Windows 8.....Rants, raves & who cares.

js250 js250
I had to buy a new computer last week and the new program is Windows 8. No problem, I thought, Windows is usually pretty easy to learn. Think again!!! Not only have I spent hours trying to find programs, set settings, getting movies to play and much more...my brain is getting warped by it's quirks!!

So--tips, tricks, opinions anyone? Please tell me it is not just me!!
04/18/2013
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Hazeleyes2012 Hazeleyes2012
I have not heard anyone that really likes it... I'm still an xp fan but I'm not too unloving of windows seven.... Vista is a joke... Can we say buggie....
04/18/2013
MrWill MrWill
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Originally posted by js250
I had to buy a new computer last week and the new program is Windows 8. No problem, I thought, Windows is usually pretty easy to learn. Think again!!! Not only have I spent hours trying to find programs, set settings, getting movies to play and much ... More
This is a smart assed answer, but the best advice I've been able to give anyone is to take it to a reputable tech person and get them to install Windows 7.

I played with 8 a little, and it seemed very oddly designed for anything but touchscreen.
04/18/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I been using it since February I have found and know how to use everything within 3 days of getting it. The only issue I have with it is when it crashes sometimes you can't do a restore to a certain point and you have to restore it back to factory date. I have restored back to factory 6 times already and it really does suck so I would advice to have a usb flash drive handy and don't put too much stuff on your laptop.
04/18/2013
Jenn (aka kissmykitty) Jenn (aka kissmykitty)
I made the switch to Windows 8 in December, and it took a bit of getting used to...and now, for the most part, I love it. I miss having a start menu, however. That's my one wishlist item for Windows 8, and apparently there has been enough complaints/requests that Microsoft may be releasing a second version of Windows 8 that will have the start menu.
04/18/2013
Rokmai Rokmai
I've had it for awhile. I have been using Windows all my life, but I still have to use Google to find out how to use half the features.
04/18/2013
GONE! GONE!
I think it looks terrible. I prefer the classic Windows format that is still present in Vista so I'll stick with it.
04/18/2013
Mwar Mwar
8 sucks, but you're a bit screwed if you have a tablet/touchscreen pc since 7 doesn't have the touch screen support like 8.

I'm waiting for them to fix the bugs. Windows alternates between crappy OSs and decent ones. Since 8 sucked, the next one should be better.
04/18/2013
eri86 eri86
I'm sure when I finally get new laptop it will probably be windows 8, but I'm not looking forward to it.
04/19/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
I wish I could help you out, but I purposely bought a laptop without windows 8 (my options were limited) because I can't stand it. I hate the switch from 7 to 8.
04/19/2013
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Windows releases are like the original Star Trek movies: every other one sucked.
XP was great
Vista blew
7 is pretty good
8 isn't.
04/19/2013
G&L G&L
Uninstall Windows 8 install Windows 7.
04/19/2013
namelesschaos namelesschaos
I have windows 7 playing with windows 8 seems good for tablets look like it be horrible for anything else.
04/20/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Best of luck with the learning curve. There's a lot of third-party software that provides you with the start menu, which is one of the biggest complaint I've heard. The other thing to keep in mind is that there is a windows Blue release (which a decent number of tech sites suspect is a service pack) coming that should hopefully fix some of the major complaints people have with 8
04/20/2013
SMichelle SMichelle
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Originally posted by js250
I had to buy a new computer last week and the new program is Windows 8. No problem, I thought, Windows is usually pretty easy to learn. Think again!!! Not only have I spent hours trying to find programs, set settings, getting movies to play and much ... More
I haven't tried Windows 8 yet, but I am afraid I will have to soon...

