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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 8.1 Update 1, now with less annoyance

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | May 20, 2014
After trying Update 1 for the last few weeks, the best I can say for it is that it sucks less.

I'd really hoped to see the Start menu come back in this update. I was disappointed. Instead, all the Start button does is throw you into the Modern interface. Again, this is never, ever where I want to be. It now appears — and, oh, how we hope! — that we'll get a "new" (read, "old-style") Start menu in August or September.

What's a devoted Windows user to do? Well, if you're already on Windows 8, you poor devil, you should go ahead and "upgrade" to Windows 8.1 as fast as possible. After all, it's not like Microsoft is going to give you any choice in the matter. If you're on Windows 7, stick with it. If you're using anything older, move to Windows 7.

If you're not so devoted and want to try living outside the Microsoft world, I recommend Chromebooks or Linux distributions with a Windows XP-like look and feel, such as Linux Mint with Cinnamon.


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