Will I need to re-install apps when upgrading from Win 8 to Win 8.1 using the standalone ISO file?

Mayank A October 14, 2013

If I am on windows 8 and I want to upgrade to 8.1 through the standalone ISO which will be available to download rather than through the Windows Store. Will I be able to upgrade without having to re-install my desktop apps?

  1. Kannon Y
    October 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I have some complaints about the upgrade process from 8 to 8.1. The process was seamless, but three irritating things happened: First, Microsoft inexplicably changed my login password to the same password as my Live account password. There's absolutely no reason for them to have done this.

    Second, the upgrade requires a secondary validation key. You can't use your Windows 8 key to validate 8.1, as far as I know, at least. Mine didn't work.

    Third, MS tries to enroll you in their cloud service, Skydrive, during the setup process. I'm not particularly happy with Microsoft's security at the moment.
    Other than that, there weren't any problems associated with the upgrade.

    • Hovsep A
      October 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

      will they offer a new free license if windows 8 is already installed on the desktop or a purchase is necessary

    • Kannon Y
      October 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      They claimed that all Windows 8 copies can be upgraded for free, but when I installed 8.1, it required a new validation key. I'm certain that there's a free upgrade available, but I couldn't find it anywhere I checked online. :-(

    • Hovsep A
      October 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      well now that installed/upgrade windows 8.1 my legal box office 2013 key was rejected?:(

    • Kannon Y
      October 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      That's happened to me before with Office 2010. Have you tried reinstalling Office 2013 and revalidating?

    • Mayank A
      October 23, 2013 at 8:12 am

      @Hovsep, I too have heard complains about Office 2013 rejecting original licneses on Windows 8.1 whereas it works fine on Windows 8.
      Maybe it is because Microsoft upgraded their KMS Client version to 6.
      Who knows! I have very little knowledge regarding this... :|

  2. Oron J
    October 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    It *should* work just fine, but so far we've only seen the preview, rather than the real thing, so I'd suggest you back up your system thoroughly before starting.

    • Hovsep A
      October 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      yap backup as precaution is essential, great advice.

  3. Hovsep A
    October 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Installing Windows 8.1 -- Easy, but potentially very time consuming
    you should be presented by the following.
    1) Windows settings, personal files and applications
    2) Keep personal files only
    3) Nothing

    Now if you have installed Windows 8.1 preview, you get:
    1) Keep personal files only
    2) Nothing

    • Mayank A
      October 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Thanx, my doubt has been cleared. Now MUO may close this question.

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