This hilarious video explains why Windows 8 sucks [Video]


Windows 8 has been out for a few months now. In that time, it has won over some people and distanced others. Brian Boyko is clearly in the latter group because he has created a bloody hilarious video explaining why Windows 8 sucks (in his opinion). While I have personally reserved judgement about Windows 8 until I actually use it for longer than a few minutes (although I am not looking forward to Start screen), I must admit the video is funny. Check it out (warning: the video uses some cuss words):


[Thanks Col. Panek!]

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  1. nanette

    I’ve never been so frustrated in my life. I can’t get any downloads to work properly. Everything is taking me an hour to figure out! I finally gave up and I’m returning my computer in.


  2. james

    absolute lack of research and development – its like no one actually tried to use their laptop joke before they sold it. had i known how bad of a hacked up, hair-pulling pos this mess is then i wouldnt have bought it…thanks windows for a $700 waste of money

  3. Rachel dubois

    I didn’t read all the posts, there’s too many but I’m an avid gamer and I almost threw my entire computer out the window in my frustration over trying to run older games( not THAT old either, we’re talking fallout 3) but I eventually calmed down as I Irealized the computer was worth more than this piece of shait os and since I can’t find any copies of win 7 to fall back on, I’m doomed. I’ve spent 4+hrs today just on following so-called helpful tips from 20 different sources, none of which worked at ALL. So as a gamer, I’m boned and that pisses me off. They really screwed the pooch on compatibility mode with win 8 and 8.1 as it doesn’t work at all. I’d kill for an old copy of win 7 sans oem but they’re nowhere to be found. MS had them taken off the shelf so fast I bet it left store clerks with massive cases of whiplash.

  4. blahblahblacksheep

    He forgot some of the best stuff…
    1) win 8 on pc looks same as on phone, but the os is different enough that you can’t use phone apps on pc and vice versa. Not kidding. Devs have to port their phone app to pc and vice versa. You get stuck maintaining two separate apps, and pc and phone stores don’t have the same apps. Compare that to android, which has one app store and apps work on any android device.

    2) to close a metro app you drag from top down to bottom … on pc. On win phone you hold the win button to see all apps and x the ones to close. On win pc… win button doesn’t do that. Again, no consistency across devices.

    3) trying to figure out how to select and copy text on pc and phone touch UI in windows is unintuitive. I have a win phone and tablet, and haven’t figured it out. I googled it one day, but then forgot how to do it. Its frustrating.

    4) win 8 is fairly optimized on the back, but the UI is so bad it overshadows the performance gains.

  5. Col. Panek

    [@Lynne] You were NOT forced to buy Windows, you just didn’t realize you have an option. Now that I’ve just informed you of this fact, if you go out and pay good money for Windows Nein …uhh, Ten, it is your own fault. “Fool me twice, shame on ME.”

    So when you get tired of Windows, let me know. We can fix that in about half an hour. (Well, you have to download Linux first, but you can do that overnight.)

  6. Lynne

    I agree 100%. I too was forced to purchase windows 8 because 7 was no longer available and found myself pulling my hair out within 30 minutes. Please please please let me know if and when there is a recall. I would be more than happy for that to happen. I wish that I had taken the plunge and spent more for the apple.

  7. Mario

    Windows 8 was designed specifically for mobile phones and tablets. Obviously, they cannot develop a 200$ OS for these devices, but more likely a downgraded 20$ version. PC is for working, mobile phones are for other things, you cannot mix them. All these new “features” and the fact that Microsoft arrogantly are trying to sell a cheap product is a big slap on the face of their base customers.

  8. Alex Winter

    Making themselves indispensable has always been Microsoft’s business model. Recall when Gates and Allen made sure they rode the computer wave all the way to the beach by getting a royalty on every PC sold instead of just a flat fee. Then recall when Gates was taken before congressional committees for strong arming manufacturers into bundling their products which were interpreted as breaches of anti trust law. What the video said about swipes being the same motion as simply moving your cursor from one place horizontally to the other cracked me up. That’s one of my biggest gripes is that I keep popping up stuff I didn’t intend. I wish you would have mentioned that upon boot up the first thing you have to see is what amounts to a store to sell Windows apps. And all the passwords and codes to JOIN Microsoft when all you want to do is get your email is just an imposition, the goal of which is to find cheap ways to make themselves indispensable.

  9. Antoine Matthews

    Ok first things first i am currently in college for Game Art. Meaning i have to use very powerful engines on a dell inspiron laptop compatible with the windows 8 laptop. That said I am a big gamer, i play games like a crackhead. But i swear to god if even want to play a single fucking game i get a DPC WATCHDOG VIOLATION. Truthfully i don’t even know how that even works so fuck me right. I just want to play my games without BLUESCREENING EVERY FUCKING TIME. I literally can’t even do my homework half the time. One time i had to use UDK to make a basic model and lo and behold DPC VIOLATION. I hope windows 10 works better i fucking swear man

  10. Marg

    The platform is not useful as a desktop product and the amount of effort required and downtime is unbelievable. I think the distinction needs to be made re business desktop platform and maybe personal platform which may be all that some people need and may be ok for them but small business that has supported MS desktop apps over the years have been shafted.
    And don’t get me started about the auto updates…something always changes/breaks…

  11. Dean Richardson

    For those shooting down his review, most professionals I know agree with this 100%. In fact he is being somewhat kind. Its completely unintuitive, new features generally BLOCK you from completing tasks, much less help. The interface fights the user instead of complimenting you. If you go one computer sales sites, Windows 7 now has a high premium, because no one wants Windows 8. I find it hilarious those decrying the video say things like Windows 8 is only “very frustrating”, or “Most of the annoyances of Windows 8 have been solved now in 8.1″ (they haven’t, but whatever).

