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

  1. #21


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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Quote Originally Posted by Explorertml View Post
    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

    Or, you can do like most people, and simply install "Classic Shell", and bring back the full, normal desktop experience....

    Classic Shell.... free and easy....

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  2. #22


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center © 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    I recently installed the Windows 8.1 preview version of the much anticipated "code name: Blue" update, which is still yet to be released to manufacturing (RTM) this upcoming October. The few changes made to the Windows 8 platform by the new update is negligible at best! Most of the changes can be attributed to fixing "so-called" navigation issues as reported by numerous Windows 8 upgrade customers. Users now have the ability to choose via the new Taskbar & Navigation properties how they want Windows 8.1 to start. Some users will be happy to know there is now an option to start Windows directly into the Desktop mode as oppose to the earlier version's Metro mode, which is all about apps and tiles. Microsoft also decided to bring back the Start button to the left side of the taskbar. However, it's nothing like the old Windows Start button and menu.

    The new button essentially takes the user to the same old Windows 8 Start menu of tiles, but once there, users can click on a tiny little button to the lower-left of the screen that allows users to expand the start menu to show all programs and apps.

    New changes to the Change PC Settings menu include make it function more as a Metro Style side Control Panel. Users can do more with Bluetooth, Networking, etc... The biggest change I can see is the improvements to the search Windows 8.1 feature. They've provided access to search from various locations where it previously didn't exist in the previous version of Windows 8.

    I happened to have Windows Media Center installed, so the Windows 8.1 update also provides a few extras the Media Center as well. A copy of Cyberlink's Power DVD 10 was added for playing back Blue-ray media.

    Lastly, much needed changes were made to the Microsoft Store app. Users can now see a list the store's content at a glance by accessing a drop menu that has the store app's content listed by category. They've also added a previously missing search field to the Microsoft store app, which allows users to search the store by entering a specific app name rather than having to scroll through every app in the store to find what you're looking for.

    That said... Windows 8.1 (Code Name: Blue) seems to be a forward-looking approach to addressing the many complaints of its customers who decided to upgrade to the previous version of windows 8. There are new navigation fixes, security fixes, added features and the ability to do more in the way of personalizing the new OS to fit the user's needs.

    I know... Microsoft kind of dropped the ball with its first attempt at windows 8, but they obviously heard those of us who called them to task on it and are now attempting to get back on track with the upcoming RTM release of Windows 8.1 (Code Name: Blue).

    Good Job!!!
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  3. #23


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center © 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post
    Its no where close to what I want.

    It's kind of weird how no one seems to complain when Apple releases a new so-called upgrade phone every 6 months or so with very little in the way of anything new to add to it or make it better. This type sparing update release method costs Apple users hundreds of dollars, but they'll wait in long lines to be the first to buy their very own set of "The emperor's New Clothes."

    On the other hand... Microsoft changed it's whole game for it's customers to make life more simple only to find we'd much rather be spoon feed as slowly as Apple's consumer base.
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  4. #24


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center © 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    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

    I hear you... I'm not so keen on the new Live Tiles either. Tiles are simply another word for app. It seems both Apple and Google have the market cornered on those, which are basically an access point for cloud services of all kinds. We need to just face it and get use to it. Gone are the days where it all happens locally on your hard drive and we had some semblance of ownership over the programs and media we use to purchase. How better to track our habits than by making everything we do available in the cloud?
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  5. #25


    Canberra
    Posts : 135
    Win 8 x64 Pro


    How do programs like Classic Shell and Start8 work with 8.1? I'm assuming one would have to disable their start buttons now 8.1 has one but will pressing the Windows key on the keyboard bring up the start menu if either of these are installed?
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  6. #26


    Satrt8 doesn't work, but Classic Shell 3.7.1 works fine with one minor issue: Windows 8.1 Start Button bitmap appears over the Classic Shell one when you pass mouse over, but it's just a visual issue.

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  7. #27


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Explorertml View Post
    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...
    What makes people think Windows 9 will be better? That's future that we cannot predict without the Spice Melange...

    The way things go now,
    The longer you wait the worst is gonna get: 9 will carry on 8's legacy and your 7 UI would not even resemble 9.

    Good luck upgrading/switching when the time comes. I'm serious.
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  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post
    Its no where close to what I want.

    It's kind of weird how no one seems to complain when Apple releases a new so-called upgrade phone every 6 months or so with very little in the way of anything new to add to it or make it better. This type sparing update release method costs Apple users hundreds of dollars, but they'll wait in long lines to be the first to buy their very own set of "The emperor's New Clothes."

    On the other hand... Microsoft changed it's whole game for it's customers to make life more simple only to find we'd much rather be spoon feed as slowly as Apple's consumer base.
    Well, thats different, apple's phone came and gone, it was just a question of time, no one gives ***** about it anymore, its bugs is its features, plus it just a phone, whereas here we are talking about windows 8 - a try to combine mobile and desktop os in one, which shouldnt be happening at all, and plus 8.1 - a fail to fix issues, that were made by microsoft itself, but somehow many people doesnt see it.
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  9. #29


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    Quad Boot Windows 8.1 Pro Preview®x64 Windows 8 Pro®x64 Windows 7 Ultimate®x64 Ubuntu 13.04®x64


    It is normal human behavior to resist or dislike change... years from now we'll be using Windows12 and complaining that it's nothing like our beloved Windows11.
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  10. #30


    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    It is normal human behavior to resist or dislike change... years from now we'll be using Windows12 and complaining that it's nothing like our beloved Windows11.
    ... and waiting for Windows 13 anxiously !

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