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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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remmeler
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1/9/2014 | 12:27:25 PM
I found out something interesting
I always said that those that hate Windows 8/8.1 are mainly legacy windows users that refuse to realize that clicking on the Desktop Tile or booting right to Desktop will give them a slightly improved Windows 7 with no loss of resources due to the Modern Front End that may be useful someday.


But my big suprise is that I gave my adult daughter (a smart phone user) an Asus 8.1 Transformer tablet with attachable keyboard because she is a long time Windows program user on the computer.  She has really only used apps on the tablet and has never attached the keyboard.  I think it is because she is used to swiping and touch on her smartphone.


Not that the touch on 8.1 is perfect, but it will probably improve.
anon1873014840
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1/8/2014 | 10:22:28 PM
Re: SORRY Microfoft but..........
You can't be serious.  I'm no Apple fan and work in a 1200+ seat MS enviroment.  But Apples are not harder to repair than a Windows box.  They are better built and Apple controls the components that go into assembly.  They do not break down near as often as our Windows boxes do.  But I, and you, digress.  This is a Windows 8 discussion and the view is that it is horrible.  The only reason I found this thread is because I am at this moment trying to get a friends new HP desktop up and running.  I have never been more frustrated in my life.  First I can't get past the stupid tiles.  WTF are they for?  When I finally got in I wanted to update to the "much improved" 8.1.  I am told it is in the Windows Store.  Where?  I see a bunch of unproductive crap that I would never let into an enterprise enviroment but no Windows 8.1 upgrade.  Ok so I Google, not Bing, it and am told that I may not see the upgrade unless I have run some W8 updates first.  So I run Windows update and there are 78 updates I've got to let run before I can get this POS updated to basically another POS OS with different lipstick.  Christ MS!  We wanted the"Start Button" which led to the "Start Menu".  We wanted to get away from your tiles not back to them.  I can't begin express what a massive fail Window 8.Whatever is.  I am not going to beg that you fix it.  I am just going to use my Android tablet for "fun" stuff and my Windows 7 box for anything productive.  Oh and good luck on trying to convince everyone that there is finally one user experience for all your devices.  The Windows phone isn't even a player, the Surface is a bloated tablet with a dearth of decent applications and developers who could a shit, and then you top it off by making the desktop unusable.  Good job Steve. Way to shit your nest then split.
mfriedman190
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1/6/2014 | 12:04:52 PM
Re: SORRY Microfoft but..........
Your facts are wrong for all: MS, Apple, and Google. Apprentice for sure.
moonwatcher
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1/4/2014 | 1:51:37 PM
Re: 8 Reasons to hate Windows 8.1 if you already hate it.
Sorry, but the "Start" button in Win 8.1 is NOT a "real" Start button. Give us users who have no intention of blowing money on a touch sensitive monitor the old Start button from Windows 7. OK, se we CAN install Classic Shell or Start8 from Stardock, but the the bottom line is that we shouldn't HAVE to do so at all. Forcing the inferior tablet interface on us desktop users, most of which already have bought into either iOS or Android tablets, was a dumb decision by Microsoft. And jeez even us old scumbag Windows users had grown to love the Aero interface of Windows 7. Now it looks like a 4th graders gaudy idea of Crayola heaven, with endless scrolling required to get to the apps you might want. At least they did allow us to bypass Metro and boot directly to the desktop, so I guess in that respect it was an upgrade...BTW, on several computers I've noted that it sometimes takes more than one attempt to move the mouse to the corner to get the charms bar to pop up. Just a waste of the users time and patience... I have an old XP box (ancient Core 2 Duo) that is going strong. Looks like I'll upgrade to Windows 7 Home or Pro, but I sure wish it were cheaper. Hell, I'd upgrade to Window 8.1 (and fix it) if it were cheaper. Seems the original $39 was about what it was worth.
diabloggical
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diabloggical,
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1/3/2014 | 1:41:08 PM
Re: 8000 reasons galore and counting
I wish I could give you 100 thumbs up.  It's like Microsoft is trying to drive customers away. 
diabloggical
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diabloggical,
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1/3/2014 | 1:39:04 PM
Windows 8 and 8.1

