I'm running 8.1 on my desktop and have had no problems with any ham radio software: Log4OM, Fldigi, Ham Radio Deluxe v6, Flamp, Flwkey, SpectraVue, N1MM, MMSSTV, WSJT-X, JT-Alert, WSPR, MRP, VOAProp, and more all run just fine with no issues whatsoever.
That's good to know. I was pretty aggravated with Win 8.1 for one afternoon, until I realized what was going on with the start menu, but I bought it to force myself to get over the hump.
Perhaps they should have forced the consumer to view a very short video upon first power-on of the computer to illustrate the new menu, I dunno. The start menu is really now just a different screen
, that's all. The other thing is there are two different "kinds" of programs - the "old" type and the new apps. The new apps are different looking than the programs we use now, because they are specifically designed for the Win 8 UI, and they can display active info while not open and sitting in the start menu. I'm already using the TV guide app rather than going to the TV guide website (This laptop is a multi-purpose Man-Cave device
). Knowing what I know now, I could teach a new user how to get over the learning curve in a matter of 5 minutes.
The other thing that I didn't like was the gesture menus that kept popping up when I when too far to one side or the other of the mouse pad with my finger. One gesture from the right side kept popping up all the time right over what I was doing. When I found out how to turn that thing off, it was much better.
But yea, once you realize the start menu is simply a new screen, it's really not a big deal at all. I just got a fairly el-cheapo Dell laptop ($400) from Wal Mart with a dual core Intel i3 proc and 6 G memory, but it runs circles around the clunker I had before - a dual core chip that was running Vista.
Man, it starts up so fast it's crazy.