Windows 8.1 upgrade

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    Windows 8.1 is now available for those running Windows 8 , in the store
     
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    Got mine and installed....started a 7:05 am and finished at 9 am EST. That was the longest upgrade I've ever been through...1 hour 55 minutes when all said and done.
     
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    First thoughts, Bass? I've been running the 8.1 TechNet rtm for a while now, as my primary OS. No real problems or bugs, which are worth mention.
     
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    I've had my primary system (desktop) running the RTM since it was released as well. The upgrade method was for my laptop.
     
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    Did you have to reinstall everything from the store and rebuild your Start Screen? That's what has me on delay, but then it just said that it will be shutting off in a couple of days for an update, so I'm wondering if my laptop is going to do it all on its own? :eek:
     
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    No...sure didn't...I first made sure windows 8 Pro that I have was updated from MS updates then preceded to upgrade. All my data and 98% of my settings were the same, just a few I had to change, were all intact from 8 Pro. Very painless.
     
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    Installed now
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    Upgraded today without a problem. All I had to do was tweak Classic Shell a little. Good upgrade experience for someone that prefers clean installs. :)
     
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    I'm currently on Windows 8. But I thinking about upgrading to 8.1 I'm not really sure if it would benefit me though. Does it run faster and more smoother than Windows 9? Have you found any Drawbacks at the moment?

    Thanks.
     
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    Well I havnt tried windows 9 yet (sorry, couldn't resist -lol). But, if you are reasonably happy with Windows 8, there is no reason to rush into 8.1 It does offer more stability and, in my opinion, is a little faster, but nothing to get too excited about.
     
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    Ah, I'm really unsure if I should go through the hassle to get it. s: I usually end up messing these things up. s:
     
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    Well. It's free, but I understand. You could make an image of your present setup, with a third party image program (more reliable than MS). Then, if you do mess up, it is easy to revert back to the original.
     
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    Hello. Windows 8.1 improves the modern UI, the windows store and internet explorer 11, add a new app and if you have Windows RT add Outlook. The modern UI is more intuitive too. The dekstop part just adds a start menu. And the possibility to start directly on the dekstop.
     
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    I actually like the upgrade. It just feels good to be up to date on everything. I didn't like how long it took. Usually when I download something it takes 20 minutes or less to download and install. I can't be off the computer that long. I do like the new interface though.
     
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    Do it, it's a great update with a lot of big and small improvements. The change I like best is the option to set your desktop background in the start screen, it really makes the OS more coherent. The new search is pretty useful too, I like the direction Microsoft is going with Windows 8.
     
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    Okay, well I hope the same will be for me, I'll try upgrading later on tonight. Thanks. I really don't want to have to redo the Start Screen or redownload apps, but I took pictures anyway. :D
     
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    I did the 8.1 update last week, and I don't regret doing such. It may have took quite a while, probably 3 hours at max, and my laptop's performance might have degraded the first few days after the update, but after updating my graphics card and other drivers, everything's running smoothly. Heck, I think I can even say that my laptop's performing better compared to the time when I was using Windows 8. If you're on the fence to upgrading, I recommend you do it now.
     
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    So apart from the start button, what's the biggest features for 8.1? Is there anything else that's interesting or was the update basically just for the start button?
     
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    The Navigation tab for taskbar properties options as well as resizing (even smaller) tiles for the Start Screen. Desktop wallpaper on Start Screen.
    A few things that some might consider enhancements.
     
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