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11/19/2013
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Jeff Bertolucci
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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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That Start button? Meh...
As you've no doubt heard, Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button that graced the desktop from Windows 95 through Windows 7. But Windows traditionalists won't be pleased. Why? Because when you click (or tap) the new Start button in Windows 8.1, you're sent back to the Start screen. To find your programs, you have to click a down arrow at the bottom of the screen to launch the Apps view. 

Clunky, perhaps, but here's a trick to save an extra step: Go to the desktop, right-click on the task bar, and select Properties from the pop-up menu. Click the Navigation tab, and check the box next to 'Show the Apps view automatically when I go to Start.' If you use mostly desktop apps, be sure to check 'List desktop apps first in the Apps view when it's sorted by category.'  

Here's another tip: Right-click the Start button to see a menu of popular features, including Programs and Features, Task Manager, Search, Sleep, and Shut Down.

That Start button? Meh...
As you've no doubt heard, Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button that graced the desktop from Windows 95 through Windows 7. But Windows traditionalists won't be pleased. Why? Because when you click (or tap) the new Start button in Windows 8.1, you're sent back to the Start screen. To find your programs, you have to click a down arrow at the bottom of the screen to launch the Apps view.

Clunky, perhaps, but here's a trick to save an extra step: Go to the desktop, right-click on the task bar, and select Properties from the pop-up menu. Click the Navigation tab, and check the box next to "Show the Apps view automatically when I go to Start." If you use mostly desktop apps, be sure to check "List desktop apps first in the Apps view when it's sorted by category."

Here's another tip: Right-click the Start button to see a menu of popular features, including Programs and Features, Task Manager, Search, Sleep, and Shut Down.

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11/19/2013 | 2:39:16 PM
Re: Mobile and Desktop Hybrids
I feel like these criticisms are pretty much the same as they were for Windows 8. Of course, like you said, 8.1 will not likely change anyone's mind.

I personally like 8 and 8.1, and I realize I'm in the minority. With that said, On the desktop I really only use the Start page for launching some apps and rarely use the Metro apps. On my Surface I mostly only stay in the Metro interface. I don't feel encumbered so much by having the two interfaces in either case, although I understand how it annoys some people. It's a weird fusion of two different design languages. Occasionally it provides some nice productivity functionality and flexibility for tablets (IMO), perhaps less so on the desktop.


It's also interesting that we're seeing Windows Phone 8 on 5+" screens, and Windows 8 on 7" tablets. At this point the lines between WP8, W8, and RT8 start to get blurred.
AliR407
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11/19/2013 | 1:29:50 PM
8.1
I like 8 but not 8.1 but to make it more annoying, Microsoft added some dodgy thing that keeps popping up saying Get Windows 8.1. I've tried it and it ruined my laptop and had to reset everything to get back to 8 :D
SarahM802
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11/19/2013 | 12:48:04 PM
Why Windows?
This is where Apple has succeeded. They have iOS for tablets/phones and OS X for desktops/notebooks. Smart. Windows 7 was my favorite. It looks professional, classy and overall just a good looking UI. Windows 8 on the other hand reminds me of a cartoon. It's not tasteful. Windows really should have just left that to the tablets and just enhanced the Windows 7 look and feel to Windows 8.

 

Bad bad bad windows.
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