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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 | 12:36:21 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. (;-)
mfournier498
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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....
Major_Pita
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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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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.
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

 
Longtimeuser
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2/13/2014 | 2:21:52 PM
Re: 8 Reasons to hate Windows 8.1 if you already hate it.
It's called keeping productive. I've used a Microsoft OS since DOS 4. I have no problem with changes and updates when they add something useful. But when it cuts productivity instead of helping I have a big problem. My biggest problem with Windows 8 is that it takes more keystrokes and has fewer shortcut keys to get things done and the logic is not consistent - not consistent with previous versions of Windows and not even consistent within the OS (metro vs desktop - shudder). When I'm on a roll, I don't want to break my typing to reach for the mouse (or to reach toward the screen) - why randomly kill various shortcuts?  So you can just swipe to get the charms - well it's not that easy if you use two screens - Windows 8 has no clue how to handle them. If you open an app, you cannot just drag it to the other screen to get it out of the way.  If you move the cursor to a corner, the screen you are on (it doesn't matter which) may or may not figure out how to give you the charms. 

After 6 months of Windows 8 on my laptop, I am considering whether to upgrade my desktop (I purchased 8 pro when it was $39 and have never opened the package). But after trying out Ubuntu, I may go that route - it's fast, slick, and was remarkably easy to learn. If I do go to Linux, I'll probably run still Windows 7 in a virtual window - there's some software I need for my business that is only available via Windows.
tomskaczmarek
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2/7/2014 | 2:22:10 PM
Get over it
20 years ago after an initial break up of the Eagles, Henley and Frey wrote a song with a lesson for thos so upset with this change. Here is the first verse and chorus:

"I turn on the tube and what do I see
A whole lotta people cryin' "Don't blame me"
They point their crooked little fingers ar everybody else
Spend all their time feelin' sorry for themselves
Victim of this, victim of that
Your momma's too thin; your daddy's too fat

Get over it
Get over it
All this whinin' and cryin' and pitchin' a fit
Get over it, get over it"

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