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Windows 8 is the technological equivalent of marmite. Whilst the system is not as universally hated as Windows Vista, the latest Microsoft operating system certainly polarises opinion. Critics say the modern UI lacks important functionality, the experience of switching between the desktop and the modern apps is jarring, and the lack of genuine start button is confusing.

On the other hand, its supporters say that the faster start-up, excellent OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive Facebook WhatsApp, SkyDrive OneDrive, Yahoo Siri, Apple Tesla [Tech News Digest] Facebook WhatsApp, SkyDrive OneDrive, Yahoo Siri, Apple Tesla [Tech News Digest] Facebook buys WhatsApp, FCC responds to the loss of 'net neutrality', SkyDrive becomes OneDrive, Yahoo wants its own Siri, Apple is interested in Tesla, and Samsung mocks Apple in its latest set of television commercials. Read More ) integration, and the ever-growing app store more than make up for its deficiencies elsewhere.

One factor is frequently overlooked though – Windows 8 is unquestionably Microsoft’s most secure version of Windows to date. After being regularly criticised for poor levels of security in past operating systems, Microsoft deserves credit for the wholesale changes made to their latest release.

MakeUseOf investigates the features that make Windows 8 the most secure Windows version yet…

Windows 8 Secure Boot

Secure Boot is a security standard developed by members of the PC industry to help make sure that your PC only boots an operating system that is trusted by your PC manufacturer. You will find it on all new logo-certified Windows machines.

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PCs which have Secure Boot use UEFI firmware instead of the traditional BIOS. By default, the machine’s UEFI firmware will only boot software signed by a key embedded in the UEFI firmware. If the software is not trusted, the PC will initiate an OEM-specific recovery sequence to restore the original trusted software.

On older, non-Windows 8 PCs, a rootkit can install itself and become the boot loader. An infected computer’s BIOS would load the rootkit at boot time, which would then help intruders gain access to systems while avoiding detection. Secure Boot prevents this from happening.

If you find the concept of UEFI confusing, try reading our recent article which explains more about UEFI and how it works What Is UEFI And How Does It Keep You More Secure? What Is UEFI And How Does It Keep You More Secure? Read More .

Early Launch Anti Malware (ELAM)

A sub-component of Secure Boot, ELAM is designed to enable security vendors to validate non-Windows components that are loaded during start-up.

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When your system starts the kernel will launch ELAM first, thus ensuring that it is launched before any other third-party software. This allows it to detect malware in the boot process itself and prevent the malicious code from loading or initialising.

Once it has scanned all third-party applications and drivers it sends the system kernel a report. The apps and drivers are classified as either ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘bad but boot critical’ and ‘unknown’. All drivers will be loaded, with the exception of bad drivers.

SmartScreen

SmartScreen was a technology Microsoft introduced in Internet Explorer 9 which has now been expanded to cover all EXE files downloaded onto Windows 8 systems. We were so impressed with this expansion that we included it as one of our five surprising facts about Windows 8 Five Surprising Facts About Windows 8 Five Surprising Facts About Windows 8 Windows 8 is full of surprising changes – whatever you think about Windows 8, Microsoft certainly isn’t being timid this time around. From integrated antivirus protection and less-disruptive updating to the removal of the Windows... Read More back in 2012.

It helps to protect you against online security threats by using three key features. Firstly, it has anti-phishing protection which will screen threats from imposter websites that seek to acquire your personal information such as user names, passwords, and billing data. Secondly it aims to remove all unnecessary warnings for well-known files while showing you severe warnings for high-risk downloads. Finally, it helps to prevent potentially harmful software from infiltrating your computer.

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It works by taking a checksum of an EXE file and comparing it to Microsoft’s cloud database of known good and bad application checksums. If the result is unknown, Microsoft will warn you before you open the file that the program could be malicious and is of unknown provenance.

If you are a confident Internet user you might find that SmartScreen’s continuous warnings become tedious. Luckily, Microsoft has allowed users to disable the feature – just head to the ‘Control Panel’, click on ‘Action Centre’, then choose ‘Change Windows SmartScreen settings’ in the left pane. On the menu that appears you need to check the box next to ‘Don’t do anything (turn off Windows SmartScreen)’ and click ‘OK’.

