- Start screen with live tile
- Personalize with apps
- Windows Store
- Start button in desktop mode
- Sync across devices
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Went from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 and... 12/23/2013
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)
Works beautifully with SSD's
Boot time : From push of the power button, to 8.1 desktop on a Samsung 840 Pro SSD - 15 seconds.
Optimizes SSD's - no need for any tweaking of the drive itself.
Start Button is back in 8.1 ( partly)
Metro Interface - what else?
Windows Media Player no longer plays DVD's ( video), unless go with the Pro Version, or purchase Windows Pro Pack to get Media Center for 100 bucks. (of course there is third party software for this as well )
Based on what I had heard and read, I was very reluctant to make the change from Windows 7 to Windows 8. I was in process of doing a new computer build, and heard about 8.1 being released and it bringing the start button back - so I decided to go ahead and purchase 8.1 and give it a try.
Took some major adjustments on my part to get used to it, and I am still in that process. Yes, 8.1 brings a start button to the screen, but it ain't the familiar Start button like in Windows 7. First thing I did was set Windows to boot to desktop. Click start button and what happens - boom, the Metro GUI is staring me in the face. This GUI is fine for tablets/cell phones, for a desktop PC and what we do with them, more cumbersome than functional. For me at least this soon in the learning curve.
However, one can right click the Start button, and it brings up several familiar choices you can choose from:
Like search, control panel, task manager, device manager, file explorer, etc. But NO "all programs" button. You have to either do a search for your program, go to the Metro gui apps screen, or have a shortcut on your desktop or pinned to taskbar for your program you want to run.
One other annoyance for me, I could not get a DVD movie to play in Windows Media Player. I thought something was wrong, messed up in my setup or settings. After doing a search, I learned they took this functionality away for Media Player in Windows 8. Of course though Windows Media Center will play them, and you can get it - by purchasing the Pro pack for 100 bucks.
In my case, I don't think so, there are other media players out there.
SSD's - It really shines here, optimized for use on an SSD and very, very fast.
Finally, I am glad I went ahead and went with it. It is very robust, and the more I use it the more I like it and find ways around some of the annoyances.
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