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

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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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 ...


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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