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Windows 8 - New user here

 
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I've had Win8 for about three weeks now. You can download a nifty program that provides the usual start menu, did you know?

But some people are going to have a hard time with it, because it's laid out like a cross between a smart phone, a tablet or pad, and a desk top.

esc+ctrl will give you the background and icons, if you didn't already know ;)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 12275005



yeah, it takes some getting used to for sure. I like that I can put just want I want on the start screen. Can set it up how I want it - with the stuff I use the most.
 Quoting: amywood71605


Are you a total dumbass sheeple.Go back to linux windows 8 is spying on you.
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I have been using windows 8 for several weeks now and I like it. It is quite intuitive and you have to realize this is the direction technology is going. Yes big brother is there but so what if they know what you are doing. Big brother is everywhere! If you like the old desktop feel there is a big app on the windows 8 startup page. Click it and you are back into the old world feel.

Get over it already folk!

Enjoy your new computer!
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26993662


How much does MS pay you for propaganda posts like that?
Comparing an O/S speed, as if they are related somehow, on entirely different laptops was an easy giveaway.

Give our regards to Ballmer.


I wish I worked for Microsoft. I'm just a regular consumer. What I stated is true.

I'm not just comparing speed. Windows 8 is actually better than Windows 7 which both are much better than any Linus POS.

I'm running Windows 8 on a slow AMD APU processor and its quick. I can imagine it must be much quicker on an I7.


I used to be a Microsoft employee. Awesome company to work for. Great pay, great atmosphere, lost of time off and stock options, 100% free healthcare for anything with nothing out of paycheck for it or out of pocket for any services or prescriptions including ER, ambulance, hospital stays etc. Fun morale events and team building exercises. Free soda machines. Free starbucks coffee machines. LOL!
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Re: Windows 8 - New user here
Got to www.ninite.com

install the windows8 start button

life will be better, gives you the start button back
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Cue Linux tards....


Ah shit


I'm too late..
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Enjoy your bloatware...

hf
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Re: Windows 8 - New user here
Windows 8 was invented by satan himself, straight from the seventh circle of hell.

Bin Windows 8, Windows 7 it.
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32379160


Oh look, a person who has never used Windows 8! Everybody point and laugh!


 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34049567


I do use it, it came on a new laptop I bought...
why would you make the assumption I never used it ?
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Re: Windows 8 - New user here
Linux is impractical. Jesus, why recommend it at all? The people that can benefit from using Linux are already using it. (Ubuntu makes an excellent web server). But for regular people, whats the effing point when you have to compile code to upgrade the kernel and whatnot. -That's why Linux will never BE Windows.

OS X is a good alternative if you need something different. Granted, you will also need a mac, (or know how to build a Hackintosh. (and then deal with driver inconsistencies etc).

Windows 8 is different. People freak out, every time something changes. I get more phone calls about where the buttons in office moved to between office 2007 and 2010, than anything else. Honestly, OSes in general are starting to stagnate; at least MS is trying something different. I appreciate that. I think Windows 9 will be better, and will fix all of the weird usability stuff; but I appreciate the new direction.

Myself, I use OS X. It's fast, you can dig into Unix terminal stuff if you want to, and has all of the pretty niceties. I hope 10.9 brings something different besides more iOS features though because MS will catch up.
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I've been using Windows 8 for a couple months now. I didn't like it at first but now that I know my way around it, its not bad. I'm on a desktop computer and Windows 8 is much faster than Windows 7.

Forget Linux. While Ubuntu and other Linux distros are making it easier for people to use, they still require you to learn terminal commands. I tried Ubuntu and Linux Mint for about a year. They both suck. It takes a lot of terminal use to get something to work right, such as a wireless printer. Linux also made my pc run much hotter than if I was in Windows.

Most of the Linux programs you install after setting up your Linux OS, are crappy and buggy. They look and run like Windows 95 programs. If Linux was such a great OS, why isn't it the most widely used and supported OS?

Stay with Windows if you don't want a headache.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26993662

Thanks...nice to hear from someone else who is fairly new to win. 8 =)

I'm up in the air with trying Linux....part of me wants to just to see what it's like, but then I feel selfish because that laptop is for my son now, and if I screw up, he wont have it. Idk, I'll sleep on it I guess, haha.
 Quoting: amywood71605


Well I'd do it just to get the experience, one day you may want to change OS and it may come handy. It may seem hard at first but finding tutorials online you can do anything.
 Quoting: Manu-Koelbren


Im def good at teaching myself stuff from reading online. In the past I have upgraded the RAM in a Dell laptop I once had....and also used an online tutorial to replace the hard drive - which was a JOB. It literally meant taking the whole laptop apart, and I was so scared I was going to screw it up...but I did it, and it felt good after the fact. I def. love learning how to do stuff.
 Quoting: amywood71605


Yep that's the spirit, I hate hardware though. In fact I hate fixing stuff in general, but sometimes you gotta do it and it's best to have some experience.

