Windows 8.1 is much like the original Windows 8 that came before it. It’s like a train wreck, a horrible and nasty train wreck, but you can’t help but to watch.
Windows 8.1 promised to fix many of the issues that were plaguing Windows 8. The lack of a Start button was one. Yep, they brought it back but before you jump out of your seat and rejoice that they finally brought the good old Start Menu of old back you can sit right back down in that chair you were in because… they didn’t. Yep, press the Start button and what do you get? That train wreck known known as the Start Screen.
For a person who still uses Windows 7 I use the Start Menu every day I use my computer. I essentially use the Start Menu as my Run command. If I want to run a program I simply press the Windows key on my keyboard, type the name of the program that I want to use, and press Enter. It’s like the Windows 7 Start Menu has become The Ultimate Shortcut for me. If I want the calculator I simply bring up the Start Menu, start typing “calc” and then immediately press the Enter key on my keyboard. Oh yay, the calculator!
This does not work on Windows 8/8.1! How does it not work? I press the Windows key and I’m like… what the hell happened to the program window I was working with before? Oh yeah, I forgot… this version of Windows doesn’t like to multitask. I have anywhere from six to eight programs running all at the same time. I have a machine that’s got enough horsepower in it to do all of the multitasking that I want it to do. I didn’t build a computer with a Quad-Core CPU, 16 GBs of RAM, and an SSD to be told that I can only run one program at a time!
The color of Windows was also changed. The default color that Microsoft chose reminds me of the cheap beer that people get when they want a lot of it. It’s yellow, it’s ugly. Why did they choose this color? For the love of God, anything but yellow!
Windows 8.1 promises even more of that train wreck known as Modern UI. If you can’t stand Modern UI, stay away from Windows 8.1 because you’re just going to be getting more of what you hate.
So again… Windows 8.1 is much like the original Windows 8 that came before it. It’s like a train wreck, a horrible and nasty train wreck, but you can’t help but to watch.