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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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Foxxe
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2/20/2014 | 12:49:28 PM
Re: 8 Reasons to hate Windows 8.1 if you already hate it.
I've used MS since DOS 1.1... and it is nothing about productivity, it is just bored and socially USELESS coders looking for more ways to piss off the public, charge EXTREME FEES for GARBAGE and retraining on a level that, from a business point of view, is nothing but a total waste of money and resources that could better be applied to ACTUAL BUSINESS EXPENSES.

They don't make windows for businesses. They make it for mere GAMERS; 10-25 year old children that don't know what computers actually are.

When they dropped the commandline interface for this construct of a Heiroglyphic Nightmare, they lost touch with intelligence and usefulness. Since Windows began, it was a memory pig and in the 'tradition' of windows, W8 is nothing short of that.

It's GARBAGE, they can't even sell the damned thing and the UPGRADE to win8.1? I've known very few that could install it due to that ONE bug they don't bother to fix.

Argue if you want, kid, as you most likely will in your ignorance (dictionary meaning). Just remember, W8 is so bad that MS has reduced the warranty to a mere NINETY DAYS, after that you have to PAY for their LAZY ASSES to help you! (which at last quote was 150 USD - a mere 2 weeks ago)
Foxxe
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Foxxe,
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2/20/2014 | 12:40:17 PM
Re: SORRY Microfoft but..........
you're right! It won't take an hour. It will take you MONTHS and who has the time to relearn a mere OS system when it SHOULD be USER FRIENDLY!

Win 8 (aka W8) makes UNIX looks like the Taj Mahal of OS's as far as a learning curve goes.
Foxxe
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Foxxe,
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2/20/2014 | 12:36:21 PM
Just say no...to windows 8*
Windows 8 (plus) is a bloody disaster. SOMEHOW MS got the ODD idea that people LIKE smartphones so much that they want that DISABILITY on their computers!

MS, you're a zombie corporation. You've been dead for years and still don't have the intelligence to lay down and die.

You have left the world of USER FRIENDLY, and adopted the ideal of "let's piss off as many people as we can by making it more USELESS, CONFUSING and generally UNWANTED".

Give up and get on the cart (as they'd say in Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail.) For PC computers (at present) the ONLY VALID operating system is and has been for over 15 years, LINUX in it's many flavours and incarnations.

ONLY MERE GAMERS 'like' your OS, (as well as bottom feeding office people that don't know their ass from a hole in the ground!)

I can't wait for the inevitable NEXT screw up (in which the germans are going to LOVE the word play with) aka WINDOWS NEIN!!

 
UberGoober
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2/19/2014 | 4:37:29 PM
Re: 8.1 should burn in hell
That 'Surface' you saw in the Apple store was an iPad.  That's the only reason I can think of for not hating it. (;-)
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2/19/2014 | 4:20:41 PM
Windows 8.1 Pains
Windows8-8.1 is frustrating to use, if you're into keyboard shortcuts. Every MS product that comes out, they change the name of the parts you've been familiar with, hide them, or worse, remove them. It's like you have to start over (go to school) learn all over. Servers, PC's, or Software..... doesn't matter. What I've noticed with 8 or 8.1 is that they've split the old Start menu from the Desktop. The "Charms" screen is just that, and the Desktop screen is what you get in Windows7 after booting. Put your mouse here, then way over there, in this corner and over in that corner.... dang, I've got more miles on my mouse and so much more time wasted traveling around the screens and through the doors that it's dizzying!! The old saying, "what Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away" still holds true. Dump the eye candy and frills.... just make something that is small, powerfull, sleek, and not in your way of getting your business done. What good is a Corvette that you have to climb through the passenger window to get in, then jumper a wire in the back seat before you can start to drive it?? Big giant gas-guzzling motor......... no problemo....
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2/19/2014 | 7:28:23 AM
Re: Mobile and Desktop Hybrids
Windows 7 (maybe 8 too) can run Android in virtual box or with Blue Stacks. IOS...not so much.
bttlk
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bttlk,
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2/19/2014 | 1:15:04 AM
Re: Mobile and Desktop Hybrids
Does Apple IOS or Android run on a Windows PC?  That should answer your question. 
bttlk
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2/19/2014 | 1:00:41 AM
Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
If you don't like Metro, don't use it!  Just use the desktop, like Windows 7 or XP.  Your complaints and fighting it are taking more effort and time than just adjusting and learning a few basic steps.
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bttlk,
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2/19/2014 | 12:57:27 AM
Re: SORRY Microfoft but..........
I agree, find someone using Windows 8.1 successfully, and they will have you going like a PRO on 8.1, just like you were on 7 or XP.  It won't even take an hour!
Tim Blane
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2/13/2014 | 8:49:21 PM
Re: Get over it
They also wrote the last verse of "Desparado" which also has relevance to Windows 8

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses,
Come down from your fences- open the gates.
It may be rainin, but there's a rainbow above you.
You'd better let somebody love you,
LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU. 
You'd better let somebody love you,
before it's too late.

But this doesn't really add to the debate either...

Writer(s): Don Henley, Glenn Lewis Frey
Copyright: Red Cloud Music, Black Cypress Music

 
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