Anyway Linux just forces you to learn TOO much stuff, I mean I would recommend it for a little kid to just start with Linux and when they're older they'll be miles beyond the average person in computer knowledge. But for regular folk like me it was too much a headache, and I really gave it a try. When Ubuntu just mysteriously died on me one day it was enough for me and I switched to W7, it has been an amazing experience from then on.
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Re: Windows 8 - New user here
honey just stay with Windows 7, Windows 8 is mainly Win7 made for tablets


sorry my english
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Re: Windows 8 - New user here
My tip, download "Classic Shell" if you use Windows 8.
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I thought Linux would be cool to learn too but after a year with it, I learned its just a waste of time. Linux is very buggy and their software is incomplete or buggy like its in an alpha version or something. My webcam wouldn't even work right and its 7 years old.

After using Windows 8 awhile, I wouldn't go back to Windows 7 nor any Linux distro.

For the Linux Tards, No I do not work for Microsoft.
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My tip, download "Classic Shell" if you use Windows 8.
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[link to www.classicshell.net]
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Yes. Wipe your drive and install a GNU/Linux distro. [link to distrowatch.com] You won't regret it penguin
 Quoting: Dr. Ben Schillen


Ive had ppl recommend that before, but honestly I have never, ever used or tried it. Just makes me nervous =) I have my old laptop still - maybe I'll try it on that one first? How different from windows is it?
 Quoting: amywood71605


It is different in the sense that it is new, but you should become familiar with it in no time.

I am partial to linux mint [link to linuxmint.com]

If it's an older computer, I would install linux mint MATE. My spouse has an old laptop from 2006 that runs linux mint MATE (it's less resource hungry).

If it's a newer computer, linux mint cinnamon, is more aesthetically pleasing.

GNU/Linux has come a long way. Installation is as easy as inserting a disk into the disk drive and clicking through the menus that are presented, and once installed it can be easier to use than Windows for most tasks.
 Quoting: Dr. Ben Schillen


ok, thanks for answering. I'll def. think about trying it with my other laptop. I don't want to say "old" laptop because it's only 1 1/2 years old. I tend to get a new laptop pretty often =) Would Linux be too hard or ok for my 9 year old to use though? My "old" laptop is pretty much going to be his now to use for homework, games, etc. He is very familiar with windows...but also very smart with technology stuff, and learns quick. Just want to make sure it'd be ok for him too.
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a 1.5 year upgrade is something to be proud of. I upgrade all of my computers, desktop esp about every 6 months. Anything less and you are way behind
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Cue Linux tards....


Ah shit


I'm too late..
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Enjoy your bloatware...

hf
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No worries, first thing I do when I get a new laptop is clean out the CRAP
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I am a PC tech by trade. Win 8 is TERRIBLE. A significant number of my clients that have purchased PCs in the months following the release of Windows 8 have called me asking me to downgrade back to Windows 7.

I am making a KILLING just from the labor, I am selling them copies of Win 7 at my cost.

I have ordered MULTIPLE copies of the OEM version of windows 7 just to keep up with the demand, I know I'm not alone.

Win8 will not last long, at least in the desktop, non-touchscreen notebook/laptop market.
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So I recently upgraded to a new laptop, that came with Windows 8. It's a Sony Vaio, and super fast: 8 GB RAM, 1 TB hard drive, 3d generation I-7 processor, HD display and webcam, backlit keyboard.....I'm kinda a computer geek deep down, in that, I like my laptop to be fast and have good specs.

Anyway....I've only had it about a week, and I'm just wondering - is there anything, besides the start page, that is that different then windows 7? Anything I should look at/play around with?

Just curious..thanks!
 Quoting: amywood71605


Good to know that your windows send them everything you do.
The ability for them to shut you down,link into your system at any time. etc.....


welcome to invasion of privacy.
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Ive had ppl recommend that before, but honestly I have never, ever used or tried it. Just makes me nervous =) I have my old laptop still - maybe I'll try it on that one first? How different from windows is it?
 Quoting: amywood71605


It is different in the sense that it is new, but you should become familiar with it in no time.

I am partial to linux mint [link to linuxmint.com]

If it's an older computer, I would install linux mint MATE. My spouse has an old laptop from 2006 that runs linux mint MATE (it's less resource hungry).

If it's a newer computer, linux mint cinnamon, is more aesthetically pleasing.

