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Old 04-17-2014, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Not really related to the subject of this thread, start a new one for help with that.
Sorry...just that the post from Mr 5150 previous mentioned it and I was reading this since I just got 8.1 this morning to top it all off.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Treasure/Space coast.
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Install a program called "Classicshell" and you will get the familiar old look back.
You can only down grade to Windows 7 if you have Windows 8 professional, and as you bought it from a store you unfortunately do not have the pro version.

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I had to buy a new laptop this morning. That's bad enough, the time it takes to get used to one and clean out all the crap but now I have to try to do it with the Win 8.1 that it came with.
I don't mind learning something new but so far I hate,hate, hate it!
Can I really downgrade back to 7?
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:11 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Interesting. I see that this is now available in my Windows Update list. It's a whopping 887MB download.
I just updated my laptop with the new 8.1 update.

It took around 30 minutes to download over WiFi, and another 45 minutes to install.

I had to run the procedure twice, because the first time I ran it, it completed the download, and then failed around 10 - 15 minutes into the install process.

Not even sure why it failed? I didn't see any specific messages telling me the reason for failure.

Then after failing, it gave me a "retry" button.

So I hit this retry button, and it repeated the entire 30 minute download process again.

Thankfully the install completed successfully the 2nd time.

While it was installing, I found that the Windows 8 Update Process was nowhere near as informative as the old Windows XP Update Process.

And due to the enormous size of this update, it should have been called 8.2 or something like that?

You can tell you have the latest version by looking for a new Magnifying Glass icon (search) to the right of your name, in the Windows 8.1 screen:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/whats-new

Not sure why didn't they just give it a new name (or call it SP2), so it would be obvious in your computer's System Info?

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Old 04-18-2014, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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My company just forced 8 users to update to this new version of 8.1. I know there has to be some "old" 8.1 users out there, but I'm not sure we will have a way of telling.
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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I had to buy a new laptop this morning. That's bad enough, the time it takes to get used to one and clean out all the crap but now I have to try to do it with the Win 8.1 that it came with.
I don't mind learning something new but so far I hate,hate, hate it!
Can I really downgrade back to 7?
HP still sells notebooks that have Win7 on them. You just have to order it.
Laptops, Tablets & Chromebooks
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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I had to buy a new laptop this morning. That's bad enough, the time it takes to get used to one and clean out all the crap but now I have to try to do it with the Win 8.1 that it came with.
I don't mind learning something new but so far I hate,hate, hate it!
Can I really downgrade back to 7?
Some notebooks now have a chip to prevent it. I have a NB that came with 8 and even with pulling the hard drive and doing a low level format to it, Win7Pro full version failed within a few seconds giving a failure code and coming to a dead stop. Yet when I put the Win8 DVD to restore it in, it loaded without any issues.
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