Windows Vista doesn't deserve so much hate, the worst Windows of all was actually Windows 8



In 2020 Windows 1.0 turned 35, we could say that is in the best years of his mature life. The most widely used desktop operating system in the world is one that has gone through a wide variety of versions, some more successful than others, and incredibly maintaining such extensive backward compatibility that it still keeps things from the MS-DOS era to an almost absurd.



In all this time Windows Vista has perhaps been the Windows that has had the worst fame, the system that brought the Aero to the windows interface became the object of countless ridicules by those who consider it the worst Windows ever. But there are also those who think differently because Vista did do a few things well, and on the other hand we are those who consider that the worst Windows was actually Windows 8.



If it's not broken don't change it ... for something worse




Windows 8



Much of the reasons Windows Vista had such a hard time is because it came to replace a system that to this day is considered one of Microsoft's best systems: Windows Xp, and the bar seemed to be quite high.



Something similar happened to Windows 8, it came to replace Windows 7, considered by many the best Windows of all, and one that, like XP, refuses to die despite having run out of support a long time ago.







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But while Windows Vista suffered mainly from its hardware requirements, and how difficult it was to run those Aero effects on most modest machines without the computers crawling, with Windows 8 we are talking about a system that loaded usability on a whim.




Windows 8 changed something that was already good for something much worse and took away the possibility of choosing what was most comfortable for us




While in Windows Vista the constant UAC dialog boxes were constantly interrupting and impairing the experience, in Windows 8 people didn't even know where they had taken the start menu or how to close the full screen windows of those new applications that did not have buttons.



Windows 8 wanted to change too much of Windows, too fast, and without offering a better experience than the previous one. It was a system with a major identity crisis, one that to call itself "windows" made the window management experience worse instead of better. A desktop system that wanted to be more like a mobile system for touchscreens, and not a computer with a keyboard and mouse, and in the end it did neither of those things well.



Windows 8 committed the cardinal sin of making Windows difficult to use




Windows 8



Replacing something as iconic and practical as the start menu with that start screen (Start8 became famous that day), without even offering the option to choose between the type of start that the user preferred was too much for a system that has us used to slow changes, more methodical and an almost obsession to preserve everything old as well.



And let's not even talk about the "Charm bar"Surely no one wants to remember. I don't think I was as frustrated using Windows as when I had to drag the mouse pointer to the corners, and wait for options to appear to be able to open a menu so I could open another menu and turn off the computer.





Windows 8 Charms Bar

A horror of usability






One of the most important features of Windows is that it is easy to use because it has (almost) always been used the same way. Windows 8 overloaded that familiarity totally to no avail




History tells us that Microsoft quickly understood that it had made a mistake, releasing Windows 8.1 just a year later to correct it as much as possible, returning the start menu to its place, and improving the user experience and customization options to some extent, as well as the performance that also left to be desired.







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Windows 8 also introduced the Metro apps and layout, which were later renamed Modern and Fluent with their tiles, a Windows interface practically parallel to the rest of the system.



They are all things that have been evolving towards a better state since Windows 10 was released, but that not even today, more than eight years after the launch of Windows 8, have they managed to be entirely consistent.



And yes, Windows 8 did indeed bring good things with it, but what he did wrong was so bad that not even Microsoft wants to remember him, quickly dumped it out of support, replaced it with 8.1 looking to eliminate the bad taste in your mouth as soon as possible, and jumped on the Windows 10 train into overdrive making Windows a constant trial and error service without such memorable catastrophic releases. .