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#161 of 169 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted April 11 2014 - 06:37 PM

Does Windows 8 have the same update hell as Windows 7 and XP?

 

I'm reinstalling Win7 Home (in Parallels on my Mac) and I'm yet again gobsmacked by the (literally) hundreds of updates that require hours and hours of downloading and installing and multiple reboots. Granted, I probably reinstall windows more often than the normal person, since it goes on and off of my Macs as needed. But, wow, installation is like an endurance marathon.



#162 of 169 OFFLINE   Clinton McClure

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Posted April 12 2014 - 05:30 AM

If it wasn't necessary for my work, I would uninstall Win7 from my MBP and be done with Windows forever.

#163 of 169 OFFLINE   Dave Upton

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Posted April 12 2014 - 03:23 PM

Does Windows 8 have the same update hell as Windows 7 and XP?

 

I'm reinstalling Win7 Home (in Parallels on my Mac) and I'm yet again gobsmacked by the (literally) hundreds of updates that require hours and hours of downloading and installing and multiple reboots. Granted, I probably reinstall windows more often than the normal person, since it goes on and off of my Macs as needed. But, wow, installation is like an endurance marathon.

That's why you have to download "new" installation media that incorporates the updates. That's what most of us Windows folks do.



#164 of 169 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted April 12 2014 - 05:16 PM

That's why you have to download "new" installation media that incorporates the updates. That's what most of us Windows folks do.

Can you give me a link? I'm familiar with the process for OS X, and finally made a USB key installer for Mavericks. But when I do Windows, I fall back to my original DVD, which requires a day and a half of updates.



#165 of 169 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted April 13 2014 - 03:44 PM

To answer your question, yes. If you get a new machine with 8 on it it can literally take you a whole day to patch 8, update to 8.1 then get the 8.1 update.

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#166 of 169 OFFLINE   Edwin-S

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Posted April 16 2014 - 04:58 PM

To answer your question, yes. If you get a new machine with 8 on it it can literally take you a whole day to patch 8, update to 8.1 then get the 8.1 update.

 

Wow. Yeah. I found that out the hard way when I updated my sister's new laptop. What's worse is after it was done, hardly anything looked that different from the previous version, except that they added a power icon and a settings? icon to the start page. Of course they couldn't bother to put those icons on the traditional desktop. They put them on the screen that would normally show on a tablet. Most changes look like they took place under the hood. I wasn't all that impressed.

 

Good thing I brought it home and did it. That thing was almost a gig with the update and security patches. They would have been into the next tier of the cellular data plan if they had done it themselves.


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Posted April 24 2014 - 02:44 PM

Available now, mandatory install or you get no more patches.

http://www.winbeta.o...indows-81-users

 

Hmmm... They only mentioned patches for Win 8.1.  What if I'm still running Win 8(.0)?  :P

 

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#168 of 169 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted June 30 2014 - 10:07 AM

Early rumors from MJF who is probably the best source for windows news:http://www.zdnet.com...ers-7000031070/Interesting that they consider Win 8.x 'done' with the latest ui updates set to roll out.

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#169 of 169 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted June 30 2014 - 10:26 AM

I hated Win 8 when it came out.  I'm used to it know and have no issues.  All my old Start Menu programs I used are on the Taskbar :)






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