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    Windows 8.1

    When the time comes for me to update Windows 8 to 8.1 will any of my desktop apps be deleted by the update?

    Advice would be appreciated.

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    No, nothing will be deleted.

    As with any major upgrade, imaging prior to the upgrade is recommended.
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    The upgrade should be offered in the Windows Store. I would assume there will also be a method from the upgrade or a web site where the ISO file will be available to allow a DVD or Flash Drive to be created with the upgrade info for future reference.

    I would second Rui's recommendation to Image prior to upgrade.
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    It WILL wipe your applications installed on Windows 8 if you do as I did (rather foolishly) and download the ISO file for Windows 8.1 (I have a Technet subscription) and install that in Windows 8.

    I should have known better... but this is not my main system anyway, so I live and learn.

    BTW, watch out for an incompatibility between Roboform and Google Chrome on Windows 8.1. I'm posting a separate message on that.

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    I suspect the ISO file can be burned to DVD or Flash, then still be used for an Upgrade Install. Usually the Upgrade Install keeps user added items in place and just Upgrades the system files. Is this not the case with Win 8.1?

    This article tends to indicate that if you start the update from within Windows you can choose three options:

    You can opt to keep "Windows settings, personal files and applications", "Keep personal files only", or keep "Nothing". This is the same info I read when the preview release became available. It also indicates that if your are upgrading from the Win 8.1 preview the first option will not be available, as was also indicated early on.
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    On a pc that came preinstalled with Windows8, the upgrade will be from Windows Update AFAIK. I don't know how that will function.
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    @JKonzac: You are incorrect. The "full" (as opposed to beta) version of Windows 8.1 does not delete any of your apps or software when you upgrade from Win8 to Win 8.1. ("keep all files and apps/programs"). It does, however seem that some software may be incompatible with Windows 8.1 (See my post here: http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...om-Windows-8-0 )
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    Using the RTM version of Win8.1 I had no problem keeping files and apps that existed in Win8.0. In fact, it was a trouble free upgrade that I still continue to "experiment" with.

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    IIRC, if you have an ISO you must start the upgrade from within Windows to be given the option to Ted mentioned in post#5.

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    Also, note that the "incompatibilities" mentioned in post #4 by JKonzak are because you cannot run plugins such as toolbars in a Modern/Metro application.

    I run RoboForm without any issues in Windows 8.1 desktop mode.

    Joe

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