Is Microsoft’s new Windows 8 Push-Button Lifesaver the solution to Windows 8 Problems?
For those of you still unaware, Microsoft has yet unveiled another new reset feature for its latest Windows 8 operating system, the “Push-Button”. And as such, this new addition is being rumored to be Microsoft’s solution to a previously irresolvable problem, what we already refer to as a system crash.
Now according to Microsoft, Windows 8 will offer two direct options to recover a machine that has just crashed. This is either by resetting the computer or by refreshing it. The same two options are as detailed below:
- “Reset” function will remove all personal data, apps, settings and reinstall a fresh new copy of Windows 8 on the machine
- “Refresh” function will reinstall Windows 8 on the machine while also saving in personal data, Metro-style apps and other important settings
(Note: Only Metro apps will be preserved and that you will personally have to reinstall all desktop apps yourself)
It has also been suggested that Windows 8 will feature two new interfaces, application development and input models namely the classic desktop and then the new Windows Phone inspired Metro (it has been so reported that the same has already been geared for touchy tablets and its market).
Microsoft also explains that the reason against its decision in not saving desktop apps is that often a single rogue app can easily result to Windows 8 problems leading to the performance of your machine slowing down again and even a possible system crash.
And as quoted on the problem, the people at Microsoft had previously said “We do not want inadvertently re-install ‘bad’ apps that were installed unintentionally or that hitched a ride on something good”.
Microsoft also suggested that on its version of Windows 8 Beta (an introductory version of Windows 8 featuring a few new upgrades), some of the important settings that will be preserved after having performed a system “Refresh” following possible Windows 8 problems would include Wireless Network Connections, Mobile Broadband Connections, Microsoft BitLocker and BitLocker To Go settings, drive letter assignments and other personalized settings such as desktop wallpaper.
Whereas for the rest of the other settings, it will be dumped for the reason that as misconfigured settings, it can still cause Windows 8 problems for the computer.
Windows 8 Problems as a result of Metro UI breakdown
For those of you still unaware of what we mean when we say “Metro” should know that it is the new User Interface Microsoft has introduced with its latest venture, Windows 8 operating system.
The current Windows UI today as many will definitely agree still has considerable room for improvement and simplification. And this can be done without causing too much of a disruption for Microsoft’s loyal base of users. Take for example, Windows 7’s “don’t-call-it-a-dock” Dock. It actually helped a lot of non-technical users on their Windows operating systems without upsetting its experienced users.
And as such, many a seasoned Windows users appreciate the “Jump Lists” for example. While for many of those who don’t, well they can happily ignore it for it is definitely not intrusive.
The new “Metro” User Interface causing Windows 8 Problems?
Now in getting back to the aim of our article, it’s a shame that the new Windows 8 operating system even with all of its underlying code showing considerable improvement against earlier versions, fails at where it should have actually begun.
Windows 8 aimed at bearing the fruits of several quiet years for Microsoft by throwing out the craft and refactoring all vital portions of the software for maximum performance.
However, let us not all forget some of the improvements it has made in light of such Windows 8 problems. For in doing so, Windows 8 boots much faster
allowing applications to spring to life in a matter of seconds. And common operations just feel more responsive and crunchier all on the same hardware. Come to think about it, Windows 8 without the Metro UI could have even been the best version of Windows by Microsoft.
So looking at it logically, Windows 8 can very well be released like Apple’s Snow Leopard (a minor $20 upgrade) that boasts of overall performance improvements even without any additional new features. But of course, Microsoft doesn’t work that way.
The accounts team will want their margins, the marketing bureaucracy requires something to do and an industry hangs off this. Consultants smell the prospect of fees while bloggers hope to cash in with “How-To” books. Disinterested parties are hard to find.
The one problem with Metro in Windows 8 is rather one of policy than of execution. And at the end of the day, it is like one of those funky widget layers resembling Dashboard, Yahoo! Widgets and even a lock down launcher like At Ease.