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Windows 8.1

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by shadowwebs, Oct 31, 2013.

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  1. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster

    I have finally taken the plunge and moved from Win7 over to Windows 8.1 Pro, it's installing as we speak... I have played with it a little on vm's, not sure whether I will like or not.

    What is all your thoughts on Win 8.1?
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  2. wagnerk
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    From my point of view (apart) from the start button, I haven't really seen much difference from a users point of view when comparing 8 to 8.1, but from 7 to 8/8.1 there was a big difference. While I didn't like it at first, I now enjoy 8 a lot more over 7. Now whenever I see window 7, I think legacy :)
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  3. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

    Been using 8 since release to ActionPack, 8.1 went on the other day. Apart from a few tweaks, ie the Start Button (please MS bring this to Server 2012 and stop the horrendous remote hovering) and boot to desktop there's little else from a user functional level that's different.

    7 vs 8 - well I'm on 8 at both work and home now, no reason to get 7 over 8 apart from user comfort levels or compatibility issues with software.

    If you gave me a 7 box to use would I be unhappy? No. On the same hardware it's slightly slower but not a deal breaker.

    For the average user...8 is still going to confuse the hell out of them.
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  4. jamin100

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    I moved my work machine over from 7 to 8.1 today. Took a few hours to figure some things out but so far I like it.
    Something different and I like that I can use hyper-v now rather than virtual box
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  5. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Premium Member

    I am on Windows 8.1 as well, moved to windows 8 pretty much when it came out... I got used to the ModernUI interface and pretty much picked up on a lot of keyboard short-cuts, I am actually a little more efficient now since I tend to get straight to the menu I need without click start->control panel, etc.. But like Ken mentioned, didn't notice that much of a difference other than games performing a little better.
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  6. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster

    I am indeed now on Windows 8.1, it feels quite different at first with using it but I am sure I will very soon get used to it.
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  7. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

    The one thing that is bugging me....IE11 seems to be screwing around with our PSA program, Connectwise, since it uses IE for all of it's internal rendering...should have seen that coming though as IE11 on 8.1 is not on their validated list yet. But then it took them almost a year to validate IE10 on 8 - I can't wait that long to get hands on with the new gear for the clients sake.
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  8. greenstarthree

    greenstarthree Nibble Poster

    I use a Win8.1 (Win8 when I bought it) laptop to run my lab using Hyper-V and slowly but surely I'm learning to love it. Coming from Win7 it's a bit of a jump but I like more than I hate. I could have done without the removal of scheduled system images without having to use cmdline tools. Mostly though It's really just a matter of learning where settings have been moved to!

    I know that if anyone but me used it in my office it'd be a nightmare for me to look after, since some of our users get confused if I remove a desktop shortcut from their computer, but hey you've got to start somewhere...
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  9. BB88

    BB88 Kilobyte Poster Gold Member

    I like to be on the latest and greatest for everything. If I had to use Windows 7 as my primary OS, I'd be disappointed.

    I'd miss my new short-cuts I've grown to love, the WIN+X / WIN+Q/W/F etcetera
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  10. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster

    I had a foray into it, but fortunately it backed up all my Windows 7 in the WIndows.old directory and I managed to recover it with some jiggery-pokery.

    Is it still the case that if you use for example IE in the Metro UI, it's not the same as using IE on the desktop? Something about a different set of plugins, Flash not being active on the Metro one, and bookmarks are seperate?
  11. Sparky
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    Slowly starting to like it and had a demo of some HP Laptops the other day (with touchscreen) that just seemed to work. Might be easier to push onto customers now as losing the start button with Windows 8 was too big a “WTF?” for me to deal with.

    I’ve added a start button app to all my Server 2012 servers just now. The charm bar just doesn’t work over RDP or a crap remote connection.
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