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Win 8.1 doesn't go far enough

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    N. Calif
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    Win 8.1 doesn't go far enough


    I have been using the Win 8.1 Preview and overall I like it because it allows me to set things up so that I can boot direct to the desktop which makes sense on my desktop and laptop computers since neither have a touchscreen. I personally feel that a touchscreen is only useful on smaller devices like a phone or tablet but has no use on larger screens used on laptops and desktops.

    I think MS should make Windows 8x adaptive in that you can install it on whatever device you want and, if it senses a touch interface, it configures itself as a portable device with the Start Screen, it's tiles and Metro apps. However, if no touch screen is sensed, it should configure itself in desktop mode where it boots to the desktop, includes the Start button (real one, not the current 8.1 implementation) and essentially works as Win 7 does today. Of course, this auto adapt feature should be able to be overridden so that the user can ultimately decide which interface they prefer.

    I personally like Win 8 but despise Metro apps because they prevent me from using my powerful desktop to its full capability by limiting how many Windows I can have open concurrently. That is fine for lower powered devices with smaller screens but doesn't make sense on machines with an abundance of power and RAM coupled with a large (or multiple) screen. I have my machines with Win 8 setup so that all Metro apps are unpinned from the Start screen and none are used as the default app for any file type. When using 8.1, I have it setup to boot direct to the desktop and virtually never see the Start screen. When using Win 8, I have the desktop tile arranged as the first tile on the Start screen and as soon as the Start screen appears, I click the desktop tile to go to the desktop and then stay there. I basically only see the Start screen at initial boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I personally like Win 8 but despise Metro apps because they prevent me from using my powerful desktop to its full capability by limiting how many Windows I can have open concurrently. .
    Fixed in 8.1
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    N. Calif
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRKING View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I personally like Win 8 but despise Metro apps because they prevent me from using my powerful desktop to its full capability by limiting how many Windows I can have open concurrently. .
    Fixed in 8.1
    Not really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BRKING View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I personally like Win 8 but despise Metro apps because they prevent me from using my powerful desktop to its full capability by limiting how many Windows I can have open concurrently. .
    Fixed in 8.1
    Not really.
    How so?
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    just wondering what issues you had with it on a big touch scree ,im think of getting on with my next new computer
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Win 8.1 doesn't go far enough
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