This morning, I picked up my Dell Latitude 10 tablet and fired up the Windows Store. Boom—right there, I saw a tile that would allow me to upgrade my OS to Windows 8.1. Not having participated in the beta, I was ready to see what Microsoft had in store for its latest, greatest OS. After about a two or three hour download and installation process, I finally had it. I swiped a few tiles, clicked this, touched that, then clicked the sleep button. About an hour later, I tried turning my tablet back on, and this is what I saw:

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Wuh-oh. I recently wrote about my shameful glee at seeing that iPhone users had inherited the Blue Screen of Death. I’m sad to report the BSOD’s return to my life with Windows—though at the very least it’s gotten a little more visually interesting.

While the pattern may be interesting looking, and could serve as a nice screensaver, let me assure you: this was not something I’d planned on seeing. Additionally, the time the tablet takes to wake up after I hit the power button also seems to take a few seconds longer than it did prior to the update—and “a few seconds” feels like an eternity compared to the instantaneous wake-ups that I used to have with regular old Windows 8. Oh, and then there’s the sudden appearance of RunDLL errors that I’m now trying to figure out. Great update you got there, guys.

This post could be about the ways that Windows 8.1 improves on the experience. I mean, I do have a Start Button now, so that’s cool. Microsoft has written a blog post that goes through all the tweaks and improvements the newest upgrade of the OS brings—there are new tile sizes, the ability to boot right to Desktop mode, more options for snapping multiple programs onto one screen. I have to say, I’m looking forward to putting the thing through its paces and seeing how much more user friendly 8.1 is.

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But to be completely honest, I’m kind of scared. I got this device in August, and until today, I’ve had no problems with it. Then I upgrade to 8.1, and BAM. I’m annoyed.


I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to get these issues resolved before the end of the day. But it seems I’m not the only person out there having issues with upgrading his system to Windows 8.1. I hate to think what kinds of problems other Windows 8 users are having.

Maybe these problems are limited to just a handful of Windows customers. If that’s the case, then good. But I’m worried about the fact that 8.1 was supposed represent a new and improved, streamlined iteration of an OS that’s been having some trouble making headway in the marketplace. If these issues are more widespread, then Microsoft may have just shot itself in the foot by releasing a half-baked OS upgrade.

In the meantime—pray to the computer gods for me and my tablet.

3:46 p.m. Central – Update! The DLL error has been fixed with some help from my super savvy brother–some Logitech software that didn’t need to be there has been ejected from the proceedings. That still leaves a weirdly long delay in waking the tablet up. And my dreams are still haunted by the Wallpaper Pattern of Death.

  • I put the beta on my Latitude 10 and had quite a few problems. Most were fixed by downloading new drivers for pretty much everything on it, including the processor. I still have issues with it resuming. It typically goes through a restart because it fails to resume.

  • I tried Windows 8.1 RTM a few weeks ago on my Latitude 10 and it was disastrous due to outdated drivers (I don’t recall needing new drivers for service packs though). Good to know that MSFT/Dell hasn’t fully address that yet, so I’ll wait a few more days to take the plunge.

  • I’ve got Windows 8.1 installed on all 4 of my devices (including my Surface RT) and haven’t had an issue with any of them, so while there are issues they don’t appear to be universal. That said it’s always good to back up your stuff before doing a major upgrade like this!

  • I upgraded to windows 8.1 preview with no problems. Now upgraded to the new version and all programs have disappeared. A file called windows old has the info there but cannot open anything. The biggest problem is the accounting software that can no longer be opened, as well as all the excel spreadsheets, Microsoft word etc. I’m panicking a little………

  • I just installed 8.1 and I don’t like it at all, everything about it is just plain not good in comparison to the old windows 8. I wish I could uninstall the update but apparently that’s impossible.

  • I did the Same a few Day’s Before the Release Date of 8.1 Not Imppressed at a Few Bugg’s even the Iddiots at Microsoft won’t even fix there Online techs are a Big Joke,
    Microsoft “NEW” About the “PRE-Released ” Version’s around June then July The Aug’s to Sept One Guy Was a Rus: Online Blogger Putting Up prelease version fix files etc before the due dates,
    And I Got A “FULL” WIN 8.1 RTM.” CORE-VERS: and It x64 had the FULL UPGRADE Not Just up date it Allows Me to go from win 8 pro to Keep all my setting’s

    Had To Use My WINDOW 8 White Card Key To Activate it By TELEPHONE and it’s Registered The Guy didn’t tell me I could and it did. but yea Have to DISCCONECT The Internet First With Phone ACTIVATION in the slmagr and Data and Update Migrate it all over 1hr Later it Did let me keep everything I used POKKIE.exe for the start button forgot to uninstalll that lol so I had 2 START Ups but . everything works turned off all the ADMIN Privliages and put there own in reset it all to read write only and Blocked all the admin PRIVLAGES I had before .
    I fixed all that works great Boot’s up faster On the HP ENVY 23 TOUCH SCREEN.
    16 g Mem ATI Card 2,Tbyte HD..
    Only Problem I have and Can’t “FIX” is the “CONTROL PANEL PROFORMANCE AND there nothing for From Microsoft how to fix it it worked in the Windows 8 pro reg version looked like the window 7 control panel MATINACE but no knows how to fix this the regedit files for it is gone so… So if any one here Knows Os a Fix for that actully works would be great since Microsoft Online techs where not trained to fix this or where told in there set up tech sheets in front well online told not to fix or Just Act dumb and really Direct to to other Help Pages that have Nothing to with this windows 8.1 you some where else.

