Hi Guys, I have been quiet for some time having bought a couple of 8 upgrades and slowly customised them to my own satisfaction for use on my desktops to completely ignore the start screen.
I read a few pre-pre release revews 8.1 and downloaded the iso minutes after it was availabe.Installed on a new drive booted went to desktop and set to boot to desktop (right click taskbar - navigation - boot to desktop)
A start button - big smiles they listened - click it.
???? tears of disbelief they had done the one I didn't want - go back to the start screen
Promptly installed "classic shell" . MS "joke start" is off screen to left of the classic shell and does not interfere.
Sugestion- immediate mod required for their "Joke start button" L click bring up their power options now much better,especially option to shut down, navigation pane etc
R click back to start screen if one wants to do such a thing.
Other changes appear to minimal for the desktop environment which is my only interest.
I have spotted various other changes to the start screen others have mentioned, the fact that the hotspots appear to be larger much easier on a 3900x1200 desktop.
All this aside I read a few MS splurges about Win8.
Win8 has overtaken vista sales Hurray! yes big deal almost the most short lived OS in history!
Surveys show that users are happy with the new Win8 interface providing a better user experience!!!
Pardon- I don't know how Microsoft do their surveys but on my very limited survey of some 20 people who have telephoned me having bought a windows 8 laptop, is that they can't shut down, get out of full page apps, find their programs etc. This survey consists of general home users, elderly "I am to old to learn a completely new interface" and semi techs who's comments cannot be printed. (the techies have already found the answer).
Not one has commented on how good it is. I told to download classic shell.Others phoned me asking what they should buy as they had seen the bad reviews - my answer dont worry it can be fixed.
Microft drive for profit although purchasing new a tablet , laptop ,desktop etc with win 8 pre-installed they increase the win8 user base; they are ignoring the upgrade potential of approx 1.5 billion installed base. Non techies read the bad reviews and refuse to upgrade.
I have had some 50+years in computing and was responsible when working as an IT director with some 3500 PCs under my control and therefore would not contemplate any update to a standard mouse/pc desktop a because of training cost and knowing the general chaos that would ensue.
Solution for for MS offer big bucks to the classic shell developers incorporate it in the new desktop start button add a link back to the win 8 start screen if they so wish.
As a business user I would then be able to contemplate upgrading - why shut yourself out of that market.
The underlying code is that much better.
Last point- Does any body know if 8.1 will be free as a service pack or they will charge us again as a new release????