I feel compelled to write Steve Ballmer:
Dear Mr. Ballmer,
I have NEVER owned an iPod, iPhone or other Apple Device in my life. I have been Happy in DOS, Windows, and Unix my whole life.
And I feel pretty smart. I finally gave up Windows XP Pro for Windows 7 Pro, and I LOVE IT. Start->Search is my favorite feature.
Then, you came out with windows 8. I am a touch typist. I prefer the DOS shell to the windows shell, and I already hate "Run as administrator" but I got over it.
Then, you came out with windows 8. For which the only word is HATE! I lose my start menu. I lose my quick and easy search.
But today, an old client called. They wanted to backup a CONFIGURATION FILE from software I wrote 13yrs ago for them. But we just installed it on Windows 8 (a nightmare of UAC settings and rebooting, I might add)... So this, was a great idea.
So I launch the explorer, and I CANNOT FIND the directory. (It is under C:\Program Files(x86)\xxx\RIGHT_FRIGGING_HERE
Strange. I launch the OTHER SOFTWARE which uses the DATA in that directory (and the configuration information). It finds it, in its own UI. It is there.
Oh, okay, I will right click (from inside that programs OPEN window) and Copy...
Go to the USB Drive, Click PASTE (and get an error message that the file is no longer there. Which is a LIE. The File cannot be seen because of some FRIGGING Security concept that Windows thinks makes sense).
Usually, I would go to a DOS prompt in administrator mode. BUT I CANNOT FIND IT in windows 8 in a way that I can click and tell it to run in administrator made.
I am sorry. I should NOT have to take a CLASS on how to use a computer.
To make a long story short... I bought my First Mac... Thanks to you Mr. Ballmer. And you know what. It has security features too. But it lets me get passed them. It lets me get to a shell (cmd prompt), and I can work from there.
So, Mr. Ballmer. I am GLAD YOU ARE LEAVING. You took a computer, and made it LOOK NICE while making it about as USEFUL to someone as a BRICK. We don't have touch screens.
Until I found and installed Classic Shell for my wife, she was ready to throw her new laptop through some window(s)... Pun Intended.
You should have included a message on the home page:
"Welcome to Windows 8:
You are effectively restricted from accessing anything useful, so go find a tablet to surf the web from. We think the iPad is particularly useful in these matters. Meanwhile, what the screen while your "panels" flip and buzz and change, in order to mess with the ADD kids or the ones taking drugs... They will be drawn to click on something because it sparkles!
If you want to actually USE your new computer, may we recommend downgrading to Windows 7..."
Ughhh... Rant Over, but my frustration is not!
And on this other computer, I cannot just install Classic Shell... And I am not the administrator. Joy.
I am hoping others throw some complaints I may have missed. And if someone at MSFT knows of an easy way to run "Explorer as an Administrator" I would be all for it (I found a supposed Registry hack to do it, but I lacked sufficient access, and I could not give myself permission to do it, so I wrote this instead)...