Re: 8 Reasons to hate Windows 8.1 if you already hate it.
First, I have to say that I am truly impressed by the quality of writing that I'm seeing here.
It's certainly an improvement over the comments on YouTube where you have a lot of trolls posting rude comments while using poor grammar. It could be because YouTube limits the size of comments to only 255 characters or so, thus forcing people to use word shortcuts.
Regardless, my primary complaint regarding Windows 8 was the lack of a Start button.
I often complain about when they change the GUI out in a new version of software. Thus, they force you to have to look online to figure out how to do something you knew how to do on the previous version of the software.
For example, I was not particularly fond of the ribbon interface that came with Office 2007, as I had been used to the old menu system. I knew the keyboard shortcuts and where to go to on the Menu system to find what I needed. I had to relearn where all the buttons were in the ribbon interface. Now that I am used to it, I'm not as offended by it.
Windows 7 is an awesome OS. It didn't stray far from Windows XP and Windows Vista when it came to where all the essential interfaces were. Start -> Control Panel was just two clicks away, and you knew how to find it.
Start -> All Programs and you have a familiar menu system showing all your installed programs.
The start button was your key to doing just about everything you wanted on your computer. When the start button was removed in Windows 8, it felt devastating. Now I had to look online to figure out how to launch the start menu, how to use the Charms, and even how to shut the computer off. It made me wonder "WHY!!!!????"
I'm happy that the Start button has returned with Windows 8.1. I do miss the old Start -> All Programs menu system, but you can configure that metro apps interface to have all the key items that you need to maintain the computer.
I immediately add the Control Panel, Administrative Tools, and Desktop version IE onto my Start Menu and then I don' t hate it as much. I haven't had any technical issues with Windows 8.1, but it may take me a while before I can say I like it. In comparison, I loved Windows 7 as soon as I used it the first time.