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    Forced upgrade from 8.1

    I had to read this twice before I realized that I can survive:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke...rtner=yahootix

    The link says that if you have 8.1 you upgrade to 8.1.1 or you will be in the same non-supported mode as XP.

    I tried 8.1 almost as soon as it was released. It caused a lot of problems: some apps would not run; I had a nasty mouse delay and the MS fix didn't work; and my browsers had frequent problems connecting to some sites. I gave it a good shot, but finally realized that all of the problems would go away, if I simply restored my last 8.0 image. I did. Everything works well for me under 8.0.

    As I understand it, I can continue to use 8.0 with MS support. If this is not correct, someone please let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob W View Post
    As I understand it, I can continue to use 8.0 with MS support.
    That's correct. But only for another 21 months, not the next 9 years:

    With the General Availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 have 2 years, until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 in order to remain supported.

    Windows 8.1 Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ

    Bruce

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    Not all updates are going to be problem free as we are already seeing and have long known.
    Sometimes a clean install is the best option.

    I know this first hand because I too have had issues with the original 8.1 update which were
    resolved with a dreaded and lengthy clean install.
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    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    GPU: Nvidia GTX 580*Memory: Corsair 12 GB, 4x3@1600*PSU: Corsair HX1000*Hard drives: REVO X2 160GB*OCZ VERT X3 120GB*5 mechanical storage drives (12 TB) total.

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    Thanks guys. I hope that MS will get 8.1 running properly before I am forced to try it again. My guess is that somehow my Gigabyte mobo does not get along with 8.1. There is some chance that I could update the mobo firmware and resolve some of the problems. I had a lot of trouble with my prior build (Asrock mobo) and Windows 7. When I finally updated the firmware, the problems completely vanished.

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    I believe a number of motherboard makers updated their firmware to better support Windows 8. I have an ASUS Sabretooth board and there have been at two BIOS updates for Windows 8.x.

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    Jazz - I think I will try the firmware update. As I recall, the process is more or less automated with the newer boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob W View Post
    I had to read this twice before I realized that I can survive:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke...rtner=yahootix

    The link says that if you have 8.1 you upgrade to 8.1.1 or you will be in the same non-supported mode as XP.

    I tried 8.1 almost as soon as it was released. It caused a lot of problems: some apps would not run; I had a nasty mouse delay and the MS fix didn't work; and my browsers had frequent problems connecting to some sites. I gave it a good shot, but finally realized that all of the problems would go away, if I simply restored my last 8.0 image. I did. Everything works well for me under 8.0.

    As I understand it, I can continue to use 8.0 with MS support. If this is not correct, someone please let me know.
    Windows 9 should be available (rumors are April 2015), before you stop getting updates to Windows 8.0

    Of course, that raises the question, will you like Windows 9 better than you like Windows 8.0?

    We'll all have to wait and see.

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