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#1 Edited by Kidavenger (3628 posts) -

I've been using it for a week now, I didn't have any severe problems with windows 8, but I never turn my PC off so I rarely ever saw metro as it was.

8.1 seems to have fixed everything people were complaining about (though some of the fixes require some digging)

I deleted every metro app from my start screen and populated it with the desktop apps I use, most of them are pinned to the taskbar anyway, but I really can't see anyone having any legitimate reason to complain about 8 anymore.

#2 Posted by AlexW00d (6434 posts) -

I couldn't see any legitimate reasons for complaining about 8 prior to this tbh, other than complaining for the sake of complaining.

#3 Posted by jgf (394 posts) -

8.1 seems fine to me. I don't like the metro apps though. That whole stuff is for tablets and phones and it should stay there. I can't comprehend who though that snap and metro apps is something for PC users. As long as I can stick to the desktop everything is fine.

#4 Edited by MonetaryDread (2172 posts) -

@jgf said:

8.1 seems fine to me. I don't like the metro apps though. That whole stuff is for tablets and phones and it should stay there. I can't comprehend who though that snap and metro apps is something for PC users. As long as I can stick to the desktop everything is fine.

My mom likes those apps. If she wants to see the weather, all she has to do is click the giant weather button. If she wants to view the news, she just clicks the giant news button. She likes the fact that the apps are full-screen because it prevents needless confusion on her part. Sure, the idea of holding your mouse to each corner to navigate hidden features is too complex, but overall, its a great feature for someone who isn't used to the way things were and does not care to learn.

#5 Posted by Andorski (5365 posts) -

I still think the way you activate charms and look at the list of apps open is stupid with the mouse. I thought Windows 8 overall was a good enough upgrade from 7 and 8.1 is a good for something that's free.

#6 Posted by jgf (394 posts) -

@monetarydread: I honestly think your mom would be more happy using an tablet. What you describe is the perfect use case for it. Of course if you already have a pc and don't want to buy a tablet, I can see the appeal of the optional "mom view"of windows 8 ;)

#7 Posted by theveej (854 posts) -

yep I agree

#8 Posted by coaxmetal (1657 posts) -

It's fine. I use start8 anyway to reduce me ever having to see metro. I ended up having to log in locally with my microsoft account to get GFWL to work so I could play dark souls. It was just gettig a weird cryptic error if I didn't. And it is very not obvious that you have to do that. Very strange.

#9 Posted by ShaggE (6698 posts) -

I'm still raging against Windows ME, never mind 8.1.

Only half-joking... using VMs means reliving some painful times.

#10 Posted by crusader8463 (14428 posts) -

Is there something special I need to do to get 8.1? I keep checking for updates but nothing ever comes down.

#11 Edited by Blu3V3nom07 (3778 posts) -

@crusader8463: You have to be up to date, registered with your MS login, and you update through the Windows App Store. You should see the 8.1 advertisement on the left. Takes like 2 hours. And it looks nice.

#12 Posted by TobbRobb (4841 posts) -

Not raging as much as undefeatable feelings of complete indifference. Come back to me when there is actually any point to switching from 7.

#13 Posted by TooWalrus (13256 posts) -

@tobbrobb: indeed. I'm sure windows 8 is just fine... But so is windows 7, and that's what I've got.

#14 Posted by MonetaryDread (2172 posts) -

@jgf said:

@monetarydread: I honestly think your mom would be more happy using an tablet. What you describe is the perfect use case for it. Of course if you already have a pc and don't want to buy a tablet, I can see the appeal of the optional "mom view"of windows 8 ;)

I have tried to get her to buy a tablet, but according to her, "the PC we have is good enough." The only way she is getting a tablet is when her PC starts dying on her in five years, or when I can afford to buy one for her.

#15 Edited by EXTomar (4943 posts) -

Looking at the recent threads for the last couple of days I have to wonder why bring this up? No one was "raging" or even mentioning Windows 8 or 8.1. The people who cared took the steps they needed to have the system they wanted.

#16 Edited by Kaiserreich (740 posts) -

I haven't seen anyone raging against it in a while, in fact I haven't heard anyone talking about Windows 8 at all. That's the real problem for Microsoft.

#17 Posted by crusader8463 (14428 posts) -

@blu3v3nom07: Thanks. I never touch that metro ui junk so I never would have looked there. What an ass backwards place to hide an update.

#18 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3924 posts) -

I don't have a problem with it but I haven't been on a PC in years so I missed 7. Took me a few days to get used to but I like it.

#19 Edited by HelmetBunny (26 posts) -

I would be very happy with Windows 8.1, but the update butchered quite a few of my drivers. I really should start following that two-week rule when it comes to major updates.

#20 Posted by fleabeard (207 posts) -

What's to hate when it can do things like this?

#21 Posted by chiablo (999 posts) -

The main reason I'm upset is that Windows 8 requires drivers be signed in order to install them. This causes a ton of nightmares with hobbyist electronics that don't have driver signatures. I'm also developing drivers for a product at work and it's a nightmare to troubleshoot this. The process to disable signature enforcement suuuuucks, and what's worse is that they rearranged a lot of the options in 8.1, so I can't have a universal walk-through for my clients in disabling it.

