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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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BernieM934
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BernieM934,
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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 !
lakatos123
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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. 
kfmush
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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.
Pal014
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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).
tka2013
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3/24/2014 | 12:38:41 PM
Re: Just say no...to windows 8*
Re: your comment about the Germans, borrowing further from the Monty Python alumni canon (in this case, Fawlty Towers), when you're talking about the Germans, don't mention the war. ;) 
PatrickD149
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3/22/2014 | 1:15:41 PM
Moving to Mac - Paralells runs Windows better than my PC!
I bought this all singing all dancing PC 9 months ago mainly for the SQL server apps I need to run but it came with Win8, now on Win 8.1. I am just about tearing my hair out using it so I am thinking about dumping it for just a data backup system and moving to a MAC Mini - My 2010 Macbook pro already runs Windows better and faster than this Lenovo with 12g ram and 2T disk + windows 8. If only I could just load Mac OSX on it legally!

My SQL server apps will run just fine in Coherence view like they are native.
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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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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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.
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