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How are YOU using your Start Screen?

  1. #51


    BELGIUM
    Posts : 503
    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    Need i say, i use the start screen.....no i guess not.

    Jeff

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  2. #52


    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Not using it at all, never will.
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  3. #53


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Tried it for many months ad nauseum!

    In the end dumped it totally. Use Ex7ForW8 with Ex 7 Shell and migrated Win7 Orb Start Menu.

    Happy camper now!
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  4. #54


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


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  5. #55


    Posts : 76
    Windows 8 Pro


    Not using it. Not because I am totally against it, or I hate it - but simply because I have no need for it, and they haven't given me any compelling reason to want to use it.

    To launch a program? Why, I can do that any one of 5 different ways from desktop, with much less wasted space.
    To check the weather, news, reddit? Why, I can do that from my browser.

    I could go on but there's no point. I can do everything that I need to do without ever entering the Start Screen. Want me to use it MS? Give me a reason, since right now it is severely underwhelming.
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  6. #56


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You know, the same argument can be made for almost anything. Why use a computer? I have pen and paper! Why use a car? I have a horse!

    The fact is, most things in our life are doable in other ways. We just decide we like doing them in the way we do them.

    I get a kick out of all the people that say what you are, that Microsoft hasn't given you a reason to like something.. But how would you know? You never use it!
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  7. #57


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
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  8. #58


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by symbiont View Post
    Not using it. Not because I am totally against it, or I hate it - but simply because I have no need for it, and they haven't given me any compelling reason to want to use it.

    To launch a program? Why, I can do that any one of 5 different ways from desktop, with much less wasted space.
    To check the weather, news, reddit? Why, I can do that from my browser.

    I could go on but there's no point. I can do everything that I need to do without ever entering the Start Screen. Want me to use it MS? Give me a reason, since right now it is severely underwhelming.
    By saying you do everything in a browser on the internet..THAT is literally the main reason for the Start Screen. Live tiles feed information from the internet into an easy to view format. Microsoft describes the browser use as "booting up twice." Once to boot into Windows, again for an internet browser. The main function of the OS is pointless, the need for a File Explorer, Group Policy, Task Manager are pointless when you're in a browser window with eight tabs open just to check for any new feed updates. You are using Window, not Windows. The new Windows that are live tiles.
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  9. #59


    Posts : 59
    MS Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    What Start Screen? Oh! you mean the screen I play solitaire on. That is it, I have a desktop and Classic shell
    boots me to the desktop, there I stay. Unless I play a card game..


    walex
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  10. #60


    Posts : 76
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    By saying you do everything in a browser on the internet..THAT is literally the main reason for the Start Screen. Live tiles feed information from the internet into an easy to view format. Microsoft describes the browser use as "booting up twice." Once to boot into Windows, again for an internet browser. The main function of the OS is pointless, the need for a File Explorer, Group Policy, Task Manager are pointless when you're in a browser window with eight tabs open just to check for any new feed updates. You are using Window, not Windows. The new Windows that are live tiles.
    Who said anything about having to open up 8 tabs? So much over exaggeration. As of right now, Live Tiles are a gimmick. If for example, on a multi display setup - you could force the Start Screen to stay open on one display then they might be of some use. But to flip to the Start Screen to view such limited information on the face of a Live Tile vs. seeing everything I need to see in the application I am already in, without having to open multiple tabs mind you - is more efficient for me. If I wanted a "live tile" type interface, I'd run Rainmeter, which has tons more functionality than Live Tiles - and I wouldn't have to leave what I'm doing or hit a key to see it.
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