Requiring users log into the Windows App Marketplace to install 8.1 is really shady and it's obvious that they want people to use the store, despite there being absolutely no reason to. Overall, I don't have too many problems with 8.1 from a usability standpoint. I boot to the desktop and the only time I ever hit the start screen is to search for a program.

#22 Posted by BigJeffrey (5176 posts) -

updated to 8.1, had to go back to 8.0 cause i was having driver issues. I'll probably update again at some point.

#23 Posted by Snail (8661 posts) -

@tobbrobb: indeed. I'm sure windows 8 is just fine... But so is windows 7, and that's what I've got.

Windows 8 boots up, entirely, in about three seconds on my desktop. Windows 7 took about five times that to boot up (at least). It's a great feeling, turning on your computer and not having to wait.

Also it looks, like, infinitely nicer than 7.

That may or may not be worth the current (normal) price for you, but it was definitely worth that initial discounted price they offered until the end of last year or whatever it was.

And yes it's fine.

#24 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4488 posts) -

8.1 fixed what little issues I had with 8

#25 Edited by believer258 (12184 posts) -

@snail said:
@toowalrus said:

@tobbrobb: indeed. I'm sure windows 8 is just fine... But so is windows 7, and that's what I've got.

Windows 8 boots up, entirely, in about three seconds on my desktop. Windows 7 took about five times that to boot up (at least). It's a great feeling, turning on your computer and not having to wait.

Also it looks, like, infinitely nicer than 7.

That may or may not be worth the current (normal) price for you, but it was definitely worth that initial discounted price they offered until the end of last year or whatever it was.

And yes it's fine.

Pretty much this. Windows 8 just feels faster and snappier than 7 all-around, a feat I didn't think possible but it does. The difference isn't so huge that I couldn't go back to Windows 7, but it's a nice and noticeable one.

EDIT: And if you have to get 8.1 through Metro and you have to sign up with a Microsoft account, then I'm probably not going to bother unless forced.

#26 Edited by FLStyle (4916 posts) -

There's a Window 8 now? I'm still rocking XP.

#27 Edited by crusader8463 (14428 posts) -

Fuck windows 8.1. I literally just got done the nightmare of trying to install it and everyone involved can go fuck themselves. Took two hours to install, then the system rebooted, hung for another hour until it finally told me that it had to crash and restart, then it was stuck at the windows loading screen for another hour never loading. 4 hours later I finally get fed up with the goddamn thing and just shutdown the PC and walk away before I threw the damn thing out the window in frustration. Turned it back on to try and give it another go before offing myself and it just popped up a window that said sorry your PC is fucked. Our bad. Lets just delete this update and pretend it didn't happen. Now I'm back to windows 8.0 and wishing it would roll back once more and let me have Windows 7 back.

#29 Posted by xyzygy (10077 posts) -

There wasn't anything to complain about with 8 and 8.1 just adds a lot of cool things. Although I am a little pissed that my virtual router connection doesn't work, it's not a biggie because I have data on my phone.

#30 Posted by Snail (8661 posts) -

Fuck windows 8.1. I literally just got done the nightmare of trying to install it and everyone involved can go fuck themselves. Took two hours to install, then the system rebooted, hung for another hour until it finally told me that it had to crash and restart, then it was stuck at the windows loading screen for another hour never loading. 4 hours later I finally get fed up with the goddamn thing and just shutdown the PC and walk away before I threw the damn thing out the window in frustration. Turned it back on to try and give it another go before offing myself and it just popped up a window that said sorry your PC is fucked. Our bad. Lets just delete this update and pretend it didn't happen. Now I'm back to windows 8.0 and wishing it would roll back once more and let me have Windows 7 back.

We are discussing Windows 8.1, not its installation process and any possible caveats (that you seem to have experienced exclusively). Have you trying googling this issue?

#31 Posted by armaan8014 (5443 posts) -

Fuck windows 8.1. I literally just got done the nightmare of trying to install it and everyone involved can go fuck themselves. Took two hours to install, then the system rebooted, hung for another hour until it finally told me that it had to crash and restart, then it was stuck at the windows loading screen for another hour never loading. 4 hours later I finally get fed up with the goddamn thing and just shutdown the PC and walk away before I threw the damn thing out the window in frustration. Turned it back on to try and give it another go before offing myself and it just popped up a window that said sorry your PC is fucked. Our bad. Lets just delete this update and pretend it didn't happen. Now I'm back to windows 8.0 and wishing it would roll back once more and let me have Windows 7 back.

I guess I won't update then. Seems like a pain

#32 Edited by AndrewB (7689 posts) -

I appreciate Windows 8 and 8.1 for the improvements that they have made to the desktop environment. As much I would like to see the "metro" / touch-friendly apps become successful, the fact that they haven't has left me never ever using the touch-friendly environment that is the Start screen which Microsoft is pushing for the future. However, even with the option to switch back to Windows 7, the fact remains that 8.1 is more feature-rich and desirable on the desktop side than any prior version, and so I'll be keeping it.

