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I Don’t Want To Use Apps

Monday, November 17th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Windows 8

Brenda from WV writes:

Why do I hate windows 8.1 is because they are trying to force everyone to use apps.  I want to use programs on my computer that are on my hard drive.  I don’t want to use a cloud….I don’t want to have just a dummy terminal….I want the programs I use on my computer and I want the data I enter on my hard drive.  I will do whatever I need to do to save it.  

No matter what anyone says, the cloud is not a safe place to store your personal data.

App is short for application which is just another word for a computer program. An app is a program and a program is an app.  In the past, the term app was used to distinguish between smaller programs focused on limited tasks as opposed to larger desktop programs, but that’s not the case these days.


The vast majority of apps are downloaded to your computer.  There are some apps that are used only online, such as Facebook games, but most apps are downloaded and installed on your device just like they have always been. Programs (Apps) used to come on floppy discs and later DVDs purchased at the store.

These days they are often downloaded. But they are still programs.

A Windows 8.1 computer is no different than a Windows 7 or Windows XP computer. The data saves on your hard drive. You do have the options of cloud storage on almost any device these days, but the choice is up to you.


Cloud storage is just as vulnerable as any other type of storage. Cloud just means that the data is stored in an offsite server. The truth is, you already have data stored in the cloud.

If you have an e-mail account, your messages are on that cloud server . If you have a bank account or credit card, that data is already stored in the cloud by banks and merchants. Information like your Social Security number, IRS filings etc… are also stored in cloud servers. 

I certainly understand if you don’t want to store any additional data like documents or photos in a cloud storage account. But it can be a valuable backup. If a natural disaster or fire were to strike your home, it’s possible your computer along with any backup files you made could be destroyed. If that information is backed up to a cloud server, you could download it all again.

But to ease your mind about Windows 8.1.  Apps and programs are pretty much the same thing and you are not required to store any additional information in the cloud.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “I Don’t Want To Use Apps”

  1. Jim Wadtke says:

    Thanks Cynthia! I often wondered about APPS and you sure explained it very well! So in other words, APPS on your desktop are like a bunch of program icons on your desktop. I try to keep mine at a very minimum, maybe that’s why I hate the look of APPS. I have 8.1 and with my mouse plugged in it always goes straight to desktop, which is what I prefer. Plus, I’m not even sure how to close the apps. When I reboot I get asked if I want to close them and I always say yes. :-)

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