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    How many people have actually updated their network to Windows 8?

    Hey Guys

    I just want to know some hard figure on how behind we are (if we are at all) I've been a bit worried about updating to Windows 8.1 though I thought this could be a good project for the summer. I just want to know how many schools have updated their servers to 2012 and clients to Windows 8? Also how did it go have you had many issues?

    Or on another spectrum of thought are you all just waiting for the new Windows 9* to be released and then upgrade? I have always thought to wait until Windows 9* but I don't want us to be really behind, s it worth updating to 8.1?

    Any input is greatly appreciated!

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    I answered "no real reason, waiting for Windows 9". The truth on the other hand is "ask me January 14th 2020". To be honest, unless theres a driving need before then, I see Win 7 as a long term replacement to XP. We'll keep it till it dies. Not even certain how relevent Windows will be come 2020. So, even Windows 9 is looking unlikely at this early stage.

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    I don't know of businesses or schools etc that have migrated to 8.1 in the local area, I've migrated over to 8.1 here but we were forced into doing so. If I had the choice 7 would be here until like XP, it is no longer supported.

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    All my primary schools are on 8.1. Not had any issues and it runs way faster then 7.

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    1 school on (mainly) 8.1 due to the shorter boot times. Other 2 on 7 and likely to stay there until they buy newer kit. Servers only get replaced when necessary.

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    I haven't replied in your poll. We are just about to deploy 15 Surfaces [Windows 8.1 Pro] to staff. We have virtualised our servers and we are now in 2012.

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    Not a school, but we've recently finished our roll out of Windows 7. We wont be changing any time soon as frankly, its too much of a hassle and Windows 7 does the job perfectly fine.

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    I'd need to get a 2012 license first. Not a chance I'd connect it up to 2008 R2, GPO just doesn't work.

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    We have just started a roll out. Got a number of people testing. Works well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    I'd need to get a 2012 license first. Not a chance I'd connect it up to 2008 R2, GPO just doesn't work.
    You don't need 2012, import the ADMX files into your existing domain.

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    Uh oh!! Gonna experiment with that this week now!!!

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    Our servers are running 2008 or 2008R2. Most of our clients have only just been upgraded to Win7 so they won't be re-done for YEARS! My PC in the office is the only thing on Windows 8.1 and personally, I love it

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    We have everything set up for 8.1, but we only install it on touchscreen devices - 7 is our mainstream OS so there are only a handful of 8.1 PCs. There are actually more Server 2012 R2 servers here.

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    Windows 7 here too. I think our network is going to fundamentally alter over the next few years with a change to BYOD or one-to-one so I'll look seriously at a desktop OS change when that happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    Uh oh!! Gonna experiment with that this week now!!!
    @Joanne To populate the ADMX files copy %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions from a Windows 8 / 8.1 machine to %domain%\sysvol\%userdnsdomain%\policies\PolicyDef initions\. You may need to create the PolicyDefinitions folder. Let it replace, open GPO editor and you have all the Windows 8 stuff.

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    Running a mix of Windows 8 and 8.1

    Once we go over the initial start menu configuration and shortcuts it seems to be working great. Log on times down to 30 seconds using mandatory profiles.. Used to be 5minutes+ on windows 7.

    So yeah Windows 8.1 all the way



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