Windows 8.1 was released in October 2013, in an effort by Microsoft to make up for the poor sales of Windows 8. We regret to advise that after testing, we can see little significant difference between these two OS.
Whilst a start option has re-apeared in Windows 8.1, few other changes have been made. Our Clients have indicated their frustration at the complexity of the OS and the need in most cases to sign up for a Microsoft account simply to download software such as Skype.
Using 3rd party software such as http://www.classicshell.net/, is relatively simple to get your Windows 8 or 8.1 to look and behave like Windows 7. Classic Shell adds a start button and menu similar to that of Windows 7, and once rebooted, the dreaded “tiles” disappear in favour of a standard desktop.
The use of the above software allows consumers to buy a new PC or Laptop from the high street, albeit with Windows 8 installed, but for little effort and no expense, they can quickly have a useable pc.
We are not sure in which direction Microsoft are going as they appear to have alienated many home users and totally ignored business users. Reports indicate that Microsoft have lost millions in sales due to the poor uptake in their new OS.
ADVICE: If you are thinking of updating from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, our testing has indicated that from download through to installation through to final use, the process takes about 4 hours!