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    Windows RT 8.1 Preview on VivoTab RT

    It works a treat! Four tiles on the start screen is now an option, it includes an alarm app, side by side IE for browsing and wallpaper behind the start screen.
    Oh, it also includes a full fat version of Outlook for the desktop...

    Had a quick play with the Bing Food and Drink app, the hands free mode that uses the camera for gesture support is a little buggy but a nice idea. They just need to enable the option for .NET 4.5 apps to run on the desktop, without the exploit, and I reckon this'll be a killer OS.

    If you want to give it a go, follow this link and click "get it now". 2GB download and takes a while to install though;
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-8/preview
    Last edited by jedibowler; 06-27-2013 at 03:36 AM. Reason: added link

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    Good to hear. How much disk space did you have to have free to do the install?

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    All of it, I received the device back from Asus the day before so it was empty. Download is 2.1GB if memory serves.

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    Mind that it's only the preview, so they're not quite done with it and also when the RTM comes out (Should be Sept/Oct) you'll have to start over and re-install your apps... Only if you wait for the RTM can you upgrade and keep your apps without re-installing.

    But you can just back up the system and restore when ready or if you have a Windows 8 Pro system you can just VM it to try it out... The ISO file for the preview should be available soon for downloading...

    For RT users, most of the changes for 8.1 are included... Outlook is still missing some features that Enterprise users may want but for security and giving it free to users of RT kinda explains that...

    Outlook 2013 RT Preview arrives, misses enterprise features - Neowin

    We should also see updated hardware for RT devices when the 8.1 RTM gets released for Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 options... MS even demonstrated a reference tablet running on the 800 at the BUILD conference...

    Qualcomm Windows RT tablet with quad-core Snapdragon 800 spotted at BUILD; we go hands on - Neowin

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    Got Preview to install fine, but only after I took it back to factory defaults and then let it update firmware.

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    Aye, it is indeed only a preview and an OS preview at that. It can't be expected to fix any issues with firmware or hardware as it is only the Microsoft bits that are changing, not Asus components.

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    Any of you guys have driver issues? I installed windows 8.1 preview and when I go to windows update and review "install history" I find a Hardware update that has fail twice. it also says the update is high for importance and fixes hardware issues. it also wont let me try to install the Hardware update manually or even re-try!! check your update history and let me know please.


    Hardware update fail.jpg

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    It has just installed without issue on my machines, I don't have my tablet any more either so can't check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by relenger View Post
    Any of you guys have driver issues? I installed windows 8.1 preview and when I go to windows update and review "install history" I find a Hardware update that has fail twice. it also says the update is high for importance and fixes hardware issues. it also wont let me try to install the Hardware update manually or even re-try!! check your update history and let me know please.


    Hardware update fail.jpg
    Yes, System Hardware Update - 5/4/2013 failed for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmeigs View Post
    Yes, System Hardware Update - 5/4/2013 failed for me.
    Hum. I wonder what the issue is? Hopefully it will get fixed.

 

 
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