Windows 8.1 Release
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Friday, 18 October 2013 08:46

This update has been issued for general release. It does have certain advantages, for example it installs a Start button (not in the same sense as an XP Start button but it does have links to some of those features) and it allows you to boot straight to Desktop.  On the downside, it tries to encourage you to use cloud computing more, wanting you to use SkyDrive and appears to insist upon a Microsoft account.  Many people are encountering problems during or following the installation of this update.

In the opinion of Alien Technologies, at the moment, we would recommend that you DO NOT attempt to upgrade to 8.1 especially if you machine is a business critical machine. 

This update is not part of the standard Windows update process and is not a critical update or a security update.  It is optional and strictly speaking at the moment is not necessary.  It is only available from the store

Alien Technologies has so far been involved in attempting the upgrade 3 times: 

1:  A relatively new HP laptop has installed 8.1 successfully but now has no wifi access. 

2:  An office desktop with a lot of legacy programs spent 4 hours downloading the update but failed to install and reverted back to Windows 8 anyway

3:  On a brand new desktop loaded with Windows 8 the 8.1 upgrade also failed. 

In all three cases, the system restore feature was turned off so it was not possible to restore Windows to an earlier setting except by using System Refresh which would remove all your programs and third party apps.

Finally there are some cases being reported of Windows 8.1 installing but removing all Apps and Programs in the process

 

In the opinion of Alien Technologies, at the moment, we would recommend that you DO NOT attempt to upgrade to 8.1 especially if you machine is a business critical machine.

 

Please note that in accordance with standard manufacturer terms and conditions, software alterations and repairs are not covered under warranty.  Anyone who has purchased a PC  with Windows 8 installed please be aware that any problems or issues caused by the installation of Windows 8.1 will not be covered under warranty and any additional work to resolve these problems will be chargeable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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