Cinnamon is very good, and much more dependable than earlier versions. If you have not tried it in a while, it is recommended.
I uninstalled all of the Metro apps. Therefore my Start screen is only used as a launchpad for my icons. I have boot to desktop enabled, so I never see the Start screen unless I need to launch an app that is not on my desktop. Windows 8 can be customized to work how you like it. I chose to make mine just like Windows 7 with all the performance improvements.
NoScript users like myself are prepared to only allow certain scripts when going to a new site.
Windows 8.1 can be customized to work just like Windows 7. 1) enable boot to desktop. 2) uninstall all Windows 8 apps 3) change file associations to desktop applications like Windows photo viewer 4) place shortcuts to frequently used programs on metro start screen that has NO tiles
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I deleted my Yahoo account because of the static search bar and buttons that stays on every page and takes away from your viewable area of important things. Everyone on My Yahoo is complaining about the same bar as it really affects small screen devices and laptops. I completely gave up on Yahoo.
A new company name: Microsoft Mobile.
Why would they need a Windows 8 Workstation? Companies can standardize on free Start Menu programs like classic shell. From what I hear, major Computer vendors are installing Pokki for Windows 8 Start Menu since they can customize it.
Windows 8.1 brings back the start button. While it only takes you to the start screen, you can have it go to the all apps screen instead. The start screen is a full screen start menu. I removed all live tiles on mine, and pinned all programs that I launch on it.
They are not copying the interface. Solid colors use less energy than gradients and shadows since video devices have less to display. The flat look is not for aesthetics, but for longer battery life.
Hard Drives last more like 2-3 years for anything over 500GB. The warranties are now 2 years on internals, and 1 year on externals.
If your computer has Intel Anti-Theft, this will super cede the bios. No one will be able to use your computer in any way. They cannot boot to a usb or CD; they cannot access the bios. It will be a brick without the password or correct credentials from Intel.
Why not just use MINT if you like Cinnamon?
right click on start button > DOS shell selection
It took me forever to get it installed on my clean system due to likely high download demand. I thought it ran slower than Windows 8.0, and iTunes hung like crazy when opening. Other programs will likely need updates when this upgrade goes final. They added shutdown to the right click start button menu. I cannot understand why they NEVER thought about making a SHUTDOWN TILE in the first group of tiles. that would have saved them a bunch of early adopter complaints.