Windows tweak ignores biggest problems

August 23rd, 2013

New York Times tech writer David Pogue doesn’t have high hopes for Windows 8.1. And if you don’t like the initial Windows 8 operating system, you shouldn’t, either.

Start still missing

First, Windows 8.1 doesn’t bring back the Start menu. Users who want it will still need to install a third-party app that restores it.

Desktop, Tile issues

Secondly, Windows 8.1 still doesn’t know whether it’s a touch-screen or mouse-and-keyboard system. The system’s TileWorld section works the best for touchscreens. But its Desktop section is obviously designed to be navigated with a mouse and keyboard. By splitting itself like this, Windows 8.1 doesn’t make anyone happy.

Skip it?

Pogue’s advice is simple: If you aren’t a fan of Windows 8, don’t invest in Windows 8.1. You won’t be a fan of it, either. Our recommendation? Stick with Windows 7. That’s an excellent operating system.