Saturday, September 14, 2013

Window 8.1 will soon be available; Toshiba requires big pre-updaye

The last two times I have logged on to my Windows 8 Toshiba Sateliite laptop, Toshiba has notified me of a present: a great big firmware update from the manufacturer, mandatory before installing Windows 8.1 any time after October 18, 2013. David Cardinal has a review of 8.1 on Extreme Tech, Sept. 13, here. (Is a "Satellite" like a moon of a planet? Maybe Titan?)
      
 Apparently the user is allowed to set up the machine to go right to Desktop Mode and use the Start button the way it worked in Windows XP, Vista, 7, even all the way back to Windows 95 and Windows 98 (and the horrific “ME”).  
     

It is a problem when vendors interrupt you and expect you to make huge updates quickly.  It looks like the whole Toshiba and 8.1 process will take several hours, and require that the person be at home or at work continuously and have time to dedicate to it.  That’s a luxury one cannot presume in my life.  
  
Oh, yes, regarding these updates. They're "free".  Oh, my time is worth more than "money" right now.


Update: Sept. 15

Toshiba explains that its update allows multiple updates from Microsoft and other vendors (like Adobe) to be downloaded and installed at the same time.  It would apply to Windows 8.0.

I'll wait until I have a little more time before doing a huge and risky update. 

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