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8 Reasons To Hate Windows 8.1

Sure, it's an improvement over Windows 8. But for many PC users, Windows 8.1 is a clumsy hybrid that's a pain to navigate.
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Just how unloved is Windows 8's new interface? Consider this: One of Windows 8.1's hot new features is the ability to bypass the Live Tile user interface and boot directly to the traditional Windows desktop. It's a tacit admission by Microsoft that its ambitious goal of creating a unified interface for mobile and desktop devices hasn't exactly gotten a warm embrace from longtime Windows users.

That can't be good. Much has been written about the jarring distinction between Windows 8 and its predecessors, all of which had the same look and feel (with a few tweaks) dating back to Windows 95. Of course, change isn't necessarily a bad thing; it's often for the best, in fact, even when people resist it, which they usually do.

Windows 8 featured a new UI optimized for multitouch tablets, which Microsoft slapped on top of a crippled Windows desktop sans the Start button/menu. This one-UI-fits-all-devices approach backfired, resulting in confused end users, as well as wary enterprise uses unwilling to upgrade from earlier versions.

PC shipments began to plummet at around the same time that Windows 8 arrived. It's not fair to pin moribund PC sales entirely on Windows 8 -- for many global consumers, a tablet or smartphone is the better, cheaper choice -- but the hybrid OS was certainly a contributing factor.

A year after Windows 8's debut, Windows 8.1 is here. Is it better than its predecessor? Yes, but in small ways. The overall presentation is essentially unchanged, albeit with some needed improvements. You'll find a visual tour here.

If you're a Windows 8 hater, Windows 8.1 probably won't change your opinion of the OS. (It's worth noting that in addition to the Live Tile UI, Windows 8.x offers other enhancements, most notably faster startup times.) New features such as the return of the Start button and boot-to-desktop are welcome additions, but they might make Windows 7 users wonder: Why upgrade at all?

This doesn't mean that Windows 8.1 will fail. If touchscreen laptops and hybrid devices like Microsoft's own Surface Pro 2 prove popular with businesses and consumers, the operating system's touch-oriented UI and mobile-style apps might prove a winner in the long run. But for legacy desktops and laptops, Windows 8.x remains a hard sell.    

Here are eight reasons to hate -- or at the very least, dislike -- Windows 8.1. If you think the latest version of Windows is getting a bum rap here, let us know in the comments below.

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GaryG961
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4/22/2015 | 6:29:52 PM
Re: OZLperez11,
Do you work for Microsoft?
emagnus@att.net
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4/16/2015 | 11:25:49 PM
Re: This is america??
I remember the old DRDOS and MSDOS days we could change font colors, background colors, etc. Use batch files to manage data backups, and creating and OWNING my own data. How I miss those days! I never liked windows much and resisted using it as long as I could. I did build a large number of computers as the technology progressed and eventually accepted the inevitable windows monopoly. Windows 7 to me is something like the ideal. Yet here I am using windows 8.1 and, while the idea of putting finger smudges on the display is disagreeable, I am going to give it a shot. Its not the same as swiping my smartphone. If I don't like it after 60 days or so, I will probably try to revert to windows 7. I also don't like having to use my microsoft email address to login to windows. Whats the point of that? I suspect it is not to give me greater control of my activities. My dad was born in 1930, had a high school education, and was one of the most highly educated people I have ever known. I have met and worked with a few PhD level engineers and scientists who were bright ones alright, but not with the breadth of vision my father had as a lumber yard manager. He could produce architectural designs with pencil and paper with artistic flare because he had good teachers along the way, and calculate loads on structures because he was taught mathematics well, not because he was a savant. I am not sure how to characterize education and its products today...
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3/22/2015 | 3:26:32 AM
Re: 8 Reasons to hate Windows 8.1 if you already hate it.
Very late to this party and with good reason. I began my Windows journey before there was Windows - back when Mr Gates gift to us was a C prompt and DOS. Once the GUI came along I was a Windows user by default - as were most consumers.