    I was never part of the anti-MS counter culture that had to be different. I generally like them, but this product was the worst release of any OS Ive ever seen, and I started computer programming in 1993 at University of Illinois and have used almost all systems at least in passing. This is beyond a trainwreck.

  12. Sunsmasher

    This video is funny at times, but really inaccurate. He’s complaining because Win 8 is not intuitive, which is true in many ways. He needs to RTFM. Read the fine manual! Seriously, he’s basically complaining because he hasn’t learned how to use the OS. I bought a new laptop a while back, and yes, it was frustrating at times to adjust to the new methodologies of Win 8. More than it should have been. But certainly doable. Once I learned how to navigate (yes, very frustrating at times), I was able to get around and use the OS. You just have to LEARN how to use it. Yes, it should be more intuitive, but it isn’t, so either light a candle and learn how to use it, or just curse the darkness and complain about how it sucks.

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  14. 13asdlkj

    wow, and i was wondering if i should upgrade to Windows 8 (by the way im the opposite of a power user). If somebody put in all this effort to make his point beyond clear, then it must really, really suck!

  15. nrg04106

    Brian’s video was hilarious and SO spot on.

    My old PC died on Wednesday this week and I had to write a paper for grad school by Friday so I was forced to go out and buy a new laptop, complete with Windows 8. I got the paper done (while the PC capriciously switched to screens I could not figure out how to get out of) and submitted it at 11:45 on Friday night.

    I am now ready for a vacation in the looney bin, thanks to Microsoft “innovation”. Never mind tech stocks, buy psych pharmaceutical stock. I think they are behind it all. (Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they are not out to get you.)

  16. SG

    Watched your video on Windows8 and have a hard time disagreeing with any of it. Ok one I found how to get rid of the weather page because they did keep Task Manager, ctl-alt-del at least still works. In essence MS increased the number of mouse movements or clicks to do the same task in Windows 7. Turn off 2 to 4. Was efficiency a dirty word at Microsoft? Bill’s programs are deteriorating as fast as his haircut. Right now I’d buy anything not to use Windows8 anyone got a suggestion? I’d use Apple but they won’t run several of my programs.

  17. davey

    The worst part is EVERY microdouche employee responds with some bull like: “while most users are thrilled with windows 8, some are used to the old version.” They are also always so superior sounding when they condescendingly answer your question. Fuck you microsoft. Fuck you.

  18. Blake

    This POS OS seriously made me physically ill, i’ve tried to use my new computer 2 times and had to muster the courage to do it the second time because i damned near puked with frustration the first time. I thought maybe I was just having a bad day, but guess what? This BS POS made me want to puke and jump off a building trhe 2nd time! I’m pissed that the dude selling me my new desktop didn’t tell me that Window’s 8.1 was not good for…..well…anything!

  19. M Ptty

    I agree… Bought a computer today… In tears cause I can’t DO ANYTHING! I’m not even old and I feel like a helpless old lady who has zero technology. or Someone who was handed a computer for the first time and told to figure it out. We are returning the computer! This is crap!

  20. Brian v.

    Yes , 8 sucks . It’s not smooth . Always getting lost in the computer moving around from this or that . I have been using for over a year and still have problems finding the print & power down buttons from windows 8 . Bad design .

  21. mark

    [@Mark] Ok Merriam-Webster, I think it’s time to add “Windows 8[.1]” as a new idiom (is that the right word?). I was driving through the local shopping mall recently, where the parking lot is very user unfriendly, has little overall planning, and has haphazard intersections at odd angles, thinking, it’s the “Windows 8″ of parking lots.

  22. jackwu

    Windows 8.1 is extremely brain damage design. I just spent more then 1 hour and still can not get my network printer work. It took just 10 minutes in Windows XP to set up the same printer. Then about same time for Vista. Windows 7 was the easiest OS, I do not need set up that printer, The Windows 7 comes with the driver for that printer. So less 5 minutes or even less, I do not remember that.
    But windows 8.1 ? really want to say F word to it.

  23. Pablo

    I have a 8.1 windows laptop, and 8 windows desktop! Honestly, they both suck! They both freeze too frequently! Can’t get any tasks done. Both versions restart unexpectedly too often, no warning!!!! So frustrating I regret buying them! Windows 7 was the best for me…..

  24. d hawx

    [@John from Canada] why should i have to do ANYTHING to FIX what suck’s. i want a COMPUTER not an far as remembering command’s . NO i will not do it. if this is so fantastic YOU come teach my father how to use it.he won’t learn to copy and paste so you have your work cut out for you.i myself have no intrest in having to LEARN how to do this all over again, it is not my job to RECONFIGURE my computer or RELEARN all this b.s. some moron had in his wet dream

  25. d hawx

    [@Mark] [@Mark] fine for you but not everybody want’s to go through 10 years of college to use a computer, i will never use or buy windows 8 period. you sir are full of shit. it sucks for the common user and you are not common so your statement is bullshit

  26. disgrunty

    I work for one of the largest multinational corporations in the world. It has decided not to use windows 8, but instead use mac or linux for ALL users. Originally i thought this was overkill, or at best a money saving move, but using windows 8 at home, which i’m unfortunately stuck with, I can see how it really kills productivity to such a degree that this actually makes sense from a productivity standpoint. I can’t get anything done. Example: Windows backup all the way up to windows 7 was an excellent cheap way to make backups to a secondary disk or storage. IT has been totally replaced with ‘file history’. (You have to figure this out as the movie says). File History is utterly unusable. I’ve been hacking at it for hours.

