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Aurora-R4, Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1?

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Hi all,

I have an Aurora-R4 purchased on June 2014 which came with Windows 7. Now I got a 8.1 license and would like to upgrade. I've seen some posts indicating troubleshooting when upgrading. Can anyone tell me if I can perform a clean installation or I can't? Is there something I shall do before upgrading? I would like to have all dell applications that came pre-installed in my Windows 7 such Alienware Command Center, etc..

All help will be much appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.

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Tesla1856
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RE: UPGRADE AURORA R4 FROM WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8.1

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Better to back up data and clean install Win8, followed by Win8 certified drivers from support.dell.com. Go to Aurora R4 and select Win8 as OS. Toward the end, you will install the Win8 compatible version of Command Center.

What other Dell apps do you want or really need? I can't think of any. Anyway ... they will be older Win7 versions. Best just to move on and replace them if necessary. So, which ones?

Edit: Here are some helpful links:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/536193?c=us&s=dhs&cs=19&l=

http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19376654


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Tesla1856
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RE: UPGRADE AURORA R4 FROM WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8.1

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Better to back up data and clean install Win8, followed by Win8 certified drivers from support.dell.com. Go to Aurora R4 and select Win8 as OS. Toward the end, you will install the Win8 compatible version of Command Center.

What other Dell apps do you want or really need? I can't think of any. Anyway ... they will be older Win7 versions. Best just to move on and replace them if necessary. So, which ones?

Edit: Here are some helpful links:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/536193?c=us&s=dhs&cs=19&l=

http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19376654


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- Like many of you, I can appreciate a good game-engine.
- I answer questions here, but I'm not a Dell employee.
- Consider giving posts you like a "thumbs-up"
- Posting models-numbers and software versions speeds trouble-shooting.
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Cafresfirm
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RE: UPGRADE AURORA R4 FROM WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8.1

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Thank you very much TESLA1856 i think is just what i needed.  I don't need to update Bios or any right?  If it is just clean install followed by drivers from dell, this weekend I will set my  windows 8.1 up.

Has anyone experienced improvements when upgrading from w7 to 8.1  or you would not recommend?

thx

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Tesla1856
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RE: UPGRADE AURORA R4 FROM WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8.1

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Thank you very much TESLA1856 i think is just what i needed.

 

I don't need to update Bios

You are welcome.

No, no BIOS update (unless something is broken). However, if you do it ... call into phone tech support and let them walk you through it. That way, if it kills/bricks your motherboard you will be covered for a new one and/or repair under warranty.


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RE: UPGRADE AURORA R4 FROM WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8.1

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Hi,

Finally (after several troubles trying to install unsuccessfully) I've my win8.1 running up, but still have some issues that hope you might help me: 

 - My Pc doesn't recognize my 3.0 devices neither at front or back one (i have installed Renesas drives from dell)

-  Also when booting up, a screen shows up asking me to choose which OS would like to  run (when i deleted and format the whole partition when performing clean installation of Win8.1). I had to deactivate "show operating systems list" at System properties.  Is there any chance to completely remove win7 from my  computer?

- I've following error right at the bottom " Secureboot isn't configured correctly. How can i delete this?

- After configuring effects colors with AllienFx, they last only for some time and then switch off.

Sorry for bothering you so much and if my english is not very understandable.

Thx very much for your help!!

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Cafresfirm
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RE: UPGRADE AURORA R4 FROM WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8.1

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Hi again,

another issue i've just realized.  When my pc stand by for some time, instead of hinbernating it switch off!  I am getting sick with all this Smiley Sad

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Tesla1856
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RE: UPGRADE AURORA R4 FROM WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8.1

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RE: USB 3.0 - Did you install chipset drivers first as instructed?

Re: SecureBoot - Turn on SecureBoot in BIOS. Also, these:
SATA Mode = AHCI Mode
Boot Mode = UEFI

RE: Boot - You have created a dual-boot system. You should delete all partitions first (drive completely empty), then install Windows only once. Do above first.

RE: AlienFX . Not all versions are Win8.1 compatible, but the latest should be


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Tesla1856
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RE: UPGRADE AURORA R4 FROM WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8.1

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Hi again,

 

another issue i've just realized.  When my pc stand by for some time, instead of hinbernating it switch off!  I am getting sick with all this Smiley Sad

Hibernation is pretty much off. I use sleep or Off. Boot fresh once a day in morning.


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- I answer questions here, but I'm not a Dell employee.
- Consider giving posts you like a "thumbs-up"
- Posting models-numbers and software versions speeds trouble-shooting.
- Click "Accept as Solution" button on any post that answers your question best.
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Cafresfirm
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RE: UPGRADE AURORA R4 FROM WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8.1

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Hi,

thx very much for your reply.  I meant Sleep sorry., i've in spanish language.  When i push sleep buttom my pc switches off ;(.  I've been seeking some troubleshootings and followed some steps (like delete all NVidia softs and reinstall again from dell links) but still not working.


Any solution??

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Cafresfirm
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RE: UPGRADE AURORA R4 FROM WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8.1

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Hi Tesla,

I've been following some troubleshootings  and I could fix  USB 3.0, AlienFx & secure boot so far (for secure boot i did not touch anything actually)

Regarding dual-boot I've uncheck "show OS list" at system preferences, but its very strange because I deleted the whole SSD before installing.  Shall i reinstall w8 again and pass through all this process one more time or that won't be necessary?

The main issue I've now is that i can't sleep my computer.

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