1. garak0410's Avatar
    I've really been interested in seeing the 8.1 preview on the Surface Pro. Considering we are about a month away from general release, should I wait? I know I have to reload it from scratch when the full release is out. Just wondering if it would be worth it for the next several weeks.

    Also, if I do the preview, does it upgrade or clean install?
    08-09-2013 11:23 AM
  2. crash1989's Avatar
    you just get a store link, you wont lose any data. I must say Win 8.1 is very stable (at least for me) and the larger tiles are more likable.
    08-09-2013 11:31 AM
  3. garak0410's Avatar
    you just get a store link, you wont lose any data. I must say Win 8.1 is very stable (at least for me) and the larger tiles are more likable.
    OK...and it will keep the recovery partition too correct? About to back it up on USB, just to be safe...
    08-09-2013 11:35 AM
  4. berty6294's Avatar
    Yeh just back up to USB. There's a lot of buggy things in it, but whenever I go back to my other Win 8 computer, I get irritated with it not having the features my 8.1 Surface has!
    08-09-2013 11:38 AM
  5. TeknoBlast's Avatar
    I would say wait for the real thing. It's only a few weeks away. What's the rush?
    08-09-2013 12:01 PM
  6. garak0410's Avatar
    I would say wait for the real thing. It's only a few weeks away. What's the rush?
    "Curiosity" :)
    08-09-2013 12:14 PM
  7. TeknoBlast's Avatar
    "Curiosity" :)
    I was curious too when I did the update to my ultra book. Because of that curiosity, I had to refresh my ultra book back to stock because the update was killing my hard drive.
    08-09-2013 12:21 PM
  8. garak0410's Avatar
    I was curious too when I did the update to my ultra book. Because of that curiosity, I had to refresh my ultra book back to stock because the update was killing my hard drive.
    Yeah, it will be just 3-4 more weeks. I'll wait as you suggested. (as I sing the old Van Halen tune by the same name...ha.)

    Side note...I am still trying to make a recovery USB drive and it keeps failing. Basically, the Surface keeps going to sleep, well before it is set to and then the recovery drive creations fails. Rebooting the Surface and trying again...
    08-09-2013 12:29 PM
  9. AlexOwliver's Avatar
    Swapped out from OSX to a Surface and the first thing I did was upgrade to the 8.1 beta - I'm excited to see what the RTM brings but think I'd have trouble living with this machine as Win8. Some of the things that 8.1 brings are so fundamental I have trouble believing 8 was released without them. For me so far it's been stable and enjoyable - I'd recommend the upgrade.
    08-11-2013 02:49 PM
  10. Guzzler3's Avatar
    Rumor has it, it might be out in 3 days (14th of August). Personally, I'd wait. Mainly because MS has stated that if you already have the preview, and you go to the release, you'll have to re-install all your desktop programs. Not fun for some of us.
    08-11-2013 08:38 PM
  11. bradleyj's Avatar
    8.1 is working fine on my Surface, but I did make a USB backup just to be safe.
    08-11-2013 09:15 PM
  12. HarisA1's Avatar
    Wait, as someone said earlier it was ruining my Samsung laptop had to do a full PC reset. Not with it, just wait. :)
    08-11-2013 09:25 PM
  13. jlzimmerman's Avatar
    Will the full release of 8.1 take up additional hard drive space? If so, anyone know how much?
    08-12-2013 08:08 AM
  14. berty6294's Avatar
    Will the full release of 8.1 take up additional hard drive space? If so, anyone know how much?
    Nobody knows. On a side note, I did 8.1 beta on my surface because I KNEW it would work, however I would NEVER do it on my 8 Pro machine lol too much risk involved
    08-12-2013 09:13 AM
  15. Guzzler3's Avatar
    Hmmm.... I think I messed up and got the phone and the windows update dates mixed in my head. Looks like October Microsoft's Windows 8.1: When will users get the final bits? | ZDNet (Mary Jo has been rather accurate over the years).
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    08-12-2013 08:56 PM
  16. jhoff80's Avatar
    Will the full release of 8.1 take up additional hard drive space? If so, anyone know how much?
    So far, it's been a little less space.

    Also, the official release won't be until sometime in October. As long as you realize that the Preview isn't 100% reliable (hell, even the leaked near-RTM build 9471 isn't yet either), go for it now if you're interested in playing around.
    08-12-2013 09:54 PM
  17. jhoff80's Avatar
    Hmmm.... I think I messed up and got the phone and the windows update dates mixed in my head. Looks like October Microsoft's Windows 8.1: When will users get the final bits? | ZDNet (Mary Jo has been rather accurate over the years).
    It'll probably hit RTM sometime in the next few days, but General Availability is what'll be in October-ish.
    08-12-2013 09:54 PM
  18. quantum tao's Avatar
    It'll probably hit RTM sometime in the next few days, but General Availability is what'll be in October-ish.
    rtm's get leaked within minutes
    08-12-2013 10:02 PM
  19. jhoff80's Avatar
    rtm's get leaked within minutes
    That's because they're usually posted to readily accessible things like TechNet and MSDN. If the above Zdnet article is to be believed, Microsoft is choosing not to do that this time around.

    Plus, General Availability is Microsoft's term for when consumers officially get the product anyway, so whether it's leaked or not, that doesn't change that GA is most likely in October.
    08-12-2013 10:07 PM

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