I did an upgrade on my tablet (knowing I was going to reinstall Windows 8 from scratch anyways). The upgrade went well. I did create a recovery disk in case it went bad, but as Microsoft said, you'd still have to reinstall all your apps when the RTM came out. I have to say, not overly impressed by 8.1, so reinstalling 8 now. Oh the improvements to the RT side are good, but the start menu is still worthless to me.
Today's the day. Microsoft is making available to anyone and everyone with Windows 8 and Windows RT a public preview build of its next Windows release, Windows 8.1, codenamed "Blue."
On June 26, Microsoft is making the Windows 8.1 preview available for download via the Windows Store. If you choose to download the preview, make sure you know that you will have to reinstall your apps before you move from the preview build to the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) bits.
Check out screen shots of the new Windows 8.1 preview from ZDNet's Ed Bott
Most if not all of the new features in Windows 8.1 have leaked and or been detailed by Microsoft to date. The biggest one in many Microsoft watchers' and customers' eyes is the return of a Start Button of sorts. While this isn't a Start Button with a Start Menu like the current Windows Start buttons, it will provide an anchor for those who have had trouble navigating Windows 8.
Boot straight to desktop is a built-in feature of Windows 8.1, as we've known for a while now. And the search experience in Windows 8.1 is getting a major overhaul.
A few potentially handy links for those interested in the Windows 8.1 preview:
Download link for the Windows 8.1 preview
Windows 8.1 FAQ (read before you install)
List of processors a nd devicessupported (and not) with the Windows 8.1 preview (Note: this is likely to change by RTM)
List of business-focused features in Windows 8.1
Ed Bott's hands-on with Windows 8.1 preview
Preview Product Guide for Windows 8.1 for developers
What's new in DirectX 11.2 in Windows 8.1
Don't feel bad. I went to reinstall Windows 8 on my tablet from a flash drive and it was corrupt. I bought the tablet used, and at least he gave me the the backup of Windows 7 that originally came on it, and I could upgrade to 8 from microsoft's website, since he gave my a valid 8 key. Unfortunately, Windows 7 was 32 bit. So now I'm stuck with Windows 8 32 bit until I come across someone with a 64 bit version.I won't do anymore preview upgrades again. A few nice extras but not much different than 8.0. And now that I re-installed win 8.0 I had to call to get it activated again and I can't get the right legacy drivers for my ATI RV530 video so the resolution is too big. A big headache for nothing! I'm better off using Linux Mint 15! It can find the correct video drivers automatically! Why can't Windows do that?
I won't do anymore preview upgrades again. A few nice extras but not much different than 8.0. And now that I re-installed win 8.0 I had to call to get it activated again and I can't get the right legacy drivers for my ATI RV530 video so the resolution is too big. A big headache for nothing! I'm better off using Linux Mint 15! It can find the correct video drivers automatically! Why can't Windows do that?