I was tempted to tryout Windows 8.1 and installed it on my primary device, which is a Alienware M11xR3 laptop. So far I’ve experienced the following:
- Lots of hanging explorer sessions with a mapping to a 2007 sharepoint site. (X:\ is mapped to something like https://sharepoint.domain.com).
- a few crashes, characterized with a big unhappy smiley 🙁 How should we call this, the unhappy formerly known as blue screen of death? TUFKABSOD?
- A weird issue where I couldn’t connect to a corporate WiFi network and it worked after turning flight mode off and back on again. The same WiFi driver as on Windows 8 though.
- It seems there is a known issue with Cisco WiFi and Windows 8 devices, and we experienced this with 3 Windows 8 tablet devices from Asus, HP and Acer.
- High CPU usage on explorer/IE for no apparent reason, I’ll throw process explorer in the mix next time as it happens.
- Not all of my hardware was detected (and i don’t recognize the undetected hardware in my device manager). As the M11x is from a big manufacturer (Dell), the laptop is 1-1,5 years old so i would have expected the hardware to be detected.
- I couldn’t get the Bluetooth connection to work with my Lumia 920, even though that has WP8.
- I think it’s still a pain to find features in Windows 8.1, clicking around i couldn’t find the boot to desktop option. Its apparently here, seems logical enough but i couldn’t find it on my own. That reminded me to the experience of the Windows 8 developer preview, where i had to
- Good news: the Sophos UTM 9.006-5 ssl vpn client works on Windows 8.1 preview.
But i do have on the left bottom of my screen..
A Windows start button!
Pretty useless for me as MS forced me to work more than a year without it in Windows 8, but now i dare to give windows 8 to my mom as i didn’t fancy to explain her where her start button went..
I was a bit surprised it was a full reinstall, as i thought it would be an upgrade to my existing setup (as the RTM version of 8.1 shall be) , but it was a full reinstall loosing all my installed apps (although some settings were retained). It could have been i didn’t research this enough before installing, but i expected a upgrade instead of a reinstall. Later i heard this is due to me having used the iso file, a colleague of mine used the Windows store to install 8.1 and on his machine the experience looked much more like an upgrade.