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Last week we wanted to know how much free space POLL: How Much Free Space Did You Manage to Get From Dropbox? POLL: How Much Free Space Did You Manage to Get From Dropbox? By using referrals, solving games, activating products and more, you can earn more than 50GB of storage in your free Dropbox account. How much do you have? Read More you’ve managed to get on your Dropbox account. Through referrals, games, and various promotions, it seems that most of you did a pretty good job at going over the minimum 2 GB allotted by Dropbox. But if you thought 50 GB was a huge amount of free space to have, you’re in for a surprise.

A total of 1,032 readers voted in this poll. These were the results:

  • 1% of you have a paid Dropbox account, while 2% don’t use Dropbox at all. That means 98% of the readers who voted use Dropbox. Impressive.
  • 5% have exactly 2GB in Dropbox, meaning they never went for any extra free space at all. Yet.
  • 16% of the voters have 2-5 GB, 10.5% have 5-7 GB, and 12.5% have 7-10 GB. Expected higher numbers here? So did I.
  • 11% have 10-16 GB, and 14% have 16-30 GB.
  • 9% of the voters have 30-50 GB.
  • And here’s the shocker: 17% of you have over 50 GB of free space in your Dropbox account! Well done.


Comment Of The Week

Need some inspiration on how to get more free Dropbox space? All of last week’s comments are great for that. But the most interesting one was by Robert from SF, who shared how he managed to get almost 40 GB of free space without ever utilizing a device-activation promotion. Indeed, the way he acquired his free space is unusual among the rest. Also, his workplace blocks Dropbox, which is one of the weirdest blocking decisions I’ve encountered. For this comment POLL: How Much Free Space Did You Manage to Get From Dropbox? POLL: How Much Free Space Did You Manage to Get From Dropbox? By using referrals, solving games, activating products and more, you can earn more than 50GB of storage in your free Dropbox account. How much do you have? Read More , Robert wins a free (and infinitely awesome) MakeUseOf t-shirt:

I have 39.5 gb without any purchases at all.

I was a “charter” member during the beta, so I started with 5 gb. I maxed referrals and used the .edu membership to double that space. I also met a person who worked at Dropbox who gave me a 5 gb free code for some feedback, and went to a Dropbox event and they had a 5gb code there as well. I also completed a few of the contests online, and that’s all I have been able to do (and all for free…no phone purchases, no time limit set on any of it).

But alas, work blocks Dropbox, so I can’t use it there for what I had been using it for, sycning reference files for work (powerpoints, pdfs, excel spreadsheets, etc. as overall reference and templates). They don’t block Skydrive, and I have 25 gb free there (was a previous user grandfather’ed in to the 25 gb free allocation)….so I use that.

But it’s still irks me that I can’t access Dropbox.

I tried to max out on’s service, but can’t get the referrals. The number of people available in my circle’s are dried up who don’t have cloud storage, and my Facebook/Twitter requests go unheeded, even for a pity sign-up/install. :(

Have You Upgraded To Windows 8.1?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

Ah, Windows 8, the Windows version everyone loves to hate. But if you thought people were mad at Windows 8, just Google “Windows 8.1”. The new upgrade was so problematic, it sprouted articles such as how to upgrade to Windows 8.1 safely How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 Are horror stories of how Windows 8.1 upgrades went horribly wrong keeping you from upgrading yourself? If you are longing to try Windows 8.1, you can now learn from other people's lessons and upgrade safely! Read More and 7 Windows 8.1 upgrading issues and how to fix them 7 Windows 8.1 Upgrade Issues & How To Fix Them 7 Windows 8.1 Upgrade Issues & How To Fix Them Windows 8.1 is more than a Service Pack. The significant Windows 8.1 upgrade has been reported to cause several issues during and after the update. We show you how to fix the most common ones. Read More . And these were not popular for their nice images.

On the other hand, Windows 8.1 does bring some nice features to the table, and many who have upgraded are happy with it. Have you plunged into the deep waters and upgraded? Or are you still holding back, waiting for things to become more stable?


Perhaps you’re planning to wait until you have no choice? Or choose to stop using Windows rather than upgrade? Maybe you’ve upgraded and you’re actually happy with it? Share all these experiences and thoughts below.

