Hi I'm thinking about getting a Windows 8 laptop, I have never really used it before (except when I installed 8.1 preview on a laptop) I was wondering if you can still integrate things like Windows 7 With Windows 7 I would run ABR to backup the .xrm-ms file and the product key then I made a online integration of SP1, IE11 etc then add the .xrm.-ms in $OEM$ made a .iso so it would be a clean install and activate windows without having to go online. I heard there was some trouble updating 8 to 8.1 in that it could only be updated from the "store" i.e online, I prefer to have things in an offline image then I can reinstall without having to download a ton of updates. Did Windows 8.1 change how activation was done or something? Do Windows 8 laptops still use a SLIC bios? Or do you have to activate online all the time? I'm not interested in pirating, I just want to know if I buy a laptop that has a load of junk on it I can do a clean reinstall basically, also does it matter if I get a windows 8 or 8.1 laptop?