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marcux

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Wow, beta software being put on the windows store without being call beta software!, it's a pre-release, NOT BETA.

But, it's good that your so eager to point that out.
 

GoodDayToDie

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So, have you reported the bug yet?

Also, exactly what do you believe the distinction is between "pre-release" and "beta"? I mean, http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview-faq sure sounds like "beta" to me even if they don't use that actual word.

Testing with older or obscure software and hardware is the primary reason why Microsoft (and other large software companies) have pre-release versions, whatever they're called. You're in a position to help both Microsoft and yourself, here.
 
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e.mote

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With MS, public pre-releases are for PR, for aficionados to get the software and do the evangelizing gruntwork. It's not a beta, because there is no formal mechanism for bug reporting, despite the "send it in" button. That, and normal people don't know how to properly beta test anyway. A pre-release is not supposed to have any obvious bugs, although peripheral driver compatibility is among the last things to be tested.

These said, 8.1 is the first of MS' new "rapid release" product, so common sense would indicate it's gonna be rougher than the old 3-yr cycle. From the smattering of reports, some features are still unfinished.

With RTM 1-2 months out, it's probably not worth the trouble to install the pre-release, unless you have a spare box to throw it onto, or you're a 0-day guy who GOTTA HAVE IT NOW.
 

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    Just install steel series controller drivers or steel series engine!

    http://steelseries.com/g/steelseries-engine

    Will totally brick your windows installation! Good times, thank you for the loss.. ;)

    I've tested this 3 times on a new installation, Had to reimage and reinstall, no luck. can't use game pad controller driver, won't upgrade..
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    So, have you reported the bug yet?

    Also, exactly what do you believe the distinction is between "pre-release" and "beta"? I mean, http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview-faq sure sounds like "beta" to me even if they don't use that actual word.

    Testing with older or obscure software and hardware is the primary reason why Microsoft (and other large software companies) have pre-release versions, whatever they're called. You're in a position to help both Microsoft and yourself, here.
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