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Old 10-17-2013, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Mass
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The Windows Store is open | Microsoft

Open the Windows Store on a Windows 8 desktop or laptop.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Is there a trial edition of 8.1 I can test and download?
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:01 PM
 
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Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Thanks for the link, I'm downloading it now. Will test it on my 250 GB Samsung EVO test ssd.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Installed it yesterday and so far a noticeable improvement. Really like how you can boot directly to the desktop.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:42 PM
 
Location: FL
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I just got a newpc with windows 8 about 5 weeks ago and haven't installed it yet. Hopefully it will be a little easier but I mostly stay on Desktop and haven't had much of a struggle.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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And an upgrade it is. Apparently, you can't do a clean install of 8.1 with an 8.0 product key.

Going from 8.1 preview to 8.1 final, you're advised that you'll have to reinstall everything, only your data gets saved. So I decided to rather do a clean install from the official 8.1 ISO (got it via MS DreamSpark). Well, it won't accept my 8.0 key to even install. Instead, I'll have to download the whole thing all over again, this time via the Windows Store and "upgrade" from 8.1 preview to final.

Why Microsoft, Why?
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