Tuesday, April 23


Windows 8 Sucks

There are some good bits.  The Task Manager is a solid improvement.  And the file copy activity dialog is what it always should have been.  Those are a couple of minor items, though.  Overall, it sucks.

Needlessly, because there's a perfectly functional operating system underneath; they've simply layered a whole bunch of crapware and crippling and blatantly idiotic configuration choices on top and broken it.

I give it zero out of ten, as in, there is zero reason to use it.  If you want to run Windows, stick with 7; if you want a touch-enabled device, use Android.

It might be redeemable with something like Classic Shell; I'll find out.  Of course, again, there is no reason why you should need to do that, but if you're stuck with a Windows 8 laptop (like me) and (unlike me) no spare Windows 7 keys, there's potentially a way to fix the most egregious of Microsoft's fuckups.

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1 I thought I read that it was possible to ignore all the new wizbang tablet GUI and to revert to something like the classic XP Explorer. Is that true?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Tuesday, April 23 2013 09:36 PM (+rSRq)

2 With a third-party utility, yes.  But you can't configure the OS that way without installing something - they've even removed configuration options that were there in Vista and Windows 7.

Looks like they've created a cottage industry in apps to fix their mistakes.  There's a new version expected later this year - somewhere between a service pack and a full release - that's expected to fix the worst problems.  The president of Microsoft's Windows division was very publicly fired let by mutual decision late last year, not long after the launch, so I'm hopeful there's less politics involved in backtracking on some of the worst misfeatures.  

It wouldn't take that much work to turn it into a solid update to Windows 7 with an optional tablet UI.  In fact it's mostly a question of just giving choice back to the users about which features they want.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, April 23 2013 10:19 PM (PiXy!)

3 "left by mutual decision" that is.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, April 23 2013 10:19 PM (PiXy!)

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