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Windows 8 is Awful

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    Windows 8 is Awful


    Windows 8 is the worst OS it has ever been my misfortune to be forced to use.

    First, I keep getting these inane popups asking me to install all kinds of programs I don't want or need.

    Second, there seems to be no easy way to get back to the desktop without individually minimizing each open app.

    Third, what did MS do to the Start button. They got rid of this very useful utility for reasons known only to their stupid engineering minds (and BTW, I am an EE by training).

    Fourth, shutting off the computer takes a technical expertise that would make most people want to migrate immediately to Apple products if they weren't so expensive.

    Fifth, even though I am using the version of IE that came with the computer, IE will not hold my personal home page. My ISP is Verizon/Yahoo.

    I could go on, but that's enough complaining for starters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ekessler43 View Post
    Windows 8 is the worst OS it has ever been my misfortune to be forced to use.

    First, I keep getting these inane popups asking me to install all kinds of programs I don't want or need.

    Second, there seems to be no easy way to get back to the desktop without individually minimizing each open app.

    Third, what did MS do to the Start button. They got rid of this very useful utility for reasons known only to their stupid engineering minds (and BTW, I am an EE by training).

    Fourth, shutting off the computer takes a technical expertise that would make most people want to migrate immediately to Apple products if they weren't so expensive.

    Fifth, even though I am using the version of IE that came with the computer, IE will not hold my personal home page. My ISP is Verizon/Yahoo.

    I could go on, but that's enough complaining for starters.

    Then you're really going to love windows 8.1.....
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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ekessler43 View Post
    Windows 8 is the worst OS it has ever been my misfortune to be forced to use.

    First, I keep getting these inane popups asking me to install all kinds of programs I don't want or need.

    Second, there seems to be no easy way to get back to the desktop without individually minimizing each open app.

    Third, what did MS do to the Start button. They got rid of this very useful utility for reasons known only to their stupid engineering minds (and BTW, I am an EE by training).

    Fourth, shutting off the computer takes a technical expertise that would make most people want to migrate immediately to Apple products if they weren't so expensive.

    Fifth, even though I am using the version of IE that came with the computer, IE will not hold my personal home page. My ISP is Verizon/Yahoo.

    I could go on, but that's enough complaining for starters.

    Then you're really going to love windows 8.1.....
    I can't wait for it.
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    It does take some getting used to. You could check out the tutorials section of this site or also check my Youtube channel listed in my sig. I have multiple videos addressing most of your concerns with Windows 8.
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    As suggested by Bassfisher. - Start with classic shell. This will return you to the more accustomed environment. You can then, in your own time, examine the modern/metro menu and get to know the navigation.
    But, your first post.
    1. What are the popups? I have had none through Windows 8/windows 8.1, which were unexpected.
    2. Getting back to the desktop. I guess you mean the legacy desktop, or? Either way, I think you will find the Windows key useful?
    3. The threads and posts, on this forum and over the whole net, are inundated with the same discussion. I think it is now boring. I have customised the new screen and relegated those programs I do not use on a daily basis, to the alternative "All programs" screen. I use Metro as my start menu and find it as, if not more, convenient than the tiresome cluttered old start menu. One click less to see, visually, what I wish to select. But, again, if that is not your fancy, try Classic.
    4. Technical expertise? Well, it can be difficult to know where it may lie but there are several wys to accomplish this, all as fast, if not faster, than earlier OSs Help and support is still there, but seems to be overlooked. If you are on the legacy desktop, a right click of the icon, bottom left, gives you a shutdown option. Alt F4 gives further. Again, Classic will solve the problem whilst you experiment.
    6. Not sure what your problem is on that one. I can put any start page I wish on IE - but, if you mean accessing your home page, try the compatibility mode.
    Last edited by davehc; 10 Sep 2013 at 01:40.
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    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    By getting back to desktop do you mean minimizing all windows? Although there is no visual divider in the bottom right corner of taskbar, the corner is still active, just left-click it and desktop is clear. If you are talking about Metro, then Win key then click on Desktop tile. Otherwise I don't understand the problem.
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    LOL.. yeah it takes a bit of getting used to. Once you 'disable' the ModernUI crap it's not that awful. I use StartIsBack and have little metro intrusion.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by ekessler43 View Post
    First, I keep getting these inane popups asking me to install all kinds of programs I don't want or need.
    What are the popups?

    Second, there seems to be no easy way to get back to the desktop without individually minimizing each open app.
    There's a couple of ways. Press the Windows key on your keyboard (easiest way) or move the mouse pointer to the top left of the screen, then when you move the mouse pointer down, you can select any running/suspended app, which includes the desktop.

    Third, what did MS do to the Start button. They got rid of this very useful utility for reasons known only to their stupid engineering minds (and BTW, I am an EE by training).
    The Start button is back in 8.1, although there is no traditional Start menu. Navigation is improved in 8.1 though, but if you want a Start menu back, just install a third party one.

    Fourth, shutting off the computer takes a technical expertise that would make most people want to migrate immediately to Apple products if they weren't so expensive.
    Hyperbole, lol - it takes 3 mouse clicks! - but in 8.1 it's easier. You can right-click on the Start button from anywhere and there's a menu there called "Shut down or sign out". But in 8 and 8.1 you can just press the power button on your PC/laptop to initiate shutdown. It's also possible to create a tile on the Metro screen which you can click to shut down your computer.

    Fifth, even though I am using the version of IE that came with the computer, IE will not hold my personal home page. My ISP is Verizon/Yahoo.
    That isn't by design.

    I could go on, but that's enough complaining for starters.
    I would suggest giving it some time to get used to it. When the first preview came out, I really disliked it and said I'd skip it and wait for Windows 9, but when I got a license for it for 14.99 I thought I would give it another go. Now I prefer it to Windows 7 and wouldn't want to go back.
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    As for shutting windows down, there's other ways to do it. It's enough to push start button on the computer for half a second and it will shut down properly. On mine and most other multimedia keyboards there is also power button, press it and it will shut down.
    You can also make a shortcut on the desktop, call it Shut Down and in it's properties as Target write : "%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s -f -t 00".
    To make Restart Button than : "%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -R -F -T 00" (no quotes of course)

    P.S.
    What does "EE" stand for ?
    Last edited by CountMike; 10 Sep 2013 at 04:02.
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