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1.0 out of 5 stars Touchscreen tablets only - but still terrible & productivity killer, 21 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Standard 64 bit OEM, WN7-00403, English Version (DVD-ROM)
Recently spent a month with this software and even at the end of that period I was extermely glad to see Win 7 restored to my PC.

When you get this, be prepared for extreme levels of frustration, especially if you have a "normal" desktop or laptop machine with mouse or touch pad. Some of the gymnastics that you are expected to make to move around the operating system are, by turns, difficult, uninstinctive, painful on the wrist and just darn annoying. For instance, you would expect to be able to scroll up and down using the mouse wheel but no, Win 8 scrolls sideways. A lot of things I had to google just to understand how to do basic functions that I have been doing on Windows pcs since 1992!

Probably the worst feature of the whole thing is the insistence that the system has to operate full screen, to the extent that in our office it was variously nicknamed Microsoft Window or DOS 8.0.

Even when you work using the old style interface it occasionally just throws you back into a full screen window anyway. So, trying to write a report where I have a pre-formatted Word template and need to copy & paste some tables from excel, some small drawings from a CAD drawing package, a few photos and some bits & bobs from the internet now becomes a truly frustrating activity. You want the web browser? It's full screen or nothing so you can no longer just drag and drop. You now have to swipe to the web browser, highlight & CTRL C to copy then swipe again to get back to the document. It's not possible to have the browser on on side of the screen and the document on the other at the same time. Similarly, when you want to edit a photo to pull it into a document Win 8 hurls you straight into the full screen only Photo app, even if that's not what you wanted.

OK, the tiles and opening screen, well, it looks like it was designed by a 10 year old on "my first computer". You can change the colour, move them round or make them double or half size, and that's the limit of customisation. The live tiles update continuously and so will eat your internet allowance like there is no tomorrow unless you disable updates. Most of them are useless anyway, who wants continuous weather updates when you can look out of the window? So we have a start screen instead of a start menu that only works full screen. Wow, that's helpful on a 24" monitor (not).

Now, the apps, MS tries to dictate that you buy through the "App store" and hence they are trying to tie the machine to MS products. Not only that, but before you can watch the YouTube app you have to get through the adverts for MS products before you can watch what you wanted in the first place. You cannot bypass these adverts which seem to be all over the place. The mail app is a total non-functional disaster, and that is all that needs to be said. Most, if not all of the built in apps are poorly developed and should be binned straight away.

There are some add-ons and work around software you can get to make the experience better (Classic Shell etc) but why should you need these when you have forked out a wedge for what should work in the first place?

Summary: If you ever need to write a report, edit photos, or do anything more complex than write a letter then DON'T BUY THIS.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2014 21:02:58 GMT
jtsfife75 says:
What you are describing here is the default behaviour of windows 8, which I agree is poor and very frustrating on a non touchscreen laptop. But with a bit of configuration - install classic shell to bring back start menu, and make sure all your default 'apps' are desktop - you need never be troubled by the metro start screen or horrible metro apps. What you then have is a very stable system that starts much more quickly and runs slightly more quickly than windows 7. I would now chose it over windows 7, but do agree that it should not be necessary to do this to have a functioning OS.

Posted on 24 Feb 2014 12:27:16 GMT
"There are some add-ons and work around software you can get to make the experience better (Classic Shell etc) but why should you need these when you have forked out a wedge for what should work in the first place?"

I cannot agree more. There are loads of Windows 8 supporters that said you can "just" install something or another to make it more like the old Windows. Well, it should not be so bad in the first place. Lets see how much they like it if they buy a car with "new" square wheels and they need to swap it out with "old" round wheels to make it drive better. And oh, they need to tell the car to "default" to the "old" round wheels if not it will always start with "new" square wheels. The "plus" point is the "new" square wheels makes the car more stable and less likely to crash compared to the "old" round ones.
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