* * * * WINDOWS 8 - 8.1 Pro * * * * *
Recently I have been flooded with phone calls & post in regard to the new Windows 8 as well as 8.1 & 8.1 Pro, most users have the same question? How do I make it work so I can understand it as well as make it more user friendly so I have decided to give you options & my opinion on the related topic. Windows 8 was designed for notebooks as well as tablets & smart phones ( TOUCHSCREENS SPECIFICALLY ). As for the normal desktop user it has drawbacks & most users claim they are NOT happy with the structure as it takes entirely too much time to simply open a file or surf the web the way the are a custom to in the older Windows structure. With that being said it does have it's benefit as well, graphically it is excellent & offers less CPU & memory leaks within the framed structure which in return means your system performance levels are increased depending on the structure of components inatalled. Let's face it, most users go to Wal-Mart or other discount stores & purchase HP or Lenovo base systems which offer little yet they are not meant to do much other than surf, e-mail, play games or social network like FaceBook or even Twitter ect. ect.. If this sounds like you, don't feel alone as this is the purpose of most users & is expectedly normal however I will say the following tips can increase your satisfaction using the system in which will come with the newest Operating System installed. Windows 8 or 8.1 . I recently purchased 8.1 Pro & I myself was at first dumbfounded not knowing or understanding all the tiles, the Metro screen & the other various movements required to get around the structure. I was at first as many of you may be frustrated in not understanding the purpose yet I can tell you now after watching videos & reading various articles, I get it! The structure was made to make everything compatible across the board so this means Desktops, laptops, Tablets, Smart Phones, Notepads, Notebooks, thinkpads all have the same operating system so each can be compatible with the other which creates less volume of software to make them work well together. The Problem is they were NOT taking into consideration the normal desktop user therefore we are in a world of our own but after studying the issues there are alternatives to make your experience MUCH EASIER as well as stay in touch just the same with the other various system platforms ie. Tablets, Smart Phones, Notepads, Notebooks, thinkpads. The alternatives I've read about each offer a different solution but basically maintain the same goal, I have placed them in order as the BEST to the Worst. After trying each I can say I have installed the Best one & it only cost me $4.95 & I wouldn't trade it for any of the other options!
( 1 ) RetroUI * Get The Start Menu Back * : http://retroui.com/default.asp
So how does it work for me? Excellent! What is the purpose? I can now have the Start Menu back & not have to deal with the Metro screen unless I want to or find a need to simply learn how Windows 8 / 8.1 or even 8.1 Pro works from the start screen. This program is a MUST have for those whom find the new Start Up menu to be complicated & it also servers a even MORE beneficial purpose, it allows ME to control how I want to see the pages & I can even control the Start Menu, Taskbar & the related processes very much the same as previous Windows Operating Systems. Users whom have found this program will tell you it is EXCELLENT & offers the best solution for any user.
( 2 ) Start8 * Reframed Start Menu * : http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/
Much like RetroUI, Start8 is another simply good solution to the replacement yet offers less control & it also offers less user interface but it does get the job done. In the Start8 menu you can basically perform the same interface yet it has one lacking feature compared to RetroUI, you can not adjust the taskbar as much nor can you control the Windows 8 Metro Screen when it has control of the user Administrative values therefore I made RetroUI my #1 choice. It isn't a necessity to have the control but I may differ in opinion the I bought it so I control it. I don't want to have to turn it off to perform any operation I normally would. Even tho its free, the control of it remains useless in my opinion.
( 3 ) ClassicShell * User Installed Shell * : http://www.classicshell.net/
I selected this as the last option as most user will find this difficult when installing it & as well as setting it up & I found other issues with it. After installing the software it actually breaks the Windows 8 user interface which causes registry issues. Fixing registry issues is for most common users difficult to say the least so most purchase un-needed software to repair the damaged files which in the case of Classic Shell gets broke every time you may wish to repair your registry files. With that being said unless you know how to repair registry files & don't mind doing so to keep the program running, this may be your option. It's free but in my opinion not worth the hassle!
I hope this helps you in understanding you do have options related as to how to control the way you use your system Start Up in Windows 8 or 8.1 or 8.1 Pro. I don't understand why Microsoft didn't step up to the plate & make this as a option from the conception but maybe they felt they already had enough to deal with on the various platforms they intended for it to be installed on.Before I finish:
many have asked me which Windows Operating System thus far is the best? Simple answer 8.1 Pro as it is screaming
& has the most to offer from the simple user all the way through to the advanced users. It also includes fixes for some of the small related issues found within Windows 8. If you have questions or comments about this article, feel free to post them. Enjoy