    And All this talk About the Microsoft Online store suppost to have the Upgrade for this NO they Not here In TORONTO CANADA they didn’t , it was Amazon.ca whom had it for those with just had the win 7 before for a FEE of $161. would have to Pay for the windows 8.1 and those of us who had the prebuilt system from HP with win 8 pro already on it it was free for so has every one been telling us I got to emails nothing about the Upgrade for this untill yesturday 3 win 8.1 Pro updates yesturday Morning on Oct 17th around 8:34 am just those updates nothing else it was total 245.MB for the 3 files that was it >

    and yea can’t roll back to the win 8 pro OS before even they made sure of that they Moved the files out And wipes them out, the dir from the win.os is there and my old desk top setting ‘s but Just empty Folder Missing files and features . And the New Desktop Say’s
    THIS PC at the Top And right below The Same I used for the PC below with all the Old Files the Full version core version like Microsoft Claim in the FULL vers said we could boot back to out Old Version b4 not true it will wipe all out data off our computer and for us to a clean boot and Loose everything Nice Going Microsoft you Not gonna win People Over with this version with All your FK- ups And I Video Taped all of the Set and Gonna Show Every One On the Local NEWS what Microsoft New OS version really does to your computer .. “MICROSOFT” Should have Not come out with this Preveiw beta Verison Untill they fixed before they even set the 8.1 to the software computer Manifactures.

    • And Microsoft Software Tech programmers New this all the time they just covered it up we have some people are Now gonna Expose Microsoft tech and the ones whom got fired are striking back and Showing them what Idditots they Hired those pre shows they do Online line are a Big Joke b4 the Product even comes out they have a working copy you get the crap fked up version at all these seminars and they new this,

      • you’ll need a bit of savvy. After downloading Build make sure that the installer file’s SHA-1 hash code matches the one shown on Microsoft’s own MSDN download page. You do this by running the command line File Checksum Integrity Verifier (FCIV) utility on the downloaded file. For example, according to MSDN, the SHA-1 hash code for the U.S. English 64-bit Windows 8.1 is BC2F7FF5C91C9F0F8676E39E703085C65072139B.

        So after installing the FCIV utility from the link above, you’d type Command from the start menu, and then switch to the directory where you installed FCIV and type fciv c:/path to downloaded file. This will spit out the number that you hope matches the above hash code.

        Once you’ve got your hands on a valid Windows 8.1 installer, if you’re installing from Windows 8, it’s a very simple matter of double clicking the .ISO file to mount it as a virtual disk, and then running the standard Windows installer. If you’re installing on a pre-Windows 8 system, you’ll have to burn a DVD or create a bootable USB drive using the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool. Again, if you’ve installed Windows 8.1 Preview, you’ll lose your installed applications, but there’s a way around this, if you download the cversion.iniRemoval Utility from winisoutils. This removes Microsoft’s file telling the installer to remove existing apps and settings.

        Windows 8.1 GA
        Starting October 18, Windows 8.1 will be made available to Windows 8 users for free on from the Windows Store, and downloading and installing will work just as they would for any other app. The company just announced that for non-Windows 8 users, the installer will be available on that date, and that as of October 2, you can pre-order full Windows 8.1 installation media (either download or disk) from Microsoft’s online store.

        Get a New PC
        One surefire way to get the latest Windows 8.1 version is to get a new PC or tablet. On or after October 18 these will come with a fresh installation of Windows 8.1. And if you’re on an old desktop PC, you’re not getting all the touch benefits of the new operating system. lolo yea right lol

        Windows 8.1 RTM
        In late August, Microsoft made the RTM (release to manufacturing) version of Windows 8.1 available to hardware makers, and then in early September the version was made available to developers with MSDN, IT professionals with TechNet, or students with DreamSparkaccounts. If you have any acquaintances with any of those account types, you have a legitimate way to get Windows 8.1 RTM, but because of this wide distribution, the code has naturally turned up on BitTorrent and other file sharing services.

        • A few days ago, Microsoft announced it had awarded a total of over $28,000 to six security researcherswho found exploits in the preview version of Internet Explorer 11. Today, Microsoft announced one of those researchers, James Forshaw, has also been awarded a whopping $100,000 for finding and reporting a new mitigation bypass exploit in Windows 8.1.

          The award was revealed on Microsoft’s BlueHat blog and is the first such prize to be awarded by the company since it announced new ongoing software bounty programs in June. The blog stated that while a team member at Microsoft found a variant of the attack that Forshaw reported, it added, ” … James’ submission was of such high quality and outlined some other variants such that we wanted to award him the full $100,000 bounty.”

          Microsoft has yet to reveal details of the Windows 8.1 exploit that Forshaw found (the company wants to address the problem first), but the blog gave the company’s reason for paying such a huge amount for this discovery:

          The reason we pay so much more for a new attack technique versus for an individual bug is that learning about new mitigation bypass techniques helps us develop defenses against entire classes of attack. This knowledge helps us make individual vulnerabilities less useful when attackers try to use them against customers. When we strengthen the platform-wide mitigations, we make it harder to exploit bugs in all software that runs on our platform, not just Microsoft applications.

          Combined with the IE11 exploits found by Forshaw, the amount of money Microsoft has awarded him is now up to $109,400.

          Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

  • I, too, have seen the Wallpaper Pattern of Death (WPOD) since upgrading. Three times now since last week. I found this article after trying to determine if it’s a common issue. Apparently so.

  • upgraded to 8.1 and have had nothing but problems since. Tried to recover to an earlier date but cannot. Have been locked out of facebook and anything else that needs a password to access. It’s as though my keypad is locked when attempting to enter the password after the user name or email address. Help I need this fix.


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