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Windows 8.1 Upgrade Troubles?
« on: February 14, 2014, 04:39:01 pm »

In another post, glynor let everyone know that even the mighty Bill Gates has had problems upgrading to Win 8.1:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2014/02/gates-spends-entire-first-day-back-in-office-trying-to-install-windows-81.html
So much so, he gave up and rolled back to Win 7. This cracked me up ..  ;D

Bill, Bill, Bill, why didn't you "Google" or in your case "Bing" it?

I found this piece of guidance invaluable when I was having similar issues:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/overcome-windows-8-1-upgrade-errors-with-a-legal-iso-download/

In order to do a clean install, have a look at the commentary below the article that starts at about 15Nov2013, there's discussion around how to employ product keys. Ultimately a valid, paid for product key is needed to activate the install. I used a relevant key from here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx
as the temporary install key. Worked for me and the frustration of Bill Gates proportions was avoided..  ;)
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Re: Windows 8.1 Upgrade Troubles?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014, 04:41:17 pm »

Yeah Microsoft didn't officially intend you to install a clean 8.1, instead their "plan" is to install 8 and then upgrade to 8.1 via Windows Update.

I never liked such upgrades, so I always use these special keys together with a install ISO. Special key during install, proper Windows 8 key afterwards, and it activates fine. :)
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Re: Windows 8.1 Upgrade Troubles?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2014, 05:57:57 pm »

That article was a joke.  That blog on the New Yorker is like The Onion.

I've personally had a ton of issues installing Windows 8 and 8.1, however.
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Re: Windows 8.1 Upgrade Troubles?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2014, 06:30:46 pm »

That article was a joke.  That blog on the New Yorker is like The Onion.

I've personally had a ton of issues installing Windows 8 and 8.1, however.

Thanks for setting things straight but there was much more joy in the delusion.

I had no biggies with a clean install of 8.1 using the method noted then activating with an 8 key. I work to a cutting edge philosophy and tend to lag the latest trends. Best to avoid the pain of being at the bleeding edge for stuff like Windows. I gain an advantage from others (let all that good karma flow) who work through these little tricks.
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Re: Windows 8.1 Upgrade Troubles?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2014, 09:32:42 pm »

I am waiting for windows 28 before I upgrade.
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Re: Windows 8.1 Upgrade Troubles?
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2014, 01:22:51 pm »

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I am waiting for windows 28 before I upgrade

No trouble upgrading whatsoever ! It's just B & F  :P

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Re: Windows 8.1 Upgrade Troubles?
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2014, 07:04:30 am »

No trouble upgrading whatsoever ! It's just B & F  :P

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Ouch ... that's a brutal upgrade method..  :o
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