GNU/Linux has come a long way. Installation is as easy as inserting a disk into the disk drive and clicking through the menus that are presented, and once installed it can be easier to use than Windows for most tasks.
 Quoting: Dr. Ben Schillen


ok, thanks for answering. I'll def. think about trying it with my other laptop. I don't want to say "old" laptop because it's only 1 1/2 years old. I tend to get a new laptop pretty often =) Would Linux be too hard or ok for my 9 year old to use though? My "old" laptop is pretty much going to be his now to use for homework, games, etc. He is very familiar with windows...but also very smart with technology stuff, and learns quick. Just want to make sure it'd be ok for him too.
 Quoting: amywood71605


a 1.5 year upgrade is something to be proud of. I upgrade all of my computers, desktop esp about every 6 months. Anything less and you are way behind
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20676524


Oh I know! My husband playfully picks on me when I'm ready for a new laptop every year or so, and doesn't get why I update stuff so often in between...but he also doesn't really understand - not into computer at all. He can check his email, go on FB or type something on Word if needed, and do his online classes of course, but that's about it. Nothing as far as maintaining a computer =)
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I am a PC tech by trade. Win 8 is TERRIBLE. A significant number of my clients that have purchased PCs in the months following the release of Windows 8 have called me asking me to downgrade back to Windows 7.

I am making a KILLING just from the labor, I am selling them copies of Win 7 at my cost.

I have ordered MULTIPLE copies of the OEM version of windows 7 just to keep up with the demand, I know I'm not alone.

Win8 will not last long, at least in the desktop, non-touchscreen notebook/laptop market.
 Quoting: Needles Eye


Well, in my experience, it seems that every other version of windows is good. Xp - loved it, Vista? HATED it...then when windows 7 came out I was much happier! So far with 8, I have no complaints, except that - it really doesn't seem that much different then windows 7.
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I am a PC tech by trade. Win 8 is TERRIBLE. A significant number of my clients that have purchased PCs in the months following the release of Windows 8 have called me asking me to downgrade back to Windows 7.

I am making a KILLING just from the labor, I am selling them copies of Win 7 at my cost.

I have ordered MULTIPLE copies of the OEM version of windows 7 just to keep up with the demand, I know I'm not alone.

Win8 will not last long, at least in the desktop, non-touchscreen notebook/laptop market.
 Quoting: Needles Eye


Well, in my experience, it seems that every other version of windows is good. Xp - loved it, Vista? HATED it...then when windows 7 came out I was much happier! So far with 8, I have no complaints, except that - it really doesn't seem that much different then windows 7.
 Quoting: amywood71605


Well, either you are more tech savvy than most general Windows users out there, or you are using Windows 8 in a non-production environment. Win 8 is really only suited to surfing the net and reading email/social networking.

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Usability experts find Windows 8 confusing to learn how to use. Comments on this thread are having to instruct people to a 3rd party website just to learn how to install a recognizable feature such as a start button.

Kubuntu Linux is free and much more stable and user friendly than it was. Try it if you haven't.
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Here are the details of Microsoft Privacy in Windows 8

[link to technet.microsoft.com]
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I am a PC tech by trade. Win 8 is TERRIBLE. A significant number of my clients that have purchased PCs in the months following the release of Windows 8 have called me asking me to downgrade back to Windows 7.

I am making a KILLING just from the labor, I am selling them copies of Win 7 at my cost.

I have ordered MULTIPLE copies of the OEM version of windows 7 just to keep up with the demand, I know I'm not alone.

Win8 will not last long, at least in the desktop, non-touchscreen notebook/laptop market.
 Quoting: Needles Eye


Well, in my experience, it seems that every other version of windows is good. Xp - loved it, Vista? HATED it...then when windows 7 came out I was much happier! So far with 8, I have no complaints, except that - it really doesn't seem that much different then windows 7.
 Quoting: amywood71605


Well, either you are more tech savvy than most general Windows users out there, or you are using Windows 8 in a non-production environment. Win 8 is really only suited to surfing the net and reading email/social networking.
 Quoting: Needles Eye


My laptop is used for that yes. But my husband also takes college classes online...I used to but finished this past fall semester. I also use my laptop for pictures - store them on here, and also back them all up to an external hard drive. I have different programs I use with my pictures: greeting card maker, calendar maker, etc. Printer projects...I also sell AVON as a side thing and rely on my laptop for keeping track of expenses/profits, printing things I need, etc.
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I put Windows 8 on my PC the other day. It didn't work with my DVD-RW device. For 200 dollars one would expect magic, so I wiped the piece of shit clean. What a joke. Glad it was a gift.
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Wow a lot of Linux haters out on this thread -- LOL. Anyway, I'll make the argument for Linux in this way -- despite what is being said out on this thread Linux is a very viable and usable OS. And it is easy to use and work with.

I have been using Linux for about 12 years and these days at least 85% of my computing is done on a Linux machine. I do use Windows and OSX occasionally because of some programs that don't work under emulation -- i.e., Microsoft SQL Server.

My feelings about things are like this -- use whatever OS which you feel comfortable with -- and which works the best for you. If you like Win 8 -- then so be it. I personally don't like Win 8 -- although I will probably end up using it in the near future -- cause my business involves computing.

When I was doing professional photography, I would run into the same issues -- flaming because of the equipment I used. Nikon and Canon photogs would routinely rag me about using Olympus equipment. But Olympus was what I felt comfortable using and what got the job done for me.

