Re: The iMore 20K Post Challenge - Are you up for it?
I have been a Windows user now for close to if not over 15 years. I've used 95, 98, Millenium, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and now 8. I have used NT and Server OSes on a daily basis at work. So I'm not some Mac OS user spouting off about Windows. Some of the changes in Windows 8 is just stupid plain and simple. At the company I work for it is a 95% Windows environment. So I'm talking from both a consumer standpoint and a business user standpoint. Microsoft has spent more than a decade training people to use their OS. An OS to me is supposed to make a user's computing life easier, better and more effecient. So when you do stupid things like seperating the Shutdown and Log off to two different screens it makes no sense. You get rid of the Start button which is like iOS' home button. It's what users know, it's the first place they look for everything. You have a Full Screen Internet Explorer and a Windowed (Desktop Mode) Internet Explorer which is confusing. You give the ability to dock apps (weather, twitter, etc.) to the side of the screen except you don't give the ability to scale it down so the user can have both the information and a usable portion of the screen. I have spent the time since we have been getting Windows 8 machines explaining the same thing over and over and over to people who have used Windows for the last more than 15 years. Microsoft to me have turned their backs on the users that already exist in exchange for the users who will become the users of tomorrow. They have used the same OS for the touch devices as are on the desktop in the hopes that the same way iOS will draw people to Mac OS this will draw people to the desktop. I'm not saying Windows 8 is all bad I'm just saying the things that are bad are stupid changes that make no sense. Thank god I have easily found a way to put back a simulation of the start button of sorts without using some stupid third party crapware which is about 80% of the reason people push back from Windows 8.
Originally Posted by Laura Knotek
My issue is why not take time to make the OS better. Things like having a utility that backs up the registry daily or weekly so that when a machine gets a virus a part of the process would be to restore a clean working registry from a day or two before it hit. Why not make it possible for the hardware and the OS to become independent? I want to take a hard drive that is already loaded out of one computer with failing hardware put it into another computer and just boot up and get to work. Alternately I want to take a failing hard drive out of a computer put in a new one and just get to work. Windows backup goes part of the way towards making the second scenario possible but it is so limited. Try to backup a 512GB drive and then restore it to a 256GB drive lol good luck. These are things that users don't see but if they were changed would make a HUGE improvement. There are a ton of other things that come up from day to day that are common complaints by people that haven't changed from version to version. So this is why I have a problem with the changes in Windows 8. It's not like I can't get used to using it but I shouldn't have to get used to it or make some band aid solution to get use out of it.