  1. RK Gesmundo
    February 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Windows is just like Facebook, at the first look of the update of the UI, we usually hate it since we don't know how to navigate it until we already got used to it. It just takes time to really getting used to the new one cause if you don't, you'll always be stuck with the old one or worse.. forever....
    "Try to move on!"

  2. Nick Kenyeres
    February 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Dislike Windows 8.1. I found that the file associations for my Enterprise version of Microsoft Office are all messed up. This is very disappointing. I am planning to switch to an iMac so that I don't have to waste anymore of my time trying to solve Windows-related issues that shouldn't be; and trying to find things that were easy to do and find in Windows 7.0.

    I really wonder why Microsft can't get it right even after all of these years. But now, I won't have to worry because I plan to buy an iMac tomorrow.

  3. Nicholas
    February 22, 2014 at 3:07 am

    I ended up doing a clean install of 8.1 from a DVD. I had intended to upgrade in place, but as I had moved my user folder to my E: drive that was not going to work. I tried emptying my user folder and moving it back to my small C: drive (an SSD), unfortunately the move back blew up as my DVD drive refused to cooperate when it was needed. I was left with an unusable system and did a clean install of 8.1. I've been happy with 8.1. I like that I am able to boot to the desktop and return to the desktop after exiting a program.
    I particularly like the way settings synch between my desktop and my Surface RT (it came with 8.1 pre-installed).
    Also, I have noticed the Windows 8 and 8.a are still Windows. All the old keyboard shortcuts still work. Hit the Windows key and start typing the name of a program and Windows finds the program for you, just like Windows 7. Alt-Tab allows you to switch between programs (even Modern Apps) just like Windows, oh, all the way back to 3.0. And Alt-F4 will close a program, even a Modern app.

  4. J. Poole
    February 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Yes. I upgraded. Yes, it crashed my HP Notebook. Restored it to Win 8, upgraded again, crashed again. Now I know better. When I bought a desktop PC to use at home, I ordered it with Windows 7.

    • v1adimir
      February 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      "HP Notebook" - hehe I realized back-in-the-day when my mom purchased a second-hand Gateway 2000 computer (for something ridiculous, like $2000), that we will never-again buy a brand-name computer, unfortunately (for the warranty and other benefits, if any).

      There's a choice, of putting a cheap computer together yourself - where everything is guaranteed to work (forever), or throwing your money away: where, more often than not, some problem will (eventually) arise - sooner, or later.

      This of course won't work with a laptop, which is why I've not been able to own one, ever, unfortunately (but have seen plenty, on which the motherboard has failed - and is no longer a viable option to have it fixed; price-wise, way too expensive - a huge rip-off, plus waiting time, to order a new motherboard for an older-model laptop).

  5. Mikeal S.
    February 10, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Upgraded to 8.1 the day I was able to download the release preview and while I enjoy a few of the changes, in many ways the whole concept of the update irks me. I was incredibly happy with 8 and felt (and feel) that MS have touched on the next big thing. I get so amused listening to people complain about either of the incarnations of the new OS because it usually takes about 22 seconds to spot someone who hasn't given it a chance, or is frankly just too lazy to put forth any effort into learning something new. I've upgraded almost all of my clients at this point, and while most all of them complained for the first week, they all heeded my advice and that was--expect to HATE it for the first week and then just like learning to ride a bike, all of the sudden you'll realize how remarkably intuitive the UI is, not to mention FAST. I've been using the not-so-legally-leaked Update 2 for several days now and I can assure you it only gets better. So lighten up folks, put some effort into embracing something new and different and you might just find that all of the sudden you're more of a LEADER than just a follower!

  6. Alexandros V
    February 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    the problem with win 8 is not the looks and the fact that they work better on a touch-enabled device.. you'll get used to it in the end, i din't like it at first either. the problem is a perpetual micosoft's try to steal your personal data and monitor every move yo make, it asks for a password every 2 minutes, it has an opinion over our passwords, it doesn't even let you log into your pc if sth goes wrong. and it's windows so usually sth goes wrong. i'm really not fond of such monitoring.

