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moonwatcher
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moonwatcher,
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4/22/2014 | 4:00:33 PM
Re: Booting to Windows start screen after Windows 8.1 Update 5 installed
I liked the changes....But a nearly 1 GB download for these seemingly simple minor tweaks? That is just crazy. And as someone previously noted. what if some PCs or lap tops sit on the store shelves unsold past the download deadline? How will you be able to convince Microsoft to let you upgrade?
Cyber Senior
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4/16/2014 | 6:57:24 PM
Booting to Windows Start Screen following latest updates to Windows 8.1
I wrote the original post in this thread. I actually like the Windows Start Screen in Windows 8.1 and would like to be able to boot my laptop directly to it without first going to the desktop. Some sources indicate that this is possible, but I haven't succeeded in achieving this. I have installed all of the latest Windows 8.1 updates.
jagibbons
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4/15/2014 | 8:36:00 PM
Re: There is an alternative: linux
Choice is important. Whether it's some flavor of Linux, Mac, Chromebook, Windows 7 or Windows 8x, there are options that each have benefits and draw backs. Unless someone has a specific business need for a specific OS, there's all the flexibility in the world.
anon7687420124
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4/15/2014 | 3:44:14 PM
There is an alternative: linux
My friend was very happy with Windows/XP.  He also has a perfectly good computer, thank you very much, and didn't want to spend a lot of money getting a new machine.

 

So I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on it, with wine and xfce (a lightweight window manager).  All of his favorite windows apps work just fine.  In addition, he has a whole suite of native linux apps to play with.  Canonical is going to support 12.04 for another 2 years.  He also has the option of booting into KDE - he's still experimenting with which desktop he likes.

I realize that this is going to sound heretical, but there alternatives to Microsoft.  You don't have to do as they say.  You have options that do not involve grabbing you by the ankles and shaking you until all of the spare change in your pockets falls out.  Where the EULA says what you *can* do, not what you *can't*.

 

 

 

 
Misterdevers
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4/13/2014 | 5:16:48 AM
Go to Start Screen after closing apps involves disabling more optional features
Aparently you have to disable the "show Windows Store apps on the task bar" option for Windows to give you the Start screen after closing your apps, even if you have the "when I log in or close all apps on a screen, show the desktop instead of the start screen" option unchecked. This makes no sense. I like the tighter integration of the task bar, but I have become accustomed to the new Start screen. Plus this means users who wish to be brought back to Start cannot have the task bar appear in the modern apps. This is frustrating. 
6 one way half a dozen another
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4/12/2014 | 5:08:40 AM
Pinning
Thanks for mentioning pinning in this article. As a new to 8.1 user, I was both alarmed and annoyed by a bunch of the live pre-installed apps by Windows. The mention got me to look into how to not only unpin them from my start screen, but how to also turn them off. I don't want to really uninstall them but not having a bunch of unused apps constantly updating unwanted info is a big relief.
Michael Endler
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4/11/2014 | 5:54:37 PM
Re: Win 8 update
I think a lot of people feel that way-- but remember: A lot of the decision-makers who worked on the original Windows 8 are no longer with the company. That might not wash the bad taste out of your mouth, but if you haven't already jumped to a non-Windows platform, I think it allows for some optimism. Seems like Terry Myerson knows the stakes facing him.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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4/11/2014 | 5:50:59 PM
Re: Booting to Windows start screen after Windows 8.1 Update 5 installed
Thanks for listing the steps, moonwatcher. Incidentally, for those who haven't done much tweaking in Windows 8.1, the Navigation tab is also where you can activate or deactivate hot corners, among other useful things.

Oddly, though, some important controls are elsewhere. As mentioned in the article, the Surface Pro we updated didn't have the Windows Store app pinned to the taskbar at first. To enable this feature, we went to PC Settings via the Charm, then PC and devices, then Corners and edges-- but not the Navigation tab.
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4/10/2014 | 11:31:13 AM
Win 8 update
Logically I believe that the 8.1.1 tweeks fix most of my beefs with Win 8. What Microsoft cannot fix is the bad taste this fiasco has left in my mouth.   Win 7 won Microsoft a lot of consumer goodwill, which it promptly destroyed with Win 8.  Then made it worse with Win 8.1 by not addressing consumer complaints. 

Arrogant, out of touch, ***holes, tone deaf, idiotic, top heavy, takes its customers for granted, condescending towards its customers.  Did I leave any adjectives off?
moonwatcher
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moonwatcher,
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4/10/2014 | 8:53:25 AM
Re: Booting to Windows start screen after Windows 8.1 Update 5 installed
Here is how to do it: 

1. After booting Windows 8.1, click the Desktop tile to enter Desktop mode.

2. Right-click any open area in the taskbar, then click Properties.

3. Click the Navigation tab, then check the box next to Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in.

4. Click OK, then reboot. Windows should plunk you right into Desktop.

And that's all there is to it.

Of course if you get the 8.1.1 update, it ought to do it automatically.
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