1. kkevin8976's Avatar
    Hi,

    I would like to know how to stop forced update to Windows 8.1 on Surface RT?

    I get a blue pop up on Surface RT Windows 8, that is going to force me to update to 8.1.

    I am happy with Windows 8, and would like to turn off this automatic update.

    It is giving me increasingly limited options from a few days, down to a few hours now, to delay it, and will probably be forced on me next time I turn it on.

    I need to disable this now, before I don't have the choice anymore. Please help!
    10-28-2014 09:48 PM
  2. TechAbstract's Avatar
    What's wrong with 8.1? It's like a service pack update of the OS.
    Philip Hamm likes this.
    10-28-2014 10:01 PM
  3. Alex Rodriguez Jr.'s Avatar
    I'm not sure why you would want to remain on an inferior version of the operating system
    Philip Hamm likes this.
    10-28-2014 10:03 PM
  4. Nicholas Maguire's Avatar
    8.1 is just an updated version of 8.0. It has so many performance improvements and stuff. There is no reason not to update to 8.1. You'll be severely limited if you don't update.
    Philip Hamm likes this.
    10-28-2014 10:25 PM
  5. Joe Dubya's Avatar
    I'd like to help but I have been using 8.1 for a year now, not sure I can understand any reason to stick with 8 - app updates, driver updates, security updates, system stability. It is possible for you to keep the same start screen look if youre in to that, but you really should not wait.
    Philip Hamm likes this.
    10-28-2014 10:36 PM
  6. kkevin8976's Avatar
    I don't want Windows 8.1 because I have to reinstall all the apps I have, and the settings for Windows, because they will reset, right?
    10-29-2014 03:02 AM
  7. Philip Hamm's Avatar
    I don't want Windows 8.1 because I have to reinstall all the apps I have, and the settings for Windows, because they will reset, right?
    No - everything will be retained. It will be a smooth seamless update, but it will take quite some time to download and install. Your Surface will run smoother and happier.
    TechAbstract and neo158 like this.
    10-29-2014 07:51 AM
  8. Nicholas Maguire's Avatar
    Everything is kept with the update to 8.1.
    10-29-2014 02:14 PM
  9. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    I'm not sure why you would want to remain on an inferior version of the operating system
    ...not necessarily the OP's reason, but Windows RT 8.0 can be jailbroken, 8.1 cannot.
    10-30-2014 05:05 PM
  10. Nicholas Maguire's Avatar
    ...not necessarily the OP's reason, but Windows RT 8.0 can be jailbroken, 8.1 cannot.
    Jailbroken? lol, wth are you talking about?
    10-30-2014 05:35 PM
  11. neo158's Avatar
    No - everything will be retained. It will be a smooth seamless update, but it will take quite some time to download and install. Your Surface will run smoother and happier.
    Not only that but if the OP doesn't update they won't get any more updates to both the firmware and the OS.
    10-31-2014 12:11 PM
  12. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    10-31-2014 03:10 PM
  13. Nicholas Maguire's Avatar
    Staying on 8.0 isn't worth that. 8.1 improved stability and has many nice new features to make it easier to use. With 8.0 you don't get the security updates or anything. It's not worth it, 8.0 is crap compared to 8.1.
    Philip Hamm likes this.
    10-31-2014 04:47 PM
  14. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    Staying on 8.0 isn't worth that. 8.1 improved stability and has many nice new features to make it easier to use. With 8.0 you don't get the security updates or anything. It's not worth it, 8.0 is crap compared to 8.1.
    That's a different issue.

    you asked "wth are you talking about?" Given that you weren't aware of jail breaking the RT I'd say that your opinion on the merits of jail breaking don't count for much.
    10-31-2014 08:19 PM
  15. Nicholas Maguire's Avatar
    That's a different issue.

    you asked "wth are you talking about?" Given that you weren't aware of jail breaking the RT I'd say that your opinion on the merits of jail breaking don't count for much.
    I knew you could do that. I didn't realize it's called "jailbreaking", since that's a word mostly associated with iOS. Considering I'm a tech geek, I think my opinion does count for much. I have my own custom gaming rig, and have been studying PC software and hardware for the past 6 years.
    10-31-2014 10:21 PM
  16. link68759's Avatar
    I knew you could do that. I didn't realize it's called "jailbreaking", since that's a word mostly associated with iOS. Considering I'm a tech geek, I think my opinion does count for much. I have my own custom gaming rig, and have been studying PC software and hardware for the past 6 years.

    Just happened to wander by this thread and wanted to give you a little advice: that post makes you sound like you're 12 years old and it is not helping you win the argument. Also not helping is the fact that building a "gaming" PC doesn't require any particular talent, and "studying PC software and hardware for the past 6 years" is a garbage statement without substance.
    No one likes a peacock.

    Moving on;
    If someone had bought the device with the intention of jailbreaking (like I was), or has otherwised jailbroken and actively uses programs that require this, then no, 8.1 is not worth the upgrade. Now that I know that, until further notice, I must choose between 8.1 and jailbreaking, I have no intention of getting an RT device anymore...
    10-31-2014 10:42 PM
  17. Nicholas Maguire's Avatar
    Just happened to wander by this thread and wanted to give you a little advice: that post makes you sound like you're 12 years old and it is not helping you win the argument. Also not helping is the fact that building a "gaming" PC doesn't require any particular talent, and "studying PC software and hardware for the past 6 years" is a garbage statement without substance.
    No one likes a peacock.

    Moving on;
    If someone had bought the device with the intention of jailbreaking (like I was), or has otherwised jailbroken and actively uses programs that require this, then no, 8.1 is not worth the upgrade. Now that I know that, until further notice, I must choose between 8.1 and jailbreaking, I have no intention of getting an RT device anymore...

    I'm sorry, that wasn't my intention. Just wanted to point out that I did know that that was possible. Didn't know how else to word it.
    Last edited by Nicholas Maguire; 11-03-2014 at 09:34 AM.
    10-31-2014 11:05 PM

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