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Still Running Windows 8.0


Vince800

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#1
This isn't a technical thread as such. Just wondering if any of you are still running Windows 8.0 instead of 8.1?

Don't get me wrong, I do realise that Windows 8.0 will be going out of support in January 2016, chances are Windows 9 should be out by then so that should be a suitable upgrade. I have also deployed 8.1 very successfully throughout most of the computers at work and a Windows 2012 R2 solution for RDS. Still running Windows 8.0 is just a choice I make on my main personal machine.

These are all just opinions.

I just don't like the way Windows 8.1 seems to be so fragmented, it's as if it isn't sure what it wants to be. The most annoying thing is how the tiles on the start screen take the main colour of the icons background. This looks like a complete mess once most tiles are pinned to the start screen, especially for application icons which are almost a solid colour.

The way the taskbar shows up over ModernUI apps and the start screen is another thing which just seems like a quickly put together solution. It's as if they were going to make the ModernUI apps windowed in 8.1 but stopped half way through leaving it with half done sort of solution. Especially the way the title bar and close/minimise buttons do not always show up as expected.

The start button seems like a pointless addition. I understand that it's a visual cue to reduce confusion. I totally agree with this and that it's on by default but where's the option to switch it off. I find it totally unnecessary, the way Windows 8.0 works is fine for me.

There are also more apps in 8.1 which cannot be removed. In 8.0 it's possible to uninstall every single app except the Store. Since the defaults have changed to desktop apps when being used on a desktop, why not have the option to remove apps such as Pictures, Camera, OneDrive etc. These can all be removed in 8.0 so I can install just the apps which I want to use.


The OneDrive integration in 8.1 seems stupid too. I use a local account, in 8.0 I'm unable to uninstall the OneDrive app and install the desktop version instead. Due to the OneDrive integration in 8.1 the only possible way to use OneDrive is to the pin OneDrive website to the taskbar. In a Domain environment it's possible to attach a Microsoft Account to the Domain account. It would have been good to have this option for local accounts too.

Does anyone else agree or have you all upgraded to 8.1?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Professional
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 840
    Motherboard
    Biostar TA870
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD R7 360
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 22EA63
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Anti Virus

mdmd

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#2
Does anyone else agree or have you all upgraded to 8.1?
Yes! Server 2012 Standard (nt 6.2 / Windows 8.0) are the systems used on this machine.

http://www.eightforums.com/chillout-room/47896-reporting.html#post390425

Server 2012
server 8.0 start.jpg

Server 2012 / 8.0 (nt 6.2) will be used going forward.

Apps installed.
... 5-0 Scanner, Background Wallpapers HD, iHeart Radio, Netflix, Concert Online, Grantophone, Drudge Plus, Bing Maps App, Slacker Radio, Geico App, Music Maker Jam, Metro Clock, Tom's Hardware, TuneIn Radio, Weather App, WinBeta, YouTube Search and Download, NWS - NOAA Weather Prediction, Relaxing Rain, ClubTV, France24, La Times, Chicago Times, Pinball, Weight BMI Tracker Apps etc...
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Server 2012 / 8.0
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7 QuadCore 3770k
    Motherboard
    Asrock Extreme 4
    Memory
    16GB Crucial Ballistix
    Graphics Card(s)
    intel embedded gpu
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster Z
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC / Westinghouse
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Plextor pcie msata
    PSU
    Rosewill Silent Night 500W Fanless / PicoPSU
    Case
    open bench - no case enclosure
    Cooling
    Silverstone HEO2 Passive Silent
    Keyboard
    logitech washable K310
    Mouse
    logitech wired
    Browser
    ie / maxthon
    Other Info
    Totally silent. No fans at all.

LADYPINKtomato1

LADYPINKtomato1
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#3
With all the confusion at the beginning offers for 8.1, along with issues, many had,
I decided to just keep mine with 8.0.
All this time between the first offer of 8.1, reading this forum, I knew my decision was right for me .
I've NOT been wrong.
Thanks for your info. on 8.1
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 - 64 bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer 7540-1284.(Special pkg made for HSN )
    CPU
    Processor:Intel- B960
    Memory
    3GB Memory , 320 GH HDD
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics -ATI Radeon HD 4200 Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3 HD+LED LCO
    Hard Drives
    M300 ( 2.0 GHz,1MB L2 Cache)
    320 GH HHD

    Up to 1407 MB HyperMemory
    Case
    Laptop 17.3" HD+ LED LCD
    Keyboard
    Full size keyboard plus number pad( 5 full rows of keys )
    Mouse
    Touch pad..( I have a portable mouse I use )
    Internet Speed
    I don't know
    Browser
    I E 10, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast
    Other Info
    DVD Super Multi DL drive

    Acer Nplify 802.11 b/g/n

    6 cell Li-ion battery

    plus a lot more ...I do NOT need

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