What am I missing if I don't update to 8.1?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by ian82, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    I just bought my w!fe an Acer Touch V5 laptop that comes preinstalled with Windows 8.

    I upgraded it to Windows 8.1 via the store then immediately noticed that my boot up takes an additional 2 mins, like when I restart, I just see a black blank screen for 2 mins then the boot process starts.

    Did a little bit of research and it seems that the culprit were the Bluetooth Drivers so I updated all the drivers from the Acer website and the boot was fine then.

    But my main question is, since I use StartIsBack which does give me a real start menu and I never see metro, what am I missing by not updating to 8.1 let's say if I get another laptop in the near future?

    The way I see it is the upgrade is more of a hassle than a convenience and gives me personally nothing exciting other than driver headaches.

    If I stay on Windows 8, can I continue to receive security updates or is it a mandatory upgrade to go to Windows 8.1 to be able to get the latest security updates?
     
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  2. Tito

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  3. kelorgo

    kelorgo MDL Addicted

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    Windows 8 only comes with PowerShell 3.0. Only way to get PowerShell 4.0 is to upgrade to 8.1, it can't be installed on 8.
     
  4. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    As of now, windows 8 will receive all security updates till Oct 17/18, 2015 (that it, till 2 years after GA of 8.1).
    So, 8 will be supported till Oct 2015 and in fact 8 receives updates every month.
    8 of course is not being offered IE 11 and perhaps even future IEs. Plus, 8 does not have that half baked start button of 8.1, the funky start screen of 8.1, and some apps notably facebook.
    I use 8 and 8.1 interchangeably and find them equally fine.
     
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  5. user_hidden

    user_hidden MDL Expert

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    Windows 8.1 has and ".1" over Windows 8 .... makes you more part of the collective
     
  6. Helmutcheese

    Helmutcheese MDL Member

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    A headache!
     
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    Garbellano MDL Addicted

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  8. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    you will be missing windows 7, go back go back now before its to late (For us!):biggrin:
     
  9. solarstone2149

    solarstone2149 MDL Member

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    you won't be so c00L
     
  10. yucheng0801

    yucheng0801 MDL Novice

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    Its always better to INSTALL 8.1 (yes, clean install, not upgrade) because 8.1 solves a bunch of windows 8 errors, plus it saves u battery. You should get an original or non modified ISO of the same version of Windows 8.1 an do a clean install with the Win 8 key found within the BIOS. THERE IS NO NEED TO BUY A NEW ONE. Win 8 key activates win 8.1 (same version) you should check it out. It is recommended
     
  11. sadiq.na

    sadiq.na MDL Novice

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    If you want a better perfoming system and battery update to windows 8.1 .Also another update gonna come this march which can reduce overall footprint of windows 8 and bring u close to windows 7 lifestyle,better navigation ,shutdown buttons.