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  1. davidhk129

    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    Did you see the You-tube method I posted?

    P.S. My Dell laptop is also a 32-bit. I had win 8 pro installed in it, and now win 8.1 pro.
     
  2. Andrea Borman

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    Yes I saw the video you showed me David. It's a simple registry edit. Though if I don't want to run Metro apps I don't see the point. All they are is Metro Mail and Messenger but I like Windows Mail from Windows Vista,which works on 8. And I have got Aim Messenger,then there are the 16 bit and 32 bit Windows 95 games. So with all that who needs Metro apps.

    Also you cannot close them once opened. And even if I had Internet Explorer 10 which I don't,the Metro IE does not do anything. Oh and I have got Windows Live Photo Gallery 2009,I have never use the horrible 2011 version. You can also access the apps store from a web browser. Though if you download Windows 8.1 that way they charge you for it-it said $189 on the Microsoft website.
     
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    OK. I thought you were lamenting about being unable to change to higher screen resolution.
    Since you have no need for it, then there is no problem.
     
  4. Andrea Borman

    Andrea Borman Honorable Member

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    Yes but the only thing is that I won't get the free update to Windows 8.1. Though when the time comes to install Windows 8.1 I will just buy the installation DVD and do a clean install.Which I think is better but at the moment Windows 8 will be supported for another 2 years. After that I think we have to upgrade to Windows 8.1.
     
  5. davidhk129

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    ................Yes but the only thing is that I won't get the free update to Windows 8.1.

    This part I don't understand.
    All Win 8 users are supposed to get a free upgrade to Win 8.1
    Why can't you?

    If you want a clean install, that is a different issue.
    Perhaps, later on a Win 8.1 ISO will be available to download.
     
  6. davidhk129

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    Andrea Borman,
    Just found this from this forum. Instead of referring to the thread, I am posting the link to the actual article......
    Download a Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 Product Key

    The bad news is ..... you still need a legit Win 8.1 product key, not a Win 8 product key.
     
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  7. Andrea Borman

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    Well it seems the only way you can get the upgrade for free is through the App store on your PC. So even if you go to the App store website in Firefox or Google chrome web browser it does not work. What I get is, that it asks me to log in with my Windows Live ID. But then it asks me to buy Windows 8.1. So it seems the website does not or cannot recognize that I am already running Windows 8.
     
  8. nmsuk

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    So do the reg edit, get the update which as a bonus adds support for lower resolutions. Problem solved. All without spending a penny.
     
  9. Andrea Borman

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    I have just phoned up PC worlds the computer store in England that sells all Windows Operating systems. They told me they have not got Windows 8.1 in their stores. Apparently Microsoft have not released it for sale in computer stores in England yet. So at the moment you can only buy it online from Microsoft or order from Microsoft over the telephone. So I won't be installing Windows 8.1 any time soon. I guess they want people to test it out first.
     
  10. davidhk129

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    Isn't there more than one PC store in all of England that sells software.....hard to believe that only the one store sells software and they don't have it and giving very bad advice as well.
     
  12. nmsuk

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    Just do the registry trick and get the update through the windows store. Problem solved. Is just that easy....
    Many. Miostly online but hey it's 2013
     
  13. davidhk129

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    Anrea Borman,
    RE : regedit from You-tube instructions
    Who said you have to run the Metro apps?
    All you want is to be able to change the resolution to 1024x768 so that you can access the Store and upgrade to 8.1. Yes?
    The registry tweak will help you achieve that.
    So, what is the problem?
    Am I missing something?
     
  14. Andrea Borman

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    I have 2 laptops. One running Win 7, one running Win 8.1 Pro
    Both find " Display1_DownScalingSupported " in the registry.
    It is inconceivable that your netbook couldn't find it.
    Image 2.
     
  16. Andrea Borman

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    Well I did manage to locate that registry key manually. as the search would not bring it up. i tried the CTRL+f but nothing came up. So I had to find it manually. I did the registry edit and it did change my screen resolution.

    Though when I opened the Apps Store Metro App my screen went black then it rebooted my computer. It did that every time I tried. I also tried to run other Metro apps and it was the same thing. It seems the Metro apps don't like my netbook. So Metro apps won't run on that netbook.
     
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    Sorry to hear.
    I am afraid I can no longer assist you.
    Good luck.
     
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  18. Fromjim

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    Andrea, I see "FreeCell" on your desktop, my wife loves FreeCell and I can't find it, could you help?
    Thanks
    God bless
    Jim
     
  19. Andrea Borman

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    David, first of all Metro apps were never designed to work on a netbook because of the low screen resolution. Secondly the site where I read about the registry edit, says that the regedit does not really change your screen resolution. It only tricks Windows into thinking you have a higher screen resolution.

    Jim,the Freecell is taken from my Windows XP computer which I still have. All of the Games from Windows XP work on Windows 8 if you copy the program files over from Windows XP. So you can do that. If you have got 32 bit Windows 8 as I have you can also run all of the 16 bit apps such as Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 software and Games on Windows 8.

    If you really want the Windows XP look on Windows 8 what do you think of this? Thanks to Classic Shell and windows XP wallpaper this is my Windows XP look desktop on Windows 8 Pro.

    Windows 8 Pro..JPG
     
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