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Citi: Windows 8.1 Wont Save Microsoft

  1. #11


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


    I wholeheartedly agree with all the suggested restore items that have been listed.

    However, back to reality, I've been using W8 now for about 4 or 5 months and the only third party app is StartIsBack, with Modern and charms turned off totally. And it runs very well, with only a few minor annoying glitches. Have also imported W7 games.

    Safe mode is always useful to have, but with all data stored on either, or both, a second internal SSD HD; eSATA HD or USB3 external HD ... coupled with an Acronis backup image of the OS. Even if the whole OS is zapped, it's a 12 minute job to restore the whole OS with all third party stuff. And another 10 mins to restore all data.

    Whenever I repair/reinstall a PC for someone, I always first save their User folder and AppData to an external media. After restore I do an Acronis image of their OS without personal data, which I restore at the end.

    However, it never ceases to amaze me how reluctant people are to invest a few $$$ in an external USB or eSATA HD, and regularly update their backed up personal data to the external media. Or if that's too much effort, at least put it into cloud storage. With cloud storage I'm talking about stuff like photos, emails, etc ... not high security stuff.

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  2. #12


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    You can still get into safe mode without relying on thirdparty apps. Just open the RUN command and type in MSCONFIG. When the box opensclick on the BOOT tab and then check SAFE BOOT. It will then boot into safemode. But you have to be sure to change it back because it will continue toboot into safe mode until you change it back.
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  3. #13


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


    Thanks Frank. That's a useful piece of information that saves a lot of messing around.
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  4. #14


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Not a lot of help if you can't get to the RUN command in the first place.


    Wenda.
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  5. #15


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Not a lot of help if you can't get to the RUN command in the first place.


    Wenda.
    You can't get the RUN command? Just get on the Start pageand hit the letter "R". You will see a few icons that start with theletter "R". Click on the one that says "Run"
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  6. #16


    I have been reading all the pros and cons of Windows 8 and I guess I will have to throw in my 2 cents. I have been fortunate in being able to acquire a new laptop, an Asus K55n, the clerk at Best Buy said it was so new at the time they hadn't put it on display. Prior, I had an Acer A0720 that dual booted Windows 7 and 8 Pro. Now it's in my wife's possession minus Windows 8. I took that license key and upgraded the Windows 8 that came with this laptop to Windows 8 Pro.
    Now, I do like Windows 8 but I have Start8 and Modern Mix installed here because most of my programs, like Office 2007, I obtained when I had Windows 7. Start8, you know what it does, and Modern Mix I like for one thing it gives me Win7 style closing. And it it mixes well with Windows 8. Windows 8, I use mainly as a dashboard, so I am able to see my information at a glance, such as mail, weather, news, etc. Now the key word here is money.
    I can't afford to upgrade my programs and I would like a Windows 8 tablet, etc. but it's not in the picture yet. I believe this to be the case for a lot of people. You talk about PC sales, well believe it or not the economy is not that good. I can see someone wanting a new PC but just can't afford it. You hear about cheap tablets, pushed to be like a PC , and suddenly they don't look to be so bad. Now remember we are talking about the population in general and these are the kinds of decisions they have to make. Sure, it's cheap and it looks like it will do what I need. It's not that they don't want the PC, it's plain economics. And of course the people that have a working PC, wanting to upgrade, but just can't.
    Anyway, I have to say Windows 8 works without any problems on my PC. I use it mainly for Office tasks for work and I do some light programming. Of course the usual email, not Facebook, but I do use Twitter. I have adapted it for my needs. Your mileage may vary. I haven't seen anything in desktop mode that I couldn't do in Windows 7.
    What I want to see is more of the help attitude that you usually see in forums.
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  7. #17


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Not a lot of help if you can't get to the RUN command in the first place.


    Wenda.
    You can't get the RUN command? Just get on the Start pageand hit the letter "R". You will see a few icons that start with theletter "R". Click on the one that says "Run"


    And if the OS won't boot?

    If you can't start the OS, you can't access the RUN command.

    Yes, there are hacks and 3rd-party programs.

    But something so basic as Safe Mode should have been left alone.


    Wenda.
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  8. #18


    Melbourne
    Posts : 38
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64


    [QUOTE=legacy7955;243056]
    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    The three most important things MS NEEDS to do with Windows 8.1

    1) Boot directly to desktop as default selection (DONE!)

    2) Return TRADITIONAL START MENU along with TRADITIONAL START BUTTON in the DESKTOP mode.

    3) Return the FULL F8 safe mode facility functionality to at least the desktop mode.
    4) Restore Aero Glass effects.
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  9. #19


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Not a lot of help if you can't get to the RUN command in the first place.


    Wenda.
    You can't get the RUN command? Just get on the Start pageand hit the letter "R". You will see a few icons that start with theletter "R". Click on the one that says "Run"

    And if the OS won't boot?

    If you can't start the OS, you can't access the RUN command.

    Yes, there are hacks and 3rd-party programs.

    But something so basic as Safe Mode should have been left alone.


    Wenda.
    You have a good point there, Wenda. If it won't boot you certainly can't get to the run command.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 21
    Win 8 Pro 64 bit


    [QUOTE=TanyaC;243292]
    Quote Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    The three most important things MS NEEDS to do with Windows 8.1

    1) Boot directly to desktop as default selection (DONE!)

    2) Return TRADITIONAL START MENU along with TRADITIONAL START BUTTON in the DESKTOP mode.

    3) Return the FULL F8 safe mode facility functionality to at least the desktop mode.
    4) Restore Aero Glass effects.
    Use Windows 7. Problem solved.
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