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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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Sentar
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12/12/2013 | 1:41:44 PM
SORRY Microfoft but..........
We have left the Micrisoft house for good (115 users).

8.1 has finally been the nail in the coffin (Microsofts) no return of the WIN7 U/I and all features.

We are a business and in the businesss of makng a profit, ALAS Windows is not even a basic good O/S.

AND to NOTE we will NOT be back, cost of Windows 8/8.1 along with all the updates/upgrades to a system, applications and peripherials make this uneconomic viable option and put a major strain on out profit and loss.

Our new choice means the differance in costings of around  NZ$1759.00 per system made up of the following.....

1) Cost of WIN8/8.1

2) Cost of hardware updates/new

3) Cost of Application Upgrades/new replacements

4) Cost of installation/setup

5) Cost of training

6) Downtime and lost productivity

Godbye Microsoft we will NOT be back
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12/11/2013 | 2:31:34 PM
Re: The real business reason to hate win 8
One important thing that the author did not mention regarding the Search feature is that you CAN turn off "search everywhere" and even turn off Bing entirely. A little sloppy investigative review of 8.1 that needs to be corrected. I also have to laugh how some say "I don't want to be tied to what Bing wants to show me!" Really? So how do you explain you love affair with Google?

Lastly, I have been using 8 and 8.1 for almost a year. 8.1 is a vast improvement and there are still quirks in 8.1 that need attention but, like all other Windows before it you can customize to your liking. Just take a few minutes to poke around and READ. It is quick, runs on literally any hardware and improves it and there are features that Win 7 doesn;t have that I need.

I'm not saying you have not used the system, but there are far too many detractors of the system that obviously never even tried it.
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12/3/2013 | 10:13:52 PM
Re: How to cure all Windows 8 problems
An update and clarification.

 

It should be noted that my install of Windows 8 and 8.1 was on an existing PC that started out with Windows 7. 
I think my problems were to do with my PC was not a PC designed for the Windows 8 world no did I have a touch screen.

I took another flyer and bought a laptop with touch and Windows 8.1.  I have been using it for several days with the touch screen and I am realy starting to like it.
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11/29/2013 | 8:42:13 PM
Re: Windoze APE
I don't keep shortcuts littering my desktop, and I don't run widgets, either. Search doesn't let you browse a folder full of different games, or tools. And dragging the mouse pointer all the way dwn to close a program on a 23" monitor brought cries of pain from my shoulder in record time.
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11/29/2013 | 3:16:13 PM
Re: Windoze APE
Really?  You don't want to click a tile, but you want to double click a shortcut on the desktop?  You don't want to right click a tile for options, but you can right click a file on the desktop?  You don't want to type in a couple of letters and press enter to run an app that you dont use often or don't have pinned, but you want to click Start --> All Programs --> App folder --> app shortcut which takes longer?  Some people want widgets, that are really no different to tiles, but they don't want live tiles that actually get out of the way when you use the desktop unlike widgets.  What exactly can't you control with a mouse, because all our workers are doing just great on Windows 8, for invoicing, graphics design, programming, sales, technical support, web dev etc, no one here is struggling to get work done efficiently on windows 8.  We hardly ever get any clients calling us back because they can't use Windows 8.  It's very likely due to the fact that we spend "5" minutes with each client showing them the new features in Windows 8 - after that they're away sailing.
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11/29/2013 | 1:53:06 PM
Saviour to windows 8 and 8.1: HRBRID windows 8 and 8.1
I hated windows 8 and windows 8.1 from the day when I used them.
But these 2 apps will make you love windows 8 and 8.1.

 
  • First, is the Start8 Software which is the best replacement for windows 8 start menu, gives you the feeling of using windows 7 start menu.

 http://download.cnet.com/Start8/3000-2072_4-75732532.html?part=dl-&subj=dl&tag=button

 
  • Second, and the best , ModernMix  which can be used for using windows 8 Apps on desktop mode.Now your apps wont

 https://www.stardock.com/products/modernmix/

 

 

 


 
  •  And for and amazing experience use some features from this page :

http://blog.laptopmag.com/make-windows-8-like-windows-7.

 

You will get a new and better windows 8(actually an aesthetic HRBRID windows 8)
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11/29/2013 | 10:40:47 AM
Re: Windoze APE
Start menu vs Start screen aside, the Metro/Modern/Whatever-it's-called interface just can't be effectively controlled with a mouse. Having a touch screen monitor on the desktop won't help much, either. The ergonomics simply don't work out.

Besides, it's very limited. I literally laugh (or giggle anyway) whenever I hear MS boasting about being able to keep four apps opened at once(!) Come, now, Microsoft. Windows 2 could keep a lot more than four apps opened at once!
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11/28/2013 | 9:32:34 PM
Re: A bit of fluff there....

I might pin stuff to the taskbar if I could move it farther to the right. On the left is where I keep anywhere from 4 to 8 windows opened at all times while working. If I have a labeled box rather than an icon, I can tell at a glance what's opened where. I don't have to maneuver the mouse to an icon, then decrypt tiny excel thumbnails, which usually vary in minute details, to decide what's where.

I have quick launch icons for three programs well to the right. But the taskbar is for keeping track of opened tasks.

You should consider that people who do things differently may just know what they're doing.

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11/28/2013 | 3:13:26 PM
Re: A bit of fluff there....
If you haven't clicked on to Pinning in all the years it has been available, then I do wonder how many other great features in Windows you are missing out on simply.  It would appear to me that you do not know enough about Windows to make opinions as to the usability of any version of Windows.  The best option for you would be to watch some beginners tutorials on Windows 7/8.x to get up to speed with the way things are done faster and more efficiently.  Just a 5 minute video can do a lot for a stubborn person like yourself.
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11/28/2013 | 12:24:18 AM
Windoze APE
Right, that's the name one of my kids gave 8.  The MUTRO GUI, clearly designed for stupid fones and 20 year old PC's, seems to appeal mainly to people who don't do real work on PC's.  In fact, the bright colored tiles should work real well with toddlers, chimps, apes and any animals that like splatches of color on a PC screen.  But for someone who actually does real work on a PC, a proper desktop - with icons where I want them, with the START menu (whether Win 7 or XP style, Quick Launch Bar, system notification area and the like works really well.  IF there was a simple, clean setting in Win Ape to do that, I'd go for it due to the under the skin improvements.  But there's not, the tools like Classic Shell don't quite cut it for me under 8.1, and when I use a PC I often have multiple windows open - email, browsers windows, Excel, Word and more.  Oh - yes, I did try out 8 and 8.1 - couldn't stand either one.  Clutzy and sloppy - apparently Microsloth's new way of doing business.  Oddly, I almost like Office 365 - and for the most part find it quite usable.
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