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    Windows 8.1 Official Release on October 17th

    Here is one of many stories about this.

    The official release will be through the App Store. I would assume that it might be available as a separate ISO file download at some point in time as well.
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    Is it worth installing?

    If there is anyone who has tried the preview, please comment.
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    I had some problems with the Win 8.1 Preview, but then again my ISO file was corrupted. I guess I will wait fot the official release now. Before installing I will make a complete Image, then I will try it. I guess I'm game for almost anything.

    Many of the articles about Win 8.1 do show many of the features and enhancements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    Is it worth installing?

    If there is anyone who has tried the preview, please comment.
    I didn't try the preview (too busy to tinker with working systems and VMs are cool but they are not the real thing), but my reading about it makes me think it's a more mature and streamlined version and upgrading should be a no brainer.
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    Price and upgradingMicrosoft will not charge users to upgrade to Windows 8.1. However, installing could pose problems for some users. Microsoft has gone on record as stating that users who download the Windows 8.1 Preview edition will have to reinstall of their applications when they upgrade to the final version of 8.1. Redmond claims that all account information and data will remain unaffected.

    Read more: http://www.itpro.co.uk/desktop-softw...#ixzz2cA38l33i
    I'm just a little concerned about having to reinstall all desktop applications with the up and coming 8.1 release.
    Some of my applications require extensive reg edits and other "non standard" installation setups. This is sounding like
    it might be more of an ordeal than your usual, or traditional service pack installation.

    I might consider installing it "cleanly", but it has to be worth the effort at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I'm just a little concerned about having to reinstall all desktop applications with the up and coming 8.1 release.
    Some of my applications require extensive reg edits and other "non standard" installation setups. This is sounding like
    it might be more of an ordeal than your usual, or traditional service pack installation.

    I might consider installing it "cleanly", but it has to be worth the effort at least.

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    I will just upgrade my stuff. My current install has a month, should be clean enough .
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    I could see how a total desktop programs reinstall would be problematic for many users.
    Especially desktop users with a lot of complex installed programs and advanced settings.

    If this is the case, then adaptation to 8.1 might be a turn off for many.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I'm just a little concerned about having to reinstall all desktop applications with the up and coming 8.1 release.
    Some of my applications require extensive reg edits and other "non standard" installation setups. This is sounding like
    it might be more of an ordeal than your usual, or traditional service pack installation.
    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I could see how a total desktop programs reinstall would be problematic for many users.
    Especially desktop users with a lot of complex installed programs and advanced settings.

    If this is the case, then adaptation to 8.1 might be a turn off for many.
    You haven't tried the preview so you won't have to reinstall your desktop applications:

    Will upgrading from windows 8 to windows 8.1 able to keep desktop applications?

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    Exactly
    If upgrades are going to be coming yearly, then that will mean the loss of all desktop applications with the installation of the upgrade.
    (It's looking like this might be the norm for these so called upgrades)
    This is in opposition to the way operating system service pack installations have traditionally worked.

    For a serious desktop user, having to install all of ones 3rd party desktop applications, it will be a laborious affair.
    It's a laborious affair for an advanced computer users, let alone a clueless uniformed n00b.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    Exactly
    If upgrades are going to be coming yearly, then that will mean the loss of all desktop applications with the installation of the upgrade.
    (It's looking like this might be the norm for these so called upgrades)
    This is in opposition to the way operating system service pack installations have traditionally worked.

    For a serious desktop user, having to install all of ones 3rd party desktop applications, it will be a laborious affair.
    It's a laborious affair for an advanced computer users, let alone a clueless uniformed n00b.


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    If you clean install, yes, Clint, but if you just upgrade, you won't lose anything, it will be like an upgrade to the previous versions of Windows.I think this new yearly releases cycle will bring new challenges to all of those that are keen on using the latest windows version.
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    Yes, that's all I wanted to know, and MS, as usual, has not been too terribly clear on this.

    I'd prefer to do the clean install ONLY if there is a problem. Which I rarely encounter with a service pack installation.
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    Since I will be making a complete Image of my present Win 8 installation, as I suspect you will as well Clint, I do not have a problem with an Upgrade. If something does not work, then I can restore my Image.
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    1st of all, I have been using 8.1 since it 1st became available. It has a lot of cool features, improvements & enhancements, both for End Users & for business, both superficial & under the covers. In general can it be said that it is worth going to 8.1....YES. There are settings & options in it people will like and it is extremely snappy & fast!

    Has to having to re-install things, I may be completely wrong but, I don't think that will be necessary. It is my understanding it will upgrade/update the OS w/out disturbing anything, already, existing in (your) Windows 8. Bit similar to grabbing a Service Pack although, 8.1 is not a Service Pack.

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    I believe you are correct unless, like many of us do, you would choose to do a Custom Install and start over. Once I have a good Image of my present system. I will just upgrade to Win 8.1 to see how well it works. I suppose I could with the preview, but I just haven't had the time, and may not before Oct. 17th. If that's the case I see no reason to install the preview.

    Most, if not all, the Start Menu replacement apps have also been updated to work with Win 8.1 Preview. That will also be nice for those of us that still use portions of the old Start Menu.
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    I know this is an older thread, but with the release date being "around the corner", I thought I'd chime in.

    With all the MS hoo hah about the preview NOT necessarily being like the final release, I thought it not worth the bother. Most of you know my Win 8 Pro installation is nowhere near standard. I will first see if the official 8.1 will upgrade my installation. With Windows 7 Ultimate and my customized installation, Service Pack 1 installed without a hiccup. I'm hoping that 8.1 will upgrade over my carved up 8 in the same fashion.

    If not, and if 8.1 proves to be a worthwhile upgrade, I can always re-assemble Windows 8 Pro, upgrade, and then cut it back up to suit me.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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