Windows 8: The Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of Operating Systems

By David Purcell, for

Windows 8: The Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of Operating Systems

Windows 8 is getting a bad rap. It does a lot of really great things, and in may ways is far superior to a beloved Windows 7 that liberated us from a bloated, buggy Vista OS. But it has a darker, more sinister side. Despite its many advantages, Windows does some devious things that have turned off consumers and tainted its image. Just ask anyone walking down the street if they like Windows 8 and most will wrinkle their noses in disgust. Many of these people have not even tried the new Operating System. Word is out: Windows 8 is a bad seed.

Or is it? Below are some highlights of Windows 8′s split personality.


Dr Jekyll: Windows 8 has a fully-functional antivirus built in. But if a user prefers to install antivirus software like McAfee, Symantec, or AVG, Windows 8 will turn off this built in protection and defer to the third-party product. Microsoft’s software will become active if there’s no third-party malware protection at all or if the software is installed but has no up-to-date virus definitions.

Mr. Hyde: Metro. The vast majority of people I talk to do not like the tiles. They’re bulky and irrelevant.

To make matters worse, many programs, like Internet Explorer and Skype will have two versions–a Metro version and a Desktop version. They will look and act differently, leading to a lot of confusion.


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5 thoughts on “Windows 8: The Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of Operating Systems

  1. Windows has come a long way, I got my first Windows when I got my first Mouse. I think it was called Windows 1 and look like File Explorer. I owned all the versions of Windows and I like Windows 8 more than any other version of Windows. I love everything about it.

  2. I support various versions of Windows and win 8 is a disaster. The Hardware going with WIN 8 is often the only good point. I have used the Interface and it is unpleasant and not for people who want to do work. If you run WIN 8 on an Enterprise Network, or have a ISP that charges for data loads, the amount of active tools on the Toy interface is high and sucks large amounts of data at almost a per minute rate. I tried to get drivers for some key components from the Hardware provider, and they said, no we do not have it available, however, I spoke to several who said they do. the amount of leverage that is being applied to push this waste of time interface is high. If they ( MS ) really want a Phone interface on a PC, Laptop, or a nice piece of hardware, stop the heavy handed selling. The quality is not there, the apps are not there, and I wish they would stop saying how great it is, since it plainly is not. I do not recommend it, but I help people who choose to use it, and it is hard as hell to get that happening.

  3. Win 8 is NOT easy/user-friendly or customizable, so no more Company logos, family/pet/scenic picture backgrounds, etc. on display for everyone. Even Intellivision/Atari 2600 can handle Win 8 ugly, flat, simple icons and windows appearances. No tabs or taskbar buttons or quick visuals to see what windows are open relies on users mental memory and lots of clicking in trial-and-error fashion – a customer service/reference nightmare making everyone wait even longer for help while navigating/clicking around Win 8 with one screen open at a time. Microsoft took away DVD play and has forced keyboard use with Win 8 which IS named “Windows” 8, Not Android,iOS. Desktops and Laptops are NOT Tablets and most businesses will Not be switching to keep all records, files, transactions, receipts, etc. on Tablets. No Start button/menu, tabs, back/forward buttons to simply click once to get you where you want is miserable and NOT user-friendly at all. Most pushing/praising Win 8 are being paid to, but real Win 8 use should fail – already known some stuck and hating Win 8 within 5-minutes using it.

  4. REF: Requested Feed back on Windows 8

    I too think the touch screen is for kids and is counter productive. However I also think that it has some nice features.

    The following is what I have been able to do (and not do) when converting older computers ( 1 & 2 yrs old) that do not have a touch screen, from Windows 7 to Windows 8

    I agree the new windows 8 charms are a train wreck, but, they do have their pros and cons. For the most part I find them 1) too numerous for fast retreival, and 2) too time consuming and often confusing (as noted below) .

    Among the cons, odd charms appear for some programs such as a registration charm, or, if there are different programs from the same vender, you may get multiple identical icons just to register, (even if you have already registered all programs) Oddly, however, none of the register icons identify which program they go with. The same is true on many other programs. They have many icons that do not identify which program they control or what part of a program they may control, or, worse,if they control anything (Not.exe files) Often the only clue to which program they may belong to is how the charms are grouped

    All this nonsense does is to fill the screen with way too many more icons than can be used, and require one to take much longer to find any desired icon

    Solution: (And I am surprised you did not mention it)

    There is at least one program out there that resolves the issue by providing a start command and an easy to read menue. In fact, it simulates, and looks like the desktop and windows 7 start menue.

