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Windows...Get me out of here

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    windows 8.1

    Windows...Get me out of here


    Hard to know how to express so fed up. Purchased 2 Dell XPS ultrabooks with Windows 8. After months of trying to use Windows 8 with various problems (with all Dell and MS updates installed) have reached the end. Good help from Dell premier support but Windows 8 is just aweful.
    The W8 interface is so confused and obtuse, not like windows, not like a tablet.
    Security issues r a killer. Have Windows home server but nvr able to access from Windows 8.
    Wireless connection drops for no reason.
    IE crashes constantly, unworkable.
    I try my XPS with W8 and just give up. Go to my iMac and everything works as expected.
    I see MS accept Windows 8 was a knee jerk and Windows 10 is coming. They should nvr have dropped XP which was great, and now they r dropping support for W7. I think windows is in its death phase.
    I was a Microsoft MVP for 4 years supporting it and helping others (in XP days) and enjoyed it. I cant defend Windows now any more, or even use it effectively myself.
    My last resort short term is to buy W7 for the XPS in hopes to use my Dell investment.
    After that I'm going Apple devices and nvr going back.
    Windows, so sad, from great innovation to unusable operating system.

    With regret, time to leave windows. My conclusion on Windows..my user name.


    No response or help required. Get me out of here (i.e. windows).

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  2. #2


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I am really sorry that you have so much trouble with 8.1. But that is not typical. I have several 8.1 systems (on Dell XPS, HP and Asus) and they all work flawlessly. Maybe a refresh to the very beginning would help.

    Running Windows 7 on those systems is possible. But you must hurry to get some of the last OEM licenses. I guess you already know that you have to set the BIOS to legacy mode and shut secure boot off.
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  3. #3


    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    I think there comes a point when we are happy with things and don't want it to change but computer technology soldiers on and we have to weather the rough bits like vista was for some and W8 is for others. With W8 MS haven't quite married well the touch and keytboard interfaces into a seamless union. I don't mind W8.1 it didn't bother me after a few days once I knew where everything I needed was and put Classic Shell for my start menu. I don't know why people have problems with it being unstable because my laptop doesn't give me the slightest hiccup.
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  4. #4


    I don't remember the OP ever saying he's running 8.1. Eh? He specifically said Windows 8.
    It was fraught with problems, that's why 8.1 came out so quickly.
    Windows 8.1 is the fix for many of the Windows 8 problems, but if you don't like the Metro screen and all that entails, then by all means go to the Desktop, download and install "The Classic Shell" (latest version). That gives you over 50 ways to make 8.1 your very own.

    I set up Windows 8.1 for my customers all the time, and with the Classic Shell, I can make it look and work just like Windows XP or Win-7. I have several PC's here, running 8.1 and if I didn't tell someone it was 8.1, they would swear it was either XP or Win-7.

    Once you get rid of that Metro crap, 8.1 is a very capable OS. And the 32 bit version even has 16 bit compatibility, which the 64 bit version or even Windows 7 does not have. I have some 25 yr old programs, written in 16 bit code, that run just fine on Windows 8.1/32.

    Too bad, that you're in the UK and I'm in the US, Florida actually, or I could try to fix that PC for you.

    Good Luck!
    TechnoMage
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  5. #5


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I set up Windows 8.1 for my customers all the time, and with the Classic Shell, I can make it look and work just like Windows XP or Win-7
    I personally think that is a mistake. You cannot for all times remain in the last century. Try that on a tablet.
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by stringjunky View Post
    I think there comes a point when we are happy with things and don't want it to change but computer technology soldiers on and we have to weather the rough bits like vista was for some and W8 is for others. With W8 MS haven't quite married well the touch and keytboard interfaces into a seamless union. I don't mind W8.1 it didn't bother me after a few days once I knew where everything I needed was and put Classic Shell for my start menu. I don't know why people have problems with it being unstable because my laptop doesn't give me the slightest hiccup.
    I have agree, I have 3 setup running 8.1 update one is a Asus P7P Motherboard from 2008 Asus doesn't support windows 8 on yet I have it running perfectly for a few months now. My Wife's HP Touch Screen all in one, no issues my Asus G75 Notebook from 2012 no issues. I think that Classic Shell makes GUI quite similar to Win7 and the 8.1 and Update solved any issues I had over the last couple of years. Network issue can be handled you just have to set up your shares and permissions. I still use my Peer to Peer network I have had for the last 10 years or so. I connect using Authorized Users Group. Just as I had done with Window 2000, XP, and win 7. I think your giving up to easily or your having hardware issues. All the answers are right here I these forums, Questions are replied to by some pretty sharp windows tools.
    Sure you can go back to Window 7 you might find it harder to get windows 7 drivers for some of your hardware but its doable I think there is even a tutorial here how to do it. if Not just click the windows 7 forum button
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  7. #7


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I think there is even a tutorial here how to do it. if Not just click the windows 7 forum button
    I think this is the tutorial you are referring to:

    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

    But I agree with you. Going back to Windows 7 may create a new set of problems. If the OP is still on 8, I would recommend to at least upgrade to 8.1. That is a pretty solid system.
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  8. #8


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    I do wonder why people join a forum then just make a post like this (the OP says they don't want a response or any help). Maybe they have no other way of expressing their frustrations. The shame is that the responses do offer helpful suggestions, but the OP maybe won't come back to read them.

    But then the OP is from God's own county of Yorkshire, England and we Yorkshire people are inclined to be grumpy sometimes .
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  9. #9


    Posts : 3
    windows 8.1


    Ha ha - yes my winge was quite a rant. Sorry.

    Is it windows 8.1 - yes...(all Dell and MS updates installed) .
    But you must hurry to get some ofthe last OEM licenses...W7 OEM Premium for Dell DVD has arrived
    Maybe they have no other way of expressing their frustrations....correct...2K+ of XPSs, and my wife trying to work from home with one of them (and giving me ear ache).
    but the OP maybe won't come back to read them...but I did come back, Im not proud, just crazy
    Am I a grumpy Yorkshireman - yes...grew up in Scarborough and miss the beer
    download and install "The Classic Shell" ....I will try just for interest.
    Going back to Windows 7 may create a new set of problems...we will see....I have Dell premium support and they sympathise and will help.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7 ....many thanks looks a great set of advice.

    OK...lets do it...get me out of here.
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  10. #10


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Let's do what? Roll you onward to Windows 8.1? Roll you back to Windows 7? Microsoft blue-disk or OEM? I had Austin TX Altex roll my laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 7 Professional, it COSTS me, however, I'm happy that all computers speak the same OS [Microsoft blue-disk x64], and no more unfixable explorer.exe and unfixable Network & Sharing Center access denied. Those I can fix in Windows 7 via Tweaking.com's Windows Repair (All in One), but not in Windows 8, only a complete Win8 reinstall fixed Win8.
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