What People Disliked About Windows 8

There are many things about Windows 8 which leave it an almost perfect OS. The sheer number of these is what users find frustrating, because this platform rarely lets them forget that they could have had a better computing experience with Windows 7. Here are some of the more pronounced shortcomings in this OS.

The Start button, or the lack thereof

The initially launched Windows 8 OS didn’t have the Start button. This was more than most users could take at the time, since most of them were accustomed to this UI component after years of Windows use. The reason Microsoft cited at the time for the omission was that Windows was looking to move in a different direction, one which leaned towards the emerging mobile device market.

As you’d expect, people started trying all sorts of stuff, to get their beloved Start button back where it belonged, on the desktop. Few had eyes for the other Windows 8 problems. There were plenty of third party substitutes released to meet the widespread demand for a Start button. Arguably, the start screen might have been better accepted if it hadn’t been put in as a replacement.

Having to sign in

Windows 8 came with stepped up security, and one of the tangible effects was the screen lock. If you left your computer idle for enough time, you’d see the screen lock when you got back. And you’d have to sign in with a password. This is only the default setting though, which can be changed by doing the following:

Go to the Control Panel (right click on the bottom left).
Choose the System and Security option, and then go to Power Options.

Select the Require a Password on Wakeup option near the left edge of the screen. This will bring up a window with all of the options grayed out.
So, you choose the option that says Change Settings That Are Currently Unavailable. Seriously.
When that’s done, select Don’t Require a Password option. After that hit Save Changes.
With this is done, you won’t have to type in the password each time the computer wakes up from an idle state. You get right back to the application or space you were at when you left.

The disappearing taskbar is another of the most commonly reported Windows 8 problems. To solve this issue, right click anywhere on the taskbar and choose the option that says Lock the Taskbar. If the Auto Hide feature is enabled, disable it.

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