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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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OZLperez11
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8/8/2014 | 1:56:35 PM
This is america??
Wow.... to all of you who can't learn to use a simple interface and are so desperate and needy for a start menu..... you dissapoint me. May I remind you that macs don't have a start menu of any sort either? I find that Windows 8 is so easy to learn, i picked it up in less than a week! Instead of whining about change, embrace the future. Because this is what we are going to be looking at all over the place from now on. Really, it's not that hard. Pick up a guide and get going. And by the way, I like all OS's so I'm not on anyone's side. 
kelchpl
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8/4/2014 | 2:56:23 PM
Re: Win 8.1 a Disaster
I am 73 and have used computers since 1983.  Have used Windows since it first came on the market.  Windows 8 is confusing and time-consuming to use.  Now 8..1 has uninstalled my printers, though one worked fine with 8 and the second one, brand new, wiil not install though Microsoft says it is compatible.  I too am a future customer of the Apple store.
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7/31/2014 | 4:48:07 PM
Re: Windows 8.1 - further and ever downward in quality
I think older windows are better. Windows 8 BREAKS at the most silliest things.
Kat1004
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7/31/2014 | 1:54:18 AM
Re: Windows 8.1 Metro Apps
Excuse me?! I picked up on iOS and Android, as well as Ubuntu, far faster than I even figured out the start 'menu'(*cough* screen *cough*). I'm a very adaptable person when it comes to technology, too. I hated the fact that they went and made the 'Metro' interface(an overly cluttered piece of s***) the start 'menu' in WinDon't 8. I bet most of those people you've 'converted' want to go back to 7, even if they don't say it to your face. Hell, even Win3.1 was easier to use than Win8.1 is.
Kat1004
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7/31/2014 | 1:45:30 AM
Re: 8 Reasons to hate Windows 8.1 if you already hate it.
Just upgrade from WinDon't 8.1 to Windows 7. That'll fix all your issues.
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7/31/2014 | 1:43:27 AM
Re: Just say no...to windows 8*
Well, I am one of those 'MERE GAMERS', and I know quite a bit about computers, having grown up with a couple of programmers. And Linux is only an excuse to not use Windows, as it is far too diverse and complex. Windows is a great, versatile OS series, with the exception of Windows 3.1/8.1/Metro. It is not very customizable, but the original(aka 95-Win7) UI was easy to navigate, well-designed, and is still quite well-loved.

 

I do like your Monty Python reference, though. And I also like your wordplay with Windows Nein :)
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7/6/2014 | 11:46:00 AM
Re: Win 8.1 a Disaster
My feelings exactlt .New computer is just plain garbage .Service is the worst !
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4/29/2014 | 9:38:44 PM
Win 8.1 a Disaster
I am 72 years of age and have handled DOS and every OS of MicroSoft ... I purchased a new computer with Win 8 and spent 10 months in an abyss of trouble and darkness ... then I was promised a relief with Win 8.1 ... which is an absolute disaster ... I never thought I would say this but I am about to purchase a Steve Jobs Apple laptop ASAP ... I'm done with Windows and Dell for ever. 
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4/20/2014 | 11:14:26 AM
Re: Moving to Mac - Paralells runs Windows better than my PC!
FYI: it is not illegal to install a Mac operating system on a non-apple piece of hardware. It can be messy and it violates the terms of service for the operating system, meaning you will not get technical support from Apple, but it is not illegal.
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3/27/2014 | 3:07:48 PM
Why do people make such a fuss?
First, I have a Surface Pro 2 with Windows 8.1 and I absolutely love it! It is the most versatile, powerful, easy to use and flexible pad/laptop in existence. Windows 8 or 8.1 (I didn't notice much of a difference) has worked great right from the start. I love the clean icon menu. I do the heavy lifting on the desktop. Now, if I was a Mac user, I might lose myself in all the features and flexibility. I sympathize with those that have little use for a full laptop operating system. Those users go for a Mac and are very happy. Myself, I can't see myself limiting my use of a computer to that extent. besides, a Mac doesn't have touch screen or a stylus, and you can't instantly have two apps on screen at once to review and note, etc. The same argument goes for iOS and Android or Windows. I can't live without these features because I use them. One is not better than the other, one just does a lot more than the other (Windows).
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