Originally Posted by tpi2007
If that is true it is the second time Microsoft blatantly omits very important information to the consumers. What Brandon said would essentially be bait (you already downloaded the huge update...) and ultimately a lie.
You can do it though? Once you download the update you can still use your local account. I'd did atleast, I wish I had made an image before hand so I do a step by step for people. It wasn't intuitive admittedly but you can.
The first serious omission is the also privacy related matter on the setup screen that completely omits that a certain feature - "Help protect your PC from unsafe files, apps..." - thy don't even name it (Smartscreen) sends information to Microsoft about every file you run and download. If people are not aware of this, they are much less likely to turn it off. They could have implemented it the same way Anti-virus programs work - download a database signatures file and check against that, but no, they want to have information about everything you do on the computer.
Smartscreen has been around since IE 8. Sure it is more pervasive in Windows 8 but not really terribly so. Full access UAC does nearly the exact same thing in Windows 7. Anyone that would choose to turn off UAC will turn off Smartscreen as well. They are right next to each other. This setup is more proactive than creating a database. If it was designed like a anti-virus then the responsibility would be on Microsoft to find and add apps to their blacklist. This way Microsoft can instead see what users are downloading and have a much larger and useful blacklist.
Don't get me wrong, for myself and most on this forum it is useless and annoying, but how many people here hate UAC with a passion and will turn everything off anyways. The rest of Windows users probably need it.
They do exist though. I have the 8.1 ISOs for all three editions. If you buy a copy now you will get a 8.1 disk. Otherwise you have to use your 8 license and then update because of the license key setups (it is not handled the same as 7). You can also go straight from 7 to 8.1 if you use the upgrade option in control center.
You can also go the long way around to get the disk by following the instructions on the bottom of this page. I had a friend do it earlier today when he couldn't download the ISO from me.