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Old 12-09-2012, 09:59 AM   #43
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bought a laptop with windows 8 and am seriously considering either returning it or typing format c then installing win 7 on it. I have already deleted 90% of those tiles and just about ready to give up on it.
Wow! What is really the issue here? W-8 doesn't work like W-7/XP/98? Can't figure W-8 out? Unwilling to accept/adapt?
I can't wait to get mine installed. Also just downloaded and installed Xubuntu for my old netbook. It has given my netbook new life. Actually works where Win-XP barely did and much faster and better UI than regular Ubuntu.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:18 PM   #44
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People I respect are negatively impressed with Windows 8..

As for myself, I tend to be negatevely impressed with each and every "Improvement" and resist them to the max. The old joke was Windows is not a virus,,, Virus programs DO SOMETHING.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:40 PM   #45
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There's an old saying that goes "Fix it till it's broke."

I think that applies to Windows 8.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:49 PM   #46
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Everything I've read so far says to hold off or maybe bypass it completely. As a former IT tech, computer builder and seller as well as project manager I can say I see no reason to change and I used to test software for a living too.
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I would highly recommend you use windows 8 then let me know how it works for you so I can try it. Thanks!
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Wow! What is really the issue here? W-8 doesn't work like W-7/XP/98? Can't figure W-8 out? Unwilling to accept/adapt?
I can't wait to get mine installed. Also just downloaded and installed Xubuntu for my old netbook. It has given my netbook new life. Actually works where Win-XP barely did and much faster and better UI than regular Ubuntu.
I actually like using Ubuntu. my primary laptop (the one I am using now) is a dual boot machine with Ubuntu and windows 7. Currently I have no use for windows 8 and I just don't like the look and feel of it. Took forever to figure out how to add some programs to the now missing start folder to start when windows 8 reboots. that laptops sole purpose is to act as a server for my home network.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:00 AM   #49
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Smile Windows8

First I should mention that the wife and I are tech stupid. I bought her a new comp for xmas, HP,"Windows8" large screen. She had such a large smile on her face until she turned it on. There was no manual telling her how to to use it. For two days I had to leave the room to avoid the screeming. I offered to return it. She said NO!!!

On day three she had learned how to navigate, a little. She could get to the games she likes to play. A small smile returned. She pressed something and she had vidio of herself. She somehow turned that off. The screeming subsided. Then a message poped up, "Important updates must be installed". Updating took more than an hour. Thank goodness she still had her old comp to use.

"Day five" She can do everything she wants to do on the comp and each day she learns something new. Her comp starts up in 1/3 the time mine does. It loads everything instantaniously. Her only comment is "I only know about 2% of what this comp will do. This is going to be fun.

She's happy, I'm happy.
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Tell her I feel her pain! I found a GOOD deal on a 16" HP. BUT--the touch pad is so sensitive, that the different screens just go flying across. I really don't have room for a mouse, but I may have to break down just to get away from the touch pad.
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Just had my first exposure to W8 while setting up gift computer for a granddaughter. I was not impressed, although in all fairness I got too frustrated with it and gave up easily. I could not even get the date/time set properly.
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Just bought a new laptop yesterday and not thrilled with W-8, and will take some getting used to. Like mentioned above the touch pad is sensitive. This is what I got from Bestbuy.

http://image.emailinfo2.bestbuy.com/...sandTricks.pdf
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:46 PM   #53
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Just finished my install of Windows 8 to replace by trusty old XP. I first installed the 64 bit version, but could not get the WiFi configured. It's an old adapter, so the driver was not compatible. So I installed the 32-bit version, looks identical. Found the driver for the WiFi and it installed and connected up right away. Downloaded Firefox immediately to have a familiar interface, and got it set up with synced bookmarks, no sweat. For my needs, I don't give a hoot that I have the 32-bit version, and I probably get to keep a few more old devices and software going.
Impressions so far. I think W-8 is very promising. The tiles will be extremely useful once I get them configured the way I want them. I think setting W-8 up, though very different, has been pretty intuitive so far, and I really like the access to tools and information which is presented clearly once you understand the steps.
-Once you are in some application or on the desktop, just hit a "Windows" key and you get right back to the Start tile page. Neat!
-What's the big deal about shutting down or restarting? Here's an easy way.
--Go to the Desktop. Right click empty area and select New Shortcut.
--Type in "shutdown.exe -s -t 03" in the field (without quotes) and Next
--Type in "Shut Down" to name the shortcut
--You will now have a simple clickable way to shut 'er down
--Right click the shortcut and select Properties. You can change the icon to a real shut down symbol by going to the file of icons.
--Right click the shortcut again and you can pin it to the Start menu where it will be one of the tiles, or pin to the Taskbar.
--For a Restart shortcut, do the same except type "shutdown.exe -r -t 03"
Put the spaces exactly as shown. The "03" is the time in seconds before the event happens: set it for whatever you like.
Easy and neat, huh?
I'm looking forward to developing my W-8 installation. So far, I think it is a great step forward.
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I m using windows 8 - I LOVE IT with a one minor flaw I found on day 5 of owning it. Win8 is linked to your Microsoft Live account and when updates are done, you might find yourself not able to login to your win8 because the password won't work. Called Microsoft and of course after the second time it happened, I demanded to have the password removed. We did that, but more importantly we created another "admin" to the system and I now run under the new "admin" profile. Haven't had one bit of problem since.

Win 8 is super great, if you have a smart phone that you're use to using with touch sliding you should find it a bit easier to navigate. If you don't have a smart phone (like my DH doesn't) I would recommend the mouse use to get you started. I have a huge screen, all in one unit and could not be happier with it. It will take some getting use to. Just get yourself familiar with the "windows" key on the keyboard, this will toggle you back and forth between win8 and the desk top that everyone is so use to from the previous versions of windows.

The apps are great, but have found Google Chrome is much better on this machine to use.

Just my 2cents worth.
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I know this is a windows 8 discussion. I Kiel looking at and reading all the advice. Most of it is expert, concise, and correct. With that comes the average guy that says "huh?"

For those of you that have been desperately hanging on to your old XP, and know how to do it, the Windows 8 will be a great upgrade for you. For those of you like my wife who keeps screaming at her laptop with the windows 7, please don't do it. We got the machine with Vista because she needed it for some graduate courses in Nursing. We finally got the upgrade to Windows 7 and life was much easier. Still, everyday, she curses it because she has to click on all theses permission pop ups so she can just go online.

I use it, it seems like it takes forever to load stuff. Once it is up and operating it works pretty smoothly. The email is a pain in the butt. You just can't go to email and type up a letter or contact anyone fast. You all know what I am talking about.

To sum it up, stick with the beast you know, or just make life simple and get a Mac. Buy a nice laptop for about 1100, take it home plug it in, start to use it. If that sounds like something you can't afford to do, then just stick with the windows 7. It may not be the best, but it's cheap and will get the job done, eventually....
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I spent an hour on the phone with HP to figure out how to adjust the touch-pad. As it was, it was very touchy and would zoom from one side to the other. I also enlarged the cursor so that I could actually see it. Sheesh!
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