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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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User Rank: Strategist
1/3/2014 | 1:39:04 PM
Windows 8 and 8.1

Yes a lot of people are using tablets recreationally now, but laptops are for working and no is talking about the way Windows has continuously reduced productivity. With every update they add keystrokes and change things just to change them without reason. (What was wrong for clicking "Y" to save or "N" for new?) Used to be able to ALT,F,U to get into document set-up, now you have to mouse it all the way. Thank heaven for Windows Explorer (now File Explorer), even though it takes 5 actions to get to the file you need to access. Why not give users the choice to automatically bypass those ridiculous tiles.  

While I'm at it, what's up with Outlook? All if a sudden all folders default to a reading view and must be changed individually, plus with the 8.1 upgrade when writing a new email the toolbar moves to the "File" tab - absolutely the last tab you would ever use when writing an email (you need to be on the "Message" tab). BTW, maybe 8.0 booted up faster, but 8.1 is way slower. I can make coffee and clean my kitchen while I wait - and it is definitely not the fault of my new MSi computer. 


Also, the new Start button is a joke.  Is that a passive-aggressive Microsoft stab at its PC user base?  They couldn't do more to create a customer base for a smart competitor.  There are a lot of us looking for a Windows alternative.

User Rank: Apprentice
12/31/2013 | 4:58:54 PM
win 8.1
thank god i'm a novice  at this but win 7 but it was the new xp and has been everything i need and want,but 8.1 as you say it is an improvement . i've only had it for 2 days but you can adapt to youre own likes .one instant fault is to shut down but i did find it . why make so hard  to do a simple thing and not to drag and drop a shortcut mmm. i am 60 and i know stuff but this will put off older people

to join this fantastic media.  microsoft listen dont be so business the people need to learn to shop and book holidays and buy like from amazon,ebay keep it simple .


User Rank: Apprentice
12/22/2013 | 7:30:23 PM
8000 reasons galore and counting
I can't believe MS could be so stupid. I am so pissed that I had to vent my anger.. I mean anger

8.0 and 8.1 we obviously dreamed up by a committee , need I say more.. Gee what a great idea, take w well proven interface and change it to look like an iphone,,, wonderful


When Steve Ballmer announced his retirement, the MS stock jumped 10%,, need I say more? MS has 130,000 employees,, i think each one had some input in W 8, and 8.1
User Rank: Apprentice
12/15/2013 | 2:20:21 AM
Re: SORRY Microfoft but..........
I hate to break it to you , If you are moving to apple , you will be disapointed , apple machines are much more expensive , much harder to repair (if possible at all ) , and have a longer downtime when they fail , I think that some companies are still running pc's bought in 2001 , While people who opted for macs had to replace most of them  , But if you think you can mangae to run with chromebooks ( less than 400 $ per machine and as low as 199 $ ) then do some research about productivty aplications available , and then by all means , go for it ......
User Rank: Apprentice
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
User Rank: Strategist
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.
User Rank: Strategist
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.
User Rank: Strategist
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.
User Rank: Strategist
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.
User Rank: Strategist
11/29/2013 | 1:53:06 PM
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