- The boot to desktop is long over do, but now it is here.
- Boot time seems reduced.
- Multi-select of Start Screen tiles.
- Splitting the Start Screen is better.
- No Start menu, only a Start button.
- A lot of cruft still get into the Start Screen. Probably need a way to expand/collapse items you choose to hide.
- Mystery Scheduled Tasks make explorer and network traffic too slow to use. This task is triggered when the computer has been idle for about 10 minutes. When that happens, either you need to wait for however long it takes, or reboot. Rebooting is usually much faster. As of yet, I've been unable to track down what task is firing, why it doesn't detect the computer isn't idle,
- No way to create a custom keyboard shortcut, without pinning to the task bar. (Not sure if this is also a problem in Windows 8.)
- Many of the features still seem hard to discover, at least for me.
- Still no syncing or sharing between Windows two desktops (the regular Windows desktop, and the Windows RT desktop.) Opening an app in one doesn't open the app in the other view. Nor can I share something from the desktop IE like from the RT desktop. I hope that will be fixed because it seems sharing is just a contract. I assume similar may be done to sync apps between the two views. That said, I say the two views, but it is really closer to the two operating systems. Probably sooner or later Microsoft will need to allow both desktop to access both worlds. I believe both worlds run on IL, so there should be a way to use one program (like IE) and see IE in the desktop view and RT view.
- My ReadyBoost SD card is no longer fast enough to be used by Windows 8.1 Preview.
- Only other problems I has was I needed to update my laptop's BIOS and use OEM drivers to get Windows 8.1 Preview to play a whole YouTube video. Before then (fresh install, out of the box) about 3 - 4 minutes into the video, Windows would take offline my NIC and I was unable to make it active again. Rebooting fixed the problem after manually re-enabling the NIC.