As the owner of a Windows (8) phone, seeing how beautiful and how much sense the UI makes for a touch environment does make me sad that particular aspect hasn't caught on, and makes me wish Microsoft had held off on splitting off the old and the new ways of interfacing with computers.

#33 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1668 posts) -

On top of the driver issues, I guess 8.1 has caused a few terrible issues with users? Or so I've heard through word of mouth. I'm waiting it out for a little while before updating

#34 Posted by ShadowSkill11 (1783 posts) -

Never had a problem with Windows 8 or 8.1. Then again I don't use the stupid ass metro tiles or the crappy store.

#35 Edited by Metal_Mills (3046 posts) -

I just see ab absolutely no reason to buy 8. I'm buying a new PC and putting 7 right back on that bad boy.

#36 Posted by Baillie (4281 posts) -

Mavericks is better.

#37 Edited by shabador (4 posts) -

@chiablo: A heads up: you can do that permanently by enabling testmode. Scroll to the bottom of this page.

#38 Edited by jdh5153 (1034 posts) -

I love Metro apps and the whole start screen. The desktop was always ugly and I hated looking at it. I haven't booted to Windows since 8.1 launched though, probably won't upgrade for awhile.

And yes, Mavericks is better, which is why I haven't been booting to Windows.

#39 Posted by VACkillers (1075 posts) -

Windows 8.1 = Making Windows 8 a little less terrible. (its still terrible)

#40 Posted by RonGalaxy (3266 posts) -

I'm in a constant Rage Against my windows Machine

#41 Posted by Hunkulese (2876 posts) -

@vackillers: What OS are you using? Even if you don't consider it to be a significant upgrade over 7 it's hard to argue that it's not the best version of windows unless you're a crazy person.

#42 Posted by JoeyRavn (4983 posts) -

Windows 8.1 = Making Windows 8 a little less terrible. (its still terrible)

Do explain why, please.

#43 Edited by Viking_Funeral (1895 posts) -

I just don't see a point in upgrading from Windows 7.

That pop-up window that was called Metro isn't doing it any favors, but I'm sure I could live with it if I had to. (Edit) Actually, I can see Metro being a complete pain in the ass if our company had to adopt Windows 8 on all our machines. What a nightmare that would be.

#44 Edited by EXTomar (4943 posts) -

There are reports that 8.1 has broken a lot of things including many interface and output. Something about how resolution is handled from physical to display messing up both. If your mouse stopped working and your display is all messed up, it is all due to 8.1.

I can't believe Microsoft has found a way to make Apple's arrogance and arbitrary decisions a possitve.

#45 Edited by KirillOrlov (256 posts) -

Only thing bothering me is Bluetooth connectivity with a speaker I have in my living room. After the update I can still pair put it won't connect to the speaker at all. I uninstalled Bluetooth audio drivers and reinstalled updated ones but still have the same issue.

#46 Posted by slyspider (1366 posts) -

For people saying they don't see a reason to upgrade, Win 8 runs faster than 7. So if you want to run as absolutely fast as possible 8 is the best option. If that doesn't matter stick to 7.

Windows 8.1 = Making Windows 8 a little less terrible. (its still terrible)

@extomar said:

There are reports that 8.1 has broken a lot of things including many interface and output. Something about how resolution is handled from physical to display messing up both. If your mouse stopped working and your display is all messed up, it is all due to 8.1.

I can't believe Microsoft has found a way to make Apple's arrogance and arbitrary decisions a possitve.

#47 Edited by Kosayn (453 posts) -

They ought to just push 8.1 through Windows Update, but perhaps it's still too buggy for that? Anyway, the people complaining about having no Start button and giving the OS a bad name are not spending any time in the Metro app menu, let alone registered to use the Store.

I enjoy 8, but only after heavy modification to be basically 7 with better security, stability and startup times. I barely used the start menu even when I was an XP holdout.

Some people really do well with the touch interface on Win8 actually, with touchscreen laptops like the little Lenovos. But almost all laptop touchpads have been a total shitshow this year. Both the Win8 software gestures, the larger pads, and low hardware quality actively get in the way of people just moving and clicking normally. I think the press-to-click pad that Apple uses is probably something the PC OEMs should use as well if they can, to stop accidental clicks while typing. Average computer users do not deal well with small, constant frustrations in their controls, that stuff is fundamental. It's the same situation as the Ouya pad.

#48 Posted by Deranged (1859 posts) -

@flstyle said:

There's a Window 8 now? I'm still rocking XP.

You goddamn hipster!

#49 Posted by Budwyzer (634 posts) -

The Metro tiles really do work great for a living room machine. You know, until SteamOS gets here.

#50 Posted by warpr (91 posts) -

Bluetooth was broken in Windows 8 for me. 8.1 fixed it, now I can use my wireless keyboard again -- that's a win. Other than that, nothing seems particularly noteworthy about the update.