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11/19/2013
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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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Dyalibya
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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 ......
Sentar
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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
midmachine
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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.
ANON1246113141536
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ANON1246113141536,
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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.
KatarinaC882
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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.
DanmansonmanNZ
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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.
AyushA086
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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)
KatarinaC882
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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!
KatarinaC882
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KatarinaC882,
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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.

DanmansonmanNZ
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DanmansonmanNZ,
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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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