Bring Back My Windows 8.1

Downloaded and installed my  Microsoft Technical Preview operating system was as soon as it was available to the public. I messed around with it for several months. Then I found out that I could not download new builds. So I stopped reviewing it thinking that there was something wrong with it. I found out that it was my hard drive that had problems and not the operating system!
The following article says “Bring Back My Window 8.1”. No I would not want it back! One simple reason is that Microsoft has already said that it will soon stop supporting it. Windows 10 will be released toward the end of the year so why bother to spend more time trying to fix Windows 8! Another reason that I would not bring back Windows 8.1 is that it was never fully, let me see … what is the right word for not spending enough tine in development with user feedback? Cannot find the right word saying that they did not have the forethought for the users, to invest more time in its development. They wanted a one size fits all for mobile, laptop and desktop users. This did not work for me as a desktop user! It is broke and no amount of tweaking it can save it even if they did manage to bring back the “start button” !
I will be reinstalling the Technical Preview operating system on one of my computers. This time I’ll make sure that it is on a robust hard drive. The news that I am getting about Technical Preview is that it is still a system under development. There are still changes coming including a new browser name Spartan instead  of just their clunky Internet Explorer. I am looking forward to that. Best of all they are finally listening to users of all kind including those that won’t let go of their desktop computers.
Rich Montoya
Tech 12/31/2014 @ 3:13PM 37,869 views

Bring Back My Windows 8.1

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On October 1 of this year Microsoft released the Windows 10 Technical Preview to the masses. In the wake of the (perceived) failure of Windows 8, businesses and consumers seem anxious to embrace the new OS. It has garnered a fair amount of praise thus far, but not everyone is excited about it.  My son used it for an hour or two, and then asked me “How do I get back to Windows 8.1?”

Windows 10 is still in beta, but the Technical Preview is a relatively functional build, and Microsoft has invited the general public to use it and provide feedback as Microsoft developers refine it for an official release expected in late 2015. That means that there are still some features that are not fully fleshed out, and users can expect to encounter more bugs and glitches than normal, but that hasn’t deterred many from jumping on the Windows 10 bandwagon.

I had installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview almost immediately. It’s what I do—both as a tech journalist, and as a Microsoft MVP. In fact, I probably spend as much or more time using early, unreleased versions of the Windows operating system and Microsoft applications than I do the officially released versions.

My initial reaction to Windows 10 was tepid at best. I hate the Frankenstein approach to the Start button / Start menu that Microsoft introduced in Windows 10. One of the first things I did after installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview was to find the setting that let me change it back to the Windows 8.1 behavior. When I tap the Start button, it takes me to the tiled, Modern UI Start screen.

There is a lot about Windows 8.1 that is different from the conventions users are accustomed to from earlier versions of Windows. Different doesn’t mean worse, though. After spending a little time with Windows 8.1 the features and conventions quickly become habit, and once you’re comfortable with the new way it is actually better, and more efficient than the Start menu of old—never mind the mashup approach in Windows 10 that tries to merge the old school Start menu with the tiled Start screen all in one place.

In its efforts to appease the curmudgeonly backlash against change, Microsoft is retreating on many of the improvements in Windows 8.1. Contrast that with the approach Apple—one of Microsoft’s chief rivals—takes, or at least used to take under Steve Jobs. Jobs was quoted stating, “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

You can’t innovate and raise the bar by caving to what users expect. Users don’t like change, and they don’t know what’s possible until you show it to them, and demonstrate how it’s better. Change isn’t better by default. Change for change sake doesn’t improve anything. But, it seems fair to assume that Microsoft had a vision in mind for Windows 8 / 8.1, though, and it should be able to demonstrate how or why the new way is better.

Windows 10 feels like a step backwards in some ways. Granted, there’s a long way to go until the official release, so a lot may yet change between now and then. For instance, Windows 10 is supposed to dynamically determine the hardware platform it is on, and automatically choose the Modern Start screen or the traditional desktop as the situation warrants. Instead of Windows 10 detecting the hardware and deciding for me, I’m hoping there’s a manual option that just lets me decide for myself between “Innovative” or “Curmudgeon” mode.

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