Call it impetus, call it giddiness, call it holiday delirium. What ever you do, don’t call it a smart decision. Just a couple of weeks ago Windows 8 bounced on to the world market and like a naive child looking at candy in a candy store I bought in to the hype, lock, stock, and crazy 8 barrel.
Now, I’m no stool pigeon and I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck… I have a long history with windows, even becoming a MCSE in 2000, so I know my way around the OS. But, I must confess, since Windows Vista arrived and was simply a train wreck, I completely skipped it and waited for SP1 on Windows 7 to arrive before I dared to upgrade. I have loved Windows 7 and its stability. But, I read the reviews for Windows 8 and decided I would jump out early and adopt. I liked the idea of Metro and while I have no use, nor do most of the massive population of desktop users, to implement the touch screen features, it seemed cool. Famous last words…
What a disaster it has been
First, I can’t begin to express how ridiculous it is that the start menu is gone. I have had to create a start folder “short cut” in the toolbar just to get a horribly inferior experience. It still sucks. I know that I am going to have to buy a 3rd party solution sooner than later to fix this really bad decision on Microsoft’s part. I get it, MS wants to be cool and hip and target the tablet market, but screwing over millions of desktop users is a really bad idea and a great way to push more users over to the fruit tree company that shall remain nameless.
Second, to take full advantage of Windows 8, MS wants you to login with them automatically to get updates and use most of the Apps they offer as well as skydrive. Within a few days of installing W8 I was informed that I was somehow spamming through email and my account had been blocked. I don’t spam and I am not sure how they would know what I was doing that anyway with the yahoo account I registered with unless they were tracking every bit of data I moved around the internet. As a new install, there are no viruses running on my system and just to make sure I checked with yahoo to see if the account had been hacked. Clean as a whistle. So, I have no idea what they are talking about. I proceeded to try to reset my password and found out I had to email someone to get it reset and then wait… and wait… and wait. I have not heard a follow up in over a week and a half, so I have no idea what happened. My skydrive has started working again, so I assume the problem is fixed. But, I would not be surprised if the other shoe drops and I get blocked again for no reason.
Third, my system has started rebooting on its own again for no reason. When I bought the system a year and a half ago it started this little game of randomly screaming out of my speakers and rebooting once or twice a week. I never clearly determined the problem, but decided it had something to do with the power supply being too small for 3 monitors. So, I upgraded it to a 750w supply and I upgraded the BIOS. Problem solved and system behaved. Now, almost a year later, the mysterious problem has returned with like a squealing pig.
Fourth, I don’t like the way the Apps behave, it is incredibly annoying that in order to use an App I have to switch over to the Metro screen to click on it, then when I am done, I have click back into windows to get back to work. All my normal programs I can find in the annoying start folder I have pinned to the toolbar, but not the “Apps”.
The Skype App is also broken and shuts down, but oddly worked for the first few days. The 8 zip app is a piece of shit and poorly designed and slow as molasses. The selection of Apps is minuscule at best and one has to wonder if it will get better any time soon. I can go on and on, but what I am saying here is that you should not upgrade anytime soon unless you have to. I was happy with Windows 7 and I am still contemplating reverting back. But, it would entail so much work.
Not to be negative Ned to the grave, I will give kudos to the fast boot time, and to Metro. It’s an interesting idea, I just think it should be optional. MS may want to consider sliding back to two interfaces to accommodate the desktop crowd, which is its bread and butter. I do not see the need or desire to start poking my monitor with my finger anytime soon to open anything. The mouse and keyboard is my dance partner and we ain’t square dancing, so back off!