What makes the restoring to original such a PITA is that it loads Windows 8.0. Then you have to get the updates which number 93 at the moment. The updating process runs a very long time and generally errors out and you get to start again.
Once that's done you can upgrade to Windows 8.1 which isn't a problem.
In general it takes about a full day to get it all done before you get to start loading up the apps you might have bought/downloaded along the way.
The 2nd generation and beyond Surface Pros shipped with W8.1 and take much less time and effort to virginize.
I've been doing some reading since I finally got things back to normal on the SP1. It seems I could do that and probably will.
If what I'm reading is correct, then I could just pick a time after all is in a stable setup and image that. Certainly would be better than having to start from scratch with the 'recovery' stuff that MS provides.
One thing that has niggled at the back of my mind, is that if MS could change the recovery partition to recover to W10, why didn't they do that with Win8.1?
Or at least provide the utilities for the end user to do it.
Infinite sideways scrolling is for tablet users (or reading books).
Switch to a new screen breaks their concentration (and mine too).
It's like having to get up and walk to a different PC.
If it doesn't annoy you, there is no way anyone can explain to you why it annoys them.
The original Metro Screen was less customisable than the Start Menu (not that many people customise their Start Menu anyway).
It took extra clicks to get to System tools and Shutdown in W8 (assuming you didn't use search or "Alt + F4").
The first thing I noticed when I first used Vista was how many extra clicks were required to customise it (compared to XP).
The additional insult was that after all of the extra clicking, you got the old XP dialogue window anyway.
In VMware (on my PC):
- W7 VMs take at least twice as long to boot as my real W7 does.
- XP VMs take about the same time to boot as the real XP does (half the time that the W7 VMs do)
On my PC, real W7 boots in about 2/3 of the time that real XP needs.
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The people who don't like Windows have already decided they don't like Windows 10 without even seeing it.
From first look there really isn't much different in win-10 from 8.1 ?
I'd say if they/ Microsoft was going to being back the start button why not do just that ?
This is not a desktop start button,
Power button is silly where it is now,
No text option for where icons are mandatory ?
Actually 8 was better because I had start8 installed it's as it's described,
The search wasn't as good as 7's but at far as content was it was acceptable,
It also made changing the start button very easy
So is win-10 better than 8.1 :/
If it's not obvious to me the improvements how can it be ?
I'm about as average user as it gets and I don't see it,
That's a problem possibly just mine though