From Windows 8, to preview 8.1, and now back to 8.0.

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    This is an FYI for those interested.

    Yep, I resorted back to Windows 8. Two problems I had, one of which could not be resolved.

    With the June firmware upgrade, OpenGL failed with an astronomical software package I had. Research indicated others, many, had the same issue, with games and such. The solution was to install the graphics driver from Intel and make sure MS didn't reapply the June firmware upgrade.

    Windows 8.1 I had network problems that I noticed from day 1 on 8.1. Issues were on wireless lan's, not a connected network. If I streamed entertainment content on Wi-Fi (like Pandora or amazon prime video) it was barely useable. If I connected Bluetooth audio to it, it was not at all usable. Searches also brought out other similar problems with Wi-Fi people were having. Could the lack of a firmware upgrade have solved the problem, I don't know for sure. Now I have been back on 8.0 for about a week now and my Wi-Fi / blue tooth issues have all gone away.
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    Well, it's a beta.
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    I had to reset back to W8 because W8.1 caused constant high disc I/O.
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    yikes. i hate to hear this. and i hate to say this but i set mine up to dual boot 8.0 and 8.1 on the pro and 8.1 on RT and i never use 8.0 ever. i dont have any issue on 8.1 accept a driver issue with display link. weird i guess.
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    Yep.... I am not complaining, just sharing the experience with "The group" here. No big deal.
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    Thank you for testing it for me, innovators. As an early adopter and according to your experience, this time I won't try it LOL
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    I had multiple issues with Store Apps not running, until I removed the Modern utility that put a close button on Modern apps. Now, no major issues so far.
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    You should have updated the firmware because some updates are dependent on it.
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    Also there are 7 updates for 8.1 today addressing many of the issues around Store Apps and IE 11....
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    I asked for a refund on 8.1 given all the problems. oh wait, it was free.
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    8.1 runs good considering it's a preview. it does have some issues, like the 6 row tiles keep going back to 4 tiles after waking up from sleep. And the scanner via wifi doesn't work anymore when upgraded to 8.1 (brother MFC-J4510DW). Other than these two, it's working fine on my surface pro. I am ab;e to watch netflix, hluplus, vudu without issues. And my adobe apps (illustrator cc, photoshop cc, etc) all work fine without issues as well.
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    So is herpes.
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    Modern Utility?
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    most likely stardocks modern mix software for SP.
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    Curious, are you using wi-fi for video streaming successfully then? (not clear in your comment) I had streaming problems when on Wi-Fi and when blue tooth was also used, the system became unusable. Now I am back on 8.0 and am happy.
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    I primarily use 8.1 all the time now. No issues for me streaming vids or Bluetooth. Initially bt was a hassle repairing my speaker, keyboard, and mouse. Had to disable them a few times before they finally took, but all good now..
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    I upgraded to 8.1, then had a lot of issues with wi-fi so I switched back to 8.0...

    However, I decided to give it a try again and although I'm still having some wi-fi issues, they're not as bad after the last update.
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    Interesting. Although I don't plan to switch back to 8.1 prolly not until its released, it's good to hear some progress is being made.
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    yes. i'm able to stream netflix, huluplus in my SP without issues. I'm also able to use airparrot to stream from SP to appletv without issues (although the airparrot app itself has kind of clunky). not sure if me using a wireless AC router helps.
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    I'm thinking about going back to 8.0 just so I can get some app updates and then take it back to 8.1 and repeat the process monthly till 8.1 is released. I've noticed on my desktop that I get app update notices every day or 2 and I'm running 8.0 on it but on my Surface there are never any apps to update. And I don't have it set to auto update.

    Thoughts...

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