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Poll: Windows 8.1 Preview Experience (How do you like it?)

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How was installation?

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How is compatibility?

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#196 George P

George P

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  • Joined: 04-February 07
  • Location: Greece
  • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit
  • Phone: HTC Windows Phone 8X

Posted 12 July 2013 - 15:15

Installed Preview on VirtualBox... Feels like localization was done by robot. Lots of meaningless words, significant lexical errors, bloated strings... In old times MS always been very good on localizations. But this time it's just disaster...


Those are probably the last things they work on, and I wouldn't worry too much about it in the end. 

#197 gate1975mlm



  • Joined: 24-September 03

Posted 12 July 2013 - 16:28

I am still happly running Windows 7 Home SP1 64 Bit all all 4 of my computers. But I wanted to see what all the hoopla was about this new Windows 8 OS. So I went ahead and installed the Windows 8.1 Preview ISO on my Notebnook. And to be honest the only thing I really find better about it then Windows 7 is the new App store and the under the hood improvments. If I could get the App store and the under the hood improvments on windows 7 it would be the perfect OS! I think the new Start Screen in Windows 8 is nice to have however it's not a good replacment for the Start Menu in Windows 7. I would rather say it's a nice addition to it and thanks to software like Start8 you can have both and they work really nice together. Also in some ways Windows 8 downgrades some features. To many to name for sure but one example is in the Network and Sharing Center you can no longer click on the icon and change the name of your network any longer. Now in Wondows 8 and still in 8.1 you have to do a registry hack to change the name :( It's the little things like this that also get on my nerves about Windows 8.


Also I don't know if its becasue this is only a preview build but Windows Defender really slows down the OS performance when it's running. I don't understand why Microsoft can not improve the performance of Windows Defender to where it does not cause any slow down like with other Anti Virus software Avast for example. I also had an issue with the  AMD Catalyst drivers which would not let me resize the screen when hooked up to my HDTV. I am sure these bugs will be fixed once Windows 8.1 is final. And I also noticed a strange issue where when I dragged a file from a folder on the network to my notebook there was some big time lag. Like it took maybe 30 seconds or more to bring up the Move to/Copy to menu. Not sure if this is a bug in the 8.1 or perhaps the video drivers was causing this?


Anyway after a few hours of testing out Windows 8.1  I ended up imaging back my Windows 7 to my notebook. Overall I think Windows 8.1 is nice minus the bugs and what not. But I do not think it's worth the upgrade from Windows 7 paid or free for that matter. I just dont think it's worth the trouble of having to start over installing all my software. Even though I do like the new App store a lot I think I am going to stick with Windows 7 for at least another year and more then likely finally upgrade when Windows 9 is released hopefully in 2014.


If Microsoft will listen to what most users want then Windows 9 should turn out to be the best of 7 and 8 making it the best Microsoft OS ever that's my hope anyway :)

#198 Javik



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  • Joined: 21-May 12

Posted 13 July 2013 - 22:09

I also hate Defender with a passion, that bug that causes system slowdowns when you open a folder with a lot of EXE files in is still present, even though it's been known about ever since Microsoft first released the product... about 5 years ago now?

#199 Undead Steve

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  • Joined: 03-June 13
  • Location: New Orleans
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Phone: Nokia Lumia 920

Posted 13 July 2013 - 22:45

The installation process over all was even faster and more streamlined than even Win 8 (which was improved over 7). Did run into 1 problem though. When I first tried to install it onto my laptop (clean install) - the only thing that worked was the login screen. As soon as I logged in all I got was a black screen, a few error messages, and the mouse. I believe this is because I actually mounted the .iso from another computer over my network (which I don't know if that is even suppose to work at all :rofl:). So I just burned the .iso onto a disk and clean installed again and it's run perfectly even since.


As far as bugs go, the install on my laptop is flawless. Haven't run into any major bugs yet - maybe a few crashes of IE11 at best. My Surface RT however is quite a lot more buggy - My main annoyances being with IE11 (again :/) and few other apps having strange problems (Metrotube won't work at all, other apps are inconsistent in load times, sometimes opening instantly, sometimes taking minutes). The new features make it more than worth fighting through the bugs though! :D

#200 Dashel



  • Joined: 03-December 01
  • Location: USA

Posted 18 July 2013 - 15:23

Yea, I'm still surprised by how many more sites are breaking in IE11 even compared to IE10 (including sites that finally had some measure of support for IE10 to begin with)

#201 George P

George P

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  • Joined: 04-February 07
  • Location: Greece
  • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit
  • Phone: HTC Windows Phone 8X

Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:43

HAs anyone noticed how metro IE blocks all pop.ups even when you manually click to open a link in a new tab?  I'm forced to lower the popup blocker settings to medium in the desktop internet options so it will once again allow tabs to open for me instead of blocking them.

#202 Irgendware


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  • Joined: 21-July 13
  • Location: Germany, Bremen
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Phone: Nokia Lumia 920

Posted 21 July 2013 - 21:15

Installation has been done in 12 minutes (woa!), applications and Drivers are all working fine.


I like the improvements in start Screen and also Metro style control Panel.


But it seems libraries have been removed from "This PC". I liked that Feature a lot.

Also in IE11 I see great improvements, but I am missing changing the Rendering engine in developer Tools to older IE Versions :-/


#203 chrisj1968


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  • Tech Issues Solved: 3
  • Joined: 17-June 08
  • Location: United States

Posted 16 August 2013 - 13:38

I beat the dead horse on this issue waay too many times and I'm sorry about that everyone. MS should have actually appealed to both desktop and touchscreen users. I'm wondering if MS purposely forced the DESKTOP UI to make people want to change to a touchscreen tablet. Probably this is why laptop/desktop sales have been so low


I won't hold my breath on Windows 9 changing that either

#204 remixedcat



  • Tech Issues Solved: 1
  • Joined: 28-December 10
  • Location: Vmware ESXi and Hyper-V happy clouds
  • OS: Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Phone: I use telepathy and cat meows to communicate

Posted 17 August 2013 - 02:19

Excellent so far on the VM. :)