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Old 02-23-2014, 10:28 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Keep in mind I went from XP directly to Windows 8/8.1. I have zero experience with Vista or Windows 7.

Pros:
Allows me to access movies on my disk drive using my blu-ray player so I can watch them directly on the big screen TV.
Boots much faster than XP (of course this is at least partially due to me going from a P4 300 with a gig or RAM to some screaming fast processor with 8 gigs of RAM).


Cons:
No MSCONFIG.
The Metro interface is horribly bloated and no real way to customize it.
Lack of a Start button. The Start button that comes as part of the 8.1 bloatware only brings up Metro.
The OS is horribly organized. It is an exercise in frustration to perform even the most basic task.
My wife's 6th generation ipod nano is incompatible with Windows 8 running iTunes.
It is easier to configure a SAMBA file share on a linux box than it is to configure peer-to-peer file sharing on a Windows 8 box that isn't part of the same workgroup.

At this point, I really gave up caring about learning Windows 8 and started studying for my Red Hat certification.

Source: A current IT employee with multiple industry certifications and a long history supporting Windows 2000/XP based enterprise networks.
Yes there is MSCONFIG; just type msconfig in the search box and there it is!
The metro interface can be customized, all you have to do is position your cursor over any app then right click
The windows icon in the lower left corner is the start button; just right click it to bring up the menu.
Not sure why you say the OS is horribly organized? and with all your certifications, I can't understand why you are experiencing frustration?

Windows 8.1 is really not that difficult.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:31 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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To restart you move the mouse pointer thingy to the lower right corner and click the spoked wheel thingy then click restart or off.

Amazingly hard, better call tech support. Yeah it's different, take a second to learn.
Or you can right click on the windows icon in the lower left of the screen.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: West Hartford
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Pros
Boots up Faster
More Stable
Supports more RAM

Cons
Metro
Access to Settings
Still use Windows 7
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:12 PM
 
Location: USA
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Pro: faster than win 7 in most tasks.
Cons (among several): closing an app.

Sure, MS says you don't have to close an app as it hardly consumes anything when not in use. But when I have say 10 or more apps open, and when I want to toggle between just the 2 or 3 apps, I do want to close the other apps.

Anyway, long story short, I finally found several ways to close an app fast. No biggie. But I had to search for it. "Intuitive" is not in the MS vocabulary anymore. Was there anything wrong with just clicking on the "X" on the top corner?

Having said that, I'm okay with win 8.1. I can comfortably switch between the two laptops at home that have win 7 and win 8.1.

There is no way we were going to shell out money for a win 8.1 computer. The only reason we have win 8.1 at home is because it's on my wife's new laptop which her office gave her.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:34 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Anyway, long story short, I finally found several ways to close an app fast. No biggie. But I had to search for it. "Intuitive" is not in the MS vocabulary anymore. Was there anything wrong with just clicking on the "X" on the top corner?
The easiest way to close an active window is to do Alt+F4. That will work in all versions of Windows.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I wasn't aware of any Pros to W8.1
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:59 PM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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Cons:

The Metro interface is horribly bloated and no real way to customize it.

That confuses me a bit, because the metro interface is very easy to customize; unless we have completely different definitions.

On the metro interface, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and select "customize". You can resize tiles, turn live tiles on/off, relocate, unpin, etc. .etc. . You can even group tiles into sections, and name each group where the name appears over that block of tiles.



Plenty of people hate it, but you can add me to the list of those that love it; on a tablet at least. Its not so unbearable on a touchscreen laptop, but i tried it also on a laptop where the touchpad is used for gestures, and it was really, really awkward.

I admit the first time i used it on a laptop, i wanted to destroy it. But after spending some time with it, I would rather use windows 8 vs. windows 7.

To each his own.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I have Windows 7, but my buddy bought a laptop with Windows 8.1 (he updated from Windows 8). He set it up to boot right into desktop mode, and says this works just fine for him.. no biggie.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:09 PM
 
Location: SW US
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I updated from XP to 8.1 last week. I thought it would be impossible to learn and that I would hate it. I like it, and may even come to love it. My biggest complaint is that MS made a huge change in how things work but can't even supply a minimal manual with the SW. I did get the Pogue book for 8.1 and that has really helped.
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