I got a note about a patch to 2014, which asked if I wanted to use the 2011 files, or make and use a copy. I opted out, just updated. Then I imported a 2011 GED file I made prior to installing. I did this with 2011 and everything seemed to have gone smoother, so it it works, why let FTM fix something that does not need to be fixed. I have had smooth sailing, no shutdowns, no glitches and have been working on it almost constantly since yesterday.
I will not be sync for the same reason you mentions, way too many problems being reports on this board for me too.