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First Impressions of Windows 8.1

  1. #21


    Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Joan Archer View Post
    I've just noticed something and hope it's really back, animations on the Bing picture of the day. I used to love those when they happened on Windows 7 but of course had Aero and such on there but it wasn't on 8.

    I've just seen the photo for today and it's a leaf frog and mushrooms and the frog is breathing and his throat is moving, yippee.
    I Have Bing Desktop with daily pics, which I've also have configured as my Start Screen background as well. I also use Bing as my home page in IE11 to see the animated pics. I agree > The pics are great!

    I'm a bit confused, Joan (which isn't too difficult!) > I had the animated pics in 8 with IE10. You did not? Are you saying you had animated pics on your desktop with 7?[/QUOTE]

    On my Windows 7 desktop if the Bing photo of the day was animated I'd see it, I didn't bother with the Bing Desktop on there or use it for my home page but would get the photo of the day in another tab in IE10.

    When I got this Notebook it came with 8 and I just used BT/Yahoo Home page with IE because BT is my ISP. I'd never noticed any animations if I looked at a Bing photo I just used a theme for my Desktop wallpaper which ran as a slide show with whatever photos were in the theme.

    Moving up to 8.1 I thought I'd try out Bing as my Home page when first launching IE, haven't worked out yet how to make the photo of the day my desktop wallpaper yet, still finding my way around the update but was thrilled when I saw the animation on the photo of the day with the frog.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    It has been a real pain for many; myself included, but after all is said and done, it seems to work for my purposes,
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  3. #23


    Currently using Glass8.1 (DWMHook) for Windows 8.1 Beta 2, YAY it's updated
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  4. #24


    Good for you, MrShowdown!
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  5. #25


    It took me about a week to figure out the issue on public symbol downloading from Microsoft Symbol Server. I took a work-around by using Windows Debugging Kit (symchk.exe).
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  6. #26


    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Currently using Glass8.1 (DWMHook) for Windows 8.1 Beta 2, YAY it's updated
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    Good to know ! I've been waiting for that !

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  7. #27


    List of things i have done to personalize my Windows 8.1:

    1. Aero Glass
    2. Start Screen automatic Apps view
    3. Renamed "This PC" back to "Computer" (yeah i didn't like the new "This PC")


    What to do next..?
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  8. #28


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    after testing on 5 PC's - apart from the Language pack unavailability - Windows 8.1 passes all the relevant tests -- I still have TWO applications that won't run on anything later than W7 so VM solution for that otherwise W8.1 passes all the tests.

    This is what W8 SHOULD have been.

    (@Mr Showdown -- Windows 9 maybe !!!!).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. #29


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    after testing on 5 PC's - apart from the Language pack unavailability - Windows 8.1 passes all the relevant tests -- I still have TWO applications that won't run on anything later than W7 so VM solution for that otherwise W8.1 passes all the tests.

    This is what W8 SHOULD have been.

    (@Mr Showdown -- Windows 9 maybe !!!!).

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Hmm, what program that wont run on Windows 8.1? Have you tried compatibility settings?

    Yeah LOL, maybe it'll be 8.2 or something.
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  10. #30


    BC Canada
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    Windows 8.1 64


    I did a 'clean' install of 8.1 and it performed flawlessly. This OS has a Cornucopia of things to discover and is a real joy to use. Admittedly, I am using the more classic desktop, with the philosophy that 'tiles' are for bathroom floors.

    All in all, I think that this is the best OS that MS has created so far, learning curve aside. Oh yes, Vipre 2014 works just fine on 8.1 Windows.
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