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So, I'm finally seriously considering switching to 8.1. However, I have a bad feeling that there are things that I would hate about it that I just don't know about yet. So, this question is for 4 different kinds of people: 1. People who own Windows 8.1 who are still using it, 2. People who own it but are no longer using it, 3. People who used to own it who have since gotten rid of it entirely, or 4. People who haven't tried it yet but have done a TON of research on it and now they know all of the reasons why they would never want to use it.

 

Please note: I love keyboard shortcuts. So, if there are any keyboard shortcuts that you used to use in Windows 7 that don't exist in Windows 8.1, then please tell me about them.

 

 

Thank you.

 

 

P.S.

Don't tell me to use Linux or any other alternative operating system. This discussion is only about the possibility of switching from Windows 7 to 8.1 and what I might not like about it - if anything. Period. ;)

 

 

 

Edit: I'd say that I no longer need answers to this original post. I was trying to find out if there were others who hated or disliked things about Windows 8.1 that I would dislike. As the thread went on, I suddenly got the idea to see if there's a free trial of Windows 8.1. As luck would have it, there's still a 90-Day Enterprise Evaluation that I am trying right now (and loving every minute of it):

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-run-windows-8-1-for-free-for-90-days/

 

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh699156.aspx

 

Thanks to StartIsBack, Gadgets Revived and Old New Explorer, I have duplicated the environment that I have in Windows 7 right down to the very last detail - well, except for the flat look. :) To my surprise, I don't mind that look so much. It's fresh. Y'know? Plus, there's the automatic color changer, and I have hundreds of wallpapers with the Slide Show set to change them every 30 seconds. So, I get a new window color every 30 seconds too, and that keeps it fresh even longer. lol :) I'm really liking it. It's kind of making Windows 7 seem like a lifeless version of Windows 8.1. Sort of. I still enjoy Aero Glass quite a bit.


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I still use windows 8. Mostly because I don't have my windows 7 disk anymore. The number one thing I hate about windows 8 is metro. I gave it a month and a half and just couldn't stand having a fullscreen start menu. So I downloaded classic shell and been using that as my start screen replacement for about a year now.

Some other minor annoyances are the inability to remove some metro apps in windows 8.1 that where once removable in windows 8. The camera and photo apps for example. You can remove there shortcuts but can't uninstall it like you once could.
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For me the switch wasn't bad at all because I always even in 7 use to hit Windows Key + Type app name I wanted. If you do this you will rarely see metro. Only thing I changed was default is when I login to go to desktop. if I want to open something Windows key and app name its open... the metro screen flashes for all of 2 seconds and its gone


give it a try worst case you can always go back to 7 because its not going anyway anytime soon wink.gif
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What's to hate? It's faster overall in everything (in some areas more than others), and there are start menu replacements if you're absolutely dead set on staying in the year 2011 tongue.gif
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I still use windows 8. Mostly because I don't have my windows 7 disk anymore. The number one thing I hate about windows 8 is metro. I gave it a month and a half and just couldn't stand having a fullscreen start menu. So I downloaded classic shell and been using that as my start screen replacement for about a year now.

Some other minor annoyances are the inability to remove some metro apps in windows 8.1 that where once removable in windows 8. The camera and photo apps for example. You can remove there shortcuts but can't uninstall it like you once could.

 

I don't know yet if I'd be bothered by not being able to uninstall them.

 

Is there anything that you don't like about Classic Shell?

 

Also, what's this?

 

33a905e1_D1OBEF1.png 

 

Is this really the 8.1 start menu?

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We've re-hashed this many times on OCN so I'll keep it short & sweet:

I hate ribbons (vs drop down menus), touch interface on a desktop PC, the flat look of desktop programs, UAC (more difficult to eradicate completely on Win8)

Most of this *can* be corrected with tweaks and 3rd party programs, however.

Sticking with Win7 for the foreseeable future here.
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I am on 8.1 and have no issues with it whatsoever. I had a hard time finding a working driver for my wonky old Netgear wireless USB stick; but even that worked out fine in the end. I have found no compatibility issues with old games I own or anything (as I have my entire Steam library installed and play old games regularly). I don't use too many keyboard shortcuts, so I can't help you there.

One thing I will say is that I upgraded to hopefully get better performance out of games, and I have seen some gains. I don't use the Windows metro interface at all... upon boot I immediate flip to desktop mode and never look back. I have not installed a Windows 8 or 8.1 app, nor do I plan on it haha. The start button in 8.1 just flips you back to metro mode, so it is utterly useless IMO. And the file structure under the metro part, if you can even call it that, is atrocious for mouse users. I always customize my Windows setup like crazy anyways; I don't need metro thank you very much thumb.gif

Hope that helps in some way.
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Never used it, but installed it on a friends PC. I hate the fact that it is all tiles like its made for tablet, as apposed to being made for a PC.
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that for whatever reason, half my steam games don't work on 8.1
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For me the switch wasn't bad at all because I always even in 7 use to hit Windows Key + Type app name I wanted. If you do this you will rarely see metro. Only thing I changed was default is when I login to go to desktop. if I want to open something Windows key and app name its open... the metro screen flashes for all of 2 seconds and its gone


give it a try worst case you can always go back to 7 because its not going anyway anytime soon wink.gif

 

I don't have enough money to just 'give it a try'.

 

So, when you press the Windows Key and begin typing, this is the full screen metro "start menu"?

 

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Originally Posted by Raven Dizzle View Post

What's to hate? It's faster overall in everything (in some areas more than others), and there are start menu replacements if you're absolutely dead set on staying in the year 2011 tongue.gif

 

I don't KNOW what's to hate. That's why I'm asking! I'm just now deciding to get my feet wet on getting to know Windows 8.1.

 

Also, using programs like Start is Back is not about "staying in the year 2011". It's about staying with what you like, but it only makes sense to do so if you've given Windows 8.1 a shot with a fully opened mind but you still don't like it.

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