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I know a lot of folks are eager to find out when they will be able to get Windows 8.1. I am excited to share that starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. So mark your calendars!

That didn't take long. biggrin.gif
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That's far away. I expected later this month. My fresh installation is due. NVM, going to install Windows 8 now.
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That's far away. I expected later this month. My fresh installation is due. NVM, going to install Windows 8 now.

You won't regret.
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That's far away. I expected later this month. My fresh installation is due. NVM, going to install Windows 8 now.
RTM is due later this month. This is just retail availability.
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RTM is due later this month. This is just retail availability.
Oh, I see. The title is misleading then.
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I know a lot of folks are eager to find out when they will be able to get Windows 8.1. I am excited to share that starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. So mark your calendars!

So they are really going forward with this stunt. It wasn't enough that they had to face consumer backlash because we were being shoved the Start Screen without an option to boot straight to the desktop, now they backtrack on that but insist you come out of your offline account, create an on-line account to access the store in order to get this.

Microsoft doesn't learn.
 
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Yeah, and installing off of an ISO is a time consuming task.
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October? Damn. I was hoping early to mid September.
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Yeah, and installing off of an ISO is a time consuming task.

Let's see if they make it available as a separate ISO, for months now their PR strategy has been this: force people to create an on-line account (which acts as a sort of registration when you think about it, something that is against the privacy you should be entitled to), go into the store in order to get the update. No mention whatsoever of it being available through Windows update (like Windows XP SP2 was) or as a separate ISO.

The only saving grace for enthusiasts like us is that we know better and will just make a clean install from the full Windows 8.1 ISO, that one I'm sure will be made available. Still, an unnecessary hassle for many.
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RTM is 26th Aug. So I am sure you will be able to get before Oct.
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