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  1. #31


    Well, it's installed and I've got all my usual apps on it. Pretty uneventful so far. My only gripe at this point is not being able to create a non microsoft account for first log in. It's getting close to quitting time, so I'll probably put it through its paces tomorrow.

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  2. #32


    The Start Button is an absolute joke. The ONLY thing it provides that was not already available in the lower left corner is a more convenient way to shutdown/reboot. All the other right-click features are available in Win 8.0. And, as stated by others, the dumb thing gets in the way of the Classic Shell Start Button. A Cnet video talked about all the wonderful features available by right clicking the Start button. Are they really that dumb?

    I do like the small tiles for the start screen. They would be useful if I ever actually wanted to use the start screen
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  3. #33


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


    While waiting for the ISO to be available (which, by the way, we should not have had to do - 20 marks deducted, MS) I've been reading up on the experiences of others, and what they've found with/within 8.1.

    Seriously, there's nothing there to inspire me to waste a quarter of my monthly allowance to download this POS. It is an insult to 'real' users, and a sop to kids with toys and the computer-illiterate. It brings nothing whatsoever to the table for me, apart from small tiles, which they've apparently nobbled so they only work on Metro rubbish, not real programs.

    I'll be sticking with Win 8, now that I have 'fixed' all Microsoft's mistakes (and yes, they were mistakes). Mistakes which, rather than being addressed and rectified, appear to have been compounded and expanded. I am not prepared to go through 8.1 fixing all those mistakes once again, plus more. No way, Jose!! And there's absolutely nothing to interest 'real' users whatsoever.

    MS may have 'listened to our concerns', but they sure didn't act upon them, IMO. Quite the opposite. So it looks increasingly like Windows 8 will be my last MS operating system. I love Win 8, but have no interest in
    8.1, whatsoever.

    Mint Cinnamon is looking better by the day. And that 'Deepin' is looking interesting. Shame 8.1 isn't.


    Wenda.
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  4. #34


    Seattle of course
    Posts : 14
    Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 8.1


    One issue I have found that possibly is me, not Win 8.1 is I have lost the ability to pin a web site to Start. I used to be able to load a site on the desktop, go to the little "gear" in the upper right corner and find the choice " Add site to Start Screen". Now, in WIn 8.1, the choice is "Add site to Apps". Well, I can do that and sure enough it is added to the Apps List and I can even click on it to load it into the Desktop. But, no tile appears on the Start Screen. What am I missing?

    Thanks, SR
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  5. #35


    Posts : 248
    Windows 8 RTM (Retinas taking damage...)


    It seems that search (win+q) is horribly broken. It's slow, and finds less than win7 search. I like the other changes, but I abuse search too much for this to work for me. I'd also rather be able to hide the start button.
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  6. #36


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by seattlerust View Post
    One issue I have found that possibly is me, not Win 8.1 is I have lost the ability to pin a web site to Start. I used to be able to load a site on the desktop, go to the little "gear" in the upper right corner and find the choice " Add site to Start Screen". Now, in WIn 8.1, the choice is "Add site to Apps". Well, I can do that and sure enough it is added to the Apps List and I can even click on it to load it into the Desktop. But, no tile appears on the Start Screen. What am I missing?

    Thanks, SR
    interesting ,I have been using win8 since last august and never have I clicked on the little gear, likely you are not missing anything ,I think they just decided you wanted them in Apps
    you can go to apps after pinning it there and then pin it to desktop taskbar .lol
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  7. #37


    Is it happening only to me or anyone also noticed that desktop icons can't be moved ?

    ~edit~

    Sfc/scannow and a restart solved that !

    Last edited by vrosa; 27 Jun 2013 at 19:27.
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  8. #38


    Seattle of course
    Posts : 14
    Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

    can't pin web site


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    you can go to apps after pinning it there and then pin it to desktop taskbar .lol
    Yes, true, but I am trying to pin to Start Screen as a Tile. I can't pin it from Apps because it indicates that it is already Pinned, even though it is not visible. I just don't know what to do about that. Any ideas?

    SR
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  9. #39


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by seattlerust View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    you can go to apps after pinning it there and then pin it to desktop taskbar .lol
    Yes, true, but I am trying to pin to Start Screen as a Tile. I can't pin it from Apps because it indicates that it is already Pinned, even though it is not visible. I just don't know what to do about that. Any ideas?

    SR
    Obly Tile might work with 8.1.

    OblyTile - Download

    Or not.
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  10. #40


    Seattle of course
    Posts : 14
    Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 8.1


    True, I will try that. I hadn't gotten that far yet since the previous methods worked on Win 8.0. Perhaps just a bug that has not yet been worked out. After all, this is preliminary, right?

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    SR
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