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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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JanieC190
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1/10/2015 | 5:37:45 PM
It's a HOG!
For me, my dislike is not about ease of use or understandability, although that could be greatly improved... I hate it because it's such a hog. Had I known that when I purchased my laptop/tablet, I'd have bought one with a better processor and more memory.  (My old laptop with 7 whas much lower-end, and yet was much speedier!) I want my 7 back!

 
bldutton
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1/2/2015 | 10:13:45 PM
Left in the Dark with Windows 8.1
In October 2013 I bought a new laptop and for about a year I was avoiding the Windows 8.1 installation until it was forced upon me in October 2014. As soon as it was installed I noticed the brightness feature didn't work. I tried to brighten up my screen and it would not do it. So I got technical support they played around with it and didn't fix it. So I figured out I could reset the computer back to factory default settings. Back to Windows 8. I lost my virus protection but I was almost due for new virus protection anyway at that time. So I went and got new virus protection and installed it and was happy again.

November rolls around. I started getting attacked again by the senseless Windows 8.1 again. It in itself was like a virus. I was mortified and kept avoiding and eventually it attacked my computer again. Mind you I bought an expensive computer that was being attacked. So sadly I had to reset it back to factory defaults again. Losing my virus protection. The computer offered about a months worth of Norton so I just left that on on there. I learned how to delete the attack code KBetc. I would remove that code and also blocked any updates to my computer forced upon my computer by Microsoft. Then I felt it was safe again to buy some new virus protection and I did Christmas weekend. Well the night before New Years. The night everyone else is out celebrating and enjoying their life I was working  on my project and low and behold I was being attacked again. With no warning except fourteen minutes before the attack. I was not able to stop it. I called Microsoft they said to let it finish it's job. Apparently there was nothing I could do anyway and so I had to. They said they would fix my problems. So the next day with my darkened laptop I contacted them and they want me to spend $99-$149 for new drivers. As if I can afford that right after Christmas and right after spending a lot of my money on virus protection. So instead of fixing my computer after they destroyed it I am supposed to be out more cash. So now I sit here and I am typing this with a dark screen. My eyes are tired. I would reset it back to Windows 8 but I now know that is useless and only costs more to buy more virus protection. Next month I am going to go down and buy a new desktop. I am looking at Macs. I can't live my life with a Microsoft system anymore. I will probably fix this laptop too but I am not buying another Microsoft computer. This is the last one. Sincerely Left in the Dark....
anon6533831598
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12/28/2014 | 10:25:26 PM
Re: This is america??
Its not about "learning a new interface". It is about taking three steps back, from something efficient that works and is intuitive, to something that is inefficient, lame-brained and outright counterproductive.

The Metro interface is BAD design. Bad as in " wont get user acceptance because it hurts the user".

It tries to bring together two things that don't belong together - touchscreen and mouse interface - and has been forced onto the desktop PC system by stupid marketing people.

It will eventually die a bad painful death, curdled together in his own vomit, and might take Microsoft with it.
AlexandriaM714
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12/24/2014 | 3:35:21 PM
Re: This is america??
some of us are not high school grads, some of us are in our 50's and never had a computer prior to windows 8. if it was so easy for you, why not write a book, explaining, wait there are books without pictures in small print. so before you acuse us of being stupid or dumb, try seeing things from others views (we can't read small print)) before you name calll (even without an actuall name, so to speak)) your undertone, showed arrogance towards people of less than average intelligence in your eyes. and that is exactly what bill gates and microsoft is doing to the average joe. paid subscription fees for half a complete OS. but you blame stupid people, because it was so apparently obvious to you. sorry we never had computers in school when i was a kid. you had computer classes left and right, but stay arrogant. it suits you and your intellegence.
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10/6/2014 | 4:02:10 PM
Re: 8 Reasons to hate Windows 8.1 if you already hate it.
ACTUALLY DEBATING ABOUT DOING THE SAME THING.. NEVER SEEN SUCH A USELESS CORPORATE INSPIRED GRAB THE MONEY AND NEVER MIND THE USER CONVENIENCE!!

 
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.
KattiBoo
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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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