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Oct 212013

For the last twenty years I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times that I have upgraded an Operating System. Don’t get me wrong I always go for the beta, early release and pre-release versions of just about everything. What I mean is that I normally “upgrade” by doing a clean install. The only thing that I apply on top of the base is the latest service pack, and updates provided by things like Windows Update.

So when Windows 8 was the new kid on the block, I didn’t upgrade my Windows 7 installations, I did nice clean, fresh installations. Machines I have had always seemed quicker doing the clean install rather than upgrade.

My main laptop is a very nice Lenovo Yoga 13 with a 256 GB SSD in it. It is quick. It was running Windows 8 Enterprise, after I clean installed it to get rid of lots of the Lenovo junk-ware that can came installed with the original, brand new machine. On a whim, I actually upgraded this to Windows 8.1 the day after the general availability. You can read about it here.

So how does it feel, after the upgrade?

Well it feels very quick still. Perhaps even slightly quicker than the previous Windows 8 setup. I am quite surprised, it’s the first time that this happened to me in the whole of my IT life. Normally there is “some” slow down by the nature of doing the upgrade rather than the clean install.

How will you go to Windows 8.1? Clean install or upgrade?


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