  7. mack
    February 4, 2014 at 6:17 am

    i have noted that some time when you update PC becomes Slow and that is why I don't Want to upgrade despie of having Free offer for upgrade my ine laptop

  8. Nilay Chheda
    February 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    My four year old laptop is heating up like anything even after seating on cooling pad fan while doing the upgrade and getting abruptly shut down. After some unsuccessful tries, I left the efforts as I don't want to loose my already working windows 8 pc.

  9. David W
    January 31, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I have downloaded win 8.1 & I am STILL unhappy. I got this laptop w/ 8 installed & its next to useless. I do NOT want to spend all my free time trying to figure out how it works. I wish I could exchange this for win 7, even XP would even be a plus right now .... It also seems much slower than my laptop w/ win 7 ... I need a quick fix before I just throw it away ,,, plz help

  10. Julian A
    January 31, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I'm using 8.1 (64-bit), customised using Classic Start Menu (free) and Modern Mix (paid) so I can use the desktop with a full start menu and run modern apps within windows rather than full screen. I don't use the tiled interface at all, I just boot straight into the desktop. Run in desktop mode, it's similar to Windows 7, but with a few minor improvements - eg it's now very easy to work with zip and iso files. Judging from some of the other comments I was lucky - the upgrade was seamless for me.

    • Christoban
      January 31, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Modern Mix is a bit cumbersome, IMO. I hope they integrate this functionality better in Windows 9.

      But there are some apps that I'd definitely like to run on in a window.

    • Julian A
      February 1, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Hi Christoban, I agree about Modern Mix, but it does the job. My pet peeve was opening pdfs only for the fullscreen app to open automatically - now I can open it in a window. Also agree that it would be better if this functionality was built into windows - it seems silly to have to install apps just to get back to the look and feel of previous versions of windows.

  11. Jayendran J Ramani
    January 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I too was one of the ill-fated Windows 8 to 8.1 transitioners who had to go through hell. Now that it's installed, I like the OS. They've brought in fixes and enhancements.

    The only pain point being, compatibility mode doesn't work for all 32-bit programs. Am not sure if it's a problem with the applications itself, or if Windows fails to provide a conducive environment. If the OS is indeed truly backward compatible for 32-bits, why do the apps fail on 64-bit? Interesting!

  12. prasad
    January 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    After upgrade system got slowed liks
    xp is faster
    xp service pack 1 slower
    xp service pack 2 slower
    xp service pack 3 faster
    Vista slowest dumbest
    Windows 7 need new hardware to work
    Windows 8 same as windows 7
    Windows 8.1 slower compared to windows 8

  13. Mohit G
    January 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I have tried the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the Release preview as well as the RTM version. I was using Windows 8.1 Preview and I am currently using Windows 8.1 Evaluation copy. I have enjoyed a lot using it and I don't think their is anything to complain about.

  14. Ronnie
    January 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Got my laptop with Win 8 installed and immediately updated to Win8.1.

    Booting straight to desktop, though. Skipping Metro/Modern.

  15. totto2222
    January 28, 2014 at 5:25 am

    still on windows 7 here

  16. John Hall
    January 28, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I finally loaded 8.1 Pro on my desktop PC, while the two laptops are still running Win 7 Ultimate. I originally set up the desktop as a dual boot, Windows7 & Windows8, when it was first available for trial. My immediate reaction was like most others "where's the freaking desktop and start button" etc. and then when 8.1 came out, I fearlessly dumped Windows 7 on the desktop (it was due for a re-install anyway) and I never looked back. After adding "Start8" there isn't much of a difference, and booting to desktop saves my sanity. Like you say, we'll all have to get used to it eventually, although I have no plans to load Windows 8.1 in my fairly new laptops. I have them just the way I want them! Maybe like some, I'll wait for Windows 9?

  17. WestCO
    January 27, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Can't wait. Maybe...
    "Threshold" to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015
    Microsoft tries to put Windows 8 in the rear-view mirror.

  18. Ian
    January 27, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    8.1 way to go! Stuff and non sense to all those sad m/f's who cannot manage to navigate without a start menu! Here's an idea! Create one on your taskbar,

  19. Yodi Collins
    January 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    It's not that I have no love for Windows 8.1. It's just that I love Windows 7 so much I feel I'd be an utter fool to part with it. It's perfect for me.

