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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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PatrickD149
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3/22/2014 | 1:05:03 PM
Re: Windows 8.1 - further and ever downward in quality
And then there is Outlook 2013 - bad enough on the desktop with that white/grey/wased out blue look. Try it online with MS365 and it is even worse. The UI people must have been away sick when this was designed. If only we could still download Office 2010 with 365!
WeldonV816
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WeldonV816,
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3/12/2014 | 5:59:03 PM
Windows 8.1 - further and ever downward in quality
Windows 8.1 is very fast to load. However, it is slow to use. Too many unwanted popups that slow it further. Most of the screen shots are not useful for me, and they keep coming up when you don't want them. Navigation is slow and clumsy compared to XP. Probably great for teenagers and those who do not need to work fast. The protection software has to be quite good, since Windows is always under atttack, and these programs are more expensive. Many system crashes, some of which are the result of program protection software. I would like to try other platforms, but I am stuck with Windows compatible software. Maybe I will try Apple next.
rmonks551
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3/8/2014 | 11:45:54 AM
Scrap it
The sooner MS can throw out the 8.x series - and 9.x if it's slated to be a mere imrovement on 8.x - the quicker they can get back to devoted Windows users. I've been using it since Windows 3.1, and there has never been a fiasco as bad as Windows 8.x since Windows ME - if anyone remembers that. True, Vista was a close third, but 8.x really has to go down in the Windows ME and "losers" hall of fame.

As a remedy, meanwhile, all of the management team that did not oppose 8.x changes while they were ongoing needs to be re-assigned. Sales Department might be a good re-learning tool for them. This should start with the then-CIO.


Secondly, they need to recall all 8.x machines, offer free "downgrades" to Windows 7 for machines that can handle it, and a discount on brand new Windows 7 machines for those stuck with "ducks" that are good only with Windows 8.x. Then, they need to announce that Windows 7 is being reinstated for the foreseeable future, until they work up something like a Windows 10 that will be an improvement on Windows 7 - not a debacle. MS could ease it's own pain by doing something along the lines of the above.
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bttlk,
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3/4/2014 | 12:32:15 PM
Re: 8 Reasons to hate Windows 8.1 if you already hate it.
Your post is a bag full of chit. Almost everything you state is a falsehood, not a thread of truth or accuracy.  If you don't like it don't use it, or if work forces it on you, sorry you have no choice...maybe you should find a new line of work.  In the meanwhile, don't bother ranting thru illogical posts.
anon5438615531
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anon5438615531,
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3/2/2014 | 12:07:34 PM
Everyone is not on Facebook
Everyone is not playing games, nor do they have a smart phone or tablet. MS is killing itself by throwing

Everyone in the same boat.............Win 7 pro  was almost too much but now it was the best they were ever going to do...........All these complaints including this one will fall on deaf ears....Thats the Microsoft Way....A slow crashing plane since the beginning
copyu
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copyu,
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2/23/2014 | 6:47:08 AM
Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
Hi ChrisN432,

You said: "Were you around when they went from the old Windows 3.1 to Windows 95? That was a pretty major change, as I recall, and took a lot of getting used to..."

I came to Japan in 1995 when Windows 95 was 'almost' brand-new. My Japanese wife was amazed that I could 'read' Japanese and maneuver thru the win 95 interface, in a language that was completely foreign to me, the very first time we visited Akihabara together. NB: My last operating system at home, in English, was NOT Windows 95, but the last Win3.x over DOS 6.x. That suggests that the change-over was virtually seamless to me, someone who had been interacting with computers <indirectly> since 1975 and actually programming them by from a keyboard by 1977. (This was in 'the bad old days' when micro-computers and color monitors didn't even exist!) For my first IBM computer in Japan, I used a spare set of DOS6 and Win3 diskettes given to me by an Indian computer engineer living in the same building (God bless him!)

Win8 is 'clunky'. I bought a new computer with Japanese Win8 installed...I need an English-language system for my work and I thought I could just install my Win7, but NO! UEFI is another one of those bugbears that MS is so famous for! [I know it's not MS's fault!] But can you imagine the hassles and the many hours of getting Win8 into English, downloading the 'free' 8.1 upgrade and finding that the whole system has reverted to Japanese? This does NOT happen with Apple products, EVER! (Experience: several iPhones, an iPad, a MacBook Pro for my wife... )

Best wishes!     
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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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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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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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