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Windows 7: Why Have Most Windows 8 Users Not Upgraded to Windows 8.1?


16 Mar 2014   #1

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Why Have Most Windows 8 Users Not Upgraded to Windows 8.1?

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Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade to Windows 8. It’s what the original Windows 8 should have been, with important improvements for both desktop and tablet users. So why are more people using Windows 8 than Windows 8.1?

It’s hard not to see this as a failure for Microsoft. Windows 8.1 is the first “new version” of Windows they’ve given out for free to existing users and most Windows 8 users aren’t biting.
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16 Mar 2014   #2
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

Maybe many who tried 8 are so unhappy with MS's new directions that they don't want to risk getting more of it... ? lol

btw, article says "Microsoft requires you log in with a Microsoft account before you can download Windows 8.1 from the Store", that's not correct, no need for MS Party Membership card. But they try hard to maneuver and trick people into it.
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16 Mar 2014   #3

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I personally can't see why anyone running 8 won't upgrade to 8.1. It provides a lot of improvements and added features to the OS and there's zero degradation in performance.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
"Microsoft requires you log in with a Microsoft account before you can download Windows 8.1 from the Store", that's not correct, no need for MS Party Membership card. But they try hard to maneuver and trick people into it.
Unless you have an ISO disk, how is the NOT true?

And yes, I'm running Window 8... on two machines.
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16 Mar 2014   #4
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
I personally can't see why anyone running 8 won't upgrade to 8.1. It provides a lot of improvements and added features to the OS and there's zero degradation in performance.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
"Microsoft requires you log in with a Microsoft account before you can download Windows 8.1 from the Store", that's not correct, no need for MS Party Membership card. But they try hard to maneuver and trick people into it.
Unless you have an ISO disk, how is the NOT true?

And yes, I'm running Window 8... on two machines.
Got 2x 8's upgraded, 1 core & 1 pro, downloaded 8.1 in shop, both local accounts, no ISO involved. Took hours, then some extra time to get rid of windows old etc, turned out very well (did not jump on it at the release time, waited till drivers etc were updated). As for any improvements, none in practice here, Classic Shell works fine in both 8 & 8.1 :O)
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16 Mar 2014   #5
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
Maybe many who tried 8 are so unhappy with MS's new directions that they don't want to risk getting more of it... ? lol

btw, article says "Microsoft requires you log in with a Microsoft account before you can download Windows 8.1 from the Store", that's not correct, no need for MS Party Membership card. But they try hard to maneuver and trick people into it.
Sorry mate, but you do indeed need to be signed in to the Store with a Microsoft account to be able to download and install anything from the Store.

Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8

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It appears that you are able to update to 8.1 without being signed in to a Microsoft account.
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16 Mar 2014   #6
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

Did install\upgrade to 8.1 yesterday om my Tosh C850, offered in store, it's here in front of me with a very alive 8.1 streaming youtube videos. no ms account. Just finishing the details, removing windows old, defrag etc. Did my other w8 laptop a few weeks ago. Are we talking about the same thing? The upgrade is offered to any legit 8 installation, local or ms account.
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16 Mar 2014   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
Did install\upgrade to 8.1 yesterday om my Tosh C850, offered in store, it's here in front of me with a very alive 8.1 streaming youtube videos. no ms account. Just finishing the details, removing windows old, defrag etc. Did my other w8 laptop a few weeks ago. Are we talking about the same thing? The upgrade is offered to any legit 8 installation, local or ms account.
Not going to argue but you're somewhat contradicting yourself because you can't log-in/download from the Microsoft Apps Store (where the 8.1 update would have been offered) without a MS account. And thus you can't access the store through Windows 8 without an MS account - Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 8. If you've done or have that setup, than you DO have a MS account
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16 Mar 2014   #8

win7 home premium 64bit
 
 

the 8.1 update crashes one friend's computer when they try to install. He knows very little of computers and won't try anything to fix it.

Windows 8 itself crashed and bluescreened so the other can't figure out how to get it back up without losing his data. This one is pretty lazy and hasn't bothered doing anything with it since he doesn't like win8 at all. He also knows very little of computers and other excuses to not get things done with it.
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16 Mar 2014   #9
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

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you can't log-in/download from the Microsoft Apps Store (where the 8.1 update would have been offered) without a MS account.
Interesting, is MS honoring me with some special treatment, or am I the only one reading the fine print and clicking the right places when presented with MS's install\upgrade options?

All my original w8 installs has been done using local account, have got no ms account, never had one, and will not get one for any foreseeable future.

The upgrade used was offered as 1st thing after clicking the 'store' tile\shortcut, and shows up as a very large tile taking half of the screen here, click it and the upgrade downloads and installs, no need to log in anywhere. Have used same procedure before on several test upgrades to 8.1 on different pc's (at the time reverted to 8 images due to some small problems with 8.1 (drivers?), seems good this time). All in all this is the 5 or 6th time I do a local account 8.1 upgrade.

Whatever, working fine now, and prepared for the 8.1.1 arrival on the 'affected' pc's.
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16 Mar 2014   #10

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Don't know , haven't got installed 8.0 to try it now. Perhaps that is fairly recent, due to so many complaints about having to log in.
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