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Why Is Windows 8 Such A Pain? Options
Spiral
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:26:35 PM

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I'm beginning to dislike Windows 8 quite intensely. It comes already installed on my Pavilion TouchSmart Notebook, but I find some of its features quite annoying, especially the way certain menus pop up and cover something I'm trying to activate, Grrr.
Ray41
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:16:56 PM

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This is the result of under researched opinions of what the 'general public'(not teenagers) would prefer, as to what the suppliers 'think' we would prefer.
Windows XP had a vastly extended life to the 'new' Vista which was meant to succeed it, but was a technical disaster/nightmare.
Even up to the release of Windows 7, many (myself included) preferred XP and its service packs/updates to Vista, and, all that followed right up to Windows 7, which some people, (like XP), ask to get installed in preference to Windows 8.
Although you may have a choice with PC's, I don't think that you have that option with notebooks/tablets.

Touch screens are so prevalent now, what with smart phones, IPods, IPads, etc. that the younger generation will be dictating the market from now on, but, I think that it has been doing so for some time
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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 2:20:45 AM

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Here's a PC Magazine article of downgrading. I'd recommend you to ask help from the vendor where you purchased the PC. Or ask some neighbourhood PC guru to help you with food and beer salary ;-)

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2417359,00.asp
martyg
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 9:03:05 AM
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Why Is Windows 8 Such A Pain?

microsoft!!
early_apex
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 11:45:11 AM
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XP was the first stable operating system from MS since DOS 3.1. I have two desktop PC's at my work; one has XP and the other has Windows 7. I like Windows 7, but I waited too long to pull the trigger on buying a new home computer, and ended up with Win 8. I like the intuitive touch screen interface -- wait a minute, I don't have a touch screen for my PC! Nice job by Microsoft to develop one solution for all devices, no matter how difficult it becomes to do simple tasks that you have been doing for years. Want to shut the system down? Just a simple 4-step process once you manage to wake up the RH of the monitor pop-out menu and select Setup, or whatever it was before I created a shortcut. (Not that "Start" was ever an intuitive way to shut down, for that matter.)

Want to view programs? Well, we don't have programs anymore, we have "apps". Thanks for making me feel like a Hollerith-card-toting dinosaur.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 4:01:15 PM

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I have a bunch of Finnish idioms in mind referring Windows 8. Sadly, they are useless here. Finnish speaking folks would blush to their ears hearing them.

One of the moderate ones, translated into English: A piece of s***!
Spiral
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 8:06:00 PM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
I have a bunch of Finnish idioms in mind referring Windows 8. Sadly, they are useless here. Finnish speaking folks would blush to their ears hearing them.

One of the moderate ones, translated into English: A piece of s***!


Has to be said.
excaelis
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 9:45:19 PM

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Because it was designed by children for children.
early_apex
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 11:59:44 AM
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So, has anyone looked at 8.1?
Spiral
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 3:12:17 PM

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early_apex wrote:
So, has anyone looked at 8.1?


It tried to install on my notebook but after removing Windows 8 and downloading itself 100% after 30 minutes, an error notice and number appeared saying that something or other had blocked the final push to install, and then it removed itself and completely reinstated Windows 8.

I did a search on "Windows 8.1 fails" and hit the jackpot. Big issue - not good - burning time and patience for all and sundry and giving Microsoft a headache.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 3:29:39 PM

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Did you have the right media?




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ithink140
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 4:02:16 PM
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I run W7 64 bit and up until now have been trouble largely free... but Explorer 11 is now freezing and I have tried everything to solve it. Any one any ideas?
early_apex
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 4:05:58 PM
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ithink,

That's an easy one. Stop using IE and switch to Chrome (or Firefox).
ithink140
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 6:23:48 PM
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Not so easy if you want to retain Explorer and it has worked well for years!
Kurogeist
Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 11:26:55 AM

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Windows 8 on a tablet is bad enough, and on a desktop computer its difficulty increases by tenfold. The worst thing for me is the start menu which Microsoft has removed. I went so far as to purchasing Start 8, which brings back the start button.

But why use Windows when you have nice open source operating systems like Linux, right? Angel
uuaschbaer
Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 2:58:26 PM

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Well, one would imagine that at Microsoft HQ it might gone something like this:

"Sir, we used to sell many machines on the promise of productivity, mainly to employers who did not use them themselves. For this reason usability was not of our concern.
With the invention of digital images, sound and instant communication, however, the function of our machines shifted towards running facebook, and it became imperative to facilitate that use at the expense of previous functionality. Joy shall be in cheque books more over one computer illiterate who repenteth than over 99 satisfied customers who depend on us already."
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