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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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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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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 !
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. 
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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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