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Five reasons Windows 8.1 is a winner

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    Five reasons Windows 8.1 is a winner


    Windows 8.1 has gone a long way towards fixing some but certainly not all of Windows 8's woes. Here are five ways Windows 8.1 improves upon Windows 8.
    Boot to the desktop
    Yes, it's finally here. With Windows 8.1, when you log in you can bypass the Start screen, and go straight to the desktop. Given that many people use powerful desktop apps rather than the more anemic Modern-style apps, this is a very big deal.
    Five reasons Windows 8.1 is a winner | Computerworld Blogs

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    Toronto
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit


    Yea Right!

    Windows 8 Pro or your new Windows Blue just ranked by Experts to be listed to 2nd place next to Windows Vista

    Windows 8 Pro and Windows Blue are not to be run on Desktops and High End Laptops and don't listen to Microsoft, Windows 8 and Blue are only for Tablets only
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    Vista and Win7


    Given that many people use powerful desktop apps rather than the more anemic Modern-style apps, this is a very big deal.
    And the winner is - 1 click saved. If that is the essence of 8.1, I will continue with /7.
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    Windows 7 - Linux (Ubuntu & Zorin) - XP


    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    So you don't like Windows 8 and you think it's terrible? Or you love it and you think it's the most wonderful OS ever? Good. Either way you have lots of company. There's no need to tell us the same thing a half-dozen times. Got anything else you'd like to contribute?
    yes, I'll contribute... Windows 8.1 just made Windows 8 look good
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Love the 8.1 update. Works beautifully on my desktop and Surface Pro! Aside from some quirky mouse scrolling on the start screen, Twitter, etc., and some of the new apps not installing, I know this is a preview and i'm fine with that. Been waiting for the sync capability and adjustable app sizing and it is so nice to be able to browse and watch flash video at the same time in Modern IE and not have to be limited in my viewing window. Awesome! Now they just need to hurry up and port phone apps with WP8.1.
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    Windows 7 x64


    Windows 8.1 is great, tablet or desktop. Not sure why if you dont like it, that you continue to read or post in a forum about Windows 8. You hate it, then stay on Win 7 or whatever else then. Windows 8/8.1 is fully functional for a tablet or desktop.
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit

    Looking agreeable from my side of the mirror


    Most people already have their most used program shortcuts, on taskbar or desktop. MS had to give in a little bit.


    I kind of liked the hidden live peek preview start rectangle screen shortcut, or whatever you call it.
    But I guess living with visible start screen button is ok.

    By being able to make very small tiles, the start screen does not have to be in ones face anymore,
    scaling well with desktop. The start screen has simple and quick apps, which are fine. The start Screen is my playground. Desktop is my work center.

    Anyway, now that MS have put cascading ability in WinX menu, (Shutdown/restart),
    it won't be too long before someone hacks it, to include a traditional alphabetized programs start menu.

    Yes, even losing a megaton of money, MS will not go back to old start menu.
    Last edited by Brink; 01 Jul 2013 at 13:39. Reason: removed quote from cleanup
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    Windows 7 - Linux (Ubuntu & Zorin) - XP


    I think the whole Windows 8 thing, is a disjointed mess.

    the new App Store is just a mess, they added new visuals of the same old options, made it harder to find things, once you start reviewing the apps they are only on 2 lines, how long will it take to go through thousands of apps, totally stupid. They need an app Store in the same format as Google Chromes. Of course Chrome actually has apps you can use.

    They should have called this Windows Metro as originally planned for touch screens only.


    • the Start button is a joke
    • they removed WEI (why?)
    • they just made it 2x as hard to pin items (they should have made it mandatory on installing an app to ask whether you want it pinned to start, taskbar or a desktop icon), why make you manually do it?
    • having apps automatically update in the background is horrible. I want to know which apps are being updated, and I decide when to update them. Then I can test to see the difference.
    • the new visuals are hideous in my opinion, hope they include the old ones
    • 1/2 my software wouldn't install (whats up with that?) it worked in Windows 8
    • Media Center is broke, netflix doesn't work and other plugins that used to work are no longer functional


    just to name a few fails, hardly a winner
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    Windows 7 Enterprise (x64), Windows 8 Enterprise (x64), Windows Server 2012


    @KarterJK

    I will add missing a better functional on-screen keyboard. Some of us need F5 F4 etc. Ugh! I also don't like how they change the app store, it was much better before. I hope MS tweaks this a lot more before the GOLD release. -WS
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    Quote Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
    @KarterJK

    I will add, missing a better functional on-screen keyboard. Some of us need F5 F4 etc.

    I don't understand. Win 8 and 8.1 have both the Touch Keyboard and the On Screen Keyboard.
    The on screen one has Fn function keys available.
    Last edited by Brink; 01 Jul 2013 at 13:39. Reason: fixed quote
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