Windows Defender

In Windows 8, Microsoft has enhanced its own built-in Windows Defender software by adding anti-virus and anti-malware features. In previous versions of the OS, Windows Defender was exclusively an anti-spyware tool and only offered three ways to protect your PC 3 Ways Windows Defender Can Protect Your PC 3 Ways Windows Defender Can Protect Your PC Read More  – there was no protection against other threats.

While these new features are welcomed, you need to be aware that Windows Defender is still not as robust as third-party software. Independent testing suggests it offers a good baseline protection, but little else. If you are a very light Internet user it may be enough, but regular users and most businesses will require more comprehensive protection.

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Dynamic Access Control

Dynamic Access Control (DAC) is a data governance tool in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 that lets administrators control access settings based on parameters such as the sensitivity of the resources, the job or role of the user, and the configuration of the device that is being used to access the resources.

In practical terms, this means an organisation could allow access to a given folder as long as an individual is using an authorised company-issued device, but prevent that same individual from accessing the folder from their own personal device. Consequently, this reduces the likelihood of security breaches and diminishes the risk around data theft.

Remember, DAC is not supported in Windows operating systems prior to Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. When DAC is configured in environments with supported and non-supported versions of Windows, only the supported versions will implement the changes.

DirectAccess

DirectAccess provides intranet connectivity to client computers whenever they are connected to the Internet. It works similar to a regular VPN, with the difference being that DirectAccess connections are designed to connect automatically as soon as the computer goes online, without any user input.

DirectAccess is more secure than a traditional VPN. Typical VPN-based remote client computers might not connect to the internal network for weeks at a time, preventing them from downloading Group Policy objects and software updates. During these periods they are at a greater risk of being compromised by malware or other attacks, which could then spread inside the corporate network through e-mail, shared folders, or automated network attacks.

The result is that IT departments are reliant on users performing certain actions to keep their computers secure. DirectAccess removes this reliance by letting an IT team continuously manage and update remote computers whenever they are connected to the Internet.

Unlike a regular VPN, DirectAccess also supports selected server access and IPsec authentication with a network server, along with end-to-end authentication and encryption – both of which enhance the overall security of Windows 8.

Windows To Go

Windows To Go is a feature in Windows 8 Enterprise that allows users to boot and run from mass storage devices such as USB flash drives and external hard disk drives.

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The feature is perfect for companies who operate a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BOYD) policy because it enables a complete, managed Windows 8 desktop to be booted from a company-issued USB flash drive directly onto any laptop that an employee owns. Access to hard disks and other potentially dangerous peripherals is disabled when using Windows To Go, but files, preferences and programs are there for your convenience. It is unquestionably a safer option for companies who want employees to be able to connect from home PCs without opening up VPN access to untrusted home computers.

Secure Enough?

Microsoft have undeniably taken huge steps forward with the enhanced security features in Windows 8, though some users may argue that it still lags behind Apple’s and Linux’s offerings.

What do you think? Are you impressed with the new features or are Microsoft simply implementing ideas that should have existed five years ago? Are the new features enough to make you consider upgrading from an old version of Windows – or perhaps even making the jump over from an alternative operating system?

Let us know in the comments below.

  1. Bud
    August 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    To: Rusty Raptor...........thanks for your reply. Not being a technophobe, Linux I'm sure is a good OS, but like many computer users, they just want to "turn the key, and start up" and not interested in "what's under the hood." Now that being said, if I was a younger guy (now 72), I'd
    probably have more balls to try it, but having perused through a lot of articles about Linux and it's many variations, I feel like I'd have to jump through many loops of a learning curve to bother.

  2. Bud
    August 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    To: Dan Price....... we can send space craft to the far reaches of outer space and have many of this spacecraft performing flawlessly, yet MicroSUCKS can't produce an OS , like Apple or Linux that doesn't continuously have required updates? In the 3 plus years of having an iMac, after junking my Win-operated PC, I've had less necessary updates than one-month's of MicroSUCKS updates ! I do notice how frequently MS produces "new" OS's, and now strongly believe it's just a way to screw their customers with poorly designed software and to make more money!

  3. redsnappa
    May 29, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    If Linux is secure how come Android such as a unsecure platform.

    • Rusty Raptor
      August 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

      not sure what you are talking about redsnappa. Android is very secure. At least on the linux side of it. If anything is insecure it would be the software google develops for it. The playstore has a lot of bad software and that is google's fault for not maintaining it well. The only reason apple is more successful on that end is because they are very good at maintaining all the software on the appstore.

