Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Mar 2014 00:12 UTC
Windows

Microsoft finalized its upcoming Windows 8.1 Update recently, but the company appears to be sharing it a little early today. While the software maker is expected to release the update officially in April, Microsoft has only detailed a few of the features in the update and has not yet provided an official release date. Links to download a final version of the Windows 8.1 Update, thanks to Microsoft’s Windows Update service, have been discovered. A series of patches are required to obtain the full update, but once installed the new desktop-friendly features are enabled.The update can be downloaded via a registry change, or through direct links, but we recommend waiting for Microsoft to officially release it through the normal Windows Update channels in April.

Don't try this on a production machine.

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RE: production?
by p13. on Fri 7th Mar 2014 12:30 UTC in reply to "production?"
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2005-07-10

Well ...

All i can say is that on the server side, it's the usual BS they pull.
They just stop fixing things on 2008R2 and force you to upgrade to get certain fixes.

A customer of mine is running a hyper-v "cluster" on 2008R2. There are many, many bugs and "known issues".
They're not getting fixed.
The recommended course of action is always to upgrade to 2012 R2.

Artificial obsolescence ...

EDIT:

Just to add ...

If you think using metro/modern/whateveryacallit on a desktop machine is bad, just try using it through a KVM console on a virtualization environment. I can tell you the charm bar loses it's charm quite quickly after you try to open it 20 times but always end up de-focussing the mouse from the kvm window. It's insanity. It's also slow and bandwidth intensive.

Edited 2014-03-07 12:34 UTC

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