That is until Windows ME came out. At that point I reversed gears and ran XP on all of my PC's, ignoring newer versions entirely ( Sadly including Windows 7 which was a decent OS ).

When support for XP finally stopped I migrated to Linux and never looked back. In fact a year ago, if you would have mentioned Windows to me, I would literally have gagged a bit. I was honestly that against the product. My particular favorite Linux desktop environment was Gnome - which is controversial in the Linux world even now as not being "traditional" enough ( Familiar argument? ) but I found it fluid, visually appealing, and very easy to use.

A few weeks ago an opportunity arose for me to buy a new personal PC at a simply ridiculous price. A combination of a coupon and a one day sale left me with a high end PC for almost nothing out of pocket. The caveat? This PC came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled.

As I awaited my new computer, I had already created my Ubuntu Gnome install USB - that is how sure I was that I would be replacing the operating system on arrival. I planned to keep a small Windows 8.1 partition solely for the purpose of the rare chore of having to use a program that would only run in Windows - and had no viable Linux alternative.

Now it is three weeks later and there is not even a Linux partition on my machine. So far Windows 8.1 has worked perfectly ( something I could not even say for XP ). I do not find the Metro tiles menu to be confusing at all - in fact it is very reminiscent of the Gnome interface that I so adore in Linux. The fact that I can push a key and be on a more "traditional" desktop is simply a plus in my opinion. I utilize the traditional desktop simply as a task switching platform for the most part and keep no shortcuts on it at all. No clutter whatsoever. To me it is a beautiful design and a stable OS.

It is a shame that I came along right at the end of the party. Now Windows 10 looms and promises to be a one year free upgrade. It also promises to look a lot more like the Windows variants that I avoided like the plague during my years as an XP holdout. Unless Microsoft force feeds me the Windows 10 upgrade, I do not think I will opt for it. This version works for me as it is.

How much of the hatred of 8.1 is based in fear of change and that which is different I wonder? I also wonder what percentage of the people who hate 8.1 were around to go through the countless and endless problems that earlier Windows versions carried? How many lived in the days when a day without a blue screen of death was a rare and good day?

Compared to those years - this is Heaven. I think Microsoft finally got it right only for the masses to not quite catch on.

 
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3/15/2015 | 3:50:51 AM
Re: This is america??
AARP offere FREE classes for W8 as wll as any other computer and technology stuff(sending photos on smartphones?)-- for memebers (maybe for nonmembers too) all over the country.  It really isn't that hard and you don't need a college degree to learn.  What one really needs, I say from expereince, as I am 60+ is patiience, patience, patience, which by the way the Instructor also needs (also from experiene).
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3/15/2015 | 3:36:05 AM
Re: Windows 8.1 Pains
You can set it up to get the desktop on boot up on W8, 8.1
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3/15/2015 | 2:29:36 AM
Re: The Start stops most people
Yes I am a bit late to this discussion, but I FINALLY let go of XP, reluctantly, got a new Dell PC with Windows 8.1 and had to comment.

I don't mind the Start Screen, I kind of like it, BUT in orderto get to it, I have to click the up arrow from the list of Apps.  SInce I use a mouse, the Start menu, for me, is just like the desk top, So O'd like it to be ont top, first, always.

What I don't like is all the issues I am haveing with W8 are technical, so tomorrow I am taking it back to the store because I think it's my brand new $900 PC that is ust not fundioning properly.

 

 
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3/15/2015 | 2:22:18 AM
Re: How to cure all Windows 8 problems
I know this is more thn a yera old, but ran into this website when I seqrched for problems woith WIndows 8.1.  It was NOT your PC, given that I just boght a brand new Dell PC in order to get the new WIndows,.  I was quite happy with XP and will be returning this piece of c-machinery which has given so many problems.  I can easily adjust to the design, I was looking more for what you talk about, slow, continuos crashes and freezes, devices that will not wokr, although a check on Windosa assist cleared that ALL my devices would work, including an old monitor.


