After about an hour, it was decent to use. I find it easier to find things by clicking the Microsoft button and typing what I want instead of clicking the start button, waiting, and then scrolling up and down trying to find what I need.
Personally, I like it a lot, but I find Windows Server 2012 a bit hard right now. It too will take some time to get used to.
Win8 was stupid, on a desktop. On a tablet, or a phone with a nice clear, small touch screen and big fat fingers it works fine.
On a desktop, with two 22" non touch monitors and a mouse? No thanks. A massive backwards step in UI design compared with Win7.
So...out comes the 8.1 update, after only a year of paying customers says "no - I'd rather upgrade back to Win 7". Is it enough? No. It's better than Win8 was - but it's still a PITA to use in comparison in many ways, and feels like a hurried "bodge".
They clearly didn't listen again - no surprises there - but you would have thought that after the Vista fun and games they would have at least tried sooner and harder.
I'll wait for Whine and see what we get there - I skipped Vista completely, so I'll probably do the same with Weight.
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Personally, the improvements to memory usage and file performance more than justified the effort of installing a Start Menu replacement. The "Modern UI" is an awful idea on a desktop system - I never touch it.
"If you don't fail at least 90 percent of the time, you're not aiming high enough."
I feel discriminated against, there should be an option for those of us who have never touched an 8.* system. I work in a financial institution - super conservative with their OS. I bought my last home system just as 8 came out and it has not worn out yet.
I suppose I will have to get one some time but I figure to hold out for W9, I managed to duck Vista so I'm on a roll here.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Window is a product so versioning is ongoing thing, but How many of us really knows the difference between win8 and win8.1. ?
Few months back me and my friend had same confusion about windows 2008 and windows 2008 R2, So the main question remain unanswered, How efficiently we deal with Windows ? Do we really use/take advantage of each functionality present in windows ?
I have seen many peoples installed Windows server 2008 on their laptop and use it for multimedia purpose, playing songs, videos
It makes me think...
The user experience difference much more. Since upgrading from 8 to 8.1 most of my metro apps stopped working, including the store itself. This is more than annoyance. I tried resetting the store, resintalling stuff, clearing caches and download folders. Nothing seems to work. Microsofts response : reinstall Windows, which will cause you to lose all applications and downloaded content, but keep your documents. The documents are the least of my problems. The downloaded and installed 1,5Tb of applications poses a much more serious concern.
To top it off, I downloaded (through Windows update) a new hotfix over the weekend, hoping it would resolve some of these issues. It turns out that I can't open ANY metro apps anymore. Even Minesweeper is bombing out now (pun intended).
I really don't want to go through a reinstall again after just 2 months.