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11/17/2013 07:33:05 PM · #1
New computer. Win 8 default - upgraded to 8.1

Horrible experience. The new interface is just so un-intuitive. I thought i don't care about OS, Win or Mac, but this time MS got me down...

Some that I found really annoying: the online vs offline account. The full screen whatever is called metro applications. I double click on pics, it opens full screen, can not go back to desktop unless I alt+F4 or window button + D,

... brrr

I'll post more later
11/17/2013 07:55:27 PM · #2
Using local account can not change desktop image. Seriously! I need to be connected to personalize my computer?

Message edited by author 2013-11-17 19:56:17.
11/17/2013 08:30:59 PM · #3
haha, I put this thread on Watch. It will be fun to read, I'm sure. My heart goes out to you!
11/17/2013 08:45:19 PM · #4
Yeah, my work computer was replaced by a Win8 machine. I can adapt to the Metro interface, but within days I installed "Classic Shell". I love the machine, now. It's very fast...
11/17/2013 08:47:50 PM · #5
Originally posted by Tiberius:

New computer. Win 8 default - upgraded to 8.1

Horrible experience. The new interface is just so un-intuitive. I thought i don't care about OS, Win or Mac, but this time MS got me down...

Some that I found really annoying: the online vs offline account. The full screen whatever is called metro applications. I double click on pics, it opens full screen, can not go back to desktop unless I alt+F4 or window button + D,

... brrr

I'll post more later


You just have to research how to setup with a local account. I did it but it was a while ago. Also, the problem with your double clicking and getting into metro has more to do with what the default app for viewing pictures is, than anything intrinsic in Win 8.1

One of the benefits of the Windows environment has always been how easy it is, with a little internet research, to tweak it the way you want and replace what you don't like with the rich amount of shareware/freeware utilities out there.
11/17/2013 09:38:47 PM · #6
I am researching and I do like to fiddle and discover new things.

I know that the problem with the double clicking and getting into metro has more to do with what the default app for viewing pictures is and I did fix it right away. My point is that I had to fix a lot of things and wasted my time. The blend of PC and tablet does not make it for me. I can see how metro works when you have a touch screen but with a keyboard and mouse (what I need to process my images) does not do it for me. Would be nice having an option when you install it to pick the UI for tablet, touch screen PC or just PC.

Regardless, the offline account is something that I dislike. For most of the apps in metro you are required to login and once it linked to the hotmail account it took over the local account. I deleted it and all the settings were gone. I had to start all over again.

And seriously, unless I am stupid and can not figure it out, why do I need an online account to set my desktop picture?

We can keep this thread to learn something.

One very helpful page for me was this one

Ok... feeling better.

Back to work (... in the office at my Mac...)
11/18/2013 07:17:46 PM · #7
Originally posted by Tiberius:

And seriously, unless I am stupid and can not figure it out, why do I need an online account to set my desktop picture?


Semi-stupid. It did require some research but i found a fix. It was related to changing the accounts and required to remove the background images, something I never heard before.

Now I have an issue with the scrolling using the track-pad. Its not so smooth and while swiping in Photos... Any idea how to adjust?

Message edited by author 2013-11-18 19:20:16.
11/21/2013 03:16:46 AM · #8
Just weighing in here.

Win 8.1, on a Surface Pro. It's like using a Nikon for the first few days (or Canon for you odd folks out there)... But after a bit, I've gotten used to it - not only used to it, but hell, I like it just fine. Admittedly, I have a touch screen, and I think that makes all the difference.
11/21/2013 05:55:00 AM · #9
Originally posted by Cory:

Admittedly, I have a touch screen, and I think that makes all the difference.


Big one!

Edit: Cory, are you a Mac user?

Message edited by author 2013-11-21 05:56:02.
12/01/2013 05:56:57 AM · #10
Originally posted by Cory:

Just weighing in here.

Win 8.1, on a Surface Pro. It's like using a Nikon for the first few days (or Canon for you odd folks out there)... But after a bit, I've gotten used to it - not only used to it, but hell, I like it just fine. Admittedly, I have a touch screen, and I think that makes all the difference.

Not with shaky hands! Battling with my iphone and pad at the moment lol it will all come back. Got the none touch and a mouse for it not to bad have downloaded Classic shell.
12/01/2013 12:16:00 PM · #11
Originally posted by Tiberius:

Originally posted by Cory:

Admittedly, I have a touch screen, and I think that makes all the difference.


Big one!

Edit: Cory, are you a Mac user?


God no. Those things kill brain cells. ;)
12/05/2013 10:03:48 PM · #12
You can downgrade to Windows 7 for free.........
12/06/2013 11:21:40 AM · #13
Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by Tiberius:

Originally posted by Cory:

Admittedly, I have a touch screen, and I think that makes all the difference.


Big one!

Edit: Cory, are you a Mac user?


God no. Those things kill brain cells. ;)


Really? That explains a lot. A lot? I use Mac at work...
12/06/2013 11:22:38 AM · #14
Originally posted by coronamv:

You can downgrade to Windows 7 for free.........


No need anymore. Made peace with it
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