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    Ian2

    Perhaps not the best idea to kick off 3 upgrades together.  One 'gathering info' (sounds promising) the other 2 still 'downloading'

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    spivonious

    @Ian2: I still need to rollback my laptop to Windows 8 before I can upgrade to 8.1.

    Just got an email from MSDN that VS2013 is available too. Retail release on November 13th.

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    RealBboy360

    I guess I knew it anyway, but that's not the start button I wanted.  I was hoping they'd put in a alphabetic list of program folders before release, oh well.

    Not going to do the VS2013 yet, don't know if it's gonna work with silverlight apps

     

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    PerfectPhase

    @RealBboy360: We have a massive Silverlight app and it works a treat in 2013, in fact the improvements to the XAML editor are worth the price of admission alone. 

    Only thing I've had issues with so far is WiX in 2013 but the projects roundtrip back to 2012 with no issues so we build the installers there.

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    kettch

    I'm now in that weird place in the product cycle where I don't have any pre-release software. Off to install SQL Server 2014...

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    RealBboy360

    , PerfectPhase wrote

    @RealBboy360: We have a massive Silverlight app and it works a treat in 2013, in fact the improvements to the XAML editor are worth the price of admission alone. 

    Only thing I've had issues with so far is WiX in 2013 but the projects roundtrip back to 2012 with no issues so we build the installers there.

    Cool, do you use signing in your Silverlight app?  That was all messed up in VS2012 for silverlight.

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    GoddersUK

    hmm... the update keeps failing with error 0x800703f9 for me Perplexed

    Any suggestions?

    (Also the upgrade assistant for 8 - 8.1 keeps redirecting to a "coming soon" page)

    EDIT:

    Generic Forum Imagehmmm... the image doesn't seem to be embedding Perplexed - http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/5177/tsmq.png

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    I kicked off the upgrade this morning around 8:30am PST. It downloaded in about 30 minutes and installed without a hitch. I loved how I could continue using my computer while it did all of the updating quietly in the background. Kudos to Microsoft for such a great installation experience.

    Now to those !!@#!$@$@$!! SkyDrive devs why do you keep downgrading the app? It's one thing to move my cheese; it an entirely different thing to take it away altogether. You can no longer access "Files Shared with You" from the SkyDrive app. You can only get to them on the web or in the Android app (and probably other mobile editions).

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    PerfectPhase

    I have to say, nice job on the UI for the Windows RT upgrade, clicked upgrade from the store and I been faced with a white screen with a green spinner in the centre for the last 30 minutes.  No other information, nothing.  I only know it's doing something because I can see its downloading via Task Manager!!  Utter rubbish, would it really have been to much for a little bit of information on what the f*** is going on!>!///?!??

    ARRGGHH!!

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    babelshift

    , PerfectPhase wrote

    I have to say, nice job on the UI for the Windows RT upgrade, clicked upgrade from the store and I been faced with a white screen with a green spinner in the centre for the last 30 minutes.  No other information, nothing.  I only know it's doing something because I can see its downloading via Task Manager!!  Utter rubbish, would it really have been to much for a little bit of information on what the f*** is going on!>!///?!??

    ARRGGHH!!

    You should get used to it now. Microsoft's insistence on using Metro styled UI with little to no useful information contained within is the new normal.

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    Proton2

    , babelshift wrote

    *snip*

    You should get used to it now. Microsoft's insistence on using Metro styled UI with little to no useful information contained within is the new normal.

    Yeah, Microsoft should bring back the graphical disk defragmenter app Smiley

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    Proton2

    I found a bug: I was re-arranging some of my icons on the start screen, and when I selected the Reading List icon, dragged it up to the top to smallizise all the rest of the start icons, then dragged the icon to the location I wanted it, nothing happened, i.e., the rest of the icons remain small. When I let go, the icon moves back to its original location.

    I have two monitors. When I do this on my left monitor it works as expected.

    Note: trying to move any icon has the same result.

    Note2: After some more testing, its the main monitor that things work fine with, whether its left or right.

    Note3: My problem with the computer not going into sleep mode if the network adapter is enabled seems to have been solved with this update. Smiley

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    Ian2

    Cool!  Try executing this in 8.1:

    C:\Windows\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe

    Hidden feature or just not ready yet?

     

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    davewill

    @PerfectPhase: I thought that was the purpose of the disk drive LED. Smiley  The Windows 8.1 Pro upgrade via the store went without a hitch last night.  The store progress showed during download and during installation.

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    babelshift

    , davewill wrote

    @PerfectPhase: I thought that was the purpose of the disk drive LED. Smiley  The Windows 8.1 Pro upgrade via the store went without a hitch last night.  The store progress showed during download and during installation.

    Seriously? The disk drive LED? I'm glad that you're happy with the paltry UI provided in the Windows Store, but there's no way that you can truthfully say it's a step forward from what we used to have.

    I'll admit that the largely automated process was nice. Click and go and it worked. However, would it kill Microsoft to provide more interested and advanced users with the ability to at least see what's happening? I had no idea at what speed I was downloading the update nor did I even know if anything was happening at some points since the % was stuck for awhile.

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    bondsbw

    , Ian2 wrote

    Cool!  Try executing this in 8.1:

    C:\Windows\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe

    Hidden feature or just not ready yet? 

    http://www.winbeta.org/news/slide-shutdown-feature-windows-81-exists-requires-connected-standby-support

    I get the impression that this may be used more on smaller tablets, and who knows, perhaps future phablets that aren't based on WP8.

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    bondsbw

    , babelshift wrote

    However, would it kill Microsoft to provide more interested and advanced users with the ability to at least see what's happening? I had no idea at what speed I was downloading the update nor did I even know if anything was happening at some points since the % was stuck for awhile.

    Yeah, I remember at the first //BUILD one of the features we all liked, and I continue to like, was the new file copy/move dialog that shows the graphs and does a combined view.  Even though it is an advanced view, users at least could see it if they need to.

    Microsoft provides more information in areas like that, but then reduces or eliminates information in cases like you mention.  I personally see nothing wrong with the concept of the opt-in advanced view.

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    MasterPi

    I almost feel like, if you're using an admin account, the advanced views of everything should be visible by default. Otherwise, it should all be opt-in.

     

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