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A reminder: Windows 8.1 rolls out today

Windows 8.1

Our Tim once ignited the internet with an article about uninstalling Windows 8. But I think the general consensus at PCGamesN these days is that it’s absolutely fine once you learn to utterly ignore that strangely detached Start screen.

In any case, some of us are using it - 17.13% of Steam users according to Valve’s last survey in September - and likely want to hear about its first major update, which allows users to bypass the tile screen entirely.

How about we let Windows User Experience man Jensen Harris take us through the details:

Jensen would be disappointed to hear that his dynamic photo frame didn’t last long on the ‘People’ tile of my machine, after it started cycling the faces of school acquaintances from my long-forgotten hotmail contacts list. Thanks, but seriously, stop doing that.

The ability to prevent pictures from enveloping the entire screen in particular is very welcome, however. So too is the option to sync up your desktop background to the Start screen. That and the pretty dragons might see their relationship thaw a little.

Or, you can get rid of the tiles for good via the newly implemented traditional desktop mode. Maybe that.

I wonder if SkyDrive allows for easy between-PC storage of progress in games that don’t support cloud saves? That would be nice.

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Excessum Avatar
4 Years ago

The StartIsBack software and other minor tweaks makes win8 much more tolerable. But even with all those, and despite the performance improvements over Win7, i still prefer the latter.

Kr7stof Avatar
4 Years ago

I know absolutely nothing about windows 8 but what about the performance issues with games. Wan't there a problem or is this already fixed?

Tim Edwards Avatar
4 Years ago

That's been fixed. I haven't come across any performance issues in running Windows 8.

TenClub Avatar
4 Years ago

They are not providing an iso file for those of us who want a clean install. I am so sick of this company. For the last year all they have done is make bad choice after bad choice. You'd think once, just once they'd want some good will but nope!

You want a clean install? Buy another copy. There is no other reason as to why they will not provide a clean install option for those of us who own 8.0. MSDN subscribers get it but not the general public?

I remember when Vista SP1 came out. They gave us an option to grab a free SP1 disc and all we had to do was pay for shipping but we don't even get that now.

The Windows store upgrade process was a complete mess with my secondary rig. It took nearly 5 hours to get done and once it finished the entire system froze forcing me to reboot. I am not subjecting my primary rig to this nonsense. I will be sticking with 8.0 and never again will I buy another MS product day one.

I like clean installs. I do not like upgrade processes. It's why I have always bought full versions of Windows rather than saving money and buying upgrades.

Sorry for the rant but it's just disgusting. I cannot stand this company anymore and I honestly don't care if half my library won't work with SteamOS. I'd rather have that than to support a company who gives 0 f*cks about their customers.

The Windows blog comments are filled with people asking for an iso but they don't care. The response is "there is an iso if you are a MSDN subscriber. Otherwise it won't be available." Because we're going to spend $600 on the cheapest subscription for an 8.1 iso? What a bunch of jokers.