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Windows 8.1 one is free! ...what?

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November 15, 2013 10:04:34 PM

So Iv been reading forms about windows 8.1 vs windows 7.

And I keep hearing about how windows 8.1 is free, Im assuming this is referring to people that have already got windows 8.

But, why would it not be?
Why are People saying this as if its even a thing?
Why the hell would i ever pay for an update that fixes **** for something that I already have payed for?
Have I misunderstood something here?
Is there something know body is telling me?

Why is a free update/patch a bonus?
Why would it not be free.
Is microsoft going to start making me pay for updates?

Just........ wtf? Im confused

Thank you for reading :) 

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November 15, 2013 10:06:52 PM

Ps what better windows 8.1 or 7, freedom and simplicity is what I'm looking for on an OS, i dont wont bing or advising shaved down my throat [ THIS IS MY DESKTOP BITCH! ]
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November 15, 2013 10:07:28 PM

It is more of a marketing scheme then anything, Also (and I could be wrong so don't jump at my throat mac users) but I think apple charges for certain updates aswell.
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November 15, 2013 10:08:26 PM

..... Can I say bitch.. or should I just put ***** in the future? Sorry I was exited :) 
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November 15, 2013 10:09:05 PM

Limbothefirst said:
Ps what better windows 8.1 or 7, freedom and simplicity is what I'm looking for on an OS, i dont wont bing or advising shaved down my throat [ THIS IS MY DESKTOP BITCH! ]


I still like my windows 7, although from a technical stand point 8 is better due to its improved memory handling, but its not life changing. If you have 7 stick with it, or don't I won't know if you do.
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November 15, 2013 10:09:46 PM

Limbothefirst said:
..... Can I say bitch.. or should I just put ***** in the future? Sorry I was exited :) 


I don't care but I also don't know if there are any rules against it, never have bothered to check really.
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November 15, 2013 10:12:36 PM

Lol what is the world coming to?
Maby I should stick to windows 7, its solid and reliable, Im a bit worried that in the future that may sneek some DRM shit or restrictive features onto 8. Like what was going to happen on Xbox One.
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November 15, 2013 10:13:54 PM

also to actually answer your question, no you do not have to pay for updates. That was said because microsoft has discontinued making windows 8 oem disc and includes the 8.1 update by default due to the fallout with its new UI. The changing of the disc's contents confused some people so that said the update was free to alleviate the confusion.
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November 15, 2013 10:15:01 PM

To be fair though, any drm the could put or sneak into 8 they could also do to 7, or vista or even xp (had they not discontinued support).
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November 15, 2013 10:16:18 PM

ill take a stab at it

MS changed the name of the operating system to make the update seem more drastic than it is.

windows 8 received a lot of blow back from users that didnt like it. a lot of bad reviews. in order to distance themselves from that somewhat, they changed the name of the operating system to windows 8.1 instead of just calling it a service pack, like they normally do.

since the name of the operating system was actually changed, they needed to mention that it was free.
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November 15, 2013 10:17:11 PM

neon neophyte said:
ill take a stab at it

MS changed the name of the operating system to make the update seem more drastic than it is.

windows 8 received a lot of blow back from users that didnt like it. a lot of bad reviews. in order to distance themselves from that somewhat, they changed the name of the operating system to windows 8.1 instead of just calling it a service pack, like they normally do.

since the name of the operating system was actually changed, they needed to mention that it was free.


Couldn't had said it better.
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November 15, 2013 10:29:32 PM

Ok I understand, thank you guys for clearing that up :) 

My digital world now shines a little lighter :D 

I think Ill be getting 8 then.
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