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Windows 8 Reviews

Windows 8.1 is the best version of Windows yet!

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I have been using Windows extensively since 3.1 back in the early '90s. I see people saying 8/8.1 is the worst but the main reason I see in complaints is the missing Start "Menu". Now, we have a Start "Page". if people would put a little time into learning their way around the new design, which is VERY easy to learn for most people, they would see it's nowhere near as bad as they claim.

I could go on and on but I really don't need to. I absolutely love Windows 8.1 and can't wait to see Windows continue to improve with Windows 10 and beyond.


I received a sad and ridiculous response to my "opinion" of Windows 8.1 that said I deserve a "punch to the mouth". I had to look at it a couple of times to make sure I read it correctly. How pathetic and pitiful is all I have to say to that poor soul who got enraged over something like this.

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All the downsides of 10 and more. Using this OS on a tuoch device is not fun. Using in on a non touch device is even less fun.


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  • another failure windows, new start screen menu are fullscreen only, it also removes usual start menu button, .net framework 3.5 not included
  • Start menu button restored on windows 8.1, but windows 10 released and defeat both windows 8.1 features and performance

Win8 Thumbs Down!

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i really hate win8. i hope win9 will be better!


I tried Windows 8 and It's not that I hate it, but I am among those folks who believe Microsoft should have made separate OS's for tablets and desktops. I came back to Windows 7 after a month of using 8 as it's just more customizable and more handy for me personally. Let's hope that the next MS release will be more desktop oriented. If they are going to continue to move towards simplification of all things and production of obscure hybrids like W8 is, I definitely will be searching for painless ways of switching to Ubuntu, or EVEN OS X.

I would have already went with Ubuntu if I could. Unfortunately, there are a lot of apps on Windows that I use each and every day (and consider them outstanding), which don't have much of an alternatives on Linux. At least as far as I'm aware at the given moment. If not for that, I probably would have already switched to Ubuntu.
Os X obviously has its pros and cons as well... hard to tell which is more

Just awesome!

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Using Windows 8 since first Developer Preview. Right now I have Windows 8 Pro on my primary netbook (HP dm1-4201sr) and on my old desktop (Celeron D 2.8 GHz, 1536 MB RAM, X1950 Pro). Soon I will have Acer W700-6607 tablet. Windows is great!

So, why Windows 8 is incredible?

  1. I like that typical desktops and laptops now have these great features of mobile platforms. WinRT apps, tiles, notifications, etc. Of course I miss some features on Windows 8 from Windows Phone, like Facebook integration in calendar, ability to write on friend's timelines, ability to check in, and some more, but it's a big progress anyway. And it's useful. Always wished to have something like this on PCs.

  2. Apps. System by default can do much more than Windows 7. Now there is a Hyper-V, ISO and VHD mount, Mail, Contacts, and much more-"right out of the box".
    And apps by their own cool and useful. People, Messaging, TuneIn Radio, Xbox Music, Maps, Wiki, Bing-only few of apps that I use almost everyday.

  3. New interface is cool. It's more easy-to-use and intuitive, it has new great opportunities-like Share and Search-can't imagine working on PC without them, it's beautiful!

  4. Windows 8 works faster and more stable than Windows 7 and much faster than OS X and any Linux-based trash.

So I like Windows 8 and I enjoy using it! Much cool new things-it's impossible to use outdated Windows 7 now)


I don't trust Microsoft anymore

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I tried Windows 8 and I hate it
1)Secure boot = How will I dual boot with Ubuntu?
2)Built-in antivirus = Their MSE let 3 trojan in my laptop
3)Touch screen = How can I use that without upgrading my laptop?
4)Windows App Store = Must be full of useless apps
5)New Windows Explorer = Ribbon is useless
6)Metro = I prefer Desktop and Aero
7)No Windows Media Center = Seriously?Why,Microsoft?
8)No DVD player = How will I rip my DVD and Bluray?
9)Charms = This should be the new start menu

[Edited by Princess, July 03]


It's not really a review in my opinion, more like a rant.

Anyway, some points you mentioned are already "tweakable" :

  • ribbon can be disabled with a simple program
  • you can rip DVD using other programs/method extremely easily
  • some open source media center solutions exist (some are very good)
  • you don't need a touchscreen to use Windows 8 although there are some "mouse gestures"' and most Windows users aren't used to that
  • the built-in antivirus is not necessary if you have a complete security suite (i rent an ESET license for a cheap price)

Concerning the Windows Store, it's relatively fresh so we can't have a definite answer and say "it's full of useless crap". Almost every store (especially on mobile platforms) has a lot of bad apps.

Finally, ModernUI (formerly Metro) can be disabled entirely if you really don't want to use it but it means that you will have to install an app to have a start menu.

Secure Boot is very questionable that's certain. However, it will only be activated by manufacturers who want to have the "Windows 8 compatible" label (those famous stickers we see on computers). Im sure that whatever Microsoft wants to do with that, it will be bypassed by talented reversers soon enough.