Yes a lot of people are using tablets recreationally now, but laptops are for working and no is talking about the way Windows has continuously reduced productivity. With every update they add keystrokes and change things just to change them without reason. (What was wrong for clicking "Y" to save or "N" for new?) Used to be able to ALT,F,U to get into document set-up, now you have to mouse it all the way. Thank heaven for Windows Explorer (now File Explorer), even though it takes 5 actions to get to the file you need to access. Why not give users the choice to automatically bypass those ridiculous tiles.  

While I'm at it, what's up with Outlook? All if a sudden all folders default to a reading view and must be changed individually, plus with the 8.1 upgrade when writing a new email the toolbar moves to the "File" tab - absolutely the last tab you would ever use when writing an email (you need to be on the "Message" tab). BTW, maybe 8.0 booted up faster, but 8.1 is way slower. I can make coffee and clean my kitchen while I wait - and it is definitely not the fault of my new MSi computer. 

 

Also, the new Start button is a joke.  Is that a passive-aggressive Microsoft stab at its PC user base?  They couldn't do more to create a customer base for a smart competitor.  There are a lot of us looking for a Windows alternative.

RayF190
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12/31/2013 | 4:58:54 PM
win 8.1
thank god i'm a novice  at this but win 7 but it was the new xp and has been everything i need and want,but 8.1 as you say it is an improvement . i've only had it for 2 days but you can adapt to youre own likes .one instant fault is to shut down but i did find it . why make so hard  to do a simple thing and not to drag and drop a shortcut mmm. i am 60 and i know stuff but this will put off older people

to join this fantastic media.  microsoft listen dont be so business the people need to learn to shop and book holidays and buy like from amazon,ebay keep it simple .

 

 
Fewolf
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12/22/2013 | 7:30:23 PM
8000 reasons galore and counting
I can't believe MS could be so stupid. I am so pissed that I had to vent my anger.. I mean anger

8.0 and 8.1 we obviously dreamed up by a committee , need I say more.. Gee what a great idea, take w well proven interface and change it to look like an iphone,,, wonderful

 

When Steve Ballmer announced his retirement, the MS stock jumped 10%,, need I say more? MS has 130,000 employees,, i think each one had some input in W 8, and 8.1
Dyalibya
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12/15/2013 | 2:20:21 AM
Re: SORRY Microfoft but..........
I hate to break it to you , If you are moving to apple , you will be disapointed , apple machines are much more expensive , much harder to repair (if possible at all ) , and have a longer downtime when they fail , I think that some companies are still running pc's bought in 2001 , While people who opted for macs had to replace most of them  , But if you think you can mangae to run with chromebooks ( less than 400 $ per machine and as low as 199 $ ) then do some research about productivty aplications available , and then by all means , go for it ......
Sentar
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12/12/2013 | 1:41:44 PM
SORRY Microfoft but..........
We have left the Micrisoft house for good (115 users).

8.1 has finally been the nail in the coffin (Microsofts) no return of the WIN7 U/I and all features.

We are a business and in the businesss of makng a profit, ALAS Windows is not even a basic good O/S.

AND to NOTE we will NOT be back, cost of Windows 8/8.1 along with all the updates/upgrades to a system, applications and peripherials make this uneconomic viable option and put a major strain on out profit and loss.

Our new choice means the differance in costings of around  NZ$1759.00 per system made up of the following.....

1) Cost of WIN8/8.1

2) Cost of hardware updates/new

3) Cost of Application Upgrades/new replacements

4) Cost of installation/setup

5) Cost of training

6) Downtime and lost productivity

Godbye Microsoft we will NOT be back
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