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
GSG-9
Ravenas said:
You better stay off Delta flights then, they just ordered 11,000 Surface tablets equipped with Windows 8... The cost of change is going to be staggering for Delta...
I don't think you read everything I typed.

Also 11,000 is not a large order. Make that 100,000 and it is a large order. I am talking about how to climb mountains, you are talking about climbing hills. Once again, read what I said, that is not "it can't be done" I am saying its expensive, and you are forcing change on a large number of employees for what could be no ROI.
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#2
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
Ravenas said:
How is it a non-business friendly OS?



Oh businesses have to spend money to train their workers? I can't remember the last time that happened. We better claim that Windows 8 is a failure now. Everyone run!!! Windows 8 is coming!!!
dude, again with the meds... you are starting to go off the rails and i have a feeling a mod is going to close this soon if you don't relax.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/adriankingsleyhughes/2013/05/19/why-enterprise-is-avoiding-windows-8/

http://www.businessinsider.com/enterprise-customers-microsoft-windows-8-2012-10

now please settle down and maybe take a nap. the adults are talking.
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#3
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
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
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#4
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
brandonwh64 said:
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
can that iso be installed on a fresh system?

wget --user=tpuuser --password='tpu' ftp://205.144.212.5:22/Windows_8_1_x64.iso
--2013-10-18 15:01:06-- ftp://205.144.212.5:22/Windows_8_1_x64.iso
=> “Windows_8_1_x64.iso”
Connecting to 205.144.212.5:22... connected.
Logging in as tpuuser ... Logged in!
==> SYST ... done. ==> PWD ... done.
==> TYPE I ... done. ==> CWD not needed.
==> SIZE Windows_8_1_x64.iso ... 3899295744
==> PASV ... done. ==> RETR Windows_8_1_x64.iso ... done.

[ <=> ] 832,936 65.3K/s
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#5
Ravenas
GSG-9 said:
Also 11,000 is not a large order. Make that 100,000 and it is a large order. I am talking about how to climb mountains, you are talking about climbing hills. Once again, read what I said, that is not "it can't be done" I am saying its expensive, and you are forcing change on a large number of employees for what could be no ROI.
A company that has barely any market share in mobile space convinces one of the world's largest air line companies to purchase 11,000 Surface tablets equipped with Windows 8 (an OS that you say isn't business friendly)... And you call that climbing a hill? What a smug comment.
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#6
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Easy Rhino said:
can that iso be installed on a fresh system?
Yes it can! I just did it in a VM no problems and did the updates from yesterdays hotfixes!

*EDIT*

I also have a install key that will allow the user to test for 30 days without activation but I do not want to post here cause some may think its pirated when it in fact came from MS
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#7
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
brandonwh64 said:
Yes it can! I just did it in a VM no problems and did the updates from yesterdays hotfixes!

*EDIT*

I also have a install key that will allow the user to test for 30 days without activation but I do not want to post here cause some may think its pirated when it in fact came from MS
wait, will my windows 8 license work with that iso?
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#8
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Easy Rhino said:
wait, will my windows 8 license work with that iso?
Yes if you bought windows 8 then your key will activate with 8.1

I do not see any failed downloads yet but some have tried to upload for whatever reason

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#9
xvi
Quck and Easy was the one I was trying to think of. I've had good luck with that thing.
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#10
GSG-9
brandonwh64 said:

*EDIT*
I also have a install key that will allow the user to test for 30 days without activation but I do not want to post here cause some may think its pirated when it in fact came from MS
I think you will be fine if you post a link to where they are documented at microsoft.com/msdn etc.
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#11
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
GSG-9 said:
I think you will be fine if you post a link to where they are documented at microsoft.com/msdn etc.
Well I will post this here and if a mod thinks it needs to be deleted then please delete it.

These keys can be found on the windows 8 product.ini file and are generic install keys for testing.

XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB

Core: 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT
Professional: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB
Enterprise: MNDGV-M6PKV-DV4DR-CYY8X-2YRXH
FHQNR-XYXYC-8PMHT-TV4PH-DRQ3H

http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/47480-windows-8-1-generic-keys
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#12
Ravenas
Easy Rhino said:
dude, again with the meds... you are starting to go off the rails and i have a feeling a mod is going to close this soon if you don't relax.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/adriankingsleyhughes/2013/05/19/why-enterprise-is-avoiding-windows-8/

http://www.businessinsider.com/enterprise-customers-microsoft-windows-8-2012-10

now please settle down and maybe take a nap. the adults are talking.
My two real world examples vs. your two media articles that fit to the need of your argument that Windows 8 isn't a business friendly OS.
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#13
zsolt_93
Have you met the SecureBoot bug, or that intresting feature that states that secureboot isn't configured properly? I had it off in UEFI, now it is turned on, message is the same, and it seems a lot of users have the issue over the globe, and its not something new it was in the first rtm builds too. Anyone has a solution to this? Apart from hacking files and deleting this message text, as that is the only solution i found on the web.
Its a Windows 8 Pro install that was updated through the store to 8.1.
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#14
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
brandonwh64 said:
Yes if you bought windows 8 then your key will activate with 8.1

I do not see any failed downloads yet but some have tried to upload for whatever reason

http://img.techpowerup.org/131018/656.png
well since you gave it out publicly i am sure people are trying to upload and launch virii :roll:
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#15
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Easy Rhino said:
well since you gave it out publicly i am sure people are trying to upload and launch virii :roll:
Yea I had 40 people at one point. I am going to leave it up until next friday to give people a chance to get the ISOs and by that time it will probably will be hosted on digital river or somewhere else.
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#16
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Easy Rhino said:
dude, again with the meds... you are starting to go off the rails and i have a feeling a mod is going to close this soon if you don't relax.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/adriankingsleyhughes/2013/05/19/why-enterprise-is-avoiding-windows-8/

http://www.businessinsider.com/enterprise-customers-microsoft-windows-8-2012-10

now please settle down and maybe take a nap. the adults are talking.
It's pretty much about it being new. Doesn't play nice on older systems, doesn't play nice with old software, doesn't bring killer must have features.. The UI doesn't seem to be the big issue when reading those articles. The issue is that it's not an issue, it's just new and corporations don't do that sort of thing. Which is not anything new. And if they had just upgrade to Win7, what's the point in Windows 8? That is a very valid argument, but I'm not even sure what you're arguing about. :laugh:

Anyway now you gotta tie that together with Windows 9 being more friendly to businness.
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#17
xvi
I think the main problem is that the GUI is changing with no option to switch back. We didn't have a problem transitioning from DOS because, even to this day, we still have a DOS-like command prompt. Backwards compatibility is something Microsoft's always held on to and this time their implementation isn't that great (in my humble opinion). If there was a "Pretend to be Windows 7" button, I think everyone would love it.

Example, how does one drag/drop to attach a file to an e-mail using the Mail app? Is it possible? Nope, you've got to browse for it with their new, impossible to quickly navigate file browser.
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#18
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
Ravenas said:
My two real world examples vs. your two media articles that fit to the need of your argument that Windows 8 isn't a business friendly OS.
you don't have real world examples. i work in IT. i make these decisions. i have friends at MS. and i just linked two articles that backs what i have said. please go away now as you are clearly trolling and adding nothing to the conversation.
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#19
theoneandonlymrk
TheOne said:
It was removed from System properties, but the test can still be run through an admin cmd prompt.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/chad/archive/2012/11/12/run-winsat-without-the-gui.aspx
http://www.intowindows.com/get-windows-experience-index-wei-score-in-windows-8-1/
I don't like the metro start panel but I could learn to play nice with it but I am annoyed that they hid half the little useable things like calc etc and are now trying to force us all to download a soddin app for everything.

And yet again I bet every app wants to see my contacts make changes etc etc and add nought in usability or function I mean calc is calc right it doesn't need my Facebook address
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#20
remixedcat
I've allready seen businesses utilize metro UI...

