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tkolarik
10-14-2013, 07:22 PM
I just reinstalled Windows 8 in anticipation of the Windows 8.1 launch this weekend. I ran the upgrade process from within Windows 7 and chose "Keep Nothing". Then started the upgrade. I then ran thru a few Windows 8 drivers on the Asus support page and let Windows 8 take over and continue the update process. I only ran into a small problem with the Intel wireless (I upgraded the wifi card) where it thought I was on a public network and also refuse to show connection speed.

I assume the process will be similar, but should I allow windows to update everything it can first, then install drivers for what is not working correctly? And being on a SSD, deleting the windows.old file is mandatory and urgent.

Unfortunately, I will have to restore windows 7 first to unauthorized my iTunes, which I forgot! Then upgrade twice. At least, the restore will be fast using my Windows Home Server 2011.

HiVizMan
10-14-2013, 08:24 PM
You do not have to install Win7 to un-authorise Itunes my friend. All you do is unauthorise all the devices and as you use them authorise them once more, I constantly have to do that as I keep changing OS on my systems, and motherboards.

As to how to install 8.1 well the update to 8.1 will be rolled out in the next couple of weeks I understand so there is nothing to do if you have auto update enabled.

I let the auto device function of windows 8.1 find all my wireless devices on the Zenbook which I have installed Win8.1

Clintlgm
10-14-2013, 08:53 PM
My humble opinion would be wait for the official release. Download it from MS Store using your win 8 product Key. Create a USB UEFI boot install media. and do a clean install. I also would have all my drivers ready to install with out letting Windows update, update anything at least until you have the Asus Drivers at least the ATK package, Chipset, IRST, and Wifi, LAN, Intel Management Engine Interface. Then let windows 8.1 auto update. This is the way I plan on doing it. HiVizMan explained the iTunes thing I don't use so can not add anything to that. Cheers

HiVizMan
10-14-2013, 08:58 PM
Good advice from Clintlgm

tkolarik
10-14-2013, 10:23 PM
You guys are right but also wrong on the iTunes question. Correct, you can deauthorize all devices at once, however, I just did that 2 months ago and you can only do it once a year.

mehdi.moha
10-15-2013, 06:21 AM
You guys are right but also wrong on the iTunes question. Correct, you can deauthorize all devices at once, however, I just did that 2 months ago and you can only do it once a year.


hi everybody

last night i updated my G75VX's 8 to 8.1 via windows iso.( upgrade the system ) ... after that i noticed that my default antivirus ( trend micro) can't start !!! maybe cause of compatibility or anything else ...


i have 2 question :
1- if i upgrade my windows 8 to 8.1 , how can i install my antivirus again ( asus Cd just contain drivers) !!! cause i don't want to buy a license for antivirus . also if i use clean install , i don't have my antivirus source to install that .

2- my windows key is on the bios , how can i find that , cause when i upgrade to 8.1, it needs product key . there is some tools that can shows the product key , but that key is not acceptable by 8.1 !!!

HiVizMan
10-15-2013, 07:33 AM
You guys are right but also wrong on the iTunes question. Correct, you can deauthorize all devices at once, however, I just did that 2 months ago and you can only do it once a year.

Seriously??? Wow I did not know that at all.

cl-Albert
10-15-2013, 05:25 PM
hi everybody

last night i updated my G75VX's 8 to 8.1 via windows iso.( upgrade the system ) ... after that i noticed that my default antivirus ( trend micro) can't start !!! maybe cause of compatibility or anything else ...


i have 2 question :
1- if i upgrade my windows 8 to 8.1 , how can i install my antivirus again ( asus Cd just contain drivers) !!! cause i don't want to buy a license for antivirus . also if i use clean install , i don't have my antivirus source to install that .

2- my windows key is on the bios , how can i find that , cause when i upgrade to 8.1, it needs product key . there is some tools that can shows the product key , but that key is not acceptable by 8.1 !!!

Hi mehdi.moha,

Sorry, not sure what will be the best way to answer your 2 questions, but just wanted to mention the official release date for Windows 8.1 is October 18th according to Microsoft's website here (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/everywhere?ocid=EVERYWHERE_SEM_BNG_BRAND_OS_CORE&semid=1&WT.Search=1), so just wanted to remind others to wait for the official release as Clintlgm mentioned to avoid problems.

