Soo, I got the ''black screen with mouse cursor'' log-in error yesterday. Should have checked here first, but I ended-up ''reset this pc, keeping files''. This got me back into Win10, but activation was all jakked-up; since my pre-release tech preview product key was no longer valid.
Ended-up blowing Win10 away all together and going back to vanilla Win8.0 with my recovery usb stick. Got myself back up-to Win8.1... and find myself wishing Win10 was more of a half-step between Win8.1 and Win10 instead of being what 10 is.
- I like the colorfulness of 8. The Start Screen tiles take the major color of the icon and apply it as the tile background color.
- I miss the big time/date clock that would appear when you bring out the Charms Menu.
- I like how there isn't a forced space between live tiles like there is down the middle of the Start Screen in Win10.
- I like how Win8 doesn't have a 'Tablet Mode' where all windows are resized to be maximimized, redcing productivity, and it always kicking me back to the Start Screen when I close a folder or software program. In Win10's Tablet Mode I had to literally add a File Explorer title because there was no way to view Desktop Items etc.
- I like the Charms menu location of the Power button, since I'm right handed it's easier to swipe-in from right and access Power there.
- I perfer Win8's logos for WiFi (bar chart) and Battery (Stand-up battery). Both are easier to see at-a-glance how much battery you have left, or how strong your signal is.
- I perfer the slider-options for Screen Brightness/Rotation Lock toggle and Volume Level/Mute toggle, over Win10's separate Rotation Lock, and Screen Brightness only working in multiples of 25%.
- I perfer how more informtation is presented in Win8 when I click the battery icon in Notification Tray. From here I can change my power plan.
- I perfer how more informtation is presented in Win8 when I click the volume icon in Notification Tray. From here I can quickly edit the properties of the currently selected playback device, adust volume level, and get into volume mixer without having to right-click the volume icon, which is a pain when using touch because then I have to hold-press it.
- I vastly perfer the layout of Win8's on-screen keyboard's second viewing style (the Letters either side of a Number Pad layout). This makes typing a password with both letters and numbers much easier, instead of every time you want to change letter for a number, having to press the '&123' button to toggle from letters view onto symbols and numbers view. This is because on Win10's second viewing style, it has changed to just 'Letters on either side of the screen, and the Number Pad area from Win8 is a blank space you can look through to see the page' instead.
- I vastly perfer Win8 apps for Mail and Calendar, and OneDrive and OneNote.
- Win8 Mail app allows me to set a message as Junk, which I don't believe is possible in the Win10 version.
- Win8 Calendar App is cleaner-looking and focuses only on my email's Calendar. It doesn't bring-in other account's calendars etc. Outside of some of the more advanced 'set this event every X' options in Win10's calendar (such as set every 2 weeks), I really perfer Win8's version.
- Win8's OneDrive's placeholder files is pretty much self explanitory. On Win10 I find myself constantly syncing and un-syncing selected folders depending on how much space I have left on my device. I find that I need a particular file, and I have to sync an entire folder to get to it. Very, very annoying.
W10 OneNote Metro App now has a pen thickness button.
- Win8's OneNote recently got ported-up to Win10, 'radical menu' intact. But before that I couldn't even change the pen-thickness in Win10's OneNote app, which was a pain because the default pen thickness was too thin for me to see properly. I always used the medium pen thickness on Win8's Outlook. Haven't tried the recent update for Win10's OneNote app yet though.
- Win10 has an issue with Windows Photo Viewer's SlideShow Mode. It shows a zoomed-in top-left of the image. Have messed around with display resolutions, but nothing seems to fix it. So naturally I prefer the Win8.1 version
- Win8.1 File Explorer opens in the exact spot I put it in when I close and open a new instance. Win10 will reposition the window as if Cascading two opened instances of File Explorer, even when I am reopening it after closing it. This was highly annoying, so obviously I prefer the Win8 behaviour.
- I perfer the layout of the Settings menus in Win10. They make certain things easier to get to, such as Bluetooth.
- I perfer the 'Connect' menu of Win10. It makes it easier and quicker to pair and attatch media such as bluetooth mouse and headphones. Back on Win8 I would have to go digging in Settings sub menus, or right click the Notification Tray volume icon and then select Playback Devices.
- I perfer the larger notification tray icons of Win10. I perfer them even more in Tablet Mode, despite not liking Tablet Mode itself.
- I perfer swiping in the right side of the screen and getting the Action Center fly-out, rather than getting Charms menu and then having to click Settings. Although I wish we could add our own toggle boxes to the Action Center. For one thing I would add a Power box to for Shut Down/Restart.
- If I ever got over my privacy issues and used it more, I imagine I would like Cortana's ability to control my laptop from accross the room.
- I like the Battery Saver feature.
I might make a mock-up of my perfect merger one day. But what are you guy's thoughts on Win8.1 vs Win10?