    My computer has a few years on her; time for a tech refresh. The plan is to purchase a new Windows PC loaded with Windows 8.1. Then I'll own two. I will only part with Windows 7 on pain of death (or until support for the OS officially ceases to exist).

  20. Charles
    January 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I keep getting notices from Microsoft that I can get Windows 8.1 free in the store, but when I click the link to take me to the store, I can't find Windows 8.1, and don't care enough to look for it.

    • Christoban
      January 31, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      When you open Store, it should be on the big pane on the left side. No need to search for it. If it *isn't* in that big pane on the left, then you haven't install all the necessary Windows Updates.

      OR you're currently running a preview or beta version of Windows 8.1, which can't be updated unless you install a special patch. Google that.

      Hope this helps. The 8.1 update really does make a lot of helpful improvements, even if the Start Menu is still there. :)

      My favorite improvement is search is vastly improved. Pressing Windows+S on the desktop brings up a search that bypasses having to access the full Start Menu. You can configure it to only search files and programs, not the web.

    • Charles
      February 2, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks, but that doesn't work. I went to Windows Updates and installed everything it told me I needed, but there is no big left pane with WIndows 8.1 in it. And my computer information says I'm still on 8 Pro.

  21. Lars O
    January 27, 2014 at 5:41 pm


  22. caclark74
    January 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    After setting up and troubleshooting Windows 8.0 and 8.1 on my Mom's laptop, I am very content to stay with Windows 7 Ultimate on my desktop PC. Windows 8 is a cluster @#$/ nightmare. I'll hold out for Windows 9.

  23. Tom W
    January 27, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I'm still using Windows 7. I got a copy of Windows 7 when it was in beta, and I intended to try it out a few times to see what it was like. I fell in love with it, and I've used it since. I recommend it to anyone who uses any other version of Windows.

    When Windows 8 was announced, there was a lot of media attention. I read every article, watched every video, and weighed every opinion about it that I came across. Everyone said the same thing, and I couldn't argue. Windows 8 was fantastic for tablets, and maybe even good for people who used computers for internet, email, and basic document editing, but it wasn't going to work for people who, like me, used their computers more intensively.

    Windows 8.1 made a valiant effort, but it still fell short of what I was currently using. There was no point in spending money to upgrade when I had already paid money for a better product.

    There's also another reason why I'm not planning to upgrade. I found out recently that Windows 9 will be released about April 2015. Going by Microsoft's now-infamous record for having a successful OS every other release, I'm really excited to see what happens with it. Hopefully the desktop is no longer classed as a "legacy". There may be a better UI for computers, but the tile interface with all of it's limitations isn't it.

  24. Noah Bisaga
    January 27, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I upgraded too windows 8.1 the day of release in hopes to relive my days of youth with a start menu, but alas, the start button simply brings us too the new tablet friendly UI.

    While there's other improvements, my favorite addition is the ability to go straight to my desktop.

    Luckily there are many options to relive our start menu days, only faster with windows 8.1 improvements :)

  25. Gord
    January 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Another Windows piece of ______!

  26. danny6114
    January 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I had 8.1 and so completely messed up my computer (even with Microsoft tech help), I had to revert to 8.

  27. Xoandre
    January 27, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I have not "upgraded" (read 'downgraded') to Windows 8.1. I have no interest in using a touch-based operating system for my desktop computer.

    Frankly, like many of the PC users in the world, I do not have the money for an upgrade.

    Having to install a third-party start menu (not the stupid start button that just takes you to the metro interface - but an actual MENU) is a hassle I should not have to deal with when I do any form of software upgrade.

    Microsoft has to bring back the original (Windows 95-7) Start menu and desktop in the next version of Windows.

    As I have stated in previous comments, Microsoft should embrace the split option of creating a Windows that can be installed either way: classic 'D'esktop or 'T'ouch interface. I put the 'D' and the 'T' in quote, because it would be an interesting marketing choice to advertise "Windows 9D" for desktops and "Windows 9T" for touch devices.