Also, you may already know, but if you were able to update to Win8.1 via *.ISO, just wondering if that was Win8.1 Preview instead of Win8.1?
It may not be as smooth updating from Win8.1 Preview to Win8.1, so again others may want to wait for the official Win8.1 release to avoid problems related to this.


2- my windows key is on the bios , how can i find that , cause when i upgrade to 8.1, it needs product key . there is some tools that can shows the product key , but that key is not acceptable by 8.1 !!!

Again, not too sure about the solution for this situation, but just wanted to mention for other Win8 customers who plan to update to Win8.1 after the official release date that it will be a free update if you go through Windows Store and that no new product key will be required.

Well, hope this still is able to clarify the situation some and feel free discuss more with me if you wish, but you may want to hear from others too.

Clintlgm
10-15-2013, 06:26 PM
Question 2, you must have installed a different version of Windows. 8 Pro install won't accept embedded Windows 8 standard key. See Rewben Sticky on upgrading and notes (http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?28758-GUIDE-G55-G75-Upgrade-Notes&p=220232#poststop) There is a reply that explains how to modify the PID file to install a Standard install using a Pro ISO. its works for windows 8, not sure for windows 8.1 as this has not yet been released to the public.

mehdi.moha
10-15-2013, 08:04 PM
thank u so much (all) :)

what about antivirus , is there any way to keep my antivirus( after update) ?

GottiBoi55
10-16-2013, 12:19 AM
thank u so much (all) :)

what about antivirus , is there any way to keep my antivirus( after update) ?


Concerning the antivirus, you should check support on there web site, they most likely will roll out a compatibility update for 8.1!
But I think they will deliver this update like all other updates you receive.

like most others said wait till the 18th
Microsoft will roll out 8.1 via windows update to current 8 users. (much like a "service pack")
But my guess there servers will be pretty busy on Friday rolling out this update!

tkolarik
10-16-2013, 04:32 AM
With my Norton Internet Security 3-user product, as long as I keep the computer name the same when upgrading, reinstalls never have a problem.

Clintlgm
10-16-2013, 02:22 PM
@tkolarik I agree completely I lucked out and got a NIS small business 5 user edition for $25 a couple of weeks ago on Amazon for those interested What I got was a 2013 version, when the 2014 version is release all computers with up to date subscription get updated to the latest version. You will notice they don't put the year on the package any longer Packaging now only Say" Norton Internet Security"

TLAVY
10-19-2013, 12:17 AM
I just reinstalled Windows 8 in anticipation of the Windows 8.1 launch this weekend. I ran the upgrade process from within Windows 7 and chose "Keep Nothing". Then started the upgrade. I then ran thru a few Windows 8 drivers on the Asus support page and let Windows 8 take over and continue the update process. I only ran into a small problem with the Intel wireless (I upgraded the wifi card) where it thought I was on a public network and also refuse to show connection speed.

I assume the process will be similar, but should I allow windows to update everything it can first, then install drivers for what is not working correctly? And being on a SSD, deleting the windows.old file is mandatory and urgent.

Unfortunately, I will have to restore windows 7 first to unauthorized my iTunes, which I forgot! Then upgrade twice. At least, the restore will be fast using my Windows Home Server 2011.All too amusing! all the "gamers" hate on windows 8 then when 8.1 comes out the 7 holdouts all think this 8.1 is different and good for them now, LOL 8.1 is just 8 with a few tweaks. I use 7 at work and it feels just like 8 but with less options and slower.

MAdMotty
10-19-2013, 12:42 AM
Download and installed 8.1 and had wi-fi issues from the start. This morning I am resetting back to factory settings as wi-fi would not work.

GottiBoi55
10-19-2013, 01:47 AM
Download and installed 8.1 and had wi-fi issues from the start. This morning I am resetting back to factory settings as wi-fi would not work.

The Asus download page for you model has updated W8.1drivers for WI-FI, and Bluetooth.
Did you download and update to the new W8.1 drivers?