This thread isn't for debate of whether you should run 8.1 on your HTPC (we've had enough of that bickering) - just to inform those that do/want to that MS budged and have made the RTM images available now. Grab 'em while they're hot. Also available is Server 2012 R2 for those who need it.
So is there any way to run media center on 8.1 RTM?
WMC works on 8.1. I have Pro w/ WMC installed. I just don't have a tuner/any recording in my main rig from when I was on 8 to test your DRM questions. If I added a tuner, no reason WMC wouldn't work.
The 'example shorts' I tried don't tell me resolution; unless you know of one that does. Metro Netflix and IE 11 both offer a max bitrate of 3850Mbps for me. So seeing as we know Metro Netflix is known to play @ 1080p, I assume the HTML5 player is too. My ISP isn't one approved for Netflix 'SuperHD'; so if yours is, you can get higher bitrates. Another thing is my computer's screen is only 1680x1050. Maybe Netflix isn't playing at 1080p on my end because my resolution isn't 1080p? I don't know if it does that or not. Like I said, it only tells me bitrate, not resolution.
Also note, those images are compressed from uploading - so not indicative of PQ on my end. Just posted to show bitrates.
The real question for me is will Intel get off there asses and release a working driver for the hd2000/3000 igpu in time for 8.1 launch?
I really don't wanna have to buy a dedicated just so I can update to 8.1
I'm stuck. Downloaded Windows 8.1 RTM from MSDN. I can't get the Windows 8.1 Activation Key accepted on either computer. One computer came with Windows 8 thus there's no activation key available. The other computer, I purchased Windows 8 Pro and installed 8.1 prerelease. Can't upgrade 8.1 pre to 8.1 RTM nor can I clean install. In all cases, Windows 8.1 installer says "This key doesn't work with this edition of Windows. Try a different key."
I'm thinking this may be due to trying to use the existing Windows 8 key and not the MSDN Windows 8.1 Product Key. Maybe one can only install using MSDN keys? Current product keys perhaps won't be validatable until October 12th rollout?
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