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Recently picked up a new comp with Windows 8.1, what a major upgrade this was. My old comp was a XP machine from the early 00's. LOL

Anyway, I've been reading on the web how many people hate the new Metro UI because it did away with the traditional Start Menu but in my opinion I rather like this new Metro UI. Once I got rid of the extra tiles and customized it a bit it's very easy to use and pleasing to look at it.

My computer is a non touch screen but I don't have any issues with the tiles and app menus using my mouse. I had my reservations initially but once you get use to it it's rather easy to use. And the desktop with the taskbar at the bottom is still there so I just added the programs I use regularly to the bottom.

IE is fine but I plan on trying some other browsers as they become available. All the old school Windows stuff is still there it's just in a new look but it's nothing one can not become use to, if you use any kind of smart phone the Metro UI should be familiar. It's NOT a must that you need to use the Metro UI the computer loads into the desktop first, you can always add shortcuts of your frequently used programs to the desktop or taskbar and launch them from there. The Metro UI is just a new way to interact with information and get to your other applications.

I mostly use the PC to browse the internet so my needs are simple but I understand why some of the faith-full still like their menus.
 

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I have it and I like it. Especially after learning a few shortcuts and mouse pad swipes.
 

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5 moves to do anything that used to take 3. The dumbing down of America, people not smart enough to use a keyboard any more. Why the pretty tiles, you don't have to think anymore.

Wait until you figure out how much less security you truly have on it, you are giving Microsoft (and others) literally every single thing you ever do now with One Drive. Even more, wait until you see the list bug that when you compare two long lists to then swap items from one to the other the two lists keep scrolling back up to the top without you doing anything. It makes long databases almost impossible to modify to drive businesses crazy. Microsoft has claimed it as fixed numerous times yet not once has the fix worked for all. Anything like fast gaming got much slower with 8 as well, the Direct X implementation sucks there. Many also saw support for many peripherals disappear too forcing lots of sales of new devices. Not able to shutdown PC due to forced updates every day drove me crazy. So much stuff running in the background now you can't tell any longer when you are being hacked, Microsoft being in and out almost all day long. I know how to run and maintain my PC, I don't need Microsoft taking it away from me every time I turn around.

Many many businesses have dropped back to other older O/S, they simply cannot work as fast with 8 and higher. 10 has the same issues and more and more forcing you to let Microsoft 'guard' all your files for you to keep the hard drive clean. So they can come in and charge you by the month for maintenance and server space, what they have announced in the past and are super close to now.

I went back to 7, every new issue from Microsoft just gets more and more bloated to soak up any extra performance provided by newer and later chips and mainboards. On 7 mine about 5X as fast as 8. I used to update O/S almost instantly but the reasons for it have pretty much vanished and now there are very solid ones to stay where you are at now.
 

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I cheat at windows from the old dos days. Sure Ive grown to use a mouse, but to launch any program I hit windows button R then type the name and press enter.

My last pc was xp compaq widescreen laptop deal. I went to Mac. Got a mac mini and a mac book pro 15 retina. Love em. They all talk to each other like my iphone. I can take calls on my computer. :nerd:
 
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