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Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of the Windows 8.1 Preview, the next update of the Windows operating system, at the company's developer-focused Build conference. As part of the conference's keynote speech, the company outlined the reach, design and economic opportunities for developers to build differentiated, touch-based apps for the Windows platform, including new developer tools and increased support. Company executives also highlighted new top apps coming to Windows, including Facebook, Flipboard and NFL - clear evidence of the steady app momentum for Windows, which is experiencing the fastest growth across any platform.

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how extremely lackluster
 

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No .iso downloads yet, so I am waiting for that.
 
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More monetization opportunities.
At lease they are honest about it :nutkick:
 
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sub'd/ not sure I care but I might try it out anyways...
 
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You can download the ISOs right now from here.

Cheers!

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Windows 8.1 Preview (x64) - DVD (English)
File Name: en_windows_8.1_preview_x64_dvd_2358761.iso
Languages: English
SHA1: D8076E029292FBC933792D215793045031255FF6

Windows 8.1 Preview (x86) - DVD (English)
File Name: en_windows_8.1_preview_x86_dvd_2358833.iso
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Oh no.... they broke Gadget8 and Startisback. So if you use them i don't advise you to update. I updated to try it out as next week a full reinstall is in order along with some new parts and i am not installing this until the above program don't work properly.
 
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Great to see Microsoft catering to all the lazy users that couldn't be bothered to learn the new hot-keys or understand using a start screen rather than a start button :rolleyes:
 
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I had no problem with the UI, but my parents found it hard to find certain things such as finding the devices and printers dialog that is well hidden opposed to being in the start menu previously, and that is the place from where the scanner software can be accessed for our device. Gadgets were something that i was accustomed to.. having wheather, cpu info on my desktop always without rainmeter or other fancy resource hogs.
An other thing... Start screen is a rainbow with Windows choosing a background color for each tile based on the predominant color in the shortcut.User folders now appear on the main window when you enter "This pc" something along the lines of win XP just not grouped by user.Taskbar shortcut that opened library before now opens the This pc window(My Computer previously).
Some minor changes As Computer=>This Pc or the removal of the useless experience index(in this version at least) exist apart from the important changes. Boot to desktop is hidden in the taskbar settings BTW and not where i would have placed it, in power options or system settings.
 
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It's still not your traditional start button. All this new "start button" does is instead of having to hover in the left corner to make the "Metro" start panel show you now just have to click the window icon where the traditional start button has been to get to the "Metro" start menu.
 
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more trouble then it was worth... Microshaft you have done it again :slap:
 
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Do they got Server 2012???
 
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It doesn't install I've downloaded the msu file and I get a update not applicable. Bummer
 
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but my parents found it hard to find certain things such as finding the devices and printers dialog that is well hidden opposed to being in the start menu previously
Well hidden? you do the same thing as Win7 hit Windows key and start typing and voila! just because you see start screen instead of start menu it has pretty much the functionality if not more.
 

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Well hidden? you do the same thing as Win7 hit Windows key and start typing and voila! just because you see start screen instead of start menu it has pretty much the functionality if not more.
In Windows 7 there is no typing required, it is smack dab in your face when you click the start button. That is the point, you now have to search for everything that used to be in convenient to find places.
 
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Trying to install one of the ISOs to a VM, and having some trouble. Don't think my VHDs are setup right.
 
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Just installed a copy of this fresh...and I can't use a local account anymore I have to use my Microsoft account...seriously?! F That!

Edit: Figured out how to use a local account. Enter bullshit in for the Microsoft account and password and hit next. It will say it failed to connect to the microsoft account and then give you the option to set up a local account. Tricky Microsoft, why not give me the option to use a local account right away?

Oh no.... they broke Gadget8 and Startisback. So if you use them i don't advise you to update. I updated to try it out as next week a full reinstall is in order along with some new parts and i am not installing this until the above program don't work properly.
ClassicShell still works, which gives the start menu and Gadget8 is working fine for me.
 
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Now all the people who complained about not having a start button at the bottom don't have to move their hand a millimeter further.
 

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Just installed a copy of this fresh...and I can't use a local account anymore I have to use my Microsoft account...seriously?! F That!

Edit: Figured out how to use a local account. Enter bullshit in for the Microsoft account and password and hit next. It will say it failed to connect to the microsoft account and then give you the option to set up a local account. Tricky Microsoft, why not give me the option to use a local account right away?



ClassicShell still works, which gives the start menu and Gadget8 is working fine for me.
I use startisback
 
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ClassicShell still works, which gives the start menu and Gadget8 is working fine for me.
Probably i need a reinstall then. I just let it update the original 8 install with the progs already installed.
 
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In Windows 7 there is no typing required, it is smack dab in your face when you click the start button. That is the point, you now have to search for everything that used to be in convenient to find places.
So put it bang smack on the start screen :rolleyes: