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Topic # 123177 27-Jun-2013 11:21
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Look what arrived in my mailbox this morning....
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview

Looks interesting... I sometimes wonder if a technet sub is worth looking at....

8.1 ISO's available from tomorrow, I have a VM ready and waiting....




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  Reply # 846027 27-Jun-2013 11:45
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If they give a cheap deal again like they did for testers of Win 8, I might buy a copy this time.




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  Reply # 846030 27-Jun-2013 11:49
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  Reply # 846032 27-Jun-2013 11:54
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freitasm: Don't be disappointed with the start button that is not.


hmmm. No start button or no start menu?
I heard there is a start button which just brings up the metro screen?

Have they added the option to boot to the desktop?

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  Reply # 846033 27-Jun-2013 11:55
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Upgraded my machine in the morning. Lots of little things changed that make it even better. No data or info lost upgrading from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8.1 Preview.




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  Reply # 846042 27-Jun-2013 12:04
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billgates: Upgraded my machine in the morning. Lots of little things changed that make it even better. No data or info lost upgrading from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8.1 Preview.


But preview to Gold will not be upgradable I am sure I read somewhere. 


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  Reply # 846051 27-Jun-2013 12:16
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freitasm: I will reset this Surface tonight and install it later to try.


shouldn't need to do a refresh, it will upgrade over existing

also if the base language install of your machine is not EN US language you'll need to wait a few more days for the upgrade to install.

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  Reply # 846053 27-Jun-2013 12:18
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Klipspringer:
freitasm: Don't be disappointed with the start button that is not.


hmmm. No start button or no start menu?
I heard there is a start button which just brings up the metro screen?

Have they added the option to boot to the desktop?


yes there is Boot to Desktop

yes there is a Start button which brings up a Start screen not a Start menu

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  Reply # 846063 27-Jun-2013 12:20
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billgates: Upgraded my machine in the morning. Lots of little things changed that make it even better. No data or info lost upgrading from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8.1 Preview.


But preview to Gold will not be upgradable I am sure I read somewhere. 



yes you can upgrade from Windows 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1 but you'll need to reinstall your apps

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  Reply # 846070 27-Jun-2013 12:27
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freitasm: Don't be disappointed with the start button that is not.


give it a try and see what you think

you can default the Start Screen to the all apps view now, you can view apps by date installed, most popular etc

the Start screen shows more apps than the Start menu ever could

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  Reply # 846071 27-Jun-2013 12:28
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ajobbins: If they give a cheap deal again like they did for testers of Win 8, I might buy a copy this time.


cheap price of Windows 8 was available to everyone



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  Reply # 846077 27-Jun-2013 12:37
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ajobbins: If they give a cheap deal again like they did for testers of Win 8, I might buy a copy this time.


cheap price of Windows 8 was available to everyone


The $40 upgrade price was quite appealing, but the product less so.

I still 1 XP and 2 Vista high performance machines needing upgrades - but can't bring myself to spend $500 on upgrades as a typical end user.

$120 on the other hand....




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  Reply # 846083 27-Jun-2013 12:54
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Using it, loving it. Lots of nice little tweaks everywhere. It solved a few issues with laggy applications as well.

Also IE11 is blazingly quick.

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  Reply # 846097 27-Jun-2013 13:19
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I am bummed about LastPass not working in IE11. Add on is not supported. Have requested LastPass to add support for IE11 toolbar. Using Firefox as a browser on Windows 8.1




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