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Windows 8.1 Preview arrives

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    Ian2

    .. to general availability: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=302161

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    MasterPi

    What's the page link? Wasn't this already out?

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    Ian2
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    figuerres

    WARNING: that link is for an ISO image download, not a page that asks what you want to do.

    recommend you link to a page that asks the user if they want that image.

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    MasterPi

    Ah, okay. More details would be better next time.

    Have you installed it yet?

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    JoshRoss

    I had installed the first 8.1 Preview. I was having strange issues, so I tried doing a push-button-reset, and it told me that files were missing. Aside from that, my only concern would be that I would have to wipe and reinstall to get to RTM.

    -Josh

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    felix9

    Thats what was released at BUILD 2013 I think ? Expressionless

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    SteveRichter

    The PDF viewer has a print button now ( which highlights the question of why was it not there in the 8.0 viewer. Who made that UI decision? ). 

    But still, why do I have to use the metro PDF viewer at all?  I don't see how to view multiple PDFs in the desktop.  I can right click in the PDF viewer and navigate to multiple PDF documents. But alt-tab from the desktop only lets me navigate to the current PDF I have open.

    And things like navigating from the PDF table of contents are harder to do. Search does not remember what I searched on before. And would be nice if I could use booleans in a search.

    Can I go to the windows store and purchase a 3rd party desktop PDF viewer?

     

     

     

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    SteveRichter

    8.1 also broke my Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobiltiy Client.  The app is still on the PC, but the connection fails. I have to try to reinstall.  But I am kind of worried. This is a VPN client we had upgraded to specifically for Windows 8. Now after the 8.1 upgrade it does not work.

     

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    blowdart

    , SteveRichter wrote

    8.1 also broke my Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobiltiy Client.  The app is still on the PC, but the connection fails. I have to try to reinstall.  But I am kind of worried. This is a VPN client we had upgraded to specifically for Windows 8. Now after the 8.1 upgrade it does not work.

     

    I've found any VPN Cisco produces never works with a later operating system, and it takes them 6 months after release to finally update.

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    Lizard​Rumsfeld

    , SteveRichter wrote

    The PDF viewer has a print button now ( which highlights the question of why was it not there in the 8.0 viewer. Who made that UI decision? ). 

    But still, why do I have to use the metro PDF viewer at all?  I don't see how to view multiple PDFs in the desktop.  I can right click in the PDF viewer and navigate to multiple PDF documents. But alt-tab from the desktop only lets me navigate to the current PDF I have open.

    And things like navigating from the PDF table of contents are harder to do. Search does not remember what I searched on before. And would be nice if I could use booleans in a search.

    Can I go to the windows store and purchase a 3rd party desktop PDF viewer?

    Well you would just use Adobe Reader for the desktop if you need that, but agreed - when I heard that Windows8 finally included a built-in PDF reader I said exactly that - FINALLY.

    Then it turned out to be full-screen only tablet oriented reader.  :facepalm:  There's some value there, and I like how smooth/fast it is, but I don't need my PDF's full-screen.  I thought Win8 would relieve us of the horrible Reader desktop app from Adobe, so this was particularly grating.

    And the viewable print button? Of course, as many have been saying for a while.  Sticking everything on the charms bar is just not discoverable, which is why you're seeing more functions that used to be its property migrate to the app bar, or like the search field, always visible.  I was saying this since the developer preview.

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    SteveRichter

    , Lizard​Rumsfeld wrote

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    Well you would just use Adobe Reader for the desktop if you need that,

    it is scary how dumb I can be.  I did not think of that. Thanks for the tip.

     

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    Bas

    I wonder if the charms bar will disappear at some point.

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    MasterPi

    @Bas: Seems it could/should for keyboard/mouse users. That gesture is such so awkward.

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    Dr Herbie

    @Bas: I'm not a fan of the actual charms bar, but I like the concept of the application contracts underneath -- especially the Search one for searching within applications. If only MS could come up with some better UI system for it.

    Herbie

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