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Windows Windows 8.1 Set For Release Today

  1. Microsoft is releasing the Windows 8.1 update for its flagship operating system on Thursday.

    The download seeks to address some of the criticisms levelled at the original version of Windows 8.

    In particular, the update restores the start button and allows a computer to boot up with a traditional desktop interface.

    The launch comes at a critical time for Microsoft as it seeks a new boss, with PC sales experiencing a long decline.

    Windows 8 sought to bridge the gap between touchscreen devices, such as tablets and smartphones, and more traditional form laptops and desktop machines. As such it had an interface built of tiles that could be tapped or swiped to open applications.

    However, many people found the tiled interface did not work well for some of the things they were used to doing with a computer.

    The changes in 8.1 include:
    • start button - tapping once on this brings up the tiled interface and a long press opens up system controls
    • desktop mode - lets people avoid the tiled interface entirely
    • keyboard shortcuts - removes the need to toggle between different on-screen keyboards when typing numbers and letters
    • gesture control - some applications, such as those for cooking, can now be paged through without touching a screen
    • tile sizing - the blocks on the touchscreen interface can be in one of four sizes
    • web browsing - Windows 8 machines will now display separate web pages side by side
    A host of other changes, including better support for multi-tasking and improved links to Microsoft's Xbox game console, are also in the update.

    Servers ready to dispense the update are scheduled to be turned on at 07:00 New York time (12:00 BST). The update is free to those already running Windows 8. Charges will apply if users upgrade to 8.1 from Windows 7. The update comes just over a year after the launch of Windows 8.
     
  2. I tried numerous times last week to install the update and each time I got an error and told that it was restoring the previous version of Windows.

    Alan tried as well today and got the same error - 0x30018 - we even downloaded an ISO and made a dvd copy but it still didn't work.

    We'll maybe try again sometime but not really too bothered from what I've heard so far it hasn't been a great leap forward
     
  3. I think a lot of people have been experiencing problems. Yet other people have said it is the easiest Windows upgrade ever. Make sure all your drivers are up-to-date, disable any anti virus and firewall and unplug any external devices.
     
  4. Tried again today, even ran the Upgrade Assistant which didn't report any problems. Same result, Cannot update Windows and restoring previous version of Windows. This time the error code was 0x40017

    Frustrating!! :banghead:
     
  5. Seems like you are getting different errors each attempt?
     
  6. It has always been the 0x30018 error with one exception which was the 0x40017 one. I tried again last night, installing from the ISO image but it still reverts to restoring previous version. I've got no compatibility issues according to the Upgrade Assistant.

    Given up now, I've read there is lots of bugs any way and to be honest we are pretty happy with Windows 8.
     
  7. Did you get it installed GemmaGemma?
     
  8. Not tried again
     
  9. People are still getting errors when installing and there has been no clear solution yet.

     
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  10. Its ridiculous, never had any trouble upgrading in the past.
     
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