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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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User Rank: Ninja
11/21/2013 | 8:40:03 AM
Re: I don't understand the hate
I agree that ClassicShell is an excellent tool. I also agree that performance of Win8 is better than Win7. But that is about the only benefit of Win8. Hardware support is drastically cut back in Win8, you have this useless Metro UI floating around, and after circumventing or fixing all the flaws of Win8 you end up with something that looks like Win7 with slightly crippled capabilities. And for that we should pay money?? I don't think so!

The market of Win7 licenses will be red hot for years to come.
User Rank: Strategist
11/21/2013 | 8:52:27 AM
Re: I don't understand the hate
After using Win 8 and win 7 side by side for a year I would say slightly enhanced capabilities on the Win 8. 

I am not recommending someone upgrade a Win 7 but for XP and Vista it is a necessary upgrade and you take absoutely no hit whatsoever by having Metro there as a bonus that may be usefull in the future or for some people now.

I got it all for $39 with a free download of Media Center which all the haters missed out on.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/21/2013 | 11:29:42 AM
8.1 should burn in hell
It made every single game I own laggy beyond all recognition. Aside from other issues I have with windows 8, i'm so tempted to go to 7... no XP--at least it is solid even after all these years.


Only good news is that there is a POTENTIAL fix to the game-lag induced by 8.1. Bad news is that i have to manually add each game. :(
User Rank: Apprentice
11/21/2013 | 4:11:38 PM
Re: Mobile and Desktop Hybrids
Hi, yes, you can use Windows 8, and any Windows, on a Mac using virtualization software, such as VMWare Fusion, Parallels, or Virtual Box. I personally prefer VMWare Fusion because it integrates perfectly with my Mac Keyboard. One issue is that the Mac Keyboard does not have the "insert" key, and so when I need that, I simply plug in a Windows USB keyboard, let it recognize it, push insert key, and remove keyboard, and get back to work.

I use Windows 8, and Windows 7 on my Mac through Fusion just for Windows development, such as with Visual Studio, Qt Creator, etc, and testing how web pages look on Internet Explorer, and other browsers on Windows. For that it is perfect. When I need to surf the internet, I only use browsers on my Mac, for security purposes. And there is no problem running different Mac amd Windows programs at the same time. You configure how much RAM you allot to the Windows VMs, and you can change that anytime -- just shut down the VM and go to its settings.

I also use VMWare Fusion for Linux development, and you can have any number of Virtual Machines on your computer, limited only by your disk space. The VMs appear as files on your hard disk that grow in size as your VM takes more disk space. You set the limit in the settings, and you can defrag and claim back diskspace for your Mac.

User Rank: Ninja
11/21/2013 | 7:55:50 PM
 I can accept that you may not like what the Apps View or the Side by Side Apps do or be a mad, frustrated, about the lack of features in the Mail App (for other account, but outlook), or the Bing search engine thing, nevertheless, hate? Isn't that going too far?
I believe I picked the worse problems, and I still don't see why the hate.
I think the worse thing is the price ($100-200). Other than that, these issues don't seem to a big of a deal.

People are not still holding grudges for what Microsoft did with Windows Me, are they?

Ah, I forgot. Windows 8-8.1 got rid of Windows DVD Maker and Media Center. Now I hate it. I really do.
User Rank: Strategist
11/22/2013 | 5:40:51 AM
A bit of fluff there....
Clicking start -> all apps in 8 is not different to clicking start -> all programs in Windows Vista/7.  It is the same amount of clicks.  Secondly that method is sorely outdated and reserved for those who still choose to do things the old way, all of the apps are available by simply pressing start and start to type what you want, then press enter (A 1-2 second method which has been available since Vista, so I don't know why people still browse for their applications!). Not to mention the ability to pin apps to the taskbar and/or Start. Browsing through to apps is not something I do when there are so many easy ways to get to applications in 8, so this is definitely no fault to me.  When you click All Programs in previous start menu's, you still get all the folders, you still get the app shortcut, uninstaller, readme, and whatever other junk, it's no different, yet you're happy with the old start menu's for being almost identical apart from size?  Regarding the 'duelling IE's", plainly and simply you just wouldn't use the 'metro' IE, it is obviously for touch devices.  Why is it there on PC then?  Because Windows 8 is streamlined to function on tablets and desktops without having to differentiate the appropriate OS for the device.  One OS for all devices - I don't really care if it means there are apps that will be there that I don't need, they can just be hidden away and not be used.  ScanSnap in your example, it is obvious which shortcut runs the application, they are clearly labelled, and this is a developers responsibility to appropriately name their shortcuts.  You would have exactly the same shortcuts in the old start menu.  The problem is people thinking that Start is a whole new windows....it is the Start menu, larger, and more informative, with it's own apps, that's it.
User Rank: Strategist
11/22/2013 | 12:15:05 PM
How to cure all Windows 8 problems
I took the plunge and upgrqaded to Windows 8 some time ago.  I thought I should probably get with it and move up to the "Metro Interface".  I perservered and was starting to tolerate it then came the Widows 8.1 up grade which I aso installed.

Then thimgs went down hill rapidly.  Internet browsing problems, freezing, extreemly slow, major startup problems.  My research indicated there may be driver problems which I tried to address.  Finally my pc just ground to a hault totally unusable.

Yes I did check for virus'.

I then popped in a new hard drive and Installed Windows 7 pro. 

WOW all my problems went away!!  It looks like Windows 7 will be around as XP has been.

It seems there is no cure for Windows 8

User Rank: Apprentice
11/22/2013 | 12:47:07 PM
I don't hate Windows 8.1 half as much ...
...as I hate slide shows that want me to to read 1 article on 9 different web pages, instead of putting it on a single page, to boost IW.com's click counts.


You lose. Ain't reading this click bait past the first page.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/22/2013 | 12:51:28 PM
Windows 8.1 was easy to pick up.
At least for a software developer.

I've been using Linux exclusively for the past two years.

And had to come back to make sure my stuff worked on Windows browsers.

I haven't read more than a page or two of Windows 8.1 documentation.

You can kind of guess what's needed to manuever around the system.


Note that I was never a Windows programmer (save for a month with SilverLight).

Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy,
User Rank: Author
11/22/2013 | 4:45:14 PM
Re: 8.1 should burn in hell
I run XP on all four of my PCs, but I can see the darkness at the end of the tunnel.  Social networks tend to freeze along a bunch of SaaS tools.  XP wasn't built for them, and they weren't built for XP. 

While I'm discouraged by what I'm reading in comments here, I must say I walked into the Apple store to look at the Surface and immediately found it to be far more intuitive than any Windows interface I'd ever used.  The early reviews on it had me expecting something awful that I didn't find when I actually used it.
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