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Windows 8.1, is it still that bad?
show user profile  mrgrotey
My dad is after getting a new pc, they now all seem to come with Windows 8.1 and he has asked what it is like. Not having used it, all I could say is that I hadn't heard a single good word about it when it came out but now it's gone to 8.1 in assuming this is in effect the first service pack. Has it improved any?

Is it still only good for touch screens?

Can the new tile interface be turned off to use the standard interface we know and love?

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9/17/2014 11:54:09 AM (last edit: 9/17/2014 11:54:09 AM)
show user profile  herfst1
Haven't used it but I know that you can turn of "Metro" and it works just like Win 7.
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9/17/2014 12:22:46 PM (last edit: 9/17/2014 12:22:46 PM)
show user profile  khamski
My colleague said it's a good system.
I was surprised and since i trust the guy i decided to reinstal OS to Win8 as soon as i finish current project.

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9/17/2014 1:23:14 PM (last edit: 9/17/2014 1:23:14 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
I like it.


One thing that may niggle some is how hidden the shut down options are, but I just use alt - F4. :)

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9/17/2014 1:43:04 PM (last edit: 9/17/2014 1:49:31 PM)
show user profile  FX
It came pre-installed on a laptop I bought recently...Classic Shell seems the quickest way to get the win 7 look.....I only figured out how to get to the desktop, CS took care of the rest.

...but I ended up formatting and installing win 7, I just couldn't see the point of all the faffing for no real difference.
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9/17/2014 2:09:27 PM (last edit: 9/17/2014 2:09:27 PM)
show user profile  TiMoN
I have used Windows 8 since it came out. And it has gotten quite a bit better.
you can shut down from the metro menu/start page or right click in the lower left corner. You have a close "X" button in the upper right corner of Apps, when you move your mouse up there (although this feature seems a bit buggy).
And by now, when I use windows 7, I miss the rightclick function in the lower left corner. It actually saves me a few clicks on a lot of tasks.

The thing that I tell people. is that they need to sort out the metro/modern menu, so it fits their need.
When you buy a laptop, it comes with a lot of useless shit, either remove it, or at least take it off the start page. and only add the programs you need. And sort them into named groups.

Also remove all the Apps and use the proper desktop programs. Apps suck and have no buisiness on a proper mouse and keyboard equipped computer. I have yet to see a desktop application, which worked on Win7 not function on Windows 8.

Terribly boring signature.
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9/17/2014 2:19:52 PM (last edit: 9/17/2014 2:21:32 PM)
show user profile  FX
^^^ Faff :)

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9/17/2014 2:23:44 PM (last edit: 9/17/2014 2:23:44 PM)
show user profile  Setherial
8.0 on a desktop is fine, I use it with Pokki ( which is a start button and makes your windows boot into desktop mode like it used to in 7 and earlier. No compaints about this version really once you get used to it. It's stable and all.

8.1 is sloooooow, I've upgraded a month ago and regret it still, booting is a lot slower and I see no benefits what so ever.

At home I use 8.0 on my Cintiq Companion and with the touch interface available it's quite good, not ipad/android good but good enough.

On Neither my Cintiq Companion (multi touch tablet device) or on my desktop any of the app style apps they provided are of any use to me, they are crap beyond belief. You used to have an ok media player build in now you have a useless fullscreen app that is horror and hell to use. Same for the build in image viewer and anything else that might have been useful in the past. I don't know what they are smoking at microsoft but their human interface development team should be shot.

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9/17/2014 2:36:53 PM (last edit: 9/17/2014 2:36:53 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
Still sucks. You can work around all the ui changes but the system management authentication system is more nazi than ever, you can't turn it off and I can't stand it. Win 8 is where MS draws the figurative line of "its not you're OS, its our OS and you're just a shitty guest, gtfo"

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9/17/2014 5:04:39 PM (last edit: 9/17/2014 5:05:34 PM)
show user profile  khamski
bah.. A bit more detailed there plz.

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9/17/2014 6:47:44 PM (last edit: 9/17/2014 6:47:44 PM)
show user profile  Setherial
Mr_Stabby: yeah that pretty much sums up windows, I suffer the "it's not my computer, it's theirs" part all to often

in the last few days alone:

- Reboot while I was downloading some ...stuff... during the night
- Big popup bar with "do you want to upgrade to 8.1" right under my colormunki when I was calibrating my screen


the price we pay to use windows. Everytime I get the chance to get some stuff done on my linux I'm amazed by how non intrusive it is, I can just do what I intended to do without interuption... it's amazing...
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9/18/2014 1:12:47 PM (last edit: 9/18/2014 1:12:47 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I'm amazed by how non intrusive it is, I can just do what I intended to do without interuption... it's amazing...

Like Windows 7.

I hate Windows 8. I hope 9 goes back to 7's functionality.

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9/18/2014 1:21:56 PM (last edit: 9/18/2014 1:21:56 PM)
show user profile  Setherial
Windows 7 still reboots whenever it likes and you're not around to stop it. It also makes you wait for updates either at shutdown or start up which is extremly annoying. It's just bad software design and in all these years it's still the windows way to force you to reboot...and wait.
Looking at other OS's there's really no reason why that should be.

Anyway, Win7 is probably the best windows version they've come up with so far, stick with it as long as possible.
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9/18/2014 4:39:49 PM (last edit: 9/18/2014 4:39:49 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Windows 7 still reboots whenever it likes and......

There are options you can set to tell it how to handle updates to stop these stupid reboots.

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9/18/2014 4:45:42 PM (last edit: 9/18/2014 4:45:42 PM)
show user profile  K u r a i
I got an iMac thinking I was going to convert to Apple OS and saved a small space on my HD
for Bootcamp Win7. After using it I found that the clarity of the Win7 screen was much clearer than
Mac Os. Everything seemed blurry in Mac OS, especially fonts.

I really tried hard to convert to Mac (after reading loads of articles on how good Mac OS was) but in the end fell in love with Win7 all over again with fresh eyes.

For some reason I hate Win 8. My wife uses it and when I use her laptop I get angry.

I also prefer Firefox to Explorer.

In Cairo we have power-cuts almost daily for up to 2 hours during summer.
I have a backup power supply that gives me 10mins to shut down. This is essential. I once lost everything on my HD when I booted up during a power-cut. It wiped everything.... my entire music collection and games.

Luckily it was my second computer (Games PC). So, no real damage done.
Not connected to Win 8... but it's sort of connected :)

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9/18/2014 5:41:47 PM (last edit: 9/18/2014 5:41:47 PM)
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