    I have no plan to downgrade to Windows 8 / 8.1 because the massive interface changes in the OS is not something I want to deal with. Once Windows 9D/9T comes out, I may consider upgrading to that.

    It's sort of like the Star Trek clique wherein every 'even numbered' film is better than every 'odd numbered' film. Windows 95 was flawed, 98 fixed most of the issues; 'ME' was horrible but 'XP' was outstanding; 'Vista' was overtly security-driven, 'Windows 7' made it all perfect; 'Windows 8/8.1' changed the interface to something most people just did not like, 'Windows 9D/9T' (if they go with that idea) would be the final solution to this conundrum....

  28. Dave R
    January 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I originally got windows 8 for £15 when it first came out but never upgraded, then managed to download Windows 8.1 and burn it to Dvd but as of yet have still not took the plunge. When they decide to 8.2 and reintroduce the start menu I just might then upgrade but as of so far I am happy with my Windows 7.

  29. Ericsprojects
    January 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Yes, I updated all number of my machines to Windows 8.1.

    My laptop started with Win 7 / Win 8 dual boot, but I used Win 8 so much that I forgot about Windows 7. At some point, I wanted the disk space back, so I re-partitioned the disk.

    The Windows 8.1 upgrade corrected all of my complaints with Windows 8,

  30. Dave S.
    January 27, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I am a windows die hard. If they build it I will try it. Windows 8.1 is a little confusing at first but it gets easier with use, like most anything in life.

    Dave S.

  31. Mohit Gurnani
    January 27, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I was a Windows 7 user but when I heard about Windows 8 I started searching for it on internet. Till that windows 8 developer's preview had been released and the customer's preview was on the verge of releasing . I used customer preview, then the release preview and finally the RTM version.These were of nearly 3 months each. I also reinstalled the RTM version once or twice as I remember hence some months more. And then I came to know that Windows 8.1 Preview was out. I am using it now and the Windows 8.1 evaluation copy is under the download list. I will install it in just one or two days. Hence I am using Windows free of cost as well as legal. I am using the new features as they are released but I have still dual booted Windows 7 for stability reasons but I rarely boot it. I am happy with my Windows 8 experience until now.

  32. Mayank M
    January 27, 2014 at 6:32 am

    nope, i am unable to upgrade to windows 8.1!!!
    whenever i try to upgrade using microsoft download center, then my windows store opens up and there i didn't find any option to download.... :(

  33. Callum C
    January 27, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Windows 8 was horrible. I felt that 8.1 was a solid upgrade, with improved performance, aesthetics, and features. Update took a long time, about 4 hours to download then 1.5 to install, but was worth it.
    PS, I like the customization options!

  34. Junil M
    January 27, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I upgraded as soon as I got it on the windows app store which was the next day it was released. It has lots of improvements and I like it.

  35. David M
    January 27, 2014 at 3:44 am

    I'm running Windows 8 on a 5 year old IBM Thinkpad that originally came with Vista! I bought Windows 8 when it was first released for $30 straight from MS. Then I had a trouble-free upgrade later on to 8.1 (after the upgrade was available for a couple weeks so the uber-geeks could work out fixes all the issues).

    Too be honest Windows 8 (and 8.1) runs great, all my apps work, and the performance is amazing considering the age of the hardware I'm using it on.

    Complaints: I found the Start Panel useless without a touchscreen, and later found the Windows 8.1 Start button useless as it just open the useless Start Panel! (Gee, thanks MS...) I installed Classic Shell very quickly after installing Windows 8, and later got the more premium Start8 from StarDock. I've had some minor compatibly issues with the older hardware, mostly due to a lack of proper Win8 drivers. But I've swapped out the WIFI card and Lenovo has been been improving the power management drivers.

    Really Win8 isn't as terrible and scary as everyone seems to want you to believe. Just get a proper Start menu on your desktop and your rockin'.

  36. Fred G
    January 27, 2014 at 2:09 am

    I had an Acer running Win7 that decided it was time to give up and shuffle off.

    Found a good deal for a Toshiba that came with Win 8 and it was as buggy as all get up, and I was about to take it back. Friend suggested I go to 8.1.

    MASSIVE massive difference in performance. Some odditys with how the 8's work, some parts are a step forwards from 7, others are plain silly, like getting some games to work - WTF!!!

