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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.

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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User Rank: Ninja
11/24/2013 | 4:54:49 PM
Re: The real business reason to hate win 8
Even Apple knows better than to try to condense all devices into one OS as Microsoft has tried doing with Windows 8.1. 

With Mac OS X and iOS clearly separated, I think that's really the smartest thing. Microsoft tried something new, and it's ultimately going to cost them a lot of money. 
User Rank: Strategist
11/24/2013 | 3:50:57 AM
8.1 sucks!!!
The 8 reasons told by the bloggers are accurate which even i ve felt the same way .I have a Dell Inspiron 5521 (15R). My battery backup after updating from windows 8 to 8.1 reduced down from 4.5hrs to 2hrs.So windows 8.1 also reduces the battery backup of ur pc.Also the mouse pointer hangs alot in windows 8.But in win 8.1 the no of hangs increased lots more than win 8 
User Rank: Ninja
11/24/2013 | 12:01:36 AM
Re: The real business reason to hate win 8
It seems Windows 8.1 Preview Release is Beta software where it can cause issues and will not work at all which will spend more time cleaning up the software than utilizing it.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/23/2013 | 7:12:36 PM
The real business reason to hate win 8
You cant log in and sync using office 360 email address.

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User Rank: Strategist
11/23/2013 | 9:37:30 AM
Windows new OS, the best it's ever been
Oh, Microsoft being bashed again, what a surprise.

This blathering on, criticizing Microsoft is getting old. Apple can do no wrong and Microsoft can do no right.

Time to unsubscribe.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/23/2013 | 9:26:31 AM
Re: Mobile and Desktop Hybrids
I absolutely agree with that...I have been using 8.1 ever since it launched, and Iam not impressed with 8 overall on my non-touch desktop!!

It doesn't delight me one bit....I hardly ever use the windows 8 start screen UI and the apps over there...All I ever do on my laptop is head straight to the desktop to mostly "type some documents" or send emails, or occasionally watch movies, or surf the web in general!! 

I think desktop OS should be optimized with that in mind, rather than cram in a hybrid OS, which really does not work well on any device!
User Rank: Apprentice
11/23/2013 | 2:37:27 AM
8 Reasons to hate Windows 8.1 if you already hate it.
(I have used windows since XP)


Scumbag older windows user:

-"Add a start button."(Since I am stupid and can't manage to easily move my mouse to the corner and click)

-<Start Button added>

-OMG I can't cry about it anymore, I will just say it is clumcy.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
11/22/2013 | 10:42:14 PM
Re: hate?
People hold grudges against Microsoft for EVERYTHING, just because it's Microsoft.

Among technology pundits, Microsoft is like the kid that everybody hates at school no matter what he does, how smart he is, how athletic he is, or what clothes he wears.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
11/22/2013 | 10:38:15 PM
Re: "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."

Looking at Microsoft's history, that's pretty much a Mad Lib dek, isn't it?  That statement could apply to every new version of Windows."

"Sure it's an improvement over [previous version of Windows].  But for many PC users, [new version of Windows] is a clumsy hybrid that's a pain to navigate."

My suspicion: Ultimately, people will get used to it -- and eventually kick and scream over having to leave 8.1.

Michael Endler
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Author
11/22/2013 | 7:37:20 PM
Re: 8.1
What changes did you dislike? I can understand that someone who didn't like Windows 8 might not be persuaded by Windows 8.1, but I am surprised that a happy Windows 8 user doesn't find Windows 8.1 to be an improvement. What did you like better before?
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