  27. diane

    I just wanted to scan and send an email .Now im in a padded cell banging my head against the wall.Please Microsux give us back the old operating system this windows 8 is like a horror movie.

  28. Mark

    I totally agree. I made the mistake of installing windows 8 on my main PC. Now it’s turned off and sits in a corner. I thought maybe I need a touchscreen to make this work better – so I went out a purchased a new touch screen PC. Nope. not any easier. I have three macs now, and the touch screen – well I will occasionally start it up to have an old movie running while I work on my mac. Until I get frustrated and turn it off again, or after it crashes or auto updates and can’t find the boot drive (probably the cheap hardware, can’t really blame windows 8 on that) I had hope on the latest version where they said the brought back the start menu– But no, that just starts Metro again. What are businesses going to do when they stop supporting windows 7?

  29. Mark

    Most of the annoyances of Windows 8 have been solved now in 8.1
    I have been a happy user of Windows 8 since a good year.
    The interface is something to get used to, true
    Under the hood, this is the best OS yet, as it is fast and has the best hardware support of all Microsoft OS’ses
    I hardly ever use metro, as i hardly ever used the startmenu from Windows 7
    I am not from Microsoft, but i am Microsoft admin, so for me the learning curve is not a steep one.

  30. Tom

    Nothing could be more right on. I looked at new laptops for a year. I wanted the X1 Carbon and finally got one. I had gotten a copy of Windows 8 and put it on my older ThinkPad and my desktop for dual booting on each so I could check it out. After a couple of months of the same stuff this guy went through I took it off both computers. I absolutely hated it. It cannot be less user friendly or intuitive. It is crapware, made for tablets and totally incompatible with a desktop. I finally bought my X1 ThinkPad which came with Win 8 and “just in case” I got the touchscreen. Again after trying to use it for a few weeks I just reformatted the hard drive and installed Win 7. My biggest regret now is having bought the X1 that has the touch screen because it adds a little more weight and thickness and I will never ever use Windows 8 again. And don’t tell me you can make it like windows 7 by adding a start button etc. It is still crapware no matter what you do. I even can’t stand the awful colors it displays. Metro must go. MS will never be Apple and they should stop trying to be copy-cats with metro, apps etc. They will never catch up and should just give up.

  31. k

    back in 1995 in Mexico, when i was 13 or 14 years old, i was able to set up tcp/ip configurations to have the módems working WITHOUT ever doing that BEFORE on Windows 3.1 and then on Windows 95 and adjust everything i wanted on my pc. Sure, once in a while i messed up, so i backed up, formated everything and started all over again, it was tedious but at least i felt IN FULL CONTROL of my actions. Im not a power user, but i feel that everything went downhill from there, with things beginning to happen in the background, things downloading by themselves, useless ram-comsuming animations and transparencies and what-nots, but still it was all manageable and at least i always reverted the desketop theme to the plain Windows 95 style. When i saw Windows 8 and how it worked i really couldnt believe… sure, maybe its designed for touchscreens but it was installed on a touchscreenless laptop!! (why would i want to lift my arms putting unnecesary stress in my shoulders, when i can do everything much more efficiently with a mouse? ) i really couldn´t do anything!! maybe i couldn´t because i wanted to do it the old way, but then again, the new way does not represent an improvement, just plain bad design. Im not an Apple fan either, but at least they got their act together in terms of interface. Hope they learn from this

  32. Microsoft Arrogance

    That’s right about the forcing. Every software company is now doing this. Forcing “change” because of developers sitting around with nothing to do. No-one is really asking any tech company to “change” things just make it (1) RELIABLE AND (2) FAMILIAR please. Microsoft has been on the change-for-no-reason bandwagon that google started about six years ago. Flat, 2D looking icons, wow what “progress” for the computer world. One window at a time, wow what “progress”. Software used to be about engineering and human factors now it’s some kind of popularity contest and change-for-no-reason and “relearning” the UI every 14 months. It’s going to continue unless the general public learns to speak-up and demand that reliability is deemed #1 and familiarity #2. Just because software *can* be changed doesn’t mean it should be. Hardware developers know this because it’s nearly impossible to change out the chips on a finished motherboard i.e. built-in discipline. But software companies LACK DISCIPLINE. Stop forcing change, let the user decide, preserve the existing, familiar interface for users. I have a feeling if all these “new” user interface “designs” were turned OFF by default and were opt-in NO-ONE WOULD USE THEM what does that tell you.

  33. Doug Nix

    Dude, I so wholly agree with you. You’re review was spot on. I use a computer to get a job done. I don’t care if it’s a PC, Mac or command line linux box. I just want to do my job. Using Windows 8 and/or Windows 8.1 was such a frustrating experience that I actually became physically ill. It put me in a bad mood for hours.
    If Microsoft has become so out of touch with what users in a business environment need to be actually productive then MS needs to go bye bye.

  34. tom

    I dual booted with 7 and 8 for a few months and hated 8. I then bought a new Thinkpad X1 Carbon that came with 8. I tried to use it but it drove me insane. It would not allow me to install 7 for a dual boot. You can only dual boot if 7 is installed first. Microsoft is FREAKING EVIL those bastards. So I wiped the drive and installed 7. I created images of the 8 drive on a thumb drive and a USB drive in case I ever wanted to go back if they made improvements. Both backups evaporated and are each just a single empty folder. So MS also makes a copy of your Windows 8 drive dissappear. MS is EVIL!!!! This has gone way beyond funny.

