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
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Easy Rhino said:
that's what you get for installing software the day it is released. :slap:
This is essentially a service pack. The testing stuff was done months ago.

EDIT: And I mean historically things have been rather smooth.
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#2
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
erixx said:
A WARNING DURING INSTALLATION: you will have to reinstall your software!!!
OOOHHHH K stopping download now..
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#3
el etro
brandonwh64 said:
I cannot find the download for it. everytime I click on those links it ask me to upgrade to windows 8.1 then tells me its coming soon and that I can download windows 8 right away.....

http://img.techpowerup.org/131017/Capture047.jpg
Open Windows Strore to do it!
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#4
Agility
So does it mean if I just burn the update file to a CD and make it a bootable disc, i can install a fresh Windows 8.1?
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#5
v12dock
I am glad a I have full dreamspark I was able to download w/ key a few weeks ago
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#6
GSG-9
AndreiD said:
Well sorry for expecting Microsoft to not release a shitty update.
We forgive you this time, since next time you will know better. :laugh:
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#7
AphexDreamer
Drmark said:
With all this homeland security, NSA, FBI crap, I keep nothing on the cloud whenever possible.
I keep my homework and assignments on cloud.
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#8
Octavean
erixx said:
A WARNING DURING INSTALLATION: you will have to reinstall your software!!!
That isn't a very accurate or complete statement. Its actually a bit more complicated then simply saying you'll have to reinstall your software as noted here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-8/update-from-windows-8-tutorial

and here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-8/update-from-preview

Basically it depends on what you're updating from. For example:
Updating to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8

But before you begin, here are some things to keep in mind.

Your files, desktop apps, user accounts and settings come with you. Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 come with some new built-in apps, and it will update or replace some of your existing built-in apps. Your existing Windows Store apps don't come with you, but once the update is complete, you can reinstall all of these apps at once – or just the ones you want. For more info, see the Reinstalling your Windows Store apps section of this page.

We'll check your desktop apps and devices for you. As part of the update, we check your current desktop apps and connected devices, and let you know what you'll need to do to get them ready for the update, or to get them working again after the update. In most cases, you won't need to do anything – most desktop apps, devices (like printers) and network connections will work normally after the update. If you have particular desktop apps or devices you're concerned about, you can check their compatibility in the Windows Compatibility Center.
Near as I can tell, Windows Store apps AKA Metro apps aren't very popular and as such few people will likely notice or care if the default Metro apps are changed or if a free Metro demo of Angry Birds is no longer there.

Those who are upgrading from 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1 final probably already knew what they were getting into or at the very least should have.
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#9
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
erixx said:
A WARNING DURING INSTALLATION: you will have to reinstall your software!!!
Ahhh, hell no....I JUST finished getting all my software reinstalled because I had to do a refresh install because my W8 went belly up and couldn't be fixed. I'm gonna wait awhile before I do this.
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#10
micropage7
really im not interested, i prefer wait for next version (win 9) than upgrading to 8 or 8.1
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#11
Blín D'ñero
micropage7 said:
really im not interested, i prefer wait for next version (win 9) than upgrading to 8 or 8.1
Same here.
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#12
EpicShweetness
Drmark said:
With all this homeland security, NSA, FBI crap, I keep nothing on the cloud whenever possible.
Also lets not forget that when you upload content to a "cloud" server that content is protected by them for you, but they now own it. That data is at the mercy of the provider of said "cloud" server provider, both in term's of security, and release. Reason why I trust only local content, on local devices I.E External HDD's and USB Thumb Drives's. The most risky I get here is network partition's for home share on the computer's.
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#13
Dos101
erixx said:
A WARNING DURING INSTALLATION: you will have to reinstall your software!!!
Only if you're updating from the Preview, and even then only in certain cases. I went from 8.1 Preview to 8.1 RTM on both my Surface and laptop and wasn't required to reinstall anything. Even 8 to 8.1 on my desktop was smooth, nothing lost.
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#14
AndreiD
Okay, I'm done with Windows 8.1, it's horrible. Way too many issues.
Fresh installing Windows 8 Pro since everything seems to have went tits up after I upgraded to 8.1; funny thing is, installing Windows 8 Pro will probably also take a lot less time than upgrading from 8 to 8.1 :banghead:
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#15
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Prima.Vera said:
So why isn't this called simply Win 8 SP1??
Marketing.
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#16
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Dos101 said:
Only if you're updating from the Preview, and even then only in certain cases. I went from 8.1 Preview to 8.1 RTM on both my Surface and laptop and wasn't required to reinstall anything. Even 8 to 8.1 on my desktop was smooth, nothing lost.
Did it create a Windows OLD file?
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#17
Dos101
MxPhenom 216 said:
Did it create a Windows OLD file?
On my laptop and desktop yes, on my Surface it didn't. I upgraded my laptop and desktop via the Windows 8.1 ISO from Technet.
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#18
RejZoR
Where can i bloody buy Win8.1 online, download ISO image and install the thing with USB drive? Want to go legit, but their webpages are so ridiculously confusing it's crazy. No wonder people prefer war_ez if they can't make one big red button with BUY written on it that would lead you to a purchasing process. Totally moronic.
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#19
Crap Daddy
AndreiD said:
What a fucking disaster, it took over 1 hour to install this update, several drivers are broken (Asus Xonar U7, ASMedia USB3 controller, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth were a pain in the ass), a lot of undocumented idiotic changes, REALLY ANNOYING MICROSOFT.
Well, I just took a nap, woke up and bam: Windows 8.1 running!
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#20
TheHunter
Prima.Vera said:
That's definitely NO GOOD NEWS!
Nah, everything stayed the same here, but i think i will have to refresh/repair windows update it acts funny and takes for ages.

Also all drivers/etc went smooth, even xfi driver.. Im using default windows bluetooth app and no issues with that either.




Well Im really liking this new change, imo its what win8 should have been by default. :)
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#21
AsRock
TPU addict
Prima.Vera said:
So why isn't this called simply Win 8 SP1??
Agility said:
Simply because the updates are huge as there's more then 1 add-ons (Such as the start button .etc) i guess.
COUGH more like they getting greedy.
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#22
repman244
Upgraded on my laptop from 8 to 8.1 a few weeks ago (MSDN) and didn't have to re-install anything...
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#23
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Does anyone have a link to the official ISO for x64?
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#24
johnnyfiive
Can anyone confirm this for me?

I have a Win 8 Pro 64 Bit license. Can I download the Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit ISO and do a fresh install with my Win 8 Pro 64 Bit key? If not, I'm going to get pissed...
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#25
Octavean
Prima.Vera said:
So why isn't this called simply Win 8 SP1??
Marketing as has been said before,....Nomenclature is arbitrary though and at the discretion of Microsoft,...

However, while I have seen service packs add new features in the past its not something I think of as typical whereas Windows 8.1 does add some new features (regardless if these are desired features or not). Also note that Windows 8.1 was released about one year after Windows 8 which suggest this is Microsoft's interpretation of their cited annual OS upgrade cycle. Therefore it stands to reason that there will be two more OS upgrades such as Windows 8.2 and Windows 8.3 before they truly move on to something akin to Windows 9 or some truly new version. Assuming calling something that it isn't really is the trend,.....
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