My BAD Experience Of Upgrading From Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

I deliberately held off from upgrading my Samsung ATIV Windows 8 Pro Atom tablet from Windows 8 to 8.1 to experience the process.  It started kind of rough.

You start, not in the Windows Store, but on Windows.com.

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Click the link and the upgrade process should start.  Instead, I got a HTTP 403 Forbidden Access Denied error.  Whoops!  First day jitters.  I hope someone quickly deployed more Azure instances! 😉

I tried again about 2 hours later and the link opened the Windows Store where I clicked on Download.

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Then a download starts.  For me, on a fast line, it was slow.

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After a long wait I was informed that the machine would reboot automatically after a 15 minute wait.  I triggered it to happen immediately.  The very slow count from 1 to 100% began after the reboot.  Bear in mind that the storage in these tablets appears to be very slow.

My machine hung on a black screen during this stage and that stuffed the install.  I rebooted and it reset this stage of the upgrade.  Another power reset and the issue repeated. 

And then I was greeted by

Restoring Your Previous Version Of Windows

Yes, the upgrade failed for no reason.  So much for the upgrade process.  Looks like I’ll be doing a fresh install instead.

FYI, I saw another machine (also Windows 8 OEM but another hardware brand) even refuse to upgrade for an unknown reason.  This is what I was greeted with when Windows 8 was restored and I logged in.

Couldn’t Upgrade To Windows 8.1

Sorry, we couldn’t complete the update to Windows 8.1.  We’ve restored your previous version of Windows to this PC.

0xC1900101 – 0x40017

This is why there is value in public beta testing, unlike in the much smaller restricted private TAPs.

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