  4. Dave
    May 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Well of course it is secure, no one uses it!

  5. html2class
    May 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Will it boot Linux Operating systems? Or is this another attempt to get us locked into a specific brand. Reduce our options and freedoms?

  6. Bud
    May 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Daniel, yes I do think so.......Apple seems to have been quite SUCCESSFUL in creating software that is not as often HACKED or CRASHES, like Windows.......I look at the iteration of software and MicroSucks seems to have a "considerable lead" in constant updates and new versions of their OS, with recent versions having many problems. One would THINK the software programmers (sic) would have figured it out after 20 years or so and produced an OS that doesn't require the bloat, eh ? To each his own....and I'll stay with Apple............

  7. makenouseof
    May 17, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Crap/$#!t is always going to be more secure because nobody wants anything to do with it whether it is on the streets or septic tank. Does that make it usable? A site titled "makeuseof" should think of better products to review.

    • Bibongnet
      May 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      So, changing the title to "Linux Is The Most Secure OS Of All Times" will satisfy you???
      Oh ho.

      Even better, you should make your own OS, then people can comment on it. Oh, I will wait and see that day!

    • Daniel Price
      May 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      I have no idea what you're talking about.

  8. Bud
    May 17, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I'll believe that when they stop their monthly updates, like I have a nice London Bridge to sell you , eh ?

    Is the author of this article an employee of MicroSucks ?

    • Daniel Price
      May 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      No, the author is not an employee of Microsoft.

      Stop monthly updates? So your solution to security is to issue a piece of software, then forget all about it while hackers have a few years to tear it to shreds until the next major release?

      I don't think that would be an effective strategy.

      Daniel

    • Rusty Raptor
      August 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Well the problem isn't that they need to release less updates. Infact they need to release more updates. On linux I get updates every week. This could be because linux not only updates the OS but also updates any software installed on it but then again a lot of these updates are libraries that are part of the OS or even the LInux Kernel itself.

      Since linux is developed by millions more people than windows it has more eyes watching it so it is more secure. I also like the way linux manages security where rather than using it as the super user yourself you run it as a limited user and you use sudo to perform certain tasks that way the SU is running less processes giving attackers a much much smaller chance of getting access. A lot of people are saying it's only because it isn't used as much but that is complete bull because linux is used more than windows you just don't realize it. Linux is dominant everywhere but the desktop.

  9. KT
    May 16, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    That UEFI feature is a pain if you're trying to build a dual boot Linux/non-Windows 8 pc with a Windows 8 ready MOBO. I had Linux on one hard drive and Windows 7 on another and I never figured out how to make them play nice together. Linux stayed on it, 7 got moved to a laptop.

    • Hugh Sucke
      May 17, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Run a linux virtual machine instead of dual-booting. Problem solved. That's how Apple lets people run Windows software on on Macbook, etc.

  10. riped
    May 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Add MSN Defender Esentials and it is even more secure.

    I did a full test of M/N/Defender. One after the other in 24 hour period plus
    M/N found no virius
    Defender found 4: infostealer; snifula.b; backdoor.a and Worm:Win32/Autorun.ex

    A full scan of 2 million records by Defender: 20 hours running on a 64 bit Dell/Win 8.
    MSN knows its software very well and Defender is free.
    Good for Win 7/8.0/8.1

    • Daniel Price
      May 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Interesting -- normally Defender isn't considered too robust, but your testing sounds positive.

  11. BBN
    May 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    People just keep complaining about what they dislike personally and just keep focusing on it, and they are "blind" to options that are given to them, and "blind" to good things! You don't like modern UI, just ok, and the desktop version is still there for you. That's up to your option. And it is exactly like Windows 7, even faster, more secure... You don't like Start button back (many say that getting start button back is backward)? No one forces you to you that. You don't like modern UI apps? So install desktop software instead. Of course, not 100% will be compatible, even you can use compatibility function provided by the OS. You get something new, so you would have to "sacrifice" something old, right?

    For security, I agree with the author, especially when he says that "most secure to date". Nothing is perfect as well as nothing is perfectly secure in the computing and in the Internet. You sometimes hear that FBI, CIA... systems have been hacked, it's nothing to be surprised!

