What you should know about Windows 8.1 Update
W8 is the reason PC sales are down?
C'mon now, you don't honestly think that W8 is the reason that PC sales are down, do you? Smartphones & tablets make the PC less used... maybe that's why PC sales are down. Also when Mr. & Mrs Average are buying a new PC, do you honestly believe that they will say: Oh my God I can't bring myself to buy this because it has Windows 8? It takes about 5 minutes to realize that W8 is 2 OS's in one and that the touch-metro side doesn't have to visited. This tune is really getting old.
Nobody mentions the Start menu
As a Windows 7 user without a touch screen, I just couldn't see the point of upgrading to Windows 8. What with losing the start menu, getting the "modern UI" and making the desktop harder to find, it just didn't seem like a good idea. I kept an open mind, though, and when 8.1 came out I checked it out again. It seemed to be better, giving me better access to the desktop at boot, and a few other things, but I still missed that old start menu. So no upgrade for me. Then, about a month ago, I bought my wife a new all in one computer to replace her failing laptop. It came with Windows 8, of course, which I promptly upgraded to 8.1. That's when my "aha" moment happened. I was on the modern UI or Start Screen, when I accidentally swiped up. I found the list of programs that were installed, many which were not present on the tile screen. It looked vaguely familiar, but I still didn't get it. A bit later, I was using the mouse and inadvertently moved the mouse toward the lower left of the Start Screen, and an arrow was displayed. Upon clicking the arrow, the screen with all the programs was displayed. Then I realized what was familiar about it. It was the replacement for the Start Menu. It is the "All Programs" menu portion, while the Start Screen with the tiles was the replacement for that portion of the menu which was displayed when clicking the Start button. So the Start menu was here all along, it was just disguised by that new modern UI. Now that the update for 8.1 is here, I'm no longer trying to decide IF I will upgrade to Windows 8.1 on my laptop, but rather WHEN I will upgrade. I don't see anyone talking about the "new" start menu. It needs to be made more obvious.