    It is very inexpensive, and looks (almost) exactly like a windows 7 desktop. One clicks on a win icon in the lower left taskbar, up pops the menue Once there, one clicks on “all programs” and all of the program folders appear just like in your windows 7 operating system . It even has the old win 7 shut down and same restart options and in the same manner.

    Better yet, one of the icons in the windows 7 simulated menue is the MS WINDOWS 8 icon so you can also select the windows 8 screen with all of it’s charms, feature , etc. Needless to say one can return to the windows 7 type screen and desktop, quickly, and easily, just by tapping the windows icon key on the keyboard again.

    So one can have the best of both worlds. The speed and reliability of Windows 8 and the easy to find things menue, and shutdown and restart commands of win 7

    If you set it up correctly, you can also tap the windows key on the keyboard to toggle from one screen to the other screen

    So with the added program one can quickly find a desired program without having to spend … er waste time …. scrolling through the excessive amount of charms, many which are totally useless, for opening a desired program.

    Incidentally, you are not only right about the internet explorer charm vs the win 7 internet explorer. However it is important to know that if you use the Skype charm it ends up changing your old skype address to your email address. So much for the security of a secret different user name and user password for each program)

    I have not read all of your articles on windows 8 but want to point out one of the nice features of win 8. And that is the ability to change from win 7 ( and maybe vista) to win 8 without losing any (a lot of) the existing programs and data. ( The old Windows Millineum allowed this also)

    When installing win 8 one has a choice to either install win 8 over win 7 and keep all possible EXISTING PROGRAMS AND files or to format your hard drive and destroy all existing programs and files .

    Of course installing win 8 over win 7 can save you hours, days,or weeks, of installing program after program, re-registering, re – activating , and installing product keys (not to mention the time spent defragmenting, setting up programs to print, to which printer, getting on the internet or, getting on the network etc)

    A catch to installing win 8 on top of win 7. Once you install win 8 over win 7 you cannot do it again as the program prohibits you from doing so. IN fact, if you need to re- install win 8 over your win 7 it will erase many programs and you will need to reinstall the original programs again. of COURSE SOME OLDER PROGRAMS MADE FOR EARLIER COMPUTERS MAY NOT WORK IN WIN 8 THAT WORKED IN WIN 7 .. OR AT LEAST i FOUND THIS TO BE TRUE OF SOME (BUT NOT MANY) OF MY PROGRAMS)

    Some other glitches can also occurr with win 8 . I found that a back up program that I have that makes a mirror image of my HARD drives no longer works correctly on a USB 3.0 port .. I have to now use a USB 2.0 port (DID NOT HAVE THE PROBLEM USING WIN 7) ( THIS IS TRUE OF BOTH MY 64 BIT QUAD CORE, 3.0 GHZ PROCESSOR WITH 2 tb HD AND 16 gb ddr3 ram IN MY dESKTOP AND AND MY SLOWER DUAL CORE 64 BIT 1.3 ghz 750 gb HAD WITH 8 GIG DDR3 RAM LAP TOP

    To Me , windows 8 is like my smart phone, it really just wants to get me to the apps that can hopefully sell me more products. Of course there are free apps But that is not to say that even they don’t want to sell you more. So It’s like buying a program to sell you more programs .. hmm and here I use it for coresspondance and work as well ass family and friends stuff .

    BUt that is okay, as I am sure most people want a choice of whatever is available.

    PS The win 7 simulation program is called STARt8 via

  5. I put Windows 8 on my desk top for an entire week. Then I trashed it and went back to Windows 7. Windows 8 is a “Kids Toy” and a hinderance to productivity. A touch display is required to do much of anything but your arm is going to get tired keeping it up in the air all of the time. The sooner it goes the way of “ME” and “VISTA” the better.

    I downloaded IE10 but after reading about it I am not going to install it.

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