I'm trying to work out if this thread is intended to be anti-Windows 8 or if there are particular reasons that users are not happy with Windows 8. If there are particular reasons maybe it would be more constructive to say what they are so that we can use this thread to see if there is a way to overcome the issue, either through the use of third party apps or, as has already been demonstrated on the previous page with explanations on how to create desktop icons and using Windows Switch or through discussing the issue to see if there is a way to deal with it in Windows 8.
Assuming you are one of the people that's annoyed with Windows 8, what is the one thing on the top of your list that annoys you the most?
Last edited by KeyboardDemon; 13 Mar 2013 at 05:45.
Put the eye-candy back. All of it. With an 'off' option for those who don't want or can't run it.
I couldn't care less about any (negligible) performance 'hit', this is an i7 quad-core with GeForce graphics, not a smartphone.
This is my major annoyance with Win 8. The CP/RP had the eye-candy JUST right. Then they stuffed it for no valid reason.
Make Metro/Start Screen optional (this one doesn't actually bother me personally).
Give metro apps the ability to run more than two, and in windows not full-screen (nor does this, greatly)..
Replace WMC and all the missing WMP codecs.
Refine and expand the capabilities of the bottom-left corner's right-click menu.
Re-vamp the Charms bar, and make it customisable.
I agree with the first three points. I too believe that a major part of 8's slow acceptance is the "Modern UI". It stinks on a computer and most people see that. Most computer users don't want to interact with their pcs through a touch screen interface, I know I certainly don't. I don't know anybody that uses Windows 8 that likes the Modern UI. In fact, everyone has gone to some sort of work around (like Start8, or an equivalent). I use Windows Phone 8 and it works well on a smartphone and I have to assume it would work well on a Tablet. The fact that all the apps run full screen is a stupid design choice on a 24" computer monitor. I do like Windows 8 and think the OS is a slight improvement over 7, except for this one thing.
I wouldn't say dump metro altogether, some folks will some actual use out of it.
However, it absolutely must become a built in choice, at installation for everyone installing windows 8. Trying to ram metro down everyone's throat has failed spectacularly. It's time for microsoft to face the cold hard truth.
I must be in the minority then, I prefer the metro interface to the old Windows hierarchical menu structure. If I went back to Windows 7 now the first thing I'd be looking for is an overlay that lets me customise how I access the programs I use. It doesn't have to be metro, but something similar that lets me just drag and drop icons so I can find the ones I want as easily as I can in metro is better for me then having to scroll through a stack of folder names while I try and remember the name of the program I want to launch.
I've not said what I think lately. I think MS needs to:
1. add a new and improved start menu;
2. allow startup to both desktop and metro;
3. fix Win8 so that everything that can be done from metro can be done through the desktop--but in seriously improved ways;
4. following up on 3, allow metro to be completely turned off;
5. improve the metro area's functioning significantly (see Modern Mix);
6. stop pushing the cloud and the MS login;
7. redesign the new Office so that cloud push can be disabled with the click of one button;
8. offer retail Win8 full-install DVD set;
9. improve the functioning of the metro apps significantly;
10. allow eye-candy like Aero on desktop;
11. rewrite the requirements for using MS system-builder software so that they are not so misleading (as appears to be the case);
12. find a name for "metro;" and
13. require OEM's to provide clean-install (i.e., reinstall) software, with no bloatware, and to cover its use via warranty/support.
Last edited by znod; 14 Mar 2013 at 17:22.