[QUOTE=ChristineBCW;2711633]I’d counsel “Look at the drivers for your computer’s systems. If you only see Sep-2013 drivers, you might consider waiting a bit longer.”
We’ve done three kinds of Win8.1 installs: (1) the Upgrade to a Working Machine, (2) a fresh clean Win 8.0 reload then immediate 8.1 update, and (3) a pure 8.1 install.
The Pure 8.1 install has been flakey because of driver conflicts. I don’t know if one driver is bad (LAN, video, audio) or if it’s the confluence of all of them. But all of these drivers are Sep-2013, and many motherboard makers are only now delivering ‘drivers version 2’.
Because just about every motherboard maker and so many video cards have released Specific-to-W8.1 drivers, we knew there were significant changes. And the likelihood of getting all of those to work perfectly, the first time, is inversely proportional to the vast number of drivers released.
Our 8.0-to-8.1 Working Upgrade is the least flakey of all, by the way. And the most junked-up and has the most double-entry’d file-manager labels. A relatively typical Microsoft Upgrade experience.
The Clean 8.0-to-8.1 uses the 8.1 drivers but we don’t have nearly the flakey behavior on those units as we do the Full Clean W8.1 Install units. No idea why - same motherboards, same generation of parts, etc.
Luck o’ the draw. Our 8.0 machines were never as flakey. I will be looking forward to Clean Installs soon, though, because I simply hate the junked-up piles of files that Microsoft leaves behind. Who knows what the registry really looks like![/QUOTE]
How do I do a Full Clean install, never tried before? Thanks.