    I love Windows 8 and got it installed on my laptop since preview version. And I have had no big issue with it. And now, Windows 8.1 is even much better.

    • makenouseof
      May 17, 2014 at 3:48 am

      Hiya there Balmer!
      Stay classy, stay retired.

  12. Hugo Lara
    May 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I love Windows 8, fast, cute, secure and easy to use, I use it in my laptop, and I haven't any issue. I just needed to review the tutorial, i took me 3 minutes, and I have learn a lot of shorcuts as press Win Key and start typing the file, application or website that I was looking for.

    • Daniel Price
      May 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      At least someone is positive!

  13. dragonmouth
    May 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Saying that Windows 8.x is the most secure Windows ever is not saying very much. It's like saying that a particular sieve leaks the least. It is only because of 3rd party security and anti-malware software that any Windows software has been usable. All the "security" features instituted by Microsoft only made it harder for legitimate Windows users to use their systems. These "security" features have not deterred the hackers and black hats in the least.

    When the first Windows version hit the market in 1983, it contained a "feature" where a user program can bring down the entire O/S. That "feature" is still present in Windows 8.x, 30 years later. And M$ has the cojones to claim that Win 8 is "secure"???!!! How long does it take Redmond to fix known vulnerabilities? Months? Years? They only do it when they feel like it or when the problem is egregious. "Secure Windows" is an oxymoron.

    • softrend
      May 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Win 8 with clasicshell instaled is good for me

  14. Alejandro M.S
    May 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    The problem is that Windows is most used OS for PC. And alot of people has not skills in PC use and this users are easily deceived to access sites or download files infected.
    A friend has download a USA gobernement document for Windows secure configuration. This guy make this confguration and says to me: The machine is too safe to me.

    • Daniel Price
      May 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      I agree, Windows is the 'go-to' for users of all abilities. I'm going to migrate my parents to a Chromebook soon, I think they'll be a lot safer.

      Daniel

  15. Jonny P. Johnston
    May 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Windows 8? Installed it. All of my engineering applications stopped working when I updated to SP 1. Yes, I checked for compatibility issues PRIOR as well. Micros%#$ claimed that the software I use was 100% compatible. Wrong. Reloaded Windows 7 and dual boot with Ubuntu. My experience with Windows 8 is easily summed up with one word. Garbage...

    • Daniel Price
      May 16, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Maybe its the app's fault? How old are the apps?

      Daniel

    • Jonny P. Johnston
      May 16, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      SolidWorks Premium 2014 Autodesk Product Design Suite 2014 CATIA v5r21

      Makes no difference to me now. I will not go back to Windows 8 until I absolutely have to. I have never been nor will I ever be a fan of any of Microshits products. If I could find the necessary software I use in design/engineering, I would use Linux only.

      Micro$hit has us by the balls and they know it...

    • Jose Alexis R.
      May 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Is amazing how we blame software or software companies based on our lack of knowledge or even on our bad use of the soft itself. I have used and installed Autodesk and many other products that comes with it for years in more than 60 laptop always using Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, never had a problem. Microsoft is a great company and Windows is a great product, Is perfect? No, there is no perfect software, Linux isn't perfect, OSX isn't perfect and so on. Microsoft has us by the balls? Not at all, you can switch to any OS you want, your PC can have anything installed on, even OSX if you use the IAtkos project, but the products you want or you know how to use aren't in any other OS or the ones in those OS to achieve what you need, you have no clue how to use them? Your lack of knowledge and experience has you by the balls not Microsoft of any other.

  16. Aber Kled
    May 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

    "Windows 8 is unquestionably Microsoft’s most secure version of Windows to date."

    That's not really a big achievement considering Microsoft pretty much didn't know/care about security before Vista. XP is laughably insecure, and obviously programmed by people who've never had experience with it.

    I hope it's better now though, up to some standards. But with the way Microsoft handles things, I doubt it.

    • Brian
      May 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I'd love to hear about the incredibly secure OS that YOU built. Everyone is an expert in these forums.

    • Daniel Price
      May 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      XP is certainly insecure by today's standards - but at more than a decade old surely this is understandable?

      Daniel

  17. Michael Kingsford Gray
    May 16, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Windows 8.1 Update (which I call Windows 8.2) is a very different beast from W8.1
    So much so, that whilst I abhorred and rejected 8.1, I am now warming to 8.2, even in an enterprise setting.

