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Windows 8.1 deep-dive review: Well, it's a start

Preston Gralla | July 3, 2013
The preview of Windows 8.1 brings more cohesion, less frustration and a direct login to the desktop. But is it enough to save the OS?

But this still isn't the Windows 8 that should have been shipped. The ideal Windows 8 would have been a coherent operating system, with a single, unified interface and way of working, rather than a touch-oriented tablet operating system bolted uncomfortably onto a desktop operating system, and forced to do double-duty for two very different categories of hardware.

With Windows 8.1, you don't see the bolts quite so much. But they're still there, and so are two separate operating systems, coexisting a bit less uneasily than before. Still, this is a good enough upgrade that once it ships, all Windows 8 users should use it. They'll find that it makes Windows much better.

You can get the Windows 8.1 preview right now. But keep in mind that if you install it, you won't be able to upgrade directly to the final version of Windows 8.1 when it ships. Instead, you'll have to go through a reinstallation procedure, and when you do that, you'll have to reinstall all of your desktop apps.


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