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Windows 8.1 does it do anything interesting?

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 12:10 AM

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Only problem I had was as above, losing my UEFI dual boot for ubuntu and having to run a live disk to repair it (which really annoyed me at the time)

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I only had a few issues, most of which I ironed out.

Originally I was going to upgrade from 7 to 8 then to 8.1, because I really didn't feel like moving my files out of windows.old with a clean install, but it failed every time I ran the upgrade, so I had no choice but to do a clean install if I wanted my fancy multi-monitor features. (Yes, I've tried third-party EVERYTHING for multi-monitor stuff. They're not all that great.)
This also happened, which boggled my mind; but after I resolved those issues in the image (by uninstalling them), it only happened every other attempt.

The only issue I have as it stands now is bluetooth related. It's oddly specific, too. If I have TeamSpeak 3 running while connecting a bluetooth device (wii remote in this case), my left speaker and ONLY my left speaker (out of 6 physical speakers in my headphones) would go out. Then once I'd start dolphin, or anything that would begin transmitting information, TeamSpeak 3 would crash, and can't start back up until the device is disconnected. And to fix the speaker problem, I had to unplug the headphones and plug them back in (USB). It was even worse before I installed the toshiba bluetooth stack; my audio would screw up regardless of whether TeamSpeak was running or not, and trying to fix it without unplugging the headphones would often result in BSODs.

Other than that really oddly specific problem, everything is working just fine. I'm sure I'll manage to fix it one day, and I almost have a feeling it's TeamSpeak conflicting with a driver. It's not the first time either. I had this happen with my tablet drivers on Windows 7 of all things for it to conflict with.

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 03:24 PM

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Standard advice - make sure you have a backup of EVERYTHING before you try it, and then just do it. If it works, great! If it doesn't, you've not lost anything except time.

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View PostOverlord, on 17 May 2014 - 03:24 PM, said:

Standard advice - make sure you have a backup of EVERYTHING before you try it, and then just do it. If it works, great! If it doesn't, you've not lost anything except time.


Pretty much this.

I keep regular back ups of my photos, music, videos, ROMs, emulators and any patches for programs or games, along product keys I purchased and original discs for old games.

I've not bothered to try Windows 8. I've heard nothing but bad things about it from most people. It runs good under the hood, but is a pain to learn. I want something that doesn't take 2 months of my time to learn. A change here or there, fine. But a major one with a bunch of them is too much at once.

I'm very happy with Windows 7 for the most part, other than some issues with old PC games not running or broken or missing EAX (surround sound) in others. I've tried running some things, but don't like it as it's not transparent (virtualbox) or something still isn't working.

I wish someone would Patch Sonic R and make that freely available and Valve would get the Surround Sound working for the steam ports of Half-Life, (the WON versions run with work arounds, but Surround sound is either absent or just flat out glitchy).

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 06:16 PM

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In my case, I was lucky enough for the upgrade to successfully restore everything each time it failed, and the clean install only meant I had to move files from windows.old (it wasn't "erase my hard drive" clean). I'm pretty bad when it comes to backups because I don't really have anywhere to back up my stuff to. Certainly still a good idea if you can manage to, though.

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