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Default Windows 8.1 - 06-29-2013, 09:22 PM

In windows 8 my internet explorer is always slow and stops working in desktop mode. I am disappointed with the apps in metro mode and the performance is nowhere near my ipad 2. I set up a dual boot with windows 7 and mostly use windows 7 as the browser works better and all my programs work. I keep checking windows 8 in hopes that the performance and apps will improve but I am still disappointed. I first went the windows website and downloaded windows 8.1 preview but after restarting it looked the same. I then went to the metro store and found a download there and it installed. The first thing I noticed that the dual boot menu is now touch enabled whereas before I had to use a mouse to select windows 7 or 8. I like this! When everything was installed I checked windows 7 and nothing was changed and everything seems to be working as before the change to windows 8.1.
I then booted to 8.1 and internet explorer would not work in desktop or metro. After a search in win 7 internet explorer I found a solution that fixed it (reset internet explorer in control panel). Now I am wondering if this would have fixed the problem I was having with win 8.

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Default 07-17-2013, 03:34 PM

Hey 3Dog,

It's hard to say but that may have been all that was needed. I've been using Win8 on my Duo from the original test release and I haven't had any trouble at all. I have not loaded Win8.1 only because I do not want to completely start from scratch, clean install, once the official final rev/release comes out. From what I've read you can't upgrade from the beta/prerelease to the final release without doing a clean install but you can upgrade from Win8 to the final release of Win8.1 and not have to do a clean install.

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Default 07-21-2013, 07:35 PM

Windows 8.1 beta seems to run allot slower than 8 on the DUO. I have mine set up as a dual boot with WIN 7 and find I use 7 but want to keep 8 just to see if it will ever be as good as the IPAD, which I purchased after the DUO and use most of the time. Win 8 does nothing for me that Win 7 can't do. The apps are lame and slow. I haven't found one worth spending a dime on, as long as I have an IPAD.


As I have given up on Microsoft I now want a dual boot Mac Air (touch screen) or Pro that will run IOS apps. You can dual boot a Mac and run Windows if you have some good programs that you still use. There are still no signs that it will happen but all my ideas eventually come true. I could even settle for one without a touch screen as long as the touch pad takes figure gestures. I have no need to play chopsticks.
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Default 07-23-2013, 03:57 PM

I think our DUOs are just to under powered for anything going forward. For me Win8 did make mine a lot more enjoyable but it is still way to laggy compared to my wife's Surface Pro. With Haswell out I think there are going to be some very competitive and impressive tablets on the way for the holidays. It will be awesome to have 8 to 10 hours of battery life out of an iPad sized Windows 8 tablet. Now with a common core between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 more and more developers are jumping on board. I've read a lot of articles where Mac & iOS and Android developers are excited about the direction Microsoft is going. But I know it is going to take more time and updates to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 for Microsoft to catch up. Apple and Android have a huge jump on the tablet and phone market.
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Default 09-02-2013, 09:33 PM

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I think our DUOs are just to under powered for anything going forward. For me Win8 did make mine a lot more enjoyable but it is still way to laggy compared to my wife's Surface Pro. With Haswell out I think there are going to be some very competitive and impressive tablets on the way for the holidays. It will be awesome to have 8 to 10 hours of battery life out of an iPad sized Windows 8 tablet. Now with a common core between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 more and more developers are jumping on board. I've read a lot of articles where Mac & iOS and Android developers are excited about the direction Microsoft is going. But I know it is going to take more time and updates to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 for Microsoft to catch up. Apple and Android have a huge jump on the tablet and phone market.
I also have a 2011 Mac Pro laptop with SSD and 8g memory. I loaded the same windows 8 operating system that I have set up on the DUO on the Parallels vm software and boy did it fly. I liked the Mac touchpad with windows 8 and found that I did not miss the touch screen. The 13 inch screen is also nice. I think the DUO will be my last windows laptop. Just waiting for Parallels to run ios so I can use the Ipad apps on a laptop with the Mac trackpad. The win 8 apps do not come close to Ipad apps.
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Default 10-22-2013, 02:51 PM

The Duo may not be the fastest convertible these days, but Windows 8.1 RTM performs very well on the unit. I installed 8.1 Enterprise and Microsoft seems to have added a few features that take real advantage of the touchscreen, especially in Office 2013. I can even do some modest graphics editing, and MS Office work is absolutely fine.

Pundits are predicting a drop in Windows tablet prices for the holiday shopping season, so used Duos will likely come down as well if sellers are going to move them out. Lately $200 seems to be the going rate, often with the JBL dock included. I use mine on a daily basis and find it a dandy size for most of my mobile work.


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Default 10-26-2013, 10:02 AM

I upgraded to the official 8.1 release and my touch screen isn't working properly. I can swipe down from the top to close an app but none of the other swipes work. Nothing from the right or left and I cannot scroll via the touch screen. I checked for updated drivers but I haven't found anything. Also, there used to be a setting in Control Panel called Pen and Touch. It is no longer present.


If anyone have any ideas please chime in.


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Default 10-28-2013, 03:23 PM

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I upgraded to the official 8.1 release and my touch screen isn't working properly. I can swipe down from the top to close an app but none of the other swipes work. Nothing from the right or left and I cannot scroll via the touch screen. I checked for updated drivers but I haven't found anything. Also, there used to be a setting in Control Panel called Pen and Touch. It is no longer present.


If anyone have any ideas please chime in.


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Which version did you download? I am running Enterprise and all features are present and working including the Pen and Touch Control Panel app.

I would recommend a clean install if you are seeing these kinds of bugs.


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Default 11-01-2013, 05:41 PM

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Which version did you download? I am running Enterprise and all features are present and working including the Pen and Touch Control Panel app.

I would recommend a clean install if you are seeing these kinds of bugs.


I just did the update through the Store. I figured that a complete reinstall would be my next move.


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Default 11-04-2013, 12:53 AM

I finally got 8.1 to install on my Mini 9 - see here.


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