  35. Lisa

    I’m one of those people who obsesses over optimizing productivity and efficiency. I’m so disgusted with the hot-mess of Windows 8 that if I want to research something on the internet, I grab my iPad. I used to be the sort of person who used my iPad hardly ever. I’ve changed my behavior and use my iPad for everything except writing (because I need Word to do that). But even then it’s a pain in the ass. One day I was happily typing away when my computer froze. A frowny-face popped up (a brief warning–gee thanks), and WIndows 8 alerted me that my PC ran into a problem (AGAIN?!?!?!) and had to reboot. WTF!?!? My biggest annoyance was that I had to go online and install numerous DVD players in order to play a DVD. See, I drag my computer into the garage to use my bike trainer. While I’m working out, I like to watch movies (makes the time go by more quickly). The first time I popped a DVD into the computer, nothing happened. In other words, my computer didn’t know what to do with it! That’s when I discovered that Windows 8 doesn’t instantly play DVDs. After downloading 5 DVD players, I found one that worked. Problem is, I’ll be cranking away, happily watching Season 2, Episode 5 of Sopranos, and my damn computer freezes (hello, frowny-face) and reboots…in the middle of my workout. I’m so fed up that I ditched the idea and just ride my trainer with my iPod and listen to music. And don’t get me freaking started on the swipe screen. It’s stooped. Plain and simple, I want my PC to behave like a PC, not a tablet. I say we all band together and picket those Windows stores at the mall (another reactionary measure that created very little benefit to the consumer).

    At least Windows 8 has cut my computer-loafing time down significantly. I actually spend more time NOT in front of my computer. Yay, me!

  36. Cordelia

    Thank you so much. I’m older and not always great with computers, so everyone assumes I’m the idiot who can’t make the computer work. Since you sound like someone who actually knows how to use computers, you have made me feel much better. It’s not me!!!. Now what do I do about it? I can’t even figure out how to use my picture files anymore (a staple for old ladies who use computers).

  37. Lister S

    Basically what it boils down to is that Microsoft is obsessing over this Metro Slide Your Fingers thing. Im guessing they think it looks cool to hide features and apps and add extra swipes simply because they want all of us to swipe this way and that like retards. They think that the whole dragging and swiping looks cool and futuristic but in all reality it looks useless, time consumer, retarded, and immature. Microsoft is obviously on it’s down slide and long past it’s heyday.

  38. James

    All this could have been avoided if microsoft took some lessons from game designers: tutorial mode.

    Another failure is the failure to make users aware that , in the start screen, just typing starts searching, and that almost everything is available that way.

    Want the control panel, hit windows key (to open start page), type “control”, and so on. Advertising this feature to users when they get to the start page would save a lot of users a lot of angst.

    That said, overlying touch/gesture features onto the touchpad (not the touch screen) was evil.

  39. tom

    Right on Derrick. I happen to be due for a new laptop and don’t know what to do. I hate windows 8 so I see no point in paying extra for a touch sreen that I don’t need with windows 7. But in the back of my mind I keep wondering if they might someday fix 8 and I will regret having no touch screen. Naaaa I think I’ll stick with 7 and no touch

  40. Sluggy

    This OS has me banging my head on my desk and makes me pull out my hair in great big heaps.

    I can’t even begin to explain how much I hate everything about this sanity shredding abomination of an OS.

    It’s definitely going. No more MS for me.

  41. Bill Riemers

    I don’t really mind Windows 8. But then I don’t use the metro screen. I just click on the desktop square and go straight to that. In the few cases I have started apps from the metro screen the experience has been so horrible I haven’t tried it. As for the “charm bar”, I only found that because the mouse location is mirror imaged for gnome. One of the annoyances though with the charm bar, is often it won’t come-up if you have a window that is too close to the edge… I also find windows 8 is far more useful with dual monitor system. Even though windows regularly decides to replace everything shown my left monitor, it leaves the right monitor showing the desktop, so I don’t have to struggle to get back to my application.

    If Microsoft were to strip off the metro UI portion of Windows 8 it would be their best release of Windows ever.

  42. wyz

    [@tom] I wouldn’t go so far as saying Windows 8 will drive businesses completely to Apple or linux but I do think IT departments will stay put with what they are presently using and wait to see if Microsoft adds the necessary options to Windows 8.1 to make it more enterprise friendly. I believe the feedback from the general public and businesses is so negative on this operating system that even the always headstrong and arrogant M$ upper management will not be able to ignore the criticism. The real question is how much will it change? Lots of alteration will be a tacit acknowledgment that the Windows 8 design was a flop, and we all know that M$ doesn’t have a history of owning up to colossal mistakes easily. They better get this right or Windows 7 will become A LOT more popular.

  43. tom

    I have mine installed on a separate partition just to play around with for the last 4 months or so. I am not even paying much attention to it because it’s not interesting or fun to even play with now. I can not imagine trying to use it at all for business

  44. Christopher

    My company refuses to buy this garbage. IT team uninstalls 8 on all purchases and installs 7. Totally unusable for business.

    Microsoft took a big dump on their business users to try and play catchup with the iPad. I predict version 9 will abandon this crap because the business community will not support an OS that doesnt allow for easy multitasking.

