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  * Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Review
Time: 00:01 EST/05:01 GMT | News Source: | Posted By: Robert Stein

Byron posted his review of Windows 8.1. Here is an excerpt:

Installation went smoothly I am pleased to report. The whole install took quite some time though so make sure you have at least an hour or so spare to ensure you run into as few issues as possible. When my desktop rebooted most of my devices worked perfectly, though I did have an issue where Windows 8.1 decided to install a much older Belkin Wireless driver for me rather than the one I previously had setup. This was rectified by doing a reinstall of the device which didnít take long at all.

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#1 By 79018 ( at 10/21/2013 8:07:19 AM
I installed Windows 8 Pro 64bit with Media Center on my Desktop, when it was first released. I built my PC, it's fairly complex. I've had no issues, hardware related, as to software an old copy of Nero required UAC turned off during install. I upgraded to 8.1 with Media Center. The upgrade took 55 minutes to total completion. I do have StarDock Start8 and ModernMix which allows Metro to be windowed on the desktop, which works fine.
I've Been a Windows user since 3.1. I'd rate it at the least a "95".

#2 By 26496 ( at 10/23/2013 3:59:10 PM
I'm always at the latest and greatest no matter what it may be from OS to software etc. I've had Windows 8 since day one and have loved it since. I used to get BSOD in Windows 7 all the time at least twice per week but thought it was the best OS since XP. I too have had Windows since 3.11 and if I were to rate it I'd say 9 out of 10 because again nothing is perfect.

I've never had a BSOD in Windows 8 or 8.1 since its install.

My computers have always been home built and too is complex with hardware and software, games installed, close to top of line for current standards, and upon its release on MS Tech Net I upgraded to 8.1 and its installation went smooth as silk and I haven't looked back.

I love it just as much as I did 7 and 8 and will probably love 9 just the same, upon it's release in a couple years.

I never could understand why anyone could have ever complained about Windows 8, but I'm always used to change and actually prefer it. I never missed the start bar and actually never did much in the Metro or even noticed it, all seemed the same to me.

#3 By 8556 ( at 10/24/2013 9:38:08 AM
#2: You are likely not an elderly person set in your ways. Our computer business has many elderly customers. Most of them that are over age 70 hate change, but were glad that Start8 and Classic Shell were available as add-ons for Windows 8. Maybe you don't have to understand why some people don't like Windows 8 as is. Just understand that not everyone is like you. Their perception of the world is different, but still as valid as yours is.

I use 8.1 Pro, but always move the Desktop tile to the upper left hand corner of the Metro screen as I like tapping the Enter key to go to the desktop. This is on a touch screen Lenovo laptop. Using the keyboard is simply faster than either the mouse or touching the screen. I suspect that many elderly people know this from a couple of decades of computer use.

#4 By 79018 ( at 10/24/2013 10:29:05 AM
I'm what you would call an elderly person, but a bit computer geek. I love change, no change means your dead, in more ways then one. I started with DOS and have been through almost every Windows update, did not do Windows ME or BOB. Hey I even liked VISTA. My latest desktop PC was my 5th build. I do know I'm not a typical user. I also think the Desktop is fading as most users needs are the Internet and Email only.

This post was edited by Vegas-Bob on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:16.

#5 By 28801 ( at 10/28/2013 7:50:00 AM
#3: You might want to consider "Start Menu Reviver" as a way to ease your older clients into Windows 8. It has the Modern UI look and feel without fully abandoning the traditional Start Menu paradigm.

And it's free.

This post was edited by rxcall on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 07:50.

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