Windows 8.1 – Is it worth it?

I upgraded my Lenovo W520 from Windows 8.0 to Windows 8.1 2 weeks ago:

  • Stability
    • Windows 7 and 8.0 crashed now and then.. 8.1 seems stable so far
  • Hyper-V
    • I can now use all 8 cores for a VM!
    • Nice to have machines that can use EFI and boot from network, although not something I’m likely to use
    • The console now emulates RDP more closely, with full screen across two desktops possible! This is a great feature for demos when I will not be certain to have a router available
    • No RemoteFX .. why not? My machine is powerful enough to play Half Life 2 under RemoteFX
  • Outlook 2013
    • Font makes it easier to see more on the screen at once
  • Searching
    • This is a big one. Windows 8.0 let me type and find things in Apps, Settings or Files. I found it quite intuitive. Windows 8.1 not searches the Internet by default.. why?

So yes, basically worth it.

Some points:

  1. On a Lenovo W520, disable the NVidia graphics chip in the BIOS when installing Windows 8.1, otherwise it will crash without explanation
  2. It is very easy to install an additional mSATA drive on your Lenovo W520. (Although you need to remove the keyboard). Note that this interface has a 300 speed, even if you buy a 600 drive. (The internal 2 hard disk bays to however support 600)


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