    This could drive business completely to Apple or Linux

  45. Joy

    Two words: Classic Shell, a free program that restores usibility to this travesty of an operating system. I also deactivated my touchpad to prevent accidental swiping. But of course this means I am giving up some of the functionality of my laptop!

    I’ve found ways around the problems, but don’t even get me started on how MS Access was ruined with a white-on-white design. Have the student interns taken over at that company?

  46. tom

    It’s really hard to believe that a company that has so many extremely smart people could shoot themselves in the foot so badly. Surely they must have some common sense employees that were saying WTF are we doing? Maybe the corporate culture is one of not tolerating any criticism. Keep your head down and your mouth shut if you want to keep getting the huge paycheck and stock bonuses generated by our software monopoly. I am just totally puzzled by this one.

  47. jimjames

    [@Bob] Totally agree with all the comments that suggest W8 is bad to the bone, a backward step .. but what can we ACTUALLY DO to get MS to acknowledge this ? coz lets face it, there’re going go down the tubes BIGTIME when Joe public walk away on mass !

  48. Bob

    I got a new laptop for my wife with Windows 8 preinstalled. I wasted no more time with the operating system when I discovered that I couldn’t easily turn off the computer. I actually had to search for “how to turn off computer with windows 8,” and there was this huge multi-step process for shutting the damned thing down. Even then I couldn’t get the computer to shut down; I literally had to remove the battery to get the thing to turn off. I knew if the computer couldn’t easily be turned off, then the rest of the operating system was going to be a disaster. I didn’t even bother going any further. I just wiped the hard drive clean and installed Windows 7. It works fine now.

  49. WisenCynical

    Hilarious! The worst part is the lack of choice. Windows 8 once learned, works fine.. just much differently. We should be able to get our choice of currently supported versions of Windows when a new computer is purchased. The right people targeted for Windows 8 (tablets) will edge into Windows 8, but please let the folks who dig the old interface keep it for as long as possible!

  50. Thomas Murphy

    Microsoft should fire every person who gave their ok to this abortion and hire Brian Boyko to manage correcting it.
    Honestly, I thought my new computer was defective and started to return it (luckily, I resisted my urge to throw it against the wall).
    I have used this a month now and have found it no less annoying and unusable. I agree completely that there should be a product recall or maybe better a forced breakup of Microsoft’s and it’s near monopoly.

  51. wyz

    [@jerry] No Jerry, you aren’t alone. I would venture to say the vast majority of people who have tried Windows 8 feel the way we do. It’s so badly thought out I can hardly believe it. Every task that’s easy on any other operating system is a major chore on this one. Microsoft’s upper management should be unmercifully flogged for gross incompetency in thinking this ill thought out mess would work well as a desktop O.S. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, who I’ve spoken to who has tried this browser thinks it’s awful. No one Ilikes it!

  52. MB

    Wait til you open a PDF fie using Windows 8. Now there’s a nightmare. After much frustration (I’m talking weeks) I solved this by downloading a copy from Adobe to my DESKTOP so I wouldn’t have to use the “charm” version. So now I have 2 versions of the same program….

  53. wyz

    In a most amusing and easy to understand way Brian Boyko explains exactly why Windows 8 is so terrible. After I got done laughing at his presentation I sat there nodding my head thinking he’s right. He’s absolutely right, Windows 8 is such a bad operating system it’s unusable. How could this happen? How could Microsoft, a company of such great wealth and resources, produce something that is so badly designed? They can go out and hire the best and brightest minds on this planet. This is what they come up with? Is the decision making process in Redmond so flawed they couldn’t see that Windows 8 would be impracticle for desktop computing? We aren’t talking about a problem or two, no, this operating system is riddled through and through with serious design errors. Didn’t any of the project managers see the mistakes? It’s hard to believe that. Far more likely is that the pressure to conform, at the expense of advancment, must be so great at M$ that designers go along with badly thought out ideas. How sad! All I can say is there must have been an awful lot of ass kissing at the Microsoft convention the year of Windows 8 inception.

  54. wyz

    [@Harry44Callahan] Learning more Linux is not a bad idea. I have Linux Mint 14 KDE 64bit on my computer and I could’t be happier. Ironically I found there was a greater learning curve going from Windows 7 to Windows 8 than Windows 7 to Linux Mint 14 KDE. How weird is that?

  55. wyz

    [@Frustrated] You say they are out of touch with their users. Yes, but the policy makers at Microsoft have always been that way; arrogant with a we know best attitude. They produce an operating system and say to the masses: We are M$ and here is Windows. You will buy it, use it, and like it. That policy/philosophy has worked and has remained the same for years. What are people to do? There is no choice. Oh yes, a few people will go off to Apple or Linux, but not enough to make a whole lot of difference. If a user is not happy with the version M$ wants to foist on them their only recourse is to stay with an earlier version, providing it’s still being supported, and wait for the next release. Does M$ loose users to the competition? No, not many. It’s true their sales go down for a quarter or two but does anything really change? Are they any less arrogant? No. When the next version comes out they are no different.

  56. wyz

    [@MacFan] Have you ever used Windows 8? While you can debate certain things that were said in the video there is no arguing the fact that this is an incredibly frustrating operating system to use. There is nothing intuitive about it! Brian Boyko makes his point!

  57. wyz

    [@answer-man] Linux? Absolutely! Ubuntu? The Unity desktop sucks. I think Linux Mint 14 KDE 64 bit is better, but that’s just personal preference. While we could argue what distro is best all day we do agree that Linux has an awful lot going for it. I swear by it now and like you I’m not looking back.

