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Finally a Windows 8 (8.1) version I LIKE

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Finally a Windows 8 (8.1) version I LIKE


    Hi there
    while not totally 100% "Desktop friendly" It's certainly good enough for what I need - especially with Boot directly to desktop.

    I've also been messing around with one of those Thin Ultrabooks with a touch screen -- Windows 8.1 is fine as well on this. Actually I'm beginning to come round to touch screens for LAPTOPS (no way would I want one on my large expensive LCD monitor !!!) in some cases such as using IE -- the Immersive (Metro) version of IE11 with Windows 8.1 is STREETS ahead of the rubbish that was in Windows 8 - it's actually usable now -- and the on screen keyboard really works --- If you are on a busy train surfing the net this way with a laptop is fine -- I don't have or want a tablet since I do a lot of other things too such as using Ms EXCEL or Powerpoint while travelling. Incidentally Touch is also great for REVIEWING presentations or making SMALL changes (but you can't beat a keyboard and mouse for general working with office products).

    What I like also with the onscreen touch keyboard is that it's great to be able to change keyboards without physically having to plug one in -- I often want to use ISL keyboard --on screen is great. The Touch keyboard works decently too - was always a bit "laggy" with windows 8 and Touch.


    I've added a "Custom toolbar" for programs which works almost as good as the old menu system whenever I need that feature - but I usually have my most used applications pinned either to the desktop or quick launch taskbar anyway.

    Ms should have introduced Windows 8.1 as Windows 8 -- I finally feel I have a version now that gives me enough confidence to finally let go of Windows 7 -- I'll wait for the TechNet availability of ENTERPRISE version though - and I'll make a useful Windows to Go system too.

    Now to Ms -- Glad you've improved the metro stuff -- BUT one thing I would like would be an easier way of handling both Metro and Classical windowed programs concurrently when using multiple monitors.

    So far then I'd give Windows 8.1 RTM a B+ or A- Job MUCH IMPROVED from Windows 8 with some improvements still to go.

    The DRIVER detection wasn't as good as Windows 8 -- but that might have been because I'm testing on a relatively new Touch screen Ultrabook with Manufacturers drivers -- however by keeping the Windows.OLD file when I did my install(from the TechNet ISO) choosing update drivers from Windows device manager fixed the problem as Windows scanned my C drive and picked up the drivers from there.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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    BELGIUM
    Posts : 503
    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    Well Jimbo,

    coming from you....who would have expected that.....


    Touch screens will not be for me, i want a big screen and am not going to sit up with my arm streched all day.

    Do not like laptops or tablets myself.

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


    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    Well Jimbo,

    coming from you....who would have expected that.....


    Touch screens will not be for me, i want a big screen and am not going to sit up with my arm streched all day.

    Do not like laptops or tablets myself.

    Jeff

    Hi there
    I like big screens too - but I do travel a lot so a proper laptop is mandatory -- I don't like HUGE laptops though -- 13.3 or 14 inch screen is fine with possibility to output to HDMI to use external monitor (or even Hotel Plasma / LCD TV) as monitor is just OK.

    The touch screen part has uses -- not when working though in "Normal desktop mode".

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    BELGIUM
    Posts : 503
    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    hehehe Jimbo,

    work comes first, I understand


    Jeff
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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