Microsoft Windows 8.1 Deals

Gordon Kelly

By Gordon Kelly


Prem Desai

October 18, 2013, 5:05 pm

Always impossible to make everyone happy but kudos to Microsoft for stepping back and listening. Must be very hard for the software giant to do this.

Also, it's great news that it's free and that it hasn't become Windows 9.


October 18, 2013, 10:48 pm

The integration with Skydrive is all well and good especially those who are new to the service but those of us with existing Skydrive paid accounts whose logon credentials differ to their Microsoft user accounts seem to have been left up a creek without paddles. Windows 8.1 offers no way to reload Skydrive using different logon credentials. This leaves us without access to our files and backups.


October 19, 2013, 1:33 am

Boot times are NOT just as fast as in Windows 8.0. They're actually more than twice as slow for me. From 20 seconds with 8.0 to 45 seconds using 8.1.


October 19, 2013, 1:11 pm

Actually to be fair, my boot times do seem to be reducing. Last boot was about 30 seconds, so maybe I was jumping the gun with my criticism.


October 19, 2013, 2:12 pm

for me, with all the apps and desktop applications installed, the boot time is ~15 seconds.

Hugh Bear

October 20, 2013, 12:36 am

Longer boot times mean shorter boot times for everyone, thanks Microsoft!

Hugh Bear

October 20, 2013, 12:45 am

Exactly! Microsoft only released Windows 8.1 because they love their customers so goddamn much. We all know how Microsoft's big heart gets it into trouble sometimes, even so, they really went the extra mile for us here and they deserve our thanks, love, respect and admiration.


October 21, 2013, 7:33 am

:-) nice one.

Gordon Kelly

October 21, 2013, 11:15 am

First few boots normally involve a lot of configuration. I've seen no decrease on the 2 laptops and 1 desktop I installed 8.1 onto.

Gordon Kelly

October 21, 2013, 11:17 am

It is a big step in the right direction. I don't think Windows 8 can ever truly be the OS some people imagined, but I think history will show it to have been a bold, ambitious bridging platform to later and greater versions.


October 21, 2013, 3:12 pm

The fundemental issue about users getting blank screens (nothing but the cursor flickering) when they have the latest version of the Intel graphics drivers is an absolute pain in the ass though - I've had to format via recovery media to get back to 8.


October 21, 2013, 6:39 pm

my vaio boots from cold to the start screen in under 4 seconds.. now that that is the new normal I suspect 8 seconds will drive me insane, which looked at objectively is just ridiculous, but I really hope it doesn't get longer..


October 30, 2013, 9:12 am

I am surprised the review fails to mention the lack of two finger tapping (not click) for right click function being missing from most touch-pads since the 8.1 update. The forums are full of users complaining about this removed feature. Someone in the press needs to get onto Microsoft and ask why this has been removed, as clearly the different touchpad manufacturers did not all drop support for this at once unless directed.


January 5, 2014, 2:28 pm

8.1 adds the worst of the Windows button (the button itself), but the most time-losing change is that it now leads you to save to skydrive by default, and you can't change that. More steps for a very frequent activity for desktop users....

Have installed windows 8 again... And may change to windows 7 as it still gives more errors when copying and moving folders...

Steve Stunning

February 26, 2015, 1:12 am

​Anyone who claims that Windows 8 is anything but a Microsoft disaster is as much of a techno-fool as the geeks who designed this disaster with 10 million 500 thousand and counting complaints about Windows 8 on Google alone! So who's wrong, 10,500,000
customers who hate it, can't understand it, can't navigate it, etc. or Microsoft?
It was created by techno geeks as a Frankenstein mesh of iPhone android
operating systems that have totally left the world of PC computing. Millions of people who were forced into this "no alternative" disaster have spent whatever money it took to purchase a copy of Windows 7 and pay another geek to wipe their hard drives of this horrific mistake called Windows 8 and reinstall Windows 7 to salvage their investment in their new PC or Laptop. Microsoft will be very fortunate indeed if it doesn't face a multimillion dollar class action suit for ruining the ability for people to use their brand
new PC's and Laptops with this blight on the Microsoft name. Computing operating systems should be designed for users, and user friendly, not just by and for techno geeks, or people you think should be forced to learn a new difficult skill just to use another company's device that Microsoft didn't build, and doesn't own or manufacture. Computing was supposed to save time, and not require ordinary users to spend most of their valuable time trying to figure out how to work it! Especially when people in
businesses completely unrelated to the computer tech industry with no background in it have wasted their valuable time and money only to end up aggravated, stressed, disappointed, and stuck with a useless and expensive piece of equipment that they used to be able to use, but no longer can because of Microsoft, and the blunder they forced on us called Windows 8. I would ad that given the unreasonable multimillion number of complaints and damage cause by Microsoft, they should at the very least be made to give a FREE copy of Windows 7 to anyone stuck with the "no alternative" Windows 8, along with the cost of replacing the operating system preventing the use of a newly purchased computer. When a car manufacturer makes a mistake in their product, the government makes them replace and repair it at their cost. It's called a "recall" This is the only corrupt industry where it happens regularly, and the "fix" is called an "upgrade" and the consumer is stuck with the bill. In this case, Microsoft will do what they did with "Millennium" and "Vista", and make call the fix, a new and improved operating system and make the consumer pay again. I suggest everyone disappointed with Windows 8 contact your local or State District Attorney, and bring small claims law suits all over the country against Microsoft. I did exactly that years ago when Microsoft sent out a virus security update that infected computers with a virus. They settled with me for $2,000. Which was more than my HP computer cost.


May 6, 2015, 3:30 pm

Wow. Animated tiles. and up to THREE weather forecast days. being able to search on the internet from another place. Either windows 8.1 has some very minor points very hyped up, or this review is sorely under-appreciative. Are we really in an age where the selling point of a OS is how many apps I can download in its store?
It feels so underwhelming that I can hardly think of any else to say about it.
And personally, I prefer skype desktop over that other piece of junk. Sure, it looks sleeker, but if I can no longer distinguish online contacts from offline ones, screw it then.
Finding a desktop version of skype was the first thing I did when I got my new laptop.


January 8, 2016, 12:13 pm

Windows 8.1 interface is hard to get use to but it is more stable than Windows 7. I formate and reinstall many computers. I can confirm that Windows 8.1 it more enjoyable to use. When I install it, it simply detects the hardware better. No need for extra drivers for usb 3.0. People who think Windows 8.1 is bad, do not like changes. I have installed Windows 8.1 over 100 times within two months and can confirm that I have not faced any errors. Simple, Windows 8.1 works better with hardware. The only thing that is bad is about the name. It should have been called different. Maybe something like Windows 8 Star.

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