Originally Posted by damric
I've been using 8.1 for a few months. I haven't noticed any advantage whatsoever for using 8.1 over 7 or even Vista, but then again I'm not using a touch screen and I don't really use hot keys.
Now the things that annoy me are
1) It is a real hassle to fully power down. Here I thought that shutdown meant shutdown, and when I thought everything was down I had to reset a tripped breaker or whatever. Curiously this was killing my Solid State Drives. After some research, it turns out that in 8.1, shutdown doesn't actually mean shutdown, it's actually some sort of hybrid sleep thing. I haven't figured out a way to disable that other than to restart to UEFI and then do a hard power down from the BIOS.
2) Why should I need to leave the desktop space and go over to the metro screen to open a program like calculator which opens on the desktop anyways? Very redundant. My work around is to shortcut anything I use frequently into the task bar. Normally I would not have near as many icons in my task bar because the moderately used stuff would be pinned in my start menu in previous versions of windows. Why should I have to install a 3rd party program just to have a usable start menu again?
3) HWBOT has a draconian policy against Windows 8 submissions.
Overall, it doesn't feel as painful as switching from XP to Vista, with printer drivers and other programs that just didn't work anymore, annoying UAC, resource hog, ect.
1) If you shut down from the WIN+X menu (right click on the start button) in Windows 8.1, it will perform a full shutdown instead of a hybrid shutdown even if you have Fast Startup turned on. http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/6320-fast-startup-turn-off-windows-8-a.html
2) Personally I feel the start screen is just the same as the desktop, it's all just manually set up short cuts, only you keep your actual desktop clutter free.
3) Due to a flaw that plenty of people knowingly and unknowingly abused the crap out of.
Edit: He was referring to UAC in Vista having come from XP.
Also: Cleartype is still present and used as it was in 7, it's just most of the text in metro based interfaces and applications don't use it. http://www.istartedsomething.com/20120303/cleartype-takes-a-back-seat-for-windows-8-metro/Edited by Bearybear - 4/1/14 at 2:46pm