[QUOTE=voxsmart;2754531]What seems to be the biggest problem I gather from others is finding drivers.[/QUOTE]
Actually this is the root of the problem as well drivers can make or break a O/S stability short term and long term usage.
[QUOTE=voxsmart;2754531]I’ve just got the hang of 8.1 on a new laptop, yes, it does seem faster than 7, well now I’ve removed the bloat from it. What’s annoying is the sidebar and big clock appearing every time I quit an app and move the mouse pointer to the left.
Is this a bug, or is that how it’s supposed to be? It makes my wife say rude words when it does it on her 8.1 lappie. I hope 10 has this annoyance sorted. Both these lappies have touch screens, maybe it has something to do with that?[/QUOTE]
Another myth that needs to be dispelled on same clean machine setup(no extras) with matching O/S version aka Pro vs Pro of 7 or 8/8.1 in comparison you will never notice the difference from the human perspective. I love how people talk about being faster but in reality the difference is negligible you will never notice it.
[QUOTE=Kerry56;2754535]In Windows 8 and 8.1, I stay in the desktop and NEVER go into the Modern/Metro side of the operating system. I use StartisBack to avoid all that mess.[/QUOTE]
Sounds good in practice buy why have to buy a 3rd party software when it should been there to start with and let the users decide how they want it to look. This is the practice M$ seems to have forgotten user customization.
[QUOTE=Albert;2754536]I haven’t tweaked my installation, so I’m constantly flinging between the traditional Desktop and the 8/8.1 Start Menu with relatively little pain. Going back to 7 on another computer occasionally makes me unlearn how to navigate my way around 8.1, like I’ll forget that I don’t get a list of recently used programs. But I’ve acclimated to just using the system-wide search to launch apps I want, since I had been doing that within OS X.[/QUOTE]
This is the problem the learning curve was lost when M$ tossed everyone out rather then do a evolution learning curve. This is why 8/8.1 is not liked or wanted by users. I see more users looking for Window 7 machine used/new then go for 8/8.1 that should tell M$ how bad their so called new Idea got flushed down the toilet. Not listening to the Testers and Preview user was their the start of the problem and will not be the END that I can see. Why should one have to use the search to do basic computing just tells me how disorganized M$ development teams are and they missed the boat on Windows 8.
[QUOTE=Kerry56;2754541]When I hit the Windows key, I get the Startisback modified programs list. Its very rare that can I hit any combination of commands that will bring up the other part of the operating system. I’ve made other programs the default instead of any of the Modern apps, so even they don’t show up.[/QUOTE]
Another reason why Windows 8 is a failure to start…if you have to use a 3rd party software to get Windows 7 features that tells alot that the O/S isn’t highly regarded as a good O/S to use.