    Really needs to be more customization options.

  37. Katharine W
    January 27, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I upgraded to 8.1 from 8 with zero problems. The only annoying thing was that it took a VERY long time, much longer than was mentioned in the Windows Store. I think it took like 3 hours altogether. Really annoying. A couple of times it seemed like it was stuck, but it really wasn't. You just have to wait long enough and it'll get going again.

  38. Alex D
    January 27, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Yes, and it only required me removing my unstable version of 8.1 Preview entirely. Reinstalling Windows 8 only to find it wasn't working. Wipe my hard drive and still not work. But after building a new computer from scratch, installing Windows 8, spending an entire day updating I was finally able to get Windows 8.1. Thanks Micro$oft!

  39. Robyn McIntyre
    January 26, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I checked out Windows 8 and didn't like it. Sticking with 7 for the time being. Apparently HP is not crazy about 8 either, or they wouldn't be selling new laptops with 7 on them.

  40. Db
    January 26, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Upgraded but always wait 9 months from launch date for the bug to be worked out. It use to be 1 year but Microsoft has gotten a little better with testing, thus my move to a 9 mo. wait.

  41. Ellinor
    January 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I voted yes. I upgraded to Windows 8.1 because it is free, so why not.
    I am a mac user and have been for the past 10 years, but recently bought myself a laptop with Windows 8 on it. Needles to say much have changed from XP, which was the last Windows I ever tried, lol. I am not sure what I think about all of the changes, but it feels like it might take some getting used to.

  42. Keefe K
    January 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I upgraded my mom's computer she recently got to Windows 8.1, since she struggles with the new user interface, the return of the Start Button atleast makes it easier to pull up the menu, instead of navigating to the bottom-left corner. I actually upgraded the OS without a hitch, so I guess I'm considerably lucky, since others were and are having problems with their upgrade process. It's rather sad that the u[date that's supposed to fix many of Windows 8's problems causes some of it's own! Granted it is impossible to predict such problems, but whenever we update our OS, we expect it to do just that, instead of encountering some problem or error. But since my mom's upgrade went without hitch, then I am grateful! However, I won't be upgrading to Windows 8 myself...not unless I get a new computer, which is very unlikely since my current gaming laptop is over 4 years old, yet still runs wonderfully! So why fix something that's not broken?

  43. Halim
    January 26, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I received my new laptop last December. At that instant, I immediately reformatted and installed Windows 8.1. Doing so removed the laptop's bloatware and installed the latest laptop's drivers.

    Then I disabled metro ui (since my laptop isn't a tablet) and installed Start8 which returned the beloved start button. My windows 8.1 laptop is as if it's windows 7 with windows 8.1's improved battery life and performance.

  44. Bob Price
    January 26, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I have gone from windows 7 on my laptop to windows 8 on my new desktop. Absolutely hated the format of windows 8. I have upgraded to 8.1 but still not happy with the formate. I am trying to go through the tutorial that comes with it and find that I end up using my laptop beside my desktop. I just hope that whoever the project manager was that okay end this system did not get there bonus this year. What a disaster .

    • Jordan
      January 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      If you can't figure out Windows, 8 you need to get out of the technology workplace. There's a help tile Microsoft provided to help new users. Windows 8 is no different than learning a new Android or Apple device. I never seen so many lazy people, whining about learning something new. Technology is all about moving forward. Apple is to blame for making people so computer illiterate and spoiled.

  45. Krzysztof B
    January 26, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Upgrading to 8.1 is free, and it brings some improvements. Why some people would not upgrade? I have updated as fast as i could.

  46. Theresa Davies
    January 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Why was I not warned before I clicked yes!!! AGH!!!! Where is my printer! I am on the road traveling and have not been able to figure it all out, but I can tell you I am not a happy camper.

  47. M. Scott Adams
    January 26, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I first made the upgrade when 8.1 was still in beta, and then immediately after its stable release.

    First, a note for anyone thinking about making the switch: I received a notice before upgrading that doing so would delete all of my 'apps,' which I took to mean 'Windows 8 apps.' No. It meant 'all of my previously installed software,' which- as an incredibly customized user with everything just so- represented a humongous time investment of meticulously set software. Beware.

