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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?

the start menu is the metro screen

What you are seeing is a shortcut that was added in 8.1 because so many didn't like the shutdown in 8 (It was more complex then it needed to be) they added it to where you can right click start menu button and get options that aren't as quick to get to in 8 but where in 7
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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.

 

Oh god, I forgot about that. Ribbons everywhere. Even in calculator and Notepad? meh...

 

The flat look. I keep forgetting about that. I dunno if I'd like that either.

 

Not being able to fully eradicate UAC would piss me off. lol

 

Hmm... this is helpful. Thank you.

 

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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.

 

It does help. Thank you!

 

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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.

 

Do you mean "opposed"? :)

 

Anyway, that's one thing that I know I'd hate. lol

 

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that for whatever reason, half my steam games don't work on 8.1

 

Omg. Which games don't work?

 

I don't have Steam, but maybe we share some games that you have on Steam that I don't!

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the start menu is the metro screen

What you are seeing is a shortcut that was added in 8.1 because so many didn't like the shutdown in 8 (It was more complex then it needed to be) they added it to where you can right click start menu button and get options that aren't as quick to get to in 8 but where in 7

 

Omg. So that's a context menu! WTH LOL

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Only really three things:

One is when I have a windows 8 app open, and I go to the upper left corner the overlay to swap between apps comes up. This is annoying because I have my twitter tab on chrome pinned right there.

Two, is the lack of information on the bottom bar of explorer, especially images. In windows 7 I could select an image and it would give me information such as resolution and size. Windows 8 just gives me file size. I don't know if there is a setting to change this, I really haven't looked into it.

Third is that I can't hit my windows key to show the task bar anymore. I play most my games (D3, WoW) in windowed full screen and in order to check steam messages or go back to my browser I'd hit the windows key to bring up the task bar. Doesn't work in windows 8 so usually I just alt tab cycle. A bit slower but not a huge deal.

Other than that, my experience with windows 8.1 has been pretty good. Takes a while to get used to it, but after that its a really functional OS. Nowhere near the dumpster-on-fire I was expecting from the forum crying about it.
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Do you mean "opposed"? smile.gif

Anyway, that's one thing that I know I'd hate. lol

I think it might be opposed, I just always say apposed ha!

Yeah I have been a windows XP, media centre, vista, windows 7 user, and I like windows 7 the most. As soon as we installed his windows 8 I couldnt instantly tell I wouldnt like it.

I didnt use it for more than an hour or so, but it didnt look the same it was all just tiles on screen. Now wether that was because we didnt mess with the settings and download some taskbar gadget I dont know, but even with it I could tell I wouldnt like it. All the windows look odd, its like they look pre windows 7 in tersm of aesthetics, which to me doesnt make sense for something that is meant to be up to date.

I just get and have always had the impression that windows 8 is made solely for tablets, and the fact MS try to push it so much just irritates me even more.
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I hate the metro screen and having to switch to from my desktop to metro and then click the down arrow to get to the apps screen to see all the programs that aren't on my desktop. The metro screen is useless for me, the only thing I ever click on in it is the desktop button. I also hate the layout of the apps screen and all the touch screen swiping stuff. I'm using it on a touch screen monitor and I honestly don't see the point. Anything you can do with the touch screen can be done easier with a mouse and keyboard as far as I can tell. I only use it a couple days a week at school though. I'm sure there are ways to fix these things, but I wont be installing it on my home computer until I have to to use DX12 or something.
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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?

This is called the Power Menu. Right-clicking the start button will bring it up or using Win key+X works too. TBH, this is one of my favorite features in Win 8/8.1. thumb.gif

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the start menu is the metro screen

What you are seeing is a shortcut that was added in 8.1 because so many didn't like the shutdown in 8 (It was more complex then it needed to be) they added it to where you can right click start menu button and get options that aren't as quick to get to in 8 but where in 7

Just to clarify, the Power Menu did exist in Windows 8. But you are certainly right about overly complicated shut down in Win8...waaay to many clicks for that. The "Shut down or sign out" was added to the power menu in Win 8.1 which makes it much simpler. smile.gif
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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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Omg. So that's a context menu! WTH LOL

You are right its just a context menu to get to things M$ thought people wanted quick access to.

Maybe if some you know has it you can give it a try... Also some else posted about steam games not working I believe maybe driver related cause I have about 50-70 games on steam and they all work just fine


I suggest you "find a trail copy" or test at a friends and give it a try before you buy it.
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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?

I really like classic shell a lot. It has a lot of customization and is pretty light on the resources. You can get your windows 7, xp, or even 95 start menu back. It also has the option to disable all the hot corners/charms. 8.1 did add the ability to disable some charms but classic shell has the ability to disable them all.

The power menu also has an option to change the command prompt option to powershell if you want to stick to metro and use powershell.
Edited by orlfman - 4/1/14 at 8:55am
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BSODs.
I hate the BSODs.
yes, this is really it (Click to show)


Also, if you abruptly close the Task Manager (kill the process, lose power while it's open, etc), it loses it's settings and restores to default.
That happens because when you actually open it, it reads its settings from the Registry and then deletes them. When you close it the regular way, the settings are being re-written back into the registry.
I have no idea why they designed it this way...
Anyhow, here's a fix:
- Open taskmgr and set the settings you like
- Close it
- super+R -> regedit -> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TaskManager
- Export into a .reg file which you can simply run and append if you lose you settings.
I flip out when this happens because I watch data like CPU Time, I/O Read Bytes, etc. Plus, I have it bigger and the columns rearranged, with many of them hidden.


I can come up with more, but they are avoidable in many ways.
Like, for example, the libraries being shown in 'Computer' which is fixable with a simple registry edit.
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