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Your general opinions on Windows 8.1 Preview Release

  1. #111


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Any way to remove that fake start button?
    Hi there
    You gotta love this

    Users were complaining that there wasn't a start button -- now they want to remove it. !!!! Have to agree though it doesn't (at least in THIS release) seem to do anything sensible at all.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #112


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    After some hours playing with the Preview I'm back to may production environment. Tomorrow I'll start to test lots of programs and games to make a compatibility list for Preview. I installed the Preview in a 200GB physical partition especially to accommodate everything I want to test.

    :: To be tested in Preview | from my Windows 8 install ::
    Attachment 23637



    Today I need to sleep. Since yesterday afternoon I'm stuck in front of the computer because of that release. My wife says that I'm addicted, and I guess she's right.

    Hi there
    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

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #113


    Posts : 26
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Any way to remove that fake start button?
    Hi there
    You gotta love this

    Users were complaining that there wasn't a start button -- now they want to remove it. !!!! Have to agree though it doesn't (at least in THIS release) seem to do anything sensible at all.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Users were complaining that there was no Start MENU. Start button is all for nothing.
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  4. #114


    Madrid, Spain
    Posts : 228
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    @kmint

    try this:

    Attachment 24023
    OK, this patch works. Thanks SIW2!!
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  5. #115


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Any way to remove that fake start button?
    Hi there
    You gotta love this

    Users were complaining that there wasn't a start button -- now they want to remove it. !!!! Have to agree though it doesn't (at least in THIS release) seem to do anything sensible at all.

    Cheers
    jimbo


    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...


    Wenda.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Screenshot (7).png   Screenshot (5).jpg   Screenshot (8).jpg  
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  6. #116


    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.
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  7. #117


    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.
    Good to see you're starting to have a good time with the preview !

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  8. #118


    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.
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  9. #119


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    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.
    I seriously doubt if IE11 had anything to do with the issues you describe. You might want to check your cooling, perhaps go through the system with a can of compressed air.
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  10. #120


    Quote Originally Posted by Daf22 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bulls96 View Post
    IE 11 is defaulting to mobile websites. how do I change that? Thanks.
    Sent from my Windows 8 device using Board Express Pro
    Not sure what you mean when you say IE is defaulting to a mobile page, but you can set the home page to anything you want by either visiting a page and clicking the "Use Current" button, or entering/pasting the URL in the Home Page box. You could also try clicking the Use Default button, it "should" set the page back to MSN's home page.

    Attachment 23997

    Tools, Internet Options, General.

    Good luck

    I think he means that IE is displaying the page optimized for a mobile device rather than the desktop site.



    u are correct sir. Any suggestions or solutions are welcome 😊 thanks.
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