I thought you'd have been watching Brazil beat Spain (Current World Champions) in the football match recently. -- I wanted to watch it too but we seemed to get more pictures from the Police antics harassing innocent people OUTSIDE the Stadium than what was going on INSIDE.
However glad you got it all working -- BTW the old Classic W7 games work fine as well on W 8.1
My first impression was that it was pretty useless, and that we'd been well-conned by Microsoft.
But with it set to go to All Apps, not the Start Screen, and with All Apps set to display desktop items first, and to display items by category, it does work. I am running All Apps as a start menu with no problems operationally (there are a few bugs, but that's to be expected). A bit more customisability, and there's the perfect replacement for the old start menu.
If the reason you don't like Metro is the Start Screen, give this method a try, it works. You don't need to even see the Start Screen if you choose not to, and the All Apps screen can be used as a half-decent Start menu substitute. I have nothing on the Start screen at all apart from apps, and an app-launcher is all it's used for.
I have deliberately refrained from installing a 3rd-party start menu in Win 8.1 but a bug prevents some (not all) programs from being pinned. To compensate, I have enabled the old Quick-Launch toolbar for these programs, as I do not like pinned shortcuts on the desktop or taskbar.
I was never a fan of the Start Screen in Windows 8. For me personally, (and I don't pretend to speak for others) if the start menu is not destined to return, this setup is an acceptable alternative. Refine it somewhat in the 'final' and I'll be satisfied. But do leave the Quick-Launch option there.
Yes, there are things I do not like about Windows 8.1 and some are fairly serious. This new Start screen/menu setup, however, is not one of them. I actually quite like it as is, and can see plenty of potential for improvement. Good one, Microsoft.
Below are a couple of screen-dumps showing my current setup...
Thank you for sharing some of the positives. I do like 8 overall, but have to make sure tweaks and changes to really enjoy it.
Good to see you're starting to have a good time with the preview !Yes, there are things I do not like about Windows 8.1 and some are fairly serious. This new Start screen/menu setup, however, is not one of them. I actually quite like it as is, and can see plenty of potential for improvement. Good one, Microsoft.
CPU utilisation was very high in my IE11(more than 50%) but after increasing the page file size it's back to normal (<10%), I don't know this was coincidence or actual remedy for the high temps and continuously spinning fan, I might try reduce the page file size and see how it responds.