I have an ASUS laptop with windows 8. I didn't want the update but I dropped my old machine and broke the screen. I use it mainly for working remotely, and the internet. I usually do the same thing over and over, so once I figure out how to make a function work, I keep it that way and get used to it. I downloaded Firefox and Chrome operating systems for my remote work. Those haven't changed too much so I'm OK there. Although, Firefox doesn't support group icon picture change on Ning (Nexus), but Chrome does, which is weird.
No matter what I do on this damn computer, it's more awkward, more difficult, or just can't be done compared to the last one. I just tried to load a DVD to watch a movie, which I rarely do on the computer. It took 20 minutes to figure out how.
It took me a month to figure out how to override the system's self-resize of the screen. The most annoying time suck since the government invented IRS forms. Why did they set it up to self-resize and make me go through multi steps every time, and the majority of internet instructions to turn off that function didn't work.
I'm not a computer novice and I'm not stupid. This system sucks. It was designed by christians to punish atheists for not believing in god. Windows 8 is the hell of computer systems. It is punishment of Sisyphus. I loathe it.
Absolutely nothing is better with WIndows 8 and a lot of things are worse.
I hate windows 8. I also hate this damn ASUS laptop, even though I'll probably be using it for 5 years.
Thank you for reading this rant.
Microsoft is big enough to make different OS for tablet vs. Laptop/desktop. They are so different, it's like making a fish fly or a bird swim. OK, there are flying fish and penguins, but I can't think of a better analogy.
Using search wasn't working well for me. I'm glad I got pissed off now - it led me to look up options. Classic Shell isn't perfect, but much better for me. I'm open to any other options - hope there are some. The little shell icon looks like a Simpson's character on drugs... but that's OK.
Here is an article with other options, but I haven't tried them yet.
Thanks again, Daniel, for your wonderful Windows 8 post. I'm a computer guru of sorts but had resolved myself to simply putting up with this bad system and thought I had made it work very well for me until I read about your Classic Shell app. (Heard about it before but never bothered to do anything.) Did the download today and I'm now running Windows 8 with an XP shell. Very nice.
You inspired me also on reading this to go ahead and remove the Toshiba apps that were so annoying as well, and now after some registry work, I can say that I've got a laptop that I am very familiar with. Nothing is as bad as having two programs that work very well together, but you have a third party app "hogging" in there as a go between. Such programs are not needed.
Good idea Dennis to remove unwanted garbage. I do that now and then by hand.
Glad the Classic Shell info was helpful. I think there are other programs out there too. I downloaded that one and am running Win 8 with the Win 7 / Vista shell. I'm much happier with that than the damn Win 8 "Metro"
I agree, Windows 8 is the pits.
I've tried their alpha release ("Developer Preview"), their beta release ("Consumer Preview"), the release candidate ("Release Preview"), their OEM demo prior to release, and the final version. Utterly dreadful.
I'm back on Windows 7 (dual-booted with Linux Mint). I also enjoy the Aero Glass aesthetic which they saw fit to rip out completely. I heard they threatened to sue an ex-Microsoft engineer who attempted to patch it back in, putting a halt to his project. Can't have people having the choice!
Moreover, the "modern" style apps suck.
Microsoft were pretty arrogant with this release, to say the least.
You leave me feeling glad it's not just me. Windows 8 makes me feel computer inept. I'm not. I'm not the biggest expert, but I'm not stupid.
Patricia, you are warned! Avoid Windows 8! If someone wants you to upgrade, avoid them like the plague!
Given how many people hate Windows 8, maybe someone will listen and create a better operating system.
LMAO. Christians punishing atheists thru computers. Too funny.
Anyhoo, I totally agree with the IT guy. Usually, every other version of Windows is like a beta version for what they really meant to do.
Windows XP = awesome
Windows Vista = Horrible
Windows 7 = Pretty cool
Window 8 = Is this a tablet or a PC? WTF?
Or Christians punishing those other, heretic Christians? Naah....
I was just going to write the same thing about Windows versions! Recently, every other version has been a welcome advance, and the ones in between, to put it politely, not ready for prime time.
I'm currently running Windows 7 Professional and I like it a lot ... but if Windows XP came out with an equivalent 64-bit version which could map more than 2 gig of RAM ... then you'd REALLY have something!
Neither tablet nor PC. Something more heinous. Something evil. Possibly not of this solar system. A Trojan horse, inserted by the Borg, to demoralize the pathetic Terran humanoids and make them more susceptible to attack. You will be assimilated. But with Windows 8, it will be a slow, awkward, frustrating, torturous, annoying assimilation.
Vista is not that bad. I run it at the office, but at home I have Windows 7 Home Pro and yes, it is pretty cool. They were touting Windows 8 for tablets. Interesting to hear it is not up to par. But then my tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1" that has Android, no O.S. from Microsoft.