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Windows 8.1 first look: Finally, Windows the way you want

  1. #11


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


    Hi there

    I'm not really one for the whole Tile stuff so I'm afraid I'm never going to completely like W8 but at least I've got BOOT to desktop and I tend to use custom toolbars so I don't miss or really need a "Classic" menu. I do like the Search though.

    seems fine by me (apart from the whole Tile stuff which isn't for me) -- I'm still testing in a VM -- my problem is that I want the Enterprise version -- the Preview is only Windows 8 Pro -- I really need the Windows to Go app (and that's Enterprise only).

    IE11 seems OK although some problems with things like Online Banking and some other "secure" type websites which deny me access with a message Your browser is not a supported version - please UPDATE it" !!!! --- I suppose we'll probably have to wait 3 years or so before some Off shored overpaid consultancy group gets round to fixing this. Typical of shoddy off shored stuff these days -- however what else does one expect from BANKS -- to actually give their customers a decent Service -- Ms would probably be developing the next OS for APPLE before that happened. !!!

    Otherwise so far so good -- no problems installing anything I need. Still playing around with customisation.

    Windows 2012 R2 server looks good too -- also available from TechNet -- trying out the ReFs new file system Windows CLIENTS BTW can access this FS both for read and write -- although note the BOOT disk (partition) on W2012 server cannot be ReFs.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #12


    I did a clean install of 8.1 on a VM and so far it behaves well. The start screen is more customizable than before and that's a good thing. Nothing seems to be broken.

    New Start button is as useless as a screen door on a submarine. It basically does what the old "drag mouse to lower left corber and click" move did in 8.0.

    It seems that the new start menu is improved in terms of search functionality and also the ease of access to all my apps.

    I'm glad to see the straight-to-desktop navigation.

    Overall I'd say it's a slight improvement but more could be done. Maybe by the final release we'll see more improvement. If you're expectiong a major overhaul of 8.0, though, you're going to be disappointed.

    I plan to try the Windows Store upgrade route from the VHD copy of Win8 that I use in a dual boot with Windows 7. We'll see how that goes.
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  3. #13


    Toronto
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit


    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is the worst OS Microsoft has ever made next to Vista

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is only really to be used or installed on tablet type of devices and don't let these clowns at Microsoft tell you or fool you that this new Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 is great for Desktop or High End Laptops cuz that's far from the truth

    I will keep all of my Desktops and Laptops on with Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit Version until Windows 9 Pro 64-bit gets released in the spring of May 2015...

    Windows 8 or Windows Blue Sucks! for Desktops and Laptops the 2nd worse OS ever made by Microsoft ever...
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by Explorertml View Post
    I will keep all of my Desktops and Laptops on with Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit Version until Windows 9 Pro 64-bit gets released in the spring of May 2015...
    As a consumer, you don't even have the ability to get a license for Enterprise.
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  5. #15


    Toronto
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Explorertml View Post
    I will keep all of my Desktops and Laptops on with Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit Version until Windows 9 Pro 64-bit gets released in the spring of May 2015...
    As a consumer, you don't even have the ability to get a license for Enterprise.
    Well if you are the Head of IT within a large Banking company like I am, Windows 7 Enterprise 32-Bit or 64-bit is very easy to get licenses and full activation...

    Windows 8 Pro and Windows Blue are both terrible OS systems to load on your desktop or high end laptop wait till Windows 9 Pro rolls out in two years then all of you will say for sure Windows Vista and Windows 8Pro and Blue have been the worse of the worse in fact garbage if your not running Windows 8 Pro or Blue on a Tablet Device.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by Explorertml View Post
    Well if you are the Head of IT within a large Banking company like I am, Windows 7 Enterprise 32-Bit or 64-bit is very easy to get licenses and full activation...
    Of course, you "could" just use your companies MAK key...but that doesn't make it exactly legal. I run my companies MSDN and manage our enterprise agreements...but I don't borrow and use corporate licenses for personal use.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 149
    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1


    Several 8.1 threads so not sure where this belongs but I am extremely disappointed in MS.

    I had the option for the $19.99 upgrade (I think that was the price) because I had purchased a Win 7 laptop shortly before Win 8 was released. Based on reviews and my research I decided I didn't want the OS as I didn't have a touchscreen computer so I didn't really see a lot of benefit. So now barely six months later they release 8.1 which seems to have resolved most of the issues non touch screen users had. But I can't get it without paying full price. MS should have some sort of discount available but of course they want. Yes I know it is my fault but still I am disappointed (and I am a Microsoft shareholder too).
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  8. #18


    Toronto
    Posts : 82
    Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Explorertml View Post
    Well if you are the Head of IT within a large Banking company like I am, Windows 7 Enterprise 32-Bit or 64-bit is very easy to get licenses and full activation...
    Of course, you "could" just use your companies MAK key...but that doesn't make it exactly legal. I run my companies MSDN and manage our enterprise agreements...but I don't borrow and use corporate licenses for personal use.

    Sorry mate your wrong I don't use my Companies personal and paid for Enterprise keys as your suggesting I have my own Enterprise key for my only use from Microsoft, I am a partner with Microsoft for over 20 years and trust me there is no need to be using any ones or companies keys the last time I checked

    Mr PParks1,

    FYI I have been a MSDN member for over 20 years and also a TechNet member for again over 20 years and one more note, I am a Microsoft Certified Engineer in the area of Operating Systems and Hardware Driver Design just a little info in regards to my back round and by the way I am also a tear 3 tester for Microsoft Canada besides being head of IT in a major and leading Bank within Canada
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  9. #19


    Toronto
    Posts : 82
    Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    Several 8.1 threads so not sure where this belongs but I am extremely disappointed in MS.

    I had the option for the $19.99 upgrade (I think that was the price) because I had purchased a Win 7 laptop shortly before Win 8 was released. Based on reviews and my research I decided I didn't want the OS as I didn't have a touchscreen computer so I didn't really see a lot of benefit. So now barely six months later they release 8.1 which seems to have resolved most of the issues non touch screen users had. But I can't get it without paying full price. MS should have some sort of discount available but of course they want. Yes I know it is my fault but still I am disappointed (and I am a Microsoft shareholder too).

    Bru,

    hang tight till windows 9 arrives or go back to Windows 7 Ultimate and don't touch windows 8 or Windows blue this is the 2nd place worse and garbage next to Windows Vista stay on Windows 7 for a couple of years Windows 9 is nice I am have been testing it for the last 3 months
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  10. #20


    Norwich, UK
    Posts : 85
    Windows 8 Pro


    I don't know what they have changed, but it must be more than cosmetic. My USB 3.0 will not work properly in 8.1 and falls back to USB 2.0 speeds. I had this issue in 8 as well, but I installed the 3.0 drivers from my mobo manufacturers site, and they worked. 8.1 won't let my USB ports work at all with the downloaded drivers.

    Overall I quite like it, I'm not 8s biggest fan, but they fixed a couple of niggles for me, (mainly search and snap) and introduced a feature I've wanted since 7; My Computer and Libraries all in one place. If I ever don't open something through search I start in one f those 2 places... so ideal!
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