Windows 8.1- Installation Complete
I will be writing some articles covering off Build over the next few days, but as I write this I am installing in the background Windows 8.1. I will update this article as the install works its way through.
I must admit, I could not see Windows 8.1 in the store so I went on search for via Microsoft’s website. I discovered a link that seems to kick off the process. Here is the link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/download-preview
It will download and install any required updates then reboot your machine, once my laptop had rebooted then after logging in it took me straight to the Windows store where i could kick off the download of Windows 8.1 As I mentioned above I am in the download stage at the moment
As you can guess this article is WIP.
-update: ok it seems that the download servers are getting hammered. It is downloading very very slowly.
– update 2: The installing is complete and I am now running on Windows 8.1, whilst the download took ages to come down the installation was very quick all up it took 28 mins once the download was complete ( the download is reported to be about 1.95 gig) . On my device I had 3 reboots throughout the installation and them I was able to log in. I have noticed a weird thing on two devices that I have upgraded. For about 30 mins to 1 hour after the first time I login the OS feels sluggish whilst it seems to finish off the installation. You can use the OS but there is defiantly something happening once you log on for the first time. Once what ever is happening in the background has finished the OS seems very quick and can see that Microsoft have invested time in tuning it.
One thing to note: I did one device as an in place upgrade and one as a clean install, the clean install used two factor authentication (if you have it enabled) to do the install when you enter your Microsoft account.
I am slowly working through all of the updates, the first and most noticeable is Windows Icon when you are in the desktop app. This is appease all of the people that wanted a start button, it seems kind of silly to me as it just takes you to the home screen with all of the tiles. I will wait and see what the feedback from people is around this. I have already tested out the multiple snapping feature and the improved multi monitor support ( like I said on the geekspheretv show, this is nothing really new for any OS).
At this point in time I am testing out search and the upgrades to the store, I have yet to test out all of the updates to the in built apps. Paul Thurrott the godfather of all things around Microsoft has done an amazing write up on all of the in built app changes. You can find those article at www.winsupersite.com
Note: I will pull some images from other posts, I will give credit where I got these from below the image.