  18. Konstantine
    May 16, 2014 at 7:27 am

    1) UEFI: rootkit that can override a boot loader from running OS? That means poorly designed application security layer. MS fixed that and named it as an independent feature? Clearly it is not technological but advertising move. This should be done much earlier and it is not something MS should be so proud of.
    2)Dynamic access control is a fixed EAC from Windows 7 that MS cannot apply as a patch, not a bare new thing in a bare new OS.
    3)SmartScreen - really? It is a security feature? Why IE (or any other browser) should prevent user from running recently downloaded executable. It is applycation security layer's job.
    4) Proprietary DirectAccess more secure than a opensource VPN systems? That is because vpn server in fact is a part of MS cloud service? LOL

    Linux does not require an anti-virus or anty-malware software or "linux-defender" of any kind. You cannot modify GRUB without admin rights and you do not require something like "secure linux loader" - the OS itself is secure enough.

    Maybe Windows 8 is really more secure than a Windows 7 , just maybe. And it faster on modern x64 PCs in my opinion. And it is a descent system but surely not perfect and not a perfectly secure. And not so user-friendly especially with this strange new interface.

    • mongoload
      May 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

      so your saying your linux system is much secure than mine (win 8.1)?
      no operating system can always be secure.

      i was fascinated with linux but it cant compete with the robust compatibility and trusted OS of most PC user in the world (atleast for now).

      let say , if right this instant, windows and linux switch places, most user are using linux and few are windows users, some will always argue say windows are great! it is secure, unlike the most common linux that everyone uses!

      lets face it, windows OS comes a long way, it was tested everyday by most companies on their daily work.

      i remember last 2011 that theres a bug with linux logon which can bypass password with just simple steps! what a very secure OS right?

    • Brian
      May 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      As soon as I started reading your typical negative and smarmy reply it was so obvious you were going to be a Linux fan boy. Linux is utter garbage (from a user point of view) compared to Windows.

      Use what you like and I'll use what I like., but please cut the BS.

    • Daniel Price
      May 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      It seems to me that Linux is only really safe due to it's lack of market penetration. Personally I wouldn't consider Linux to be anymore secure than Microsoft - where there's a will there's a way!

      Daniel

    • Paul
      May 16, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Sounds like a typical microsoft (small and flacid) fanboy.

  19. David L. Hagan (DavidLHagan.com)
    May 16, 2014 at 5:25 am

    I bought a new computer with 8.1, for use by my secretary. I installed all the updates. (Finding a way to install them immediately was difficult.) Then I loaded the software we use. Then I loaded our confidential data for hundreds of clients. Three weeks later, it started giving error messages and rebooting. I tried every option offered by Windows 8.1 with no success. The messages I was receiving made it impossible for me to determine if I had a software problem or a hardware problem. I decided to at least try to examine and repair the hard drive. But when I tried to run SpinRite, the secure boot would not allow it. The problem might have an easy fix, but I have no way of knowing. (I also tried resetting the memory sticks.) So I now have a nearly new computer that I am going to have to return to the manufacturer. Before I do that, I have to clean all of my client data off the hard drive. I cannot do that because the computer will not run for more than a couple of minutes without rebooting. (The fan is working.) Apparently I will have to remove the hard drive, connect it to another machine, wipe the data, put it back in the defective machine and hope that I have not voided the warranty. Secure boot sounds like a great idea. It would be more helpful if Microsoft would trust its customers enough to give them a choice. I have spent hours of time on this problem, after spending hours learning to use 8.1. My other plan is to remove the hard drive, trash the computer, and go back to a machine with Windows 7. I understand it may be less secure, but it is a lot better than XP. I cannot afford the time and trouble it is costing me for 8.1. I need to work and may have to take my chances with my firewalls and security software. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

    • Tina S
      May 16, 2014 at 9:27 am

      David,

      Sounds like you have to deal with a very nasty issue. We have a Q&A area dedicated to helping our readers with issues like the one you describe. Please post your situation to MakeUseOf Answers. You are much more likely to receive a helpful response there. All the best!

    • Yusof Maker
      May 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      First thing to try is run a memory diagnostic; memory errors will cause seemingly-random O/S errors . MemTest86 is free and efficient, and can be loaded from CD or USB memory.
      You didn't mention whether your BIOS is working, but presumably it is. You should try starting the BIOS and restore factory settings. Depending on the BIOS, there may be a BIOS update available.
      Some BIOSes also will show you the CPU temperature and power supply voltages. You should check both of those, because if they are out of spec you'll get all sorts of inexplicable errors.

