Windows 8 thoughts

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Windows 8 thoughts
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Mon, 10-29-2012 - 1:03pm

So WIndows 8 came out this weekend and I went out and bought the DVD. It was only $70, so not a bad deal for a full blown Windows OS.

I had Windows 7 at home already so I chose the upgrade path instead of a fresh install. Apparently if you have WIndows 7 you can choose the upgrade and it will copy all your previous programs and settings. If you have Vista or XP, it will supposedly upgrade you but will not save your programs or settings. Anyway it went off without a hitch for me. I had read that it may find incompatible programs when upgrading and warn you, and simply not bring those programs over, but in my case I guess everything copied. I have not tried all my programs yet but the ones I did seem to work.

There is the desktop version and the mobile version for lack of a better term. The desktop version works with the mouse and keyboard. It's a little weird at first to use. Your main Start page has all those tiles, like Windows Phone has. There are some different mouse tricks to bring up the settings, etc. You can also drop back into your traditional desktop look but without the Start button. That button is gone. You still have the desktop icons and the task bar. The main Start page, you can add tiles to it for any program that you want, so you have wasy access to it. I watched a youtube video about how to navigate and it helped me find the things you are used to getting through the start button. Your traditional desktop programs you can buy or download, and install just like before but there is a windows app store where you could download apps which will only work on Windows 8. I have not gone there yet.

I can definitely see that it is a good way of navigating things on a touch screen device like a Phone, tablet, or tough screen computer/laptop. On a mouse/keyboard only traditional desktop, i don't know that the new interface really gains you that much. It seems faster and it is supposedly even more stable than 7, so I guess those are nice pluses. It had a very much improved Task Manager which I find very helpful and detailed. It has the new Internet Explorer which seems very fast to me. I can report more as I play around with it more.

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Registered: 05-29-2012
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 2:31pm

Thanks so much for all the info, it's very helpful. I'm starting to think the only reason for me to upgrade would be just to keep current. I find it hard not to upgrade, but I think this time, I might just wait until I can afford a new setup with touch screen. 

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Fri, 11-09-2012 - 11:22am

I should have downloaded it and saved 30 bucks. Yeah thats a tough call if it is telling you that 22 of your programs are incompatible. I haven't found anything yet that is a really compelling reason to upgrade. Once you operate from the desktop mode, its about the same overall. It is weird with no start button but you can pin tiles to your Start Screen, the first main colorful screen you see,  for any program that you want, so its still easy to access the programs you want. Also the desktop mode still has shortcuts like you are used to, so you can plop shortcuts there as well.

It would not suprise me for some third party programmers to produce a Start Button hack for Windows 8. On my Windows XP laptop, i have installed a Vista/7 style Start Button and task bar that I downloaded free to give you the look of Vista/7 and Start button functionality. I would expect the same type of thing to come out for 8.

One thing I have found hardware-wise, my USB network adapter works under Windows 8, but not completely. Its a dual band adapter for wireless N at 2.4 GHZ and 5GHZ. The 5GHZ band is not working since the upgrade. The adapter manufacturer does not have Windows 8 drivers and doubt they will as it is a discontinued product. So the lesson is, as in all operating system upgrades, that existing device drivers may not work under the new OS and manufacturers may not provide drivers for older products. So that could affect adapters, cameras, printers, etc.

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Thu, 11-08-2012 - 11:27pm

Windows 8 is a great OS even compared to Windows 7. The big improvement is touch screen functionality which supports Microsoft's Surface tablet PC. Primarily Windows 8 is for touch screen users i.e. tablets. Ed

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Registered: 05-29-2012
Thu, 11-08-2012 - 7:20pm

Well, I did find it last night for $39, and started to buy it, but then it gave me a message that 22 of my programs wouldn't work, and I'd lose my sticky notes and start button, so I stopped, and now I can't decide. I think the $14.99 upgrade was for people who bought computers with Windows 7 before Windows 8 became available. The $39 is for the download version. If you want it on DVD, it's $69.

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Registered: 05-25-1999
Wed, 11-07-2012 - 7:58am

I think you kind of have to wait till the little bit of dust settles over 8 because I have been hearing that you can get an upgrade for $14.99. Guess you should check around first. There are other things that will keep me from 8....I have a Vista desktop and I will fight hard to keep it running because I really don't like 7 that I have on my laptop......have to wait and see I guess....

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Wed, 10-31-2012 - 1:08am

I was disappointed when I heard it was $70 because I had heard it was going to be $40. I don't know if that never happened or I just missed it, but I'm not willing to shell out $70 for Windows 8 when I'm still just getting used to Windows 7. I don't have a touch screen on my home computer and my tablet is Android, so I don't see why I need Windows for that either. Also, I just don't think I could live without my precious START button!

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 12:15pm

I just read some artilces that said that Windows 8 is not doing very well. MS thought that everyone would run right out and get it. But if it is a new wave they will have to wait till the old waves settle.

I am probably the only one in the world that hates messy screens (and house windows for that matter) so I won't be going touch for a very long time. I was not impressed after reading about using a mouse with 8 either.. My Vista desktop is running very well always has and it is going to be 4 years old in Dec. And my Windows 7 laptop is only a year old. I had XP for over 7 years and it is still running well for a grandson...so it may be a long time before I "upgrade" .

Running it on a pad probably is the only good thing for it right now. I have to laugh, who would have thought , you know how long it took but the old things that are working hang on till the older people either die or give up and change....like telephones etc.. I think untill older people give up and change it might take a while for Windows 8 to really take over...lol.....