- The audio suddenly started sounding tinny and generally unlistenable. When I had this problem before, it would go away if I restarted the computer, but that didn't seem to help anymore. Installing an older version of my audio drivers made everything sound normal again. At least going to grab the older drivers made me discover there was a BIOS update for my computer.
- The weather app keeps changing to Washington, D.C., and changes the units from Celsius to Fahrenheit, but only on the Start screen. At least when it does display what I want, it looks pretty good in the largest size. I only made the weather larger on the Start screen because I can make the other icons smaller.
- Windows Update had been downloading something via BITS, but I don't know what it is. It's not Windows Defender downloading, and Windows Update says there are no updates. It spent the morning downloading really slowly and I just wished it would finish. Even after it finished, I have no idea what it was.
- My HomeGroup was wiped out. I used it to give my brother access to an area on my computer without giving him a login. I'll have to set it up all over again whenever we're on the same network.
- I used to have no problems with the preview that would show up in Windows Explorer for graphic files. After the upgrade, some JPEG files look like they're missing chunks (though when viewed with another program, they're fine; in Explorer, they show up with large areas of grey) and others (JPEGs included) don't show a preview at all, but if you select another file, then select the original file again, the preview will appear.
- I'm still having issues with Desktop Window Manager (DWM). On Windows 8, it would slowly suck up memory until you had to log out or reboot. It's been eleven hours since my last reboot and it's using almost four times the RAM it used at startup. I can't narrow its bad behavior to a program since I don't monitor it that closely, but I do know it makes random jumps. Sometimes it'll rise by several hundred megs of RAM in a day. Since I don't know what DWM does that could use close to two gigs of memory, I can't rule out anything. The last time I hunted for answers on the Internet, it didn't seem like anyone had the same problem I do.
In my last entry, I ended mentioning that I was backing up in case the Windows 8.1 installation totally screwed up my computer. The installation went fine, but it's always good to have backups. It didn't take that long for me to back things up anyway, since I back things up every couple weeks. With that out of the way, I guess I'll talk about my first impressions.
Yesterday, I got a banner that appeared across my screen inviting me to open the Store app and install Windows 8.1. It's weird that it doesn't come down through Windows Update, when it's basically Windows 8 SP1. It provided a scarily large download size, but based on how long it took to download it, they were either providing the worst-case scenario download size or the uncompressed size. Anyway, I took a nap while it downloaded and messed around on another computer. The download also randomly stopped for several minutes, then started again. I couldn't figure out any sort of pattern; all I wanted was it to finish so I could use my Internet connection again. Eventually, it finished and restarted...and restarted...and restarted. When I finally had a chance to interact with my computer again, it started asking very installing-an-OS kinds of questions. Then I hit the "Sign in to your Microsoft account" step. I purposely didn't want to do that when installing Windows 8, but with this upgrade, it did not [visibly] give me any kind of choice not to. The only choices were to sign in, create a new account, or view the privacy statement. I hopped on the other computer I had nearby to look up if there was a way past this. Basically, you just click the option to create a new account, then there's an option at the bottom to keep signing in the way you always have, i.e., locally. This works the same way for a fresh install; click to create a new account, and click the option to sign in without a Microsoft account. (This site was the first one that showed up when I did a search, so it's their advice I took. The site also has how to remove a Microsoft account if you didn't want one in the first place.)