I am trying to discern if it is WIndows program or the PC.
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2/5/2015 | 9:35:15 PM
Re: This is america??
Alexandria, I absolutely concur with your comments.  They are extremely arrogant to attempt to force Windows 8.1 (or anything else) upon us.  We should be able to make our own decision.  I may be over 50, but I am far from stupid.  Furthermore, some who did not graduate from high school and/or college may have had to quit in order to make a living.  Nothing was handed to them on a silver platter.  That does not mean that one is NOT intelligent.  In many instances, life experiences teach more than so called "formal" education ever will (and I am not knocking "formal" education .... but don't stereotype people who do not have the opportunity).  The first time my laptop was updated to Windows 8.1, it caused it to crash!  Luckily, I had backups of Windows 8 and all over pertinent info.  It took time out of my schedule to fix the crash, which something these software engineers don't seem to be concerned about.  The next thing I know, my computer is being invaded and interrupted with messages in regard to updating Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 again.  This time the message is insistent that my computer is going to be updated to Windows 8.1 no matter what.  Well, guess what, I have some experience with computers.  Yes, hard for youngsters to believe, but I do.  Let's just say, it was a little complex, but I fixed the problem.  And, the answer to the question "Is this America" is the following:  This is NOT the America that my Father envisioned when he was fighting for this country and when he was stationed at Pearl Harbor fighting to rescue some of his fellow servicemen from the barracks which were being bombed.  I guess some these youngsters would have taught my Father "uneducated" because he had a high education and no college.  However, during testing, he beat out several others with college educations and became an air cadet (before the official "Air Force" came the air cadets) and became a licensed pilot. 
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1/10/2015 | 5:37:45 PM
It's a HOG!
For me, my dislike is not about ease of use or understandability, although that could be greatly improved... I hate it because it's such a hog. Had I known that when I purchased my laptop/tablet, I'd have bought one with a better processor and more memory.  (My old laptop with 7 whas much lower-end, and yet was much speedier!) I want my 7 back!

 
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1/2/2015 | 10:13:45 PM
Left in the Dark with Windows 8.1
In October 2013 I bought a new laptop and for about a year I was avoiding the Windows 8.1 installation until it was forced upon me in October 2014. As soon as it was installed I noticed the brightness feature didn't work. I tried to brighten up my screen and it would not do it. So I got technical support they played around with it and didn't fix it. So I figured out I could reset the computer back to factory default settings. Back to Windows 8. I lost my virus protection but I was almost due for new virus protection anyway at that time. So I went and got new virus protection and installed it and was happy again.

November rolls around. I started getting attacked again by the senseless Windows 8.1 again. It in itself was like a virus. I was mortified and kept avoiding and eventually it attacked my computer again. Mind you I bought an expensive computer that was being attacked. So sadly I had to reset it back to factory defaults again. Losing my virus protection. The computer offered about a months worth of Norton so I just left that on on there. I learned how to delete the attack code KBetc. I would remove that code and also blocked any updates to my computer forced upon my computer by Microsoft. Then I felt it was safe again to buy some new virus protection and I did Christmas weekend. Well the night before New Years. The night everyone else is out celebrating and enjoying their life I was working  on my project and low and behold I was being attacked again. With no warning except fourteen minutes before the attack. I was not able to stop it. I called Microsoft they said to let it finish it's job. Apparently there was nothing I could do anyway and so I had to. They said they would fix my problems. So the next day with my darkened laptop I contacted them and they want me to spend $99-$149 for new drivers. As if I can afford that right after Christmas and right after spending a lot of my money on virus protection. So instead of fixing my computer after they destroyed it I am supposed to be out more cash. So now I sit here and I am typing this with a dark screen. My eyes are tired. I would reset it back to Windows 8 but I now know that is useless and only costs more to buy more virus protection. Next month I am going to go down and buy a new desktop. I am looking at Macs. I can't live my life with a Microsoft system anymore. I will probably fix this laptop too but I am not buying another Microsoft computer. This is the last one. Sincerely Left in the Dark....
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