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what is the difference between windows 8.1 and windows 8


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#1 rp88

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 01:54 PM

upon login today my windows 8 machine asked if i wanted to update to windows 8.1. is that a security update or is normal windows 8 still getting security updates. furthermore on a site i found it mentioned that "windows store apps" (i've never used the things i keep to the desktop stuff not the metro merde) would need reinstalling after the change, what about normal programs and exe files, some of those programs being installed from installer exe files originally copied over from my xp machine. would "updating" to 8.1 cause loss of programs(chrome, sketchup, GIMP,blender,firefox, avg, malwarebytes(free),vlc, microsoft office word, powerpoint, etc) which one installs and has, somewhere or other on the system, an exe file for.

need answers to this before i can decide if the 8.1 "upgrade" is worth doing, thanks.


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 08:38 PM

As far as I know, 8.1 is mostly just a UI (user interface) update. They just added some tweaks to make it easier to use. I don't think there are any major changes. I am pretty sure 8 is still going to get security updates, because they're mostly the same.

 

When I upgraded to 8.1, the only things that were removed were the apps. In other words, anything that I installed from the Windows store itself was wiped. If you downloaded/installed a program from the internet or a disc, it will not be deleted. None of the programs you listed will be removed.



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 08:52 AM

 

 

As far as I know, 8.1 is mostly just a UI (user interface) update. They just added some tweaks to make it easier to use. I don't think there are any major changes

Other than the UI , Kernel and core components also changed. If you check official support page of a modern laptop, you will see separate driver downloads for Win8 and 8.1. 



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:07 PM

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would "updating" to 8.1 cause loss of programs


No.
 

i can decide if the 8.1 "upgrade" is worth doing


It is :)

One major benefit, seeing as you don't use Windows Store apps, is to boot straight to the desktop.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:12 AM

is windows 8.1 needed for any security updates, if it isn't i'm not really sure there is any reason to change. yes, booting to stupid metro interface is annoying but one click later you are back to the civilised world of the desktop.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:15 AM

is windows 8.1 needed for any security updates


Not yet, but there will probably come a time when it is.

if it isn't i'm not really sure there is any reason to change


Personally, I would say the oppposite. There is really no reason not to update. You're getting added improvements with very minimal risk of something going wrong.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:31 AM

According to this you have until 1/12/2016 to upgrade to Windows 8.1.






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