Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Five Problems That Make Windows 8 Prosaic

Close to three months passed by since Windows 8 came in. Though Microsoft succeeded to sell about 40 million copies of Windows 8 operating system in the first two days of its release, the later sales figures were way below expectations. Just 60 million copies went purchased till December, way below the projected target of 400 million. And many among those who purchased the OS are unhappy with the issues that it yields. Here we discuss a few complaints that are frequent with Windows 8. 

User Interface and Related Hassles  
You know something? The Start button, which glorified the desktop of Windows operating systems for ages, is not there in Windows 8. Similarly even the Control Panel or Settings buttons are hidden in Charms Bar, which you need to play your fingers to discover. Reason - Microsoft opted for an entirely different user interface this time. Although there were minor interface-specific modifications since the days of Windows 95 but this time around, Steve Ballmer’s team has gone for a wild experiment, so to speak, enough to bemuse ‘not that tech savvy’ chaps. So the moment they turn on their PC after the Windows 8 upgrade the first thing they are bound to ask is “Where is the Start button?.” However, you can follow this link for the workaround. 

Is Windows 8 Ideal Just for Touch Screen?
With Windows 8, Microsoft has taken technology one step ahead. It is true that all futuristic computers will be touch screen oriented. And Windows 8 is just a beginning. Unfortunately, Windows 8 is not apt to run on traditional computers, but is an ideal choice for tablets, and touch screen laptops. So does it mean that I should shift over to touch screen laptop to enjoy the best of Windows 8? The answer is may be. Read what David Goldman of CNNMoney has to say here  Wi-Fi Connection is in Mess A problem frequent with Windows 8 first timers – as and when it’s upgraded, your PC suddenly refuses to run Wi-Fi once Windows 8 is installed on it. Do not worry about it. The driver may be corrupt. Just remove it to replace with a new driver and see the change.

Oh I forgot to mention that even old batteries can also stop Wi-Fi from functioning flawlessly. So why not change the batteries and check out? Anyways, here’s what Microsoft has to say on this.

And what about your wireless keyboard? Is it working fine? I am asking this just because complaints regarding wireless keyboards not functioning on Windows 8 are common. Probably this is due to the corrupt driver. Here is a solution worth trying though. Just replace it with a new one to fix this issue. To be frank, it would be better if you have a look at all the drivers that worked fine with your erstwhile operating system. A few of them may be iffy with Windows 8.

Sudden Restart and Shutdown Are Worrying Many
Another major concern plaguing Windows 8 users are those linked to sudden restart and shutdown. Many a times the PC restarts itself as soon as the login screen appears. Mostly this issue is caused due to the Hybrid Shutdown feature introduced in Windows 8. Hybrid Shutdown reduces the startup time by hibernating the kernel session instead of closing it. Just disable the Hybrid Shutdown feature and go for a complete shutdown. The problem is hereby resolved. Here’s a source on how to get it done.

BSOD or Blue Screen of Death Error
Do not panic when the screen goes blue. It is the very common BSOD or Blue Screen Error. Now do not conclude this as virus attack. A corrupt hardware or software may be the reason for this problem. Just dial a nearby hardware vendor to upgrade your hardware or replace it with a new one. May be your PC has numerous unwanted or corrupt files that need to be removed or a cluttered disk that you may have to cleanup. Be it any, better that you opt for expert support. Here’s a few solutions for you. 

Naturally this question popped up in my mind after looking at the response of Windows 8 towards certain websites. Just kidding. Anyways it is a fact that certain websites hesitate to open up once you install Windows 8 in the PC. Most often they are social networking sites. Even uTorrent fails to function sometimes. Try out this app though. Several users also claim that they face problems with the display of photos in Photoshop CS6 as well. However Jeffrey Tranberry from Adobe.com has some suggestions waiting.

These issues are not that common, but are affecting few Windows 8 users. Problems like freezing up of start screen, issues with certain hardware and breaking up of Windows store are also alleged from few corners. Hope Microsoft will address these problems in coming days.

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