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My honest opinions about Windows 8.1:

1) When programs freeze up, i cant easily press CTRL + Shift + ESC and end process on a frozen program, usually on Win 7; bringing up task manager was really easy because despite being in a frozen program; you would still be able to navigate your mouse. In Windows 8.1, i noticed that it was a lot harder to close frozen programs and bring up task manager; even when it was up; nothing to click was responsive...

2) Im still new to Win 8.1, but i think i have some sort of driver incompatibility (with the stuff i use) -- and sometimes it would BSOD/lock up/hard reboot and not even list anything in the minidump. Normally in Win 7, some sort of mini dump would be saved; but with Win 8.1 nothing is seen ; i cannot diagnose a problem because i dont know what the culprit is.
-- (open to suggestions here)

3) I actually didnt like that i have to make an account with microsoft in order to make an account and sign in to my own COMPUTER. Before, in win 7 it would just allow you to set a user password, now you have to type a full blown password with a capital letter, a number and lower case.... like honestly i dont even need a password on my computer -- i wish there was an option to just not require you to sign into an account. I think they have it because of all those mobile features like skydrive, but i dont care about those things.... its my home PC not my mobile phone...

4) I play Battlefield 4, the performance increases are insane. CPU optimization is a whole lot better on win 8.1. About 20-30 fps more average FPS on Ultra, and i easily maintain above 120fps on High. Its just ridiculously smooth..... (in a good way tongue.gif )

5) I use an older mouse with old driver support (Kensington Trackball Expert Mouse) -- and i just dont like that the old drivers sort of conflict in Windows 8.1, i cannot aim down a gun sight and shoot. Meaning, i cant hold down RMB and click LMB at the same time, i think its a Windows 8.1 driver incompatibility issue. Again, due to the older hardware i use. I use this mouse for flying in Battlefield 4 so yeah, i must use it!
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Oops. I read it too fast. Way too much caffeine and way too much excitement about trying something very new. smile.gif

Well yeah the UAC was annoying but only until I figured out to disable it. I think the moral of the story here is that you just got to learn and deal with new stuff as always, otherwise we should just go back and live in caves (do they have internet?)
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3) I actually didnt like that i have to make an account with microsoft in order to make an account and sign in to my own COMPUTER. Before, in win 7 it would just allow you to set a user password, now you have to type a full blown password with a capital letter, a number and lower case.... like honestly i dont even need a password on my computer -- i wish there was an option to just not require you to sign into an account. I think they have it because of all those mobile features like skydrive, but i dont care about those things.... its my home PC not my mobile phone...

EEK! You don't! Though MS are scumbags for their tactics. Rather than signing in you have to click "Create a new account" below "Don't have an account?" and at the bottom of that page you will see "Sign in without a Microsoft account", click that and you're golden.

Also Windows only prompts you to create a Microsoft account if it's connected to the internet, pull the connection and you're prompted to create a local account like you normally would.

I would absolutely never use a Microsoft account, not even on the Store, because all your settings and stuff are convenient stored on Microsoft's servers for them to do whatever they want with. In fact, I urge you to switch over to a local account ASAP!

This reminded me of the crappy bing search built in with windows search too, that's one thing you definitely want disabled too.
Edited by Bearybear - 4/1/14 at 3:37pm
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My honest opinions about Windows 8.1:

1) When programs freeze up, i cant easily press CTRL + Shift + ESC and end process on a frozen program, usually on Win 7; bringing up task manager was really easy because despite being in a frozen program; you would still be able to navigate your mouse. In Windows 8.1, i noticed that it was a lot harder to close frozen programs and bring up task manager; even when it was up; nothing to click was responsive...

Hmm, that method still works just as well for me in win 8.1 as it did in win 7. Not sure why its giving you problems.
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Probably caused by running them in high priority? It's also worth opening Folder Options, View, scroll down to the bottom of Advanced settings and tick "Launch folder windows in a separate process", click Apply, and Ok. This means if if something causes an explorer instance to hang, other instances including the taskbar will be running fine in their own instance.
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Probably caused by running them in high priority? It's also worth opening Folder Options, View, scroll down to the bottom of Advanced settings and tick "Launch folder windows in a separate process", click Apply, and Ok. This means if if something causes an explorer instance to hang, other instances including the taskbar will be running fine in their own instance.

 

This, this, this, this, this, this and this. Oh, and this.

 

This is something that every geek should know about and do. So if you haven't done so everyone, then do it now. Trust me. You will be glad that you did when that day comes when you'll wish you had done it when it was recommended to you.

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I'd love to know why it isn't set by default.
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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. Disabling hibernation will disable hybrid sleep.

2. I treat the metro ui as start menu, all my programs are pinned in there, desktop is clean.

3. Don't know why.
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Honestly the only thing I hate about windows 8.1 is the lack of Aero glass. The flat colored interface is just really ugly. It tries to match colors from your background image and mostly fails miserably. Oh, and the windows borders are way to thick as well. I can't find a way to shrink them down. mad.gif

Otherwise, it's much better than Windows 7.
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I'd love to know why it isn't set by default.

I'd love to know why I have never had to do that before.
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