Faster than Windows 7, not asscancer like Windows 10
>but muh start menu
What's your excuse to not use the best OS?
I have a legal ($15) copy of Windows 8.1 that I plan to use until I quit Windows for good. I use Linux 80% of the time anyway.
I thought I would install Windows 10 to give developing Windows Store applications a try but there doesn't seem to be much of a market there.
The main reason why I'm still on 8.1+CS is because like W7, it has had more time for people to develop 'control' over it/'lock' it down without VM'ing.
I'll just wait out until W10 gets a proper lock down, like 7 & 8.1.
Though, the actual improvements from W10, like that window quarter-snapping feature and accurate search functionality (minus the spying, W10 start search bar is superior compared to CS, honestly).
Because the Start Menu indexing function just works with classic shell.
You press the win key, type what you want and it shows up.
Without classic shell, it displays the somehow laggy (i5 2500k+980Ti, 32GB of RAM) Start Screen and the results are fucking garbage for some reason, pressing enter will in 99% of the cases take you to a search instead of what you actually want.
Weird. Even on my Core2Duo machine, Windows 8's start screen's search reliably started the program I want.
But I'm not doubting your words. If that's how it works for you then yeah, you should use classic shell.
>Faster than Windows 7
> 8.1 has broken shadow copy
> lacks NFS
> lacks media centre
> 3rd oarty start menus are garbage (the often do not update recently used programs list)
> no aero glass
> no classic theme (at least the option to disable composition)
> two control panels
> two internet explorers
> cloud integration
> shit task manager
> 10% market share (good luck having this OS eve get considered by devs/MS)
should be disabled
dont need(classic shell is fine if you absolutely need one)
>no aero glass
what the fuck, who likes that ugly shit?
>no classic theme
>two control panels
i have not used the metro control panel since i installed 8.1
>two internet explorers
the fuck, uninstalling internet explorer is like the first thing you do. use chrome/firefox
you're talking about onedrive? yea, can be completely removed.
>shit task manager
I actually agree, but you can easily just use win7's task manager. I do it all the time.
>10% market share
> Windows 8 is the first Windows to keep your encryption key safe on Microsoft's designated servers as a backup measure
A Y Y
>Just don't install those update.
How do you know which updates are telemetry free, and those that aren't? It's not like MS makes their updates descriptive.
security patch v123234523454 could be just another telemetry update.
you basically have to place your trust in random ass people, who are probably underage and have no idea what's legit or not.
Not that anon, but They are. And I check them every month. No description = no install
>Does 10 Enterprise really have all the telemetry shit off?
Where did you get that from?
Both 8 and 10 are privacy offenders, 8 less so than 10 but still. Enterprise or not.
>youre basically just guessing
Apparently I'm not. Check the list. Worst was for a description to be posted a few days later, so all the updates are elucidated eventually. Those are all the shady updates as of 09/02/2016 >>52918436
>After July 2017, the most critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for these configurations
They're ending support for 7 and 8.1 early on Skylake and up.
will it also magically turn the power back on?
It looks like more of this dumb le minimalist eyecancer shit that's infected all technology ever since the iPhone came out.
Fuck the old start menu. The start screen is loads better.
I dont know how to express that i 100% agree with you, but still appear total cool on 4chan, so ill just leave a screenshot of patapon here
>What's your excuse to not use the best OS?
I can already think of a few off the bat.
>no memory compression
>no windowed metro apps
>no virtual desktops
>no task view
>no action center
>no DirectX 12
I'm with ya op, 8.1 is perfect right now. More mature codebase than 10, but much newer and modern than 7. 8.1 is in the prime of its life.
Also the Start Screen is much better than the menu tbqh, like shown in >>52919549
I keep that and Windows updates disabled with a .bat
>net stop wuauserv
>sc config wuauserv start= disabled
>schtasks.exe /Change /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator\Reboot" /Disable
Once a month I enable and install updates.
>sc config wuauserv start= auto
>net start wuauserv
I did the same with win8
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I edited the version number to 6.3 in pic related because 8 = 6.2 and 8.1 = 6.3
Is it bad that I like the metro in 8.1? I'm just so used to it.
I have 7 on my laptop and I enjoy that as well, but when I try desktops/lap tops with 10 I feel like I don't know what I'm doing and it's overly confusing.
yeah I'm recycling an old laptop that had 8 from start so I zeroed the drive and it ended up in bootloop so I was like fuck it but now I wish I kept it normal because I'm kind of nostalgic for its shittiness
I can start programs in windows 7 by hitting the start key and smacking the program I want before the start menu even opens.
Windows 8 has the whole metro then it's own search app to go through before it will start a program.
But if you are running Intel/Amd you already have backdoored hardware with internal battery backup. They don't want you to know.
Luckily the backdoor only works on Windows as Linux kernel is patched against it.