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Is Windows 8.1 better than 8 in any way?

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February 8, 2014 9:40:25 PM

I was a little sceptical about windows 8 but after using on a friends PC I kind of liked it so I got Win 8 pro. And I am having a better experience with this Windows than with Windows 7 Home premium. I really don't know whether to upgrade to 8.1 because I can't find a good reason to. The only things I can think of that 8.1 offers is Direct X 11.2 and Internet Explorer 11. Other than that i have heard that some features on Motherboards do not work with 8.1 like Virtu MVP for example.

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February 8, 2014 10:48:07 PM

Windows 8.1 is nothing more than a service pack to Windows 8. Of course it's going to be better. It has bug fixes and patches security holes, among other things, and it's free. Why would you not want to install it? Besides, in less than 2 years all support for 8.0 will go away, so eventually you'll have to upgrade anyway.
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February 8, 2014 11:17:35 PM

mbreslin1954 said:
Windows 8.1 is nothing more than a service pack to Windows 8. Of course it's going to be better. It has bug fixes and patches security holes, among other things, and it's free. Why would you not want to install it? Besides, in less than 2 years all support for 8.0 will go away, so eventually you'll have to upgrade anyway.


Oh I did not know Windows 8 support would be dropped so quickly, only a few weeks ago did they drop support for XP
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February 8, 2014 11:22:59 PM

Also I read on a Microsoft forum that you can't get the update for Windows 8.1 pro in the app store. So how do you get it?
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February 8, 2014 11:33:18 PM

Support for Windows XP won't be dropped before April, and it's possible Microsoft will extend support beyond April, stay tuned. I read that when 8.1 came out that Microsoft was going to drop support for 8.0 two years later. That could change, but that's the last I heard.

You can only get the 8.1 upgrade from the Windows Store, but it will only be available if you have all patches for Windows 8.0 applied (you don't need the optional Bing search updates, just all important and critical ones). Once Windows 8 is fully patched, you go the Windows 8 Start screen, then click on the Store tile. The upgrade to 8.1 should be staring you in the face.
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February 8, 2014 11:52:19 PM

mbreslin1954 said:
Support for Windows XP won't be dropped before April, and it's possible Microsoft will extend support beyond April, stay tuned. I read that when 8.1 came out that Microsoft was going to drop support for 8.0 two years later. That could change, but that's the last I heard.

You can only get the 8.1 upgrade from the Windows Store, but it will only be available if you have all patches for Windows 8.0 applied (you don't need the optional Bing search updates, just all important and critical ones). Once Windows 8 is fully patched, you go the Windows 8 Start screen, then click on the Store tile. The upgrade to 8.1 should be staring you in the face.


Even when I start my PC sometimes it will ask me if I want to get the 8.1 update but i was not sure if that was a preview or the full OS. Pretty sure it was the full OS. I don't think I have used the start screen other than to open my desktop when I boot up. But your right, the first thing I saw in the store was a windows 8.1 update for free notice.
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