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Still Running Windows 8.0

  1. #1

    Posts : 36
    Windows 10 Professional

    Still Running Windows 8.0

    This isn't a technical thread as such. Just wondering if any of you are still running Windows 8.0 instead of 8.1?

    Don't get me wrong, I do realise that Windows 8.0 will be going out of support in January 2016, chances are Windows 9 should be out by then so that should be a suitable upgrade. I have also deployed 8.1 very successfully throughout most of the computers at work and a Windows 2012 R2 solution for RDS. Still running Windows 8.0 is just a choice I make on my main personal machine.

    These are all just opinions.

    I just don't like the way Windows 8.1 seems to be so fragmented, it's as if it isn't sure what it wants to be. The most annoying thing is how the tiles on the start screen take the main colour of the icons background. This looks like a complete mess once most tiles are pinned to the start screen, especially for application icons which are almost a solid colour.

    The way the taskbar shows up over ModernUI apps and the start screen is another thing which just seems like a quickly put together solution. It's as if they were going to make the ModernUI apps windowed in 8.1 but stopped half way through leaving it with half done sort of solution. Especially the way the title bar and close/minimise buttons do not always show up as expected.

    The start button seems like a pointless addition. I understand that it's a visual cue to reduce confusion. I totally agree with this and that it's on by default but where's the option to switch it off. I find it totally unnecessary, the way Windows 8.0 works is fine for me.

    There are also more apps in 8.1 which cannot be removed. In 8.0 it's possible to uninstall every single app except the Store. Since the defaults have changed to desktop apps when being used on a desktop, why not have the option to remove apps such as Pictures, Camera, OneDrive etc. These can all be removed in 8.0 so I can install just the apps which I want to use.

    The OneDrive integration in 8.1 seems stupid too. I use a local account, in 8.0 I'm unable to uninstall the OneDrive app and install the desktop version instead. Due to the OneDrive integration in 8.1 the only possible way to use OneDrive is to the pin OneDrive website to the taskbar. In a Domain environment it's possible to attach a Microsoft Account to the Domain account. It would have been good to have this option for local accounts too.

    Does anyone else agree or have you all upgraded to 8.1?

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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0

    Quote Originally Posted by Vince800 View Post
    Does anyone else agree or have you all upgraded to 8.1?
    Yes! Server 2012 Standard (nt 6.2 / Windows 8.0) are the systems used on this machine.

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    Server 2012 / 8.0 (nt 6.2) will be used going forward.

    Apps installed.
    ... 5-0 Scanner, Background Wallpapers HD, iHeart Radio, Netflix, Concert Online, Grantophone, Drudge Plus, Bing Maps App, Slacker Radio, Geico App, Music Maker Jam, Metro Clock, Tom's Hardware, TuneIn Radio, Weather App, WinBeta, YouTube Search and Download, NWS - NOAA Weather Prediction, Relaxing Rain, ClubTV, France24, La Times, Chicago Times, Pinball, Weight BMI Tracker Apps etc...
    Last edited by mdmd; 04 Oct 2014 at 00:40. Reason: Staying with nt 6.2 / Server 2012 / Windows 8.0
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  3. #3

    Posts : 412
    Windows 8 - 64 bit

    With all the confusion at the beginning offers for 8.1, along with issues, many had,
    I decided to just keep mine with 8.0.
    All this time between the first offer of 8.1, reading this forum, I knew my decision was right for me .
    I've NOT been wrong.
    Thanks for your info. on 8.1
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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