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Well first impressions why bother with the new interface? Since windows 98 (yes I am that old lol) I have always had a customised cursor. I hate the pesky little white arrow that has been around since windows 3.1 (hehehe). So I have a customised cursor (CursorFX). This disappears in Win 8, tiles and apps so I have to tab and use arrow keys. There is nothing on the front screen that I need . One thing I don’t like is how when you launch an app it immediately goes into full screen. I have a primary monitor of 27 inches, its daft to have an app full screen. There is definitely a commercial aspect to all these windows apps. If they are free you get stuck  ads. Far too commercial for me. Its my computer and I have bought the software I need  there are over a hundred apps installed I don’t want or need. Mind you pressing the windows key and typing the name of the program e.g Word brings it up instantly.

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and this is just up to Cs. Then click on them and you get full screen. Sticky Notes full screen?

start menuI have all the programs I use on the task bar and half a dozen on the front screen. I won’t give up on the Windows 8 interface but with the Start button back and by right clicking on it… Everything you need for computer management is there.  Then in Windows 7 there were gadgets which I loved and used the BBC radio player daily and a large clock. . The good news is I found a program that puts them back.  So do I regret installing Windows 8.1? By no means its the latest generation of windows. It boots much much faster  and has more security functions. The Task Manager is great and you can see exactly whats going on with the processor and RAM.  I have no problem with two monitors either dragging windows from one to another and I have the task bar on both monitors.  So I like Windows 8 just don’t like Metro or the apps but don’t use them. I like Windows 7  and have it as the interface but under the bonnet its Windows 8.1. I boot straight into the desktop.

 

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So I have the best of both worlds.

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