Holiday Inn express uses them in large touch screens at the check-in area as info kiosks for visitors. I actually used one to look up malls so I can get shoes before I went to Vegas so I can have something more comfy for walking around the MGM Grand. (easier then whipping out my phone at the time).

I've also seen restaurants use a metro app for orders as well and it makes the UI easier for the wait staff to use.
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#21
AphexDreamer
remixedcat said:
I've allready seen businesses utilize metro UI...

Holiday Inn express uses them in large touch screens at the check-in area as info kiosks for visitors. I actually used one to look up malls so I can get shoes before I went to Vegas so I can have something more comfy for walking around the MGM Grand. (easier then whipping out my phone at the time).

I've also seen restaurants use a metro app for orders as well and it makes the UI easier for the wait staff to use.
Schools are bushiness and all the computers in the Computer Science department at UH have windows 8.
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#22
cheesy999
theoneandonlymrk said:
I don't like the metro start panel but I could learn to play nice with it but I am annoyed that they hid half the little useable things like calc etc and are now trying to force us all to download a soddin app for everything.

And yet again I bet every app wants to see my contacts make changes etc etc and add nought in usability or function I mean calc is calc right it doesn't need my Facebook address
I'm not sure how you're getting this, on my computer i've been having problems getting to the calc app, it keeps launching the program as the top result in search
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#23
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
brandonwh64 said:
I will be sharing out ISO's for windows 8.1 pro x86/x64 in about 15 minutes.... GET READY

Here we go!

First FTP server 5 user limit

ftp://205.144.212.5:21/Windows%208.1/

If it asks for a user and password then the user is "tpuuser" with no password

Second FTP server with no limit

ftp://205.144.212.5:22/

User: tpuuser
Pass: tpu
Thanks man. :toast:

Downloading now.
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#24
theoneandonlymrk
cheesy999 said:
I'm not sure how you're getting this, on my computer i've been having problems getting to the calc app, it keeps launching the program as the top result in search
I can get it easily with a macro button on my keyboard yet cant click it in any menu , , that's just daft.
I haven't yet found anything using search yet my eyes and hand managed better than it all three times I've tried, its not looking good.
Maybe this 8 -8.1 melarky is just another way to sell us back win 7 but called 9 with loads of new features like menus of stuff and paint and an in built notepad etc.
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#25
GSG-9
Ravenas said:
A company that has barely any market share in mobile space convinces one of the world's largest air line companies to purchase 11,000 Surface tablets equipped with Windows 8 (an OS that you say isn't business friendly)... And you call that climbing a hill? What a smug comment.
No, it is simply not business, or corporate, Windows 8 is great for interacting with people. For use in advertising and marketing. But the devices that grab customer attention and that executives cary to schedule their meetings are not the back bone of any industries. There is infrastructure that must be maintained. And those functions/tasks simply won't and CAN'T move as fast, mission critical tasks are not redesigned just because they can be. They are redesigned when they must be.

P.S. You don't get to change the scope of the conversation by saying 'barely any market share in mobile' the conversation is not about mobile.

xvi said:
I think the main problem is that the GUI is changing with no option to switch back. We didn't have a problem transitioning from DOS because, even to this day, we still have a DOS-like command prompt.
Well, Dos had a GUI that was ditched after 3.1. People were okey with that.

remixedcat said:
I've allready seen businesses utilize metro UI...

Holiday Inn express uses them in large touch screens at the check-in area as info kiosks for visitors. I actually used one to look up malls so I can get shoes before I went to Vegas so I can have something more comfy for walking around the MGM Grand. (easier then whipping out my phone at the time).

I've also seen restaurants use a metro app for orders as well and it makes the UI easier for the wait staff to use.
Those are all POS (Point of Service, not the other acronym...) uses, interacting with consumers, marketing etc. Change is fast in those areas. Change is not so fast for people maintaining very old architecture and large large databases.
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