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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Is Now Available

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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.

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So if you have a Windows 8 OEM its just an update? Or a complete install
 
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I am waiting for an ISO file image of a complete Windows 8.1 as updating from such a big file (3.1GB mind you) is sure to cause some issues.
 
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So why isn't this called simply Win 8 SP1??
 
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Simply because the updates are huge as there's more then 1 add-ons (Such as the start button .etc) i guess.
 
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Downloading it right now from the Windows Store (not sure why they didn't provide it via Windows Update). Windows 8.1 with Media Center is a 3.42 GB download.
 
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So if you have a Windows 8 OEM its just an update? Or a complete install
Technically an update, altho it can be a fresh install if desired.
 
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So why isn't this called simply Win 8 SP1??
They added StartButton for normal desktop that waves you to metro one, they added ability to have 2 more tiles in metro ui(at the same screen !!!!) and ofcourse last but not least deeper cloud integration. Its worth way more than 3 Gb. Dat MS, doing wonders since 1985(1983 infact). :rockout:
 

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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.....

 
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hmm, both links take me to windows metro store..


Im from EU, apparently its available since 1pm. Maybe its not your time yet?
 

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The changes in 8.1 are a step in the right direction but not enough to make businesses pay for windows 8 to "upgrade" from 7. We still need a proper desktop!
 
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The big news imo is that there now is a classic "retail" package. Windows 8.1 is €108 here, which is about €8 more than the Windows 8 OEM version. 8.1 Pro OEM is slightly cheaper than the standard Pro OEM. For some reason I had it in my mind 8.1 Pro Retail would be like $150, but I must have dreamed that.

EDIT: The bad news is that you can't install 8.1 as an upgrade to 7, you have to do a clean install. Which isn't bad as such, but might be annoying for some.
 
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Great job MS! And finally I am actually using to the max my 50 Mbps connexion :)
 

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Same with me here, I guess because I'm still using Windows 7 (I noticed that TheHunter is already using Windows 8).
Yea I just conformed that you MUST be on windows 8 already to download it. I remoted into my PC at home and it went straight to the metro download.
 
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A WARNING DURING INSTALLATION: you will have to reinstall your software!!!
 
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Same with me here, I guess because I'm still using Windows 7 (I noticed that TheHunter is already using Windows 8).
Yeah that upgrade is only for Windows 8 users, windows 7 users will have to buy 8.1.
 
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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.
 

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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.
that's what you get for installing software the day it is released. :slap:
 
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that's what you get for installing software the day it is released. :slap:
Well sorry for expecting Microsoft to not release a shitty update.