I wish I could praise 8.1 to be an really innovative upgrade, but I found a couple of good reasons why you may want to wait just a little longer before fully upgrading to Windows 8.1
Before you read this list, let me state that I am already using Windows 8 since it’s in beta and if you’re not yet on Windows 8 you should definitely consider upgrading. However, personally I am waiting to upgrade to 8.1 on my main machine for just a little longer and here’s why:
1 If You Want A Real Start Menu
Yes, Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button, but not the Start Menu. If you’re upgrading in hope of a real Start menu rather than just a button that will bring you to the Start screen, you will be disappointed
2 If You Hate Slow Downloads
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Windows 8.1 is out now, but that means millions of people are trying to upgrade and access Microsoft’s update servers. With XP support expiring in 2014, more business users will be around this time too, making the download server incredibly slow and you have to download about 3.6GB of data. Happy downloading!
3 If You’re A Gamer
Many gamers report that some games keep crashing on Windows 8.1 – including Call of Duty Black Ops 2. While it may be a configuration issue for some gamers, it’s possible that the update requires some more recent graphic drivers to be installed on your system. All of this will take time. If you’re not in a rush, you could upgrade once AMD and NVIDIA have released new drivers
4 If You Hate Making Backups And You’re Still On Windows 7
Windows 8 users can easily upgrade from 8 to 8.1 hassle-free – but if you intend to upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or 7 to 8.1, then you’re out of luck. You will need to backup ALL of your programs, settings and files. There is no easy way to upgrade and keep your stuff. The upgrade from an old Windows version will install a fresh copy of Windows 8.1 without your programs.
5 If You Rely On Old Programs Too Much That Are Not Supported
Also, this is obvious: Not all programs that run on XP or 7 work on Windows 8.1 – however, you can always install VirtualBox and install a Windows 7 VHD using your old license! Works well if you have a lot of spare resources like RAM and CPU, but this won’t work smoothly on older PC’s!
- Installing Windows 7 on a Virtual Disk / Drive
6 If You’re A Business User
Business users are increasingly jumping the XP-ship which will expire in 2014. If you still use XP or Vista, you’re advised to upgrade to a newer Windows versions immediately. However, a large percentage of business users does not upgrade to 8 or 8.1 – but for the wrong reasons.
Windows 8 is a great OS for business users, especially if you intend to switch away from iOS to Windows Phone on your cell phone as well. Windows 8′s missing Start menu can be easily recovered using a tool such as start8.com and you do not have to use the Start screen at all if you don’t like it. With tools such as “Everything” you can even stop using the built-in Windows 8 search
However, you may not want to upgrade to 8.1 just yet due to security concerns. Unfortunately, Microsoft, Google and Apple are still prevented from giving us more details about what they are tracking.
Windows 8 has a built-in digital rights management feature called TPM (Trusted Platform Module). If you have sensitive client data on your PC’s, which are confidential you may want to stay on Windows 7 for now, until Microsoft has disclosed more details on this. If you don’t have any sensitive data, go ahead and upgrade right away, Windows 8 is incredibly fast and in my opinion the best Windows on the market right now.
Leaked documents from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) indicate that the organization has become suspicious of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology built into an increasing number of Windows 8 PCs and tablets. Source
7 If You Hate Blue Screens
An alarming percentage of users report that there are numerous blue screens preventing them from properly upgrading Windows 8 to 8.1
A common error you may encounter is the error 0xC1900101 – 0×200117