    • Andrew
      May 16, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      @David LOL secure boot made your computer less stable... thats rich. The only reason that thing exists is because MS is afraid people will hate Metro and move to Linux or stay on Windows 7 and wont use their Store.... I will never buy a MS only laptop. Better to get a Linux laptop computer and put Windows on it or build a desktop.

    • Daniel Price
      May 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Hi David - Tina's advice is sound - you should head over to MUO Answers.

      Daniel

  20. Ray
    May 15, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    It matters not what sort of security is implemented, hackers always find a way in, and always will. Cynical? Yes! I am still not convinced to move to Windows (H)8. Put the desktop back, get rid of the useless mobile app-based platform that serious programmers don't need, and MAYBE I'll reconsider my view of Windows' latest offering.
    This is just one more reason I am seriously considering using Linux/Ubuntu in tandem with my Windows 7 OS.

    • Harshit J
      May 16, 2014 at 4:22 am

      "Put the desktop back" The desktop is right where it was earlier.
      Simply install a FREE software that will disable the metro stuff. It does not take any time. The solution to the problem is right in front of your eyes but you are intentionally refusing to see it. Go and upgrade now :D

    • Daniel Price
      May 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      The mobile apps are hugely popular with a certain demographic. My technologically ancient parents think they're the best thing since sliced bread. No one is forcing you to interact with the. And the desktop has not gone anywhere...

    • Hugh Sucke
      May 17, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Serious programmers? You mean like the ones at Microsoft? Facebook? Google? Believe me when I tell you that *those* guys think Win8 is the best version ever. Maybe they know something you don't. Perhaps they actually *learned* how to use it, while someone like you simply tried to do what you've always done, only to find that it doesn't work the same anymore. That's because it works BETTER now. Get over it.

    • SHAIBU
      May 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Have you tried it before?

  21. michel
    May 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I hate the look of Windows 8. I'll stick to Vista until they come to their senses.

    • Godzilla
      May 15, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Windows 8 is the best looking OS out today. Start screen looks beautiful on my tablet and Dell sharp monitor.

    • bdf
      May 16, 2014 at 7:04 am

      win7 is better in every way than vista if you don't want win8

    • Daniel Price
      May 16, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      What's different in the look? You just have the metro tiles which you wouldn't even know existed if you're on the desktop...

    • michel
      May 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Seriously? Everything's flat and sharp-cornered, and those colours are sickening. I'm amazed that wasn't the biggest complaint about 8's debut.

    • Hugh Sucke
      May 17, 2014 at 6:45 am

      I couldn't agree more, michel. For those few moments after I remove all the adware and malware that keeps getting on my Vista laptop, it sure looks and feels better than my Win8 computer that has *never* caught any malware/spyware/virus, even though my teen kids are constantly finding themselves on less-than-desirable web sites that have a tendency to infect your computer with all kinds of weird stuff. Just saying.

    • SHAIBU
      May 19, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Open your eyes and free your mind from being biased. You'll realise how much you'll love windows 8.

    • Clive R
      July 9, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      but it is so easy to change the appearance and functionality - including restoring full start button functionality. I wanted windows 8 for its speed and better security but anyone opening and using my PC would be completely unaware of the modern UI and feel they are using Windows 7. It can be done free but the very cheap software I used also allows me to run windows Apps from the desktop and to switch to modern ui if I want to. Microsoft are gradually giving these options back anyway from 8.1 onwards but I think modern UI is here to stay because believe it or not a lot of people like it - once a decent touch screen costs under £100 I will probably give it more of a go

    • Clive R
      July 9, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      It is a pity that windows to go is only available in the enterprise edition (I have pro). If like me you are often in other peoples houses using their computer - it would be very handy to be able to run my own independent operating system with my own preferences and programmes - as much to protect their systems as to make it easier for me.

  22. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I hated Vista, liked Win7 but love Win8 :D

    • name
      May 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      windows 8 is the virus

    • Daniel Price
      May 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      At least we're going in the right direction!

    • xankazo
      May 20, 2014 at 12:37 am

      I love Windows 8.1 too! It's the best Windows yet! :D

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