Why Windows 8 is SUCH a Pain

February 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm 4 comments

Hello all you lovely people! My name is Rebecca Duxler and I’m a senior, majoring in Information Systems – Web Development (same major as Chris) with a Business Administration minor, which gives me the best of both worlds. I have been a part of the IT/AITP club for the past 3 years and served as the secretary last year. Right now, I am the president of the AITP club and love every second of it! I currently work for a professor in the IT department, mainly doing research on IT and music can work together in an online song mixing forum. I have been in band since I was in 5th grade (and still am) and attend concerts frequently (but not your typical pop or country music). I am a Tri Sigma for life! I am also very fascinated by how the mind works. Writing has always been a hobby of mine and I’ve been actively writing for about 7 years, but is my first time blogging on here. When I’m not doing all of this, I love music (of course), programming, exploring creativity, going on adventures, helping people, and spending time with my friends.

I’m sure all of you have heard about Windows 8. It is is definitely not your standard desktop interface at all; most of my friends who have it don’t really like it. When Windows 7 came out back in the day, it had similar upgrades to what most operating systems would have. If you have no idea what an operating system (OS) is, it’s the software that supports basic functions, such as running applications and scheduling tasks. In your typical OS upgrade, you have faster processors, more memory, upgraded look and feel, new features (ex ones that enhance your graphics), better performance and security, and much more.

With Windows 8, everything turned into a tablet interface. Since I am into psychology and taking a user interface class, here are three reasons why people may DISLIKE Windows 8:

1. With a brand new operating system, there are many, many bugs. What that means is that not all of your programs will work correctly. They will frequently crash. At times, the entire computer would crash and need to be restarted. People who are trying to be productive would grow very irritated and dislike inefficiency, causing people to get into moods to throw his or her computer out the window (don’t do that). The more bugs and errors the system has, the less people will trust Microsoft and the better their competitors will do in the market.

2. Many people aren’t a huge fan of drastic changes. They like upgrades, but fear change and often resist it. Why do people dislike change? It has the potential to cause failures, loss of production, producing lesser quantity, etc. No one likes failure. Because everything is completely different, people who aren’t as experienced with computers may not know how to use Windows 8 very efficiently and wouldn’t want to buy/use it. Reviews say that Windows 8 is like looking for the treasure without a map, but having a general idea where it is. It isn’t too difficult to figure out, but some people may think so. For example, it even took me a little bit to figure out how to get to the desktop (there’s an icon on the start screen).

3. There is a loss of control. What that means is, when there is unsolicited change, people wouldn’t want to have to change their plans. Many people didn’t expect the interface to be completely different (and neither did I). The interface is meant for a touchscreen; you can’t do this with all laptops and desktops. With the main focus being touchscreens, which tablets and some computers have, you have to figure out how to make your non-touchscreen monitor act like a touchscreen (by using the touchpad). With the loss of control creates more work. People usually assume that software updates will make less work; thanks to the larger than life learning curve, it is actually more work. Even figuring out how to go “file, print” is a pain.

“Your software should not make anyone feel like an idiot” –> Software upgrades should make things more productive NOT less productive…

For all of you ISU Math 120 students, don’t forget to take the quiz on Reggienet 🙂


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  • 1. philprof  |  February 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    This post tells me that that there are a lot of business and psychological considerations that go into a good decision about what an IT product should be like. Lots of different perspectives and skills are needed on the team that makes decisions about the direction of a new IT product. The big players in the IT world hire anthropologists, psychologists, and market analysts, among others, who understand something about how IT works. Of course, they also hire IT professionals of various kinds. So, there are some interesting opportunities for people with different interests and specialties in the world of IT, so long as they have at least some basic background in IT.

  • 2. rdpetti  |  February 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    First, I can’t disagree with your post completely, Windows 8 comes with a steep learning curve and can seem quite daunting. However, you don’t seem to go into very much detail for why the OS didn’t meet your standards.

    I think the lack of communication and explanation of the new OS style is what doomed Windows 8 to be accepted in the mainstream. There is not one business right now that would even consider deploying Win8 on their users computers because it is more trouble than its worth.

    One of the issues with Windows 8 you may have mentioned is the confusion of the OS’s global search function. You could have also noted the dilemma of users finding the charm bar, metro applications running in different user contexts, or the disappearance of the start button.

    Given all of Windows 8’s shortcomings, I do think the OS adds some awesome features for IT professionals. Some of the features are Storage Spaces (logically grouping hard drives), a built in Hyper V client, automatic mounting of ISO’s and VHD’s, and built in flash compatibility.

    As for your comments on Windows 8 having bugs, what applications are you running that make Windows 8 “crash”? I have heard many complaints about the OS but applications crashing is not one of them.

    • 3. dbzmaron  |  February 7, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      I haven’t used it much, so there isn’t too much I can say from personal experience. Someone mentioned the charm bar as well. Who would think to go all the way to the corner for something you can’t physically see?

      One of my best friends bought Windows 8 when it first came out and he’s just be minding his own business and the system would just crash completely… quite often too. When it came to installing programs, it would give him difficulty as well!

  • 4. E.Petrov  |  February 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I bought a laptop a few months ago with windows 8. It just does not feel like an improvement to me. I’ve had it for months now and I still feel like the changes with this 0S frustrates/annoys me. I’m not going into detail with this post, but I feel that most people that go from 7 to 8 on a normal non-touchscreen device probably dislike it.


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