    Back when Windows 8 was first introduced, I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon of detractors, because people tend to complain about all changes in technology (and most advances). As such, I've given the OS a good, solid chance. While 8.1 makes a number of minor improvements (greater customization of the Start Screen, for instance), it still feels like an lanky, awkward teenager: not quite a child, and not quite grown up. The discontinuity in its personalities (desktop vs. "Modern") is jarring, and not especially pleasant. Like many users, I've dispensed with most of the "Modern" functionality altogether; I even designed a Start Menu replacement- Iridium for Rainmeter & AutoHotkey- which you should Google and then download and then create skins for.

    I have to admit, though, that I haven't really used Windows 8 in its natural milieu: the tablet. I own a Lenovo X230 convertible tablet, but I use it almost exclusively as a laptop. I've seen Windows 8 running on Surfaces at shopping malls, and I have to admit that it looks pretty swell. I can only imagine that the improvements ushered in by 8.1 are even better in their intended settings.

  48. makke
    January 26, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    It's missing an "I tried" option.
    Update got stuck at 67%.
    Restore to previous version also stuck.
    I'm using Ubuntu now.

    • v1adimir
      February 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Same here, but dual-booting; Xubuntu/Windows 7 x64. Impossible to get all of the software, that I need professionally, on *nix (because it doesn't really exist, lol).

      All of the options are still a long-way off (years, perhaps, if ever):

  49. Gary
    January 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I've tried to upgrade three times, but have run into a problem with my computer not rebooting afterwards and have had to revert back (thank you Macrium Reflect!) each time. Investigation into why and how to fix it continues.

    • Victoria
      February 3, 2014 at 5:14 am

      I've been using a computer since the days of DOS, so I've experienced every OS that Microsoft has put out, and I can tell you Windows 8 is far from the best that they have put out. The comment that "Despite the hate its getting, most of it is from people who never used it" is lame. Everyone that I know that hates Win8 is using it and wishes they weren't. Currently I have a desktop with touch screen that is running Windows 8.1 (did the upgrade), a netbook with Windows 7, a desktop with Vista, and a desktop with XP. The computers I have the least trouble with OS-wise? XP and Windows 7. It would take way too long for me to list everything that is wrong with Win8 and why I don't like it.

  50. Paul Harris
    January 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Microsoft should change their business plans; and support their successful OS's, XP & Win 7.
    Charge for upgrades only. The wholesale changes from XP to Vista and Win 7 to Win 8 were premature.
    They shouldn't bring an OS to market in Beta as was the case with Vista and Win 8.
    Work out the bugs first.
    I was caught in the Vista mess, and no alternative but to revert to XP.
    Rolling forward a few years, I purchased a new laptop, with Win 7, but only after it had been on the market for 6 months+.
    Seems like a buyer needs to hold back for 6 - 12 months if their new hardware come with a new OS.
    I am glad I didn't change to Win8........what a mess.

    • Mary
      January 26, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      They still support Windows 7. But XP? Theres no reason to stay on XP. Businesses need to stop using that excuse they cant upgrade because its expensive. Hardware and computers are cheaper than it was in 2000. Also theres nothing wrong with Windows 8. Its Microsoft's best OS. Despite the hate its getting, most of it is from people who never used it.

  51. patrick
    January 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I have a custom built computer . When I attempted to download win 8.1 it was blanking impossible. As a result, I am actually phasing out my PC and going to macbook pro. I am prepping to offically move over to apple asap! win 8 is a total disaster. I am way better off with mac.

    • Jordan
      January 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      You sound like a iSheep. I doubt this ever happened. So you go from a desktop pc to a laptop because you cant install Windows 8? Apple is no saint. Their MacBook pros have the same amount of problems as other computers.

    • Prudence
      February 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Installed just fine on mine and it was my first build ever, I'm certainly no professional.
      Love Windows 8/8.1. Have two desktops and two surfaces running it, no issues at all. Although, I'm all MS and don't try to run Chrome or iTunes, that helps things go smoothly.

    • v1adimir
      February 25, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Doubtful, that anyone will be better off w/a Mac. A Linux PC, the operating system that Apple stole from/switched to, might not be a bad idea; because on the Mac, software becomes an issue - as well as device compatibility.

