Ahead of the Windows 8.1 preview release, here is how the revised Start Button will work

Tomorrow, Windows 8.1 public preview will be available, but thanks to the release of Windows Server...
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16. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Win8 is awesome, it even runs very smooth on Atom processors. Dying to buy a Samsung ATIV Q! Waiting for it.....

25. vivzek

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

I don't understand what apprehension does Microsoft has in giving us the option to have the old styled Start button? Rather give us the choice to use either of the two options i.e. the normal start button or a tile mode.

31. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

since I am going to buy a touch screen monitor as soon as I can I I wont disable the functions of side snapping to multitask or top and bottom gestures or disable seeing the 5 charms. when I put my mouse pointer to the lower right corner of the screen I may set it to boot to desktop since I am there most of the time. over all these changes make Windows 8.1 much more useful to you desktop only folks because you no longer have to go to the start screen or see the 5 charms or use the top/bottom and side gestures to do things with. you welcome back the boredom of Windows 7

33. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

I have set up Win8 and used it a while, it has its appeal but I really cant stand it. The app store feels like its still in beta and it seems like a lot of the apps are redundant. I find myself having to set up a microsoft account to enable various features that I really dont have a need for, care about or fully understand why I need them. Its almost like its an internet connected OS now instead of a secured system. The saying "Windows OS is so different that you might as well switch to Linux" has never rang so true as it does when looking at Win8. Using the mouse to open menues is just redicuouls. You have to put in the corner just right and even when you open the menus if your not totally precise you will lose the menu. The active tiles you can set just are far too few and to me just seem mostly useless unless your a major social buff who wants to share with everyone that your urninating in a gastation bathroom that looks like the toilet blew up in. The desktop is confusing and you cant really revert back to anything familiar. With Linux I can switch to another window manager with an interface I feel more comfortable with. With Windows, im stuck with whatever Microsoft thinks I should be using (because of course they know better what I like then I do). So to all the free thinkers out there who know what they want and are being ridiculed for it, i hear you. For those who want to let Microsoft tell you what you want, stop drinking the kool-aid (google it if you dont get it). For windows i run WinXP and Win7. Securing the systems (WInXP/7) is much easier, setting up limited user accounts is more straight forward and figuring things out is much more intuitive for the lay user. Ill stick to WinXP/7 for windows.
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