No I have not disappeared, I’ve been sitting back and reading all the Windows 8.1 reviews via newsletters I receive or those posted on the Internet. Most reviews vary between 2 and 4 stars as it would appear that each reviewer has a gripe or two. No one gave a 5 star rating and no one totally trashed it with a 1 star. If you want to read a few reviews just Google: Windows 8.1 RTM and have a peek.
The whole thing started with MSDN and TechNet failure to make the RTM available to developers. That had the effect of putting their software development efforts behind schedule for the Windows October 17th release to the public. Therefore you may find that some new products on the store shelves or downloadable via the Internet may include an update that must be installed to make the software 100% compatible with Windows 8.1
The icing on the cake is that upgrading any earlier version of Windows is a major task as even Windows 7 users will need to re-install their applications. The question is which applications will work and which are not compatible with 8.1. I don’t want to even think about re-installing MS Office, in particular Outlook. I sure hope you kept all the product keys for your applications.
As posted on the “Blogging Windows” site: “For non-Windows 8 devices, here is how upgrading to Windows 8.1 using the retail DVD and download software will work:
Windows 7: Consumers can upgrade a Windows 7 PC which will bring along all their files, but will require them to reinstall desktop apps including Microsoft Office.
Windows XP & Windows Vista: Windows 8.1 is not designed for installation on devices running Windows XP or Windows Vista. Although not designed or recommended for devices running Windows XP or Windows Vista, consumers still wanting to upgrade from Windows XP or Windows Vista should buy the retail DVD instead of using the download and boot from the DVD to do a clean install of Windows 8.1. Note: files, settings and programs will not transfer – Consumers will need to back up their files and settings, perform clean installation, and then reinstall their files, settings and programs.”
“For consumers with Windows 8 devices today, Windows 8.1 will be a free update via an easy download from the Windows Store* starting on October 18th**. Windows 8.1 will be a must-have update for those devices - bringing new features and improvements such as greater personalization, Bing Smart Search, and more than 20 new and improved Microsoft apps and services. We are excited to be delivering such an important update to customers in just one month and nearly a year after launching Windows 8. However we also recognize there will be some folks who may want to upgrade devices running older versions of Windows to Windows 8.1. The information in this blog post is meant for those people.
Consumers who are not using a Windows 8 device will be able to buy Windows 8.1, either as a download from Windows.com or at your local store as a retail packaged DVD product. While pricing varies by market, in the U.S., Windows 8.1 will be available for $119.99 ERP (U.S.) and Windows 8.1 Pro will be available for $199.99 ERP (U.S.). The pricing and editions for Windows 8.1 are similar to what we have today for Windows 8.”