My current laptop runs windows 7, but it is starting to encounter all sorts of issues... I'm delaying upgrading for as long as I can because windows 8 just looks terrible (and I don't want a chromebook or a mac).
04/20/2013
AliMc AliMc
Without a start menu it's just not for me!
04/20/2013
SourAppleMartini SourAppleMartini
I haven't tried it yet, but I am technologically challenged so I would probably hate it.
05/02/2013
Stagger13 Stagger13
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
I had to buy a new computer last week and the new program is Windows 8. No problem, I thought, Windows is usually pretty easy to learn. Think again!!! Not only have I spent hours trying to find programs, set settings, getting movies to play and much ... More
So far I have not found anyone who is willing to say anything positive. I will be keeping my distance for as long as possible.
05/02/2013
Rokmai Rokmai
It's better than XP, in some ways, if that helps... Yeah, it's pretty bad.
05/02/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
I also like it better then Xp, don`t worry you get used to it!
05/02/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
My number one tip is that unless you have a touch screen and thus need it for that, check and see if you have Windows 8 Pro. If so, you've got downgrade rights and it would be pretty easy to switch your OS to Windows 7. If you don't have Pro or don't have a 7 disk laying around, then my best advice is to do a search for any specific irritations that you are having. One of my favorite expressions when people come to me as the techie friend is that I probably don't know the answer, I'm just really good at Googling, and I find that unless I'm the only one with a specific problem (and knowing the number of people who hate Window's 8, I can safely say that you're not), it's generally quicker than waiting for people to answer your questions.
05/02/2013
Llewey Llewey
I'm holding onto my 7 Pro install for as long as possible. I refuse to "upgrade" to Windows 8. I have Linux installed on my netbook entirely (no Windows at all) and plan on switching the desktop to Linux completely once it becomes a viable alternative as a gaming platform, which is the only reason I have Windows at all anymore.

Windows 8's interface manages to be both insultingly simplistic and frustratingly unintuitive. Microsoft monitors and gets reports of every piece of software you install and uninstall on 8. It's designed with touchscreens in mind, so a traditional desktop with mouse and keyboard setup like mine feels almost like an afterthought. Overall, I wouldn't "upgrade" even if it was free of charge. I'm waiting for the day us users and the software/hardware companies break free of their abusive relationship with Microsoft...
05/02/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
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Originally posted by Hazeleyes2012
I have not heard anyone that really likes it... I'm still an xp fan but I'm not too unloving of windows seven.... Vista is a joke... Can we say buggie....
Agree. Vista sucked.. 7 is decent. They make it harder to find files every year.
05/02/2013
stacylyn stacylyn
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Originally posted by js250
I had to buy a new computer last week and the new program is Windows 8. No problem, I thought, Windows is usually pretty easy to learn. Think again!!! Not only have I spent hours trying to find programs, set settings, getting movies to play and much ... More
I agree
05/02/2013
SMichelle SMichelle
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
I had to buy a new computer last week and the new program is Windows 8. No problem, I thought, Windows is usually pretty easy to learn. Think again!!! Not only have I spent hours trying to find programs, set settings, getting movies to play and much ... More
Now, I'm curious... is there a way to make it so that there's a "start" button/menu with Windows 8? I saw a few comments on another page, saying that you *can* make Windows 8 look just like Windows 7, but I'm not sure how true that is...

If I can at least have a start button/menu like I do now, then I'm not so opposed to switching.
05/02/2013
wicked48 wicked48
Oh crap! I need to buy a new computer. Now I'm dredding it because the new ones have windows 8.
05/02/2013
Llewey Llewey
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Originally posted by SMichelle
Now, I'm curious... is there a way to make it so that there's a "start" button/menu with Windows 8? I saw a few comments on another page, saying that you *can* make Windows 8 look just like Windows 7, but I'm not sure how true ... More
There sure is!

Start Menu 8 (free): link

Start8 ($5): link
05/02/2013
SMichelle SMichelle
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Originally posted by Llewey
There sure is!

Start Menu 8 (free): link

Start8 ($5): link
Whew! That's a relief. This laptop has been driving me crazy lately (the screen randomly flash lines, loses battery power even when it's plugged in charging, and only gets about 30 minutes max of battery life when it's not plugged in), but I have been putting off replacing it due to how much of a pain Windows 8 looks like.

But... since I can have a start menu, I'll be able to deal with it.
05/02/2013
VeganChick (is Gone) VeganChick (is Gone)
I was not excited to get it when my computer broke and I had to buy another, but I really don't think it's THAT bad. It definitely has a learning curve, but just Google anything you're not sure of and the answer is out there. It does have some weird touchscreen features that are impractical if you don't have a touchscreen, but it's not that bad...
05/02/2013
js250 js250
I am now having some issues with settings not being saved when I turn off the computer. When it comes back on all my privacy filters, proxy, etc. changes I have saved are back to the factory setting...AAARRRGGHHHH H!!!! I need these since I sell on ebay and ebay/paypal has a habit of tracking and 'stalking' your internet usage and sites you visit--as well as gathering info about you that you would rather they did not know!!!
05/03/2013
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