Upgrading to Windows 8.1

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Poll: Do you like Windows 8? (20 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you like Windows 8?

  1. Yes, I like it. (7 votes [35.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 35.00%

  2. Eh, it's okay... (3 votes [15.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.00%

  3. No, I do not like it. (10 votes [50.00%])

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#1 The_Programmer-  Icon User is offline

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Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 26 January 2014 - 05:00 PM

Well, after thinking it through I think Windows 8.1 looks pretty good. I like the idea of the RAM allocation offsets and buffers so it is harder to hack things. I can also run programs from Windows 7 in comparability mode if they do not work. I know that a lot of people hate it because of the new Metro look but you can always change some settings so it displays the desktop on startup. Now to the point of this thread, has anyone upgraded to or bought Windows 8 and do you like it? I saw that the upgrade to 8.1 Pro was $70 on Amazon which is pretty good.

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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 26 January 2014 - 05:05 PM

I only got it because it was free and I was curious. Would not recommend unless you have a touchscreen. With a touchscreen it's absolutely wonderful. Otherwise, stick with Win 7
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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 26 January 2014 - 05:12 PM

I'm liking it so far. That said I am completely ignoring the whole metro side of things - but that's not really a problem and quite easy to do in 8.1.

I'm finding a pretty noticeable speed improvement coming from Win 7 as well which is always nice. The charms bar still annoys the crap out of me though.
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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 26 January 2014 - 05:19 PM

I know that there will be a lot to get used to. I can most likely change registry values to customize it though.

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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:51 PM

Remember also that Win8 comes with Hyper-V. So it really simple to have Virtual Machines.
Plus there is Boot-to-VHD.

I quite like it, as I use Windows8.1 + VS2013 Pro on my (8Gb) machine at work.
Plus I also have an all in one touchscreen machine (which is a test machine) as it's exactly the same as what we send out to our clients and customers.
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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:27 AM

While I'm all for Windows integrating touchscreen as a native UI element - I'm fully against them going to tablet display methods. It's ironic that Windows is the first major desktop OS (compare to Mac or a popular linux Distro) to start doing away with WINDOWS.

Metro is interesting, and would work well on a small handheld touchscreen device, but it doesn't fit for a PC. Another huge downfall is the way it utterly fails at handling multiple desktops now. I run on 6 monitors, and if it's nto bad enough that I can't figure out which screen is currently the primary (because it changes, somehow, as you go), it isn't even sure and puts the wonky sidebar inside the intersection between 2-4 monitors. It's utterly ridiculous and unmanageable. I'm glad I only paid $15 for my copy and was able to roll back to 7.

It's an interesting idea, and I look forward to seeing how they implement it in Windows 9.
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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:50 AM

Read this the other day and it seems relevant:

HP Bring Windows 7 back due to high demand

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PC MAKER HP has announced that it is dropping Windows 8 in favour of its predecessor, Windows 7.

Advertising on the HP website declares, "Windows 7 is back.... Due to popular demand." The claim is more than just a marketing statement. HP is now preloading most of its PCs with Windows 7 as standard, with Windows 8 having been relegated to an optional customisation.

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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:52 AM

i have 8 and started a win 8 thread somewhere arouind here on dic.

it takes some getting used to -- not sure i am used to it all yet.

if you are upgrading to it make sure you move all your files that you want and all the programs you want off of the drive you are placing windows 8 because it will erase everything
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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:13 AM

@daren: software support -> windows -> pinned thread 'Windows 8 & 8.1 Tips'.
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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 29 January 2014 - 04:07 PM

Well... Now I messed up my BIOS because MSI recommended to flash it for Windows 8.1. Now my PC will not post so now I have to RMA the board. 15+ days of no computer :\
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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 29 January 2014 - 04:10 PM

ouch, my condolances
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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:05 AM

I like Win8, I got it for 15. Most people don't like it, but they quickly get used to it.

TBH, I use it like I would any other version of Windows - desktop mode, the only difference is the start screen with the little robot characters :tt1:

That... and I needed it for my studies, and now, work.
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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:58 PM

I honestly don't understand why people don't like Windows 8. I mean--yes it took about 3 hours to get used to it. but I honestly liked the change... And all the new short cuts that make my life so much easier.
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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:09 PM

Despite all the hate Windows 8 gets, 8.1 is a great OS. After getting used to it and avoiding the new start menu all together by booting to desktop, there is a lot to love about it.
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Re: Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:36 PM

Have you tried managing multiple servers running Windows 2012 and all you have is mRemoteNG or Remote Desktop and non-touch screen computer? It's a major pain specially when the servers are configured to your IT departments security admins to bring you back to to the login screen after 5 minutes of inactivity. And forget about trying to hit the small target in the top left corner to bring up the charms bar to get to to the settings to get to the Control Panel only to find that the settings you need to modify is in the other Control Panel exposed by the desktop. I think I spend more time fighting/fiddling with the UI than actually getting work done.
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