  58. wyz

    [@tom] People should wake up to the fact you don’t have to use M$ or Apple. There are viable alternatives. After wiping Windows 8 from my hard drive I installed Linux Mint 14 KDE 64bit in its place. I couldn’t be happier as it’s very fast, stable, secure, highly customizable, and flat out beautiful. These are only a few of many sound reasons to use Linux. It’s too bad it took as long as it did for me to realize there was great free software available that could dethrone Windows as my default operating system. You see I too was totally ignorant of just how wonderful a computing experience using Linux could be. Although I dual boot with Windows 7 the M$ o.s. is there only as a backup should I have a problem with Linux Mint. Tom, go with the penguin! ;-)

  59. wyz

    [@janet] Without question this is the worse operating system I’ve ever used; no, tried to use. Doing even the most simple computer tasks proved to be a chore. Can an o.s. get less intuative than this. It’s awful! To think that Steve Ballmer, a man who takes home around $1.3 million a year, gave the green light on this garbage is absolutely mind boggling. Windows 8 was on my machine for only 3 hours, but that was 2 hours and 50 minutes too long. That’s right, it took me only ten minutes to realize I would NEVER be able to live with this train wreck of an operating system. For the curious, the other 2 hours and 50 minutes was for wiping this pos from my hard drive.

  60. kt

    Yay windows 8 gave me another reason to say why Micro$oft sucks. Valve approves it. Linux is made by users, user friendly, fully controlled, and FREE. So both to Apple and Micro$oft : *fork* YOU!

  61. tom

    As one who has worked in Sales and Marketing for many years I am continuously amazed by the arrogance of MS and how THEY get to decide what crap they force on us. Unfortunately I think some of this comes from their extremely dominant, almost monopolistic market share. I hope however that these stumbles will help to reverse this. I think AAPL probably has a technically better technology which unfortunately has always been the Sony Beta (vs. VHS) of the computer software market. I think Office 2010 and some similar MS programs are further examples of MS crap-ware and bloat ware being shoved down our throats.

  62. marg

    I purchased a new desktop a month ago and unfortunately came with Windows 8. It is the most frustrating system I have ever used and I have tried to persevere with the system in the hope I could get used to it or like it. Now I understand persevere is not associated with a good change it is a bad change. I shouldn’t have to persevere with something that has a really bad UI, is not intuitive and worst of all is so slow at booting up (I have disabled most startup programs), programs freeze including the browser and has significantly impacted my capacity to work efficiently…or at this stage I’d love to just get things done..
    At first I thought it was hardware but after searching the web for “Windows 8 sucks” I find a lot of people have the same issues and frustrations. My next step will be to change the would be nice to get my money back from MS for what is an absolute load of crap.

  63. Frustrated

    I’m certain that if Microsoft doesn’t improve their relations with customers by releasing a fix for Windows 8 or a new OS quick, they will lose market share quick. They tried to copy the style of other tablet OSs and yet force it on users. Lots of people hate iOS and OSX because things are hidden and sometimes beyond user control. That is exactly why many users stick to Windows, but Microsoft blundered that one. Microsfot shouldn’t have tried forcing this on people especially with an OS that is like their competitor rather than what set them apart and made them a strong company. They are out of touch with users to the point they will fail unless they get back in touch.

  64. answer-man

    Try linux generally and ubuntu specfically.

    Linux has hundreds of OS versions, literally. Nearly all versions have GUI too.

    Linux is free, free, free.

    Linux is stable and secure.

    Linux apps are generally free and very, very wide ranging.

    If you are half way a tech there is tons of free help.

    Linux users generally have a copy in their bag to give away. Oh, it is free.

    Linux can do most anything windows does. And no ‘BSofD’ either.

    Linux is way secure.

    Most versions of Linux can easily run off a zip drive or thumb drive.

    Most versions will operate in ‘live’ mode so you can try it out without loading it on your computer. Some versions can be completely loaded into RAM making them lightning fast and still fully functional. Try that with Windows 8! And in ‘live’ mode you can test your computer’s equipment to see if linux will work nicely on your system.

    Linux code is WIDE open. Yup, if you are a programer you can play with the actual code. That is a GREAT big ‘no-no’ with Microsoft that will get your hands spanked big time.

    Linux has killer chess apps.

    Lots of folks outside the U.S. use linux. The Chi-coms do and so do the Russians and increasingly the Federal Government. Why? You can freely change the code, it is way secure and linux is stable. Oh, and it’s FREE.

    Linux is readily available as a download on the internet. Check out for the latest and greatest. Burn a copy and give it a spin.

    I use Ubuntu 12.04 but Mint is nice too.

    I left Microsoft in the middle of XP, which I liked, and NEVER looked back…never.


    Linux doesn’t do everything.

    Linux does, like everything, have a learning curve.

    Linux doesn’t do those killer windows games.

    Linux doesn’t run on all computers. Linux prefers Nvidia Video cards and HP printers and it is picky about network adapters. It doesn’t much like Broadcom network stuff. Altheros and Intel should mostly be ok.

    Yeah, I like linux. Can you tell? I use windows to check out the weather.

  65. Katie

    While I will admit that I hate Windows 8, the guy that made this video needs to stop reviewing products.

    Windows 8 isn’t easy, or user friendly; but a so-called ‘tech guy’ should be able to figure it out by simply playing with it for half on hour or so. I did and I am in no way a ‘tech gal’.

    Also, his tone of voice is completely annoying.

  66. tom

    Good for you. I hope MS is getting the word. I didn’t pay for mine at all. Doesn’t it seem unbeleaveable that they wouldn’t even have a Windows 8 disk? They just can’t let us have one good OS even when they finally get it right. XP was so good and stable. Vista was rushed onto the market half-baked just to try to get us to spend more money and was an insult to the public. Windows 7 is good and stable but we really got ripped off because it’s really just a service pack or fix for Vista. It should have been free, So now that it’s a well liked, accepted and stable OS they want more money so out come a worse-than-Vista piece of junk. I suspect a big push pack from the public.

  67. Peter Leonard

    I tried for a week, but finally got so frustrated I asked Best Buy to install Windows 7 on it. They told me they didn’t have a Windows 7 disk. So I told them to take it back and refund my money. They did. I have since ordered a laptop from HP loaded with Windows 7.

  68. tom

    I have been testing it out for months on a seperate partition. I absolutely HATE Windows 8. It is the most un-intuitive Un-user friendly piece-o-crap I have ever seen. It makes me hate MS more that ever.

  69. Brian

    [@Doreen] You can print from Reader by hitting Ctrl-P, and you exit the app by either dragging down from the top of the screen until the app changes from full screen to a smaller version, then keep dragging it to the bottom of the screen. (Who thought of this???). Alternately, Alt-F4 still works to close everything.

  70. Doreen

    What a great video. Windows 8 comes with “READER” which is microsofts version of pdf reader. It isn’t adobe acrobat reader and get this….YOU CANNOT PRINT PDF FILES FROM READER. You must purchase an add-on product. I tried to download a printer fix, but couldn’t because there was a flaw in the download process. I had to go to my old HP tower CPU computer (yes, it’s from the 1990s) and print the fix because large files wouldn’t download. I want to return my new HP computer simply because I HATE WINDOWS 8. It really, really SUCKS.

  71. MacFan

    I am truly an apple fan.. But this review is flawed in so many ways.

    1.Random things just keep popping up: That is so absurd dude. You must be accidentally pressing the WINDOWS key or WIN+TAB.. there is no other reason why a metro app would pop out.

    2.Difference between a swipe gesture and a scroll: Swipe is done from an edge pixel of the screen. You won’t touch a screen edge for scrolling, unless you are trying to scroll something from outside your screen, from like thin air, into your desktop. that is not how people use it. Same applies to the touchpad – swiping from border is diff from ‘swiping right’!

    3. You’re blaming MS since your OEM did not put a sticker of the product key.. I guess you are not aware of the fact that a product key is INGRAINED in an activated OS. Google ‘how to know my windows product key’ and you’ll know. It is as easy as checking computer properties.

    Personally I feel that there is no one right or wrong here and that Windows eight is based on simplicity… I like it that way.

    Nice effort and cool video. Thanks!

  72. janet

    Whoever approved the production of Windows 8 should be fired. No, not just lose his job. I mean FIRED as on a BBQ grill, after being scewered with one of those little sticks that turns round and round to get all the sides good and charred. I’m not usually so prone to violent visions. But really, It took me an hour just to figure out that it takes about 5 steps just to shuit the shut the damn thing off! Really, you can’t have a button on the task bar that says “shut off”? And you have Menus that are invisible? “Charms” bars? Windows that hog the entire screen and no obvious way to get out of them? THIS is better? Well excuse my unenlightened self but I thought using a computer was supposed to be easy and fun, not annoying and impossible. Nothing about this new set up makes sense to me, and I am certainly not going to be able to teach my ol mom how to use it. This thing is going back to the store and if they won’t give my money back I’ll throw gas on it and watch it burn instead.

  73. MacFanBoy

    UPDATE! I found how to cancel the ‘gesture’. In the bottom right corner, where volume and wifi bar indicators are, is a little up arrow. It is for hidden icons. Clicking there reveals a taskbar program ASUS smart (sic) gesture center. In there are the settings to turn off the stupid charm bar BS. And I found it purely by accident. Salvation.

  74. MacFanBoy

    Johnfromcanada call Brian an idiot without realizing HE is the idiot. I am using a new laptop with win8 and I hate it. I did not come from a win7 laptop, I came from a Mac. I am using this Asus because of price, and number pad. I admit that I am biased to osx. Will john admit he is biased too? Prolly not. But here is the deal: 8 SUCKS. Royally. As the video says, it has touch screen interface pasted over the desktop. On a non-touchscreen ‘puter, it is a layer of useless gobbledygook to ignore. In the three months I have been using this laptop, not once have I used metro, and not gone to desktop. It is just an unnecessary extra click. But while metro is pointless, the charm bar is an aggravation. How user friendly is an os that regularly aggravates you? These ‘gestures’ that Brian describes are a pain in my ass. Msoft, in its infinite arrogance, err, wisdom, has added touchpad shortcuts for metro and charm bar. The ‘gesture’ takes precedence for whatever you’re doing, even in a game. Yes, I CONSTANTLY have games interrupted by the charm popping up. And I curse every time. I hate it. Win8 literally interrupts the users production experience. And that makes it a baaaaad os. Coming from an osx Mac, I understand hot corners. But screwing up the trackpad input on a laptop is just idiotic. Do I need a mouse? Ugh. Win8 is an attempt at ‘verticle integration’ of the experience from phone to tablet to ‘puter. But win phones are non-existant, the tablet is underwhelming sales, and the ‘puters suffer to justify the former two. Metro sucks, gestures suck, and win8 sucks.

