, now im happy. Under the irritating GUI i think theres some nice improvements. Win8 handled fitting a new MOBO without unsitalling or reinstalling drivers manualy brilliantly, out of all the OS's ive used theyve all fallen over or taken a grave performance hit from doing that. Plus i do like the faster booting times.
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#16
Deadlyraver
Had an installation problem where the hard drive activity stops for two hours....

What to do?
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#17
AphexDreamer
by: Deadlyraver
Had an installation problem where the hard drive activity stops for two hours....

What to do?
Is your hard drive dying by chance?
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#18
X800
Hey when you all did get the uppdate to windows shop did you get allso a new key ?
Win 8 pro dont work on 8.1 or do miss something here.
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#19
Mathragh
by: X800
Hey when you all did get the uppdate to windows shop did you get allso a new key ?
Win 8 pro dont work on 8.1 or do miss something here.
The same key should work. It does for me atleast.
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#20
X800
My key dont work. Whell i contacted microsoft support so lets see what happens .I bought mine when they had the campain on win 8 .
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#21
Raovac
Stupid Microsoft account crap making my computer feel like a fricken Xbox.
Reset.........
Back to 8.0.
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#22
remixedcat
You have the option of creating a local account, of course.
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#23
Raovac
Local meaning the good old user name?
If so, that is what I have, my name, then a password.
Then it asks me for a Microsoft account and password.
No way I'm signing into windows with any kind of email account.
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#24
tigger
I'm the only one
by: Raovac
Local meaning the good old user name?
If so, that is what I have, my name, then a password.
Then it asks me for a Microsoft account and password.
No way I'm signing into windows with any kind of email account.
I just made a new one(email) just for win 8.
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#25
Arjai
So, correct me if I am wrong. 8.1 boots faster than 8. 8.1 uses a smaller footprint on my HDD, than 8. There is now a Start button but, it just brings up Metro?

Any thoughts on side by side apps? Is it really all that AND a bag of chips? Oh, and the whole Windows Experience Index, do I have to have a Microsoft account to become Admin of my computer, now? Also, is it true, as I have read, the Apps are now Over-Dynamic? Meaning, they have connections to Facebook and such?

I have 8, hated it, now I am used to it and have adapted to it's quirky search and little used Metro. I have rarely used any apps, only a couple times when it was new.

In fact, I still kinda hate the whole high-jacking of my pictures, to Metro, when I click on them. I know I can click and open elsewhere but, I shouldn't have to make the extra step.

Anyways, still, on the fence wit 8.1.
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