Windows 8.1 is out. Big flipping deal! I decided to be risky and updated to 8.1 from 8.0 on Saturday on my home PC. You have to pull the update from Microsoft’s App Store. During the setup process, Microsoft now forces you to create an online Microsoft account and associate it with your local Windows profile: how rude! Of course, when the setup was done, I went to the Users Accounts applet in the Control Panel to disconnect it and convert it back to a local account. I know Microsoft really, really, really wants me to put everything in the cloud, but I choose not to. And they really, really, really want me to use their app store for loading applications, but the only app I’ve loaded is the 8.1 update and that is under duress.
The update torched all VPN software I had loaded requiring an uninstall and reinstall of said software. The update also messed up HyperV…I have two NICs and it appears to have bound the virtual switch to the one not plugged in (took me a good hour to nail that problem down!) Then I was getting a LogiLDA.DLL error message on bootup, so I had to go through to the registry and delete all keys relating to this file…something about a Logitech Download Assistant? Classic Shell was borked as well, so I had to load version 4.0 and then I was able to once again not have to look at that evil Metro/Modern UI startup page. I did switch over to Metro to change my login screen wallpaper and then this stupid tip “Switch between apps” kept coming up and blocking part of my screen. It kept telling me to swipe the edge of the screen to dismiss the tip…but I DO NOT HAVE A TOUCHSCREEN MICROSOFT! ARGH! Off to Google to find a fix and this seems to be a common issue: you have to put your mouse is the very left corner of the screen and then the annoying tip screen goes away.
Still not impressed by Windows 8. Please redeem yourself Microsoft! If it wasn’t for HyperV, I would be very tempted in going back to Windows 7. Here’s another tip: create a shortcut to chrome.exe. Add “–force-desktop” (without quotes) to the end of it. Now Chrome won’t randomly go into Metro mode on Windows 8.
– Soli Deo Gloria