      It's a *very* unfortunate situation, how a new(er) version of Windows is always needed: for CPU (multi-threading), for devices and drivers.. Really hoping that Windows 9 will be usable, again (Win98 vs. Windows ME; then Windows Vista vs. Windows 7; and now, hopefully Windows 8 vs. Windows 9). :-)

  52. Jon Heil
    January 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Check out my blog for some other great tips if you upgraded to 8.1

  53. Dominic C
    January 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I have quite a number of devices that I use to help me in school. First off I have a windows 7 laptop. This is my main computer that I use to do most of my work on and play some games during my free time. The reason I did not upgrade this is due to the cost and the fact that windows 7 is working great. Yes, windows 8 has faster boot time and use less resources but I can live with the slower boot up speed. Last measured to be at 3-4 minutes to boot up everything including a few startup programs that I use.

    But I do use windows 8.1 on my windows surface RT. I use that more as a netbook when I have lessons that just require discussion and onine research. I like the metro interface when paired with the ability to use the touchscreen. It allows me to find apps that I use often fast. Prefer to use the surface in school for meetings as it offers much better battery life than my laptop does. With a keyboard and office in it, when I'm done I would just sync it to my laptop to view at another time.

    • v1adimir
      February 25, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      "3-4 minutes to boot up everything including a few startup programs" xD

      Dang, ok, students are poor; but, man, you NEED a new computer, lol.


  54. Hannibal
    January 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Yes, I upgraded to 8.1. Unfortunately it isn't very good. I have to deal with constant desktop niggles - such as the latest version of Chrome not opening links from other programs even though it's my primary browser - and weekly if not daily fails from apps. Overall it's a pain in the arse. It underperforms in almost every way compared to the plain sailing that was Windows 7. And this is on a fairly powerful AIO desktop, not a tablet or laptop.

  55. Rajdeepak S
    January 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Well at first I upgraded from my win 7 to win 8 pro using Rs.699(11$) offer at start of launch in India but downgraded to old and reliable win 7 in a week after a horrible experience.Upgrade to win 8.1 and found I start menu worse than the worst start menu replacement I ever seen.Many problem were ironed out but the metro ohhhhhhhh,I just hate it,no matter what,how much I try to like it gets worse.
    Windows 8 app ? WT* no real use ,no usability .My screen is a jumble of Icons I don't even want to see and don't want to waste my time trying to correct it,not mention the horrible experience of no-touch screen with metro.Two weeks my record time spending on windows 8.1 os.It a record for me.But I am back to Sweet old reliable and stable windows 7 .

    • Chris
      January 27, 2014 at 10:49 am

      I couldn't have said it better!

      Oh, I upgraded alright. I just got rid of everything "Windows 8". I never ever see the Win 8.1 start screen - it boots directly to the desktop. I've even disabled the Charms Bar and the other hot-corner stuff. I use Stardock's Modern-Mix to run Win8 "apps" windowed on the desktop, but the strange thing is that when I try to start a Win8 app, I get a msg saying that "The Administrator account cannot run Win8 apps......" (I deleted the online account users usually get, and use the built-in (Loal) Administrator account

      Besides for the ugly-as-shit Metro Interface, you'd have a hard time telling the difference between my machine and a Windows 7 one. I've even applied every Aero tweak that's worth its weight to make it look as close to Aero/Win7 as possible, but a couple of things just aren't there (like Transparent window borders).

      Still, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference without a closer inspection.

      You _can_ however get to the Start Screen by tapping the Windows Key (just in case).

      I heard that they're bringing back Aero in Windows 9 (Sometime mid-to-late 2015) but as far as any truth to that (or the date) is beyond me.


  56. ŠImon S
    January 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    No, i still have Windows 7.

    • Debbie Kightlinger
      February 5, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      I wish I still had Windows 7 instead of this awful Windows 8. Windows 7 was user friendly.

  57. NunjaBusiness
    January 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I upgraded at work by using our MSDN membership to download and burn an ISO of 8.1 and reinstall from scratch. I don't have great memories of MS' "upgrade in place."

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