  75. janhit

    I totally agree that Windows 8 sux big time! I have had nothing but trouble (runs slow, mouse pad just decides to stop working, MS Word stops responding, etc). And to top it off, I have Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 that doesn’t work properly either! I can’t even set security levels for programs on the computer. The set up screen for this is blank!

  76. Mark

    Totally agree with the video. The solution to windows 8 is to ‘windows7ify’ it!

    I’m going to post a video called ‘windows7ify your windows 8 PC’ on youtube soon showing how you can accomplish this.

  77. Bob

    Wow, I thought I was the only one who thought this new pretty, touchy-feely, hip, cool, targeted-to-ten-year-olds “OS” was a huge mistake for MS. Did MS forget that some of us like to use their computers for business use and could care less about skyping, getting constant feeds from facebook and so on and so forth? Have they not heard of the iphone? If MS does not do an about face with WIN9, I guess I’ll have to go to (gasp) mac.

  78. John from Canada

    This guy is an idiot. He is just full of it and does not know anything about OS. You can convert windows 8 metro to look and act like windows 7 by simple config change. The OS will boot directly to win 7 like desktop interface. I have just customized win8 to look like win7and it works perfectly. Remember, you need to customize this OS, because it is designed for several different hardware applications. Check the following link

  79. DoktorThomas

    Conveyance is always a problem with MSFT products, not just winOS’s, like win(H)8
    Continuity is another weakness across MSFT apps.
    MSFT can stick the Metro Panel. Can we get Steve to come in at this point?
    My tablet is yellow with blue lines and bound; it never crashes!!! Always user friendly, never out of date nor patched on Tuesdays. OS easily replaced. Do you have a pen on you?
    Ballmer has always been on my “Idiots in Business” and the Cast Iron List ©2011
    Gr8 vid; tweet ad nauseum. Maybe someone in Redmond will see it and get a clue.

  80. Karl Gephart

    Fantastic video that really illustrates how wasted Win 8 is w/o touch! MS truly rushed out an OS that pushes productivity out of the way for consumption. Loved sharing this video on social media! Thanks!

  81. Kiong Ping

    I think Windows 8 not design for the use as PC user. May be Microsoft wants us change to other OS! or, they want to promote others software to support them. Pokki is one of the best start menu for me.

  82. clockmendergb

    I sat with my teenage son and watched this.
    I seemed to have all the same experiences but my son would hit the screen and do all the things this guy could not.
    All without batting an eyelid I might add.

    yes it was really funny and I could really relate to his experience but maybe,just maybe we are getting a little old to learn new tricks.

    I just found out how to get it to start to the desktop so I think I am back in Win 7.
    That helps a lot.
    Have not added the start button on this machine yet but I think I will.

  83. amy

    everything on your video it’s TRUE!!! even worse: I called Microsoft for tech support help….. he told me, I have to pay $300 for one year tech support service. I told him I am going to return it so he can stick it in his butt!!!

  84. JonE

    What can I say that hasn’t been said already? Gremlin farts perhaps. I guess that would be the same thing as Goblin farts; love that comment.

    Thank you Col Panek for pointing us to this video; very informative and while peppered with humor not really funny when you consider the topic and conclusions.

    @Harry44Callahan: MS has been forcing stuff, OS and otherwise, on us, to some degree, since XP; definitely since VISTA. Don’t misunderstand; I agree with you about XP being solid and still use it, but also realize that I really need a new PC and OS to keep up with technology, but it definitely won’t be Windows 8. My new machine will definitely have Windows 7 Professional, although I do have reservations even about this version of Windows. At least XP users have the ReactOS project, but honestly I haven’t kept up with it.

    Microsoft is slated to support Windows 7 through 2020; that’s the latest info I was able to get. Microsoft still sells Windows 7 although their prices are let’s just say on the steep side. If you look around online you can find Windows 7 for lets say more reasonable prices at places like, eBay, and others.

  85. Harry44Callahan

    Great video. The shame of it, as the author noted, Microsoft is forcing this OS on us. At least when they had the great Vista failure they still sold XP and supported it. In fact they kept increasing the non-support date for XP after all the unfavorable fallout from the public on Vista. I think it would be appalling for them not to do the same for Win 7. If they will not continue support for 7 or keep selling it, then I will learn more Linux and Ubuntu rather than Win. 8.

  86. Donna

    Last year I purchased Windows 7 with the option to upgrade to Windows 8 for $15.99 I have until Jan 31, to make the purchase. I am so glad I held off. Even though I have the option to reinstall 7 if unhappy with 8 I will not purchase. Why waste $15.99 or go through all the hassle! I have not read or heard of any good reviews and this review beats all. I hope by the time I need a new PC Microsoft repairs their biggest umph yet!
    Thank you, I mean THANK YOU Steve Balmer for the great review! And Thank you Ashraf for posting it!

  87. I hate single-sign-in services

    The best way to describe this video is:

    Mr. blogphilofilms hit the nail on the head. Repeatedly. And then he did it some more. And again. And again. And also again. And then from another angle. And then again. And then again. And again. And then he paused but only to get a new nail and start swinging the hammer again. He kept doing this until you’d have to be insane and/or Steve Balmer to not get the point.

    In other words, in one smooth motion he completely obliterated Win-duh-ohs 8 while also nailing it to the proverbial wall. Well played, sir. Well played.

  88. Mags

    I watched this and found it extremely funny providing information as to why WIN 8 is a fail.

    It will never work as an OS for writers, students or people who need it for business. That is where it fails big time!

    @lljwagg: I agree 100%. Win 98SE was the best for the longest time. I was never truly satisfied with any MS OS after that until Win 7.