The ‘8’ ball..

Published on: Author: Mike Hall Leave a comment

Unless Microsoft pull something out of the hat and include it in a service pack for Windows 8, this OS will maybe become known as the ‘8’ ball. Presently, it has a real knack for scuppering itself, as can be seen in the Windows 8 forums.


  • Apps won’t run
  • Apps will not update
  • Apps will not install

Windows Refresh does more than most users understand by refresh. It is not the equivalent of splashing water over one’s face. It is more like being caught in a monsoon.


Custom refresh, which I have tried, is not a whole lot better and can leave a system inoperable unless the desktop was set up with an alternative start menu. Mine was, but it still took me two days to get it back to how I was using it. The Modern UI was as good as trashed, and 99% of it still is. No fixes work, and I can’t be bothered to go through the re-install process.


The initial pricing enticed many into what has become a trapdoor. It should have been a good experience, but it hasn’t been. I have sympathy for anybody paying full price in the future. Personally, I try to get users to stay with Windows 8 by getting them to use an alternative start menu. They should at least get some of the benefits of the new Windows core improvements, and be saved the time taken to recover back to Windows 7, Vista or XP. Unfortunately too much damage has occurred to even allow that to work properly.


Nobody in the business can honestly tell me that they couldn’t see all of the above coming.


There were rumours that Windows 8 would make any PC faster, put out by Microsoft and supported by its loyal band of ‘total believers’. No thought for the fact that it isn’t true in 99% of cases. PCs from the 2005/2006 era have integrated sound, video and networking that was poorly supported by Windows 7, so how could Windows 8 improve anything. Not a question, by the way, more rhetorical.


RealTek is about the only company which has the decency to release updates for its older integrated elements. Any other make and the users are up the creek without a paddle. It would be another trip to the PC store to get sound, network and video cards, but for the initial price of a Windows 8 upgrade, it isn’t worth the effort. Better to cut one’s losses, but imagine having paid out almost $200. I would be incensed, and this is exactly the feeling of many who went for the upgrade..


For sure I am a Microsoft MVP, but I am one of the ‘Real world experts, real world answers’ MVPs, Microsoft’s wording, not mine. I don’t answer to a marketing or propaganda department, which is one reason why I don’t directly work for a large corporate IT company anymore. I can’t and won’t do it even if I have to live near to Poor Boulevard for the rest of my days. Life is like that..


It is early days still for Windows 8. Early XP wasn’t as good a picture as nostalgia paints, and it took two service packs (the second was a real biggie) before XP came of age. Microsoft did such a good job on it that it lives on into old age. Maybe the same magic can be applied to Windows 8.


Anyway, today I advised a very frustrated Windows 8 user that maybe a factory reset back to Windows 7 was his best option. I advised this option because Classic Shell wouldn’t work either, and I didn’t have the stomach to put the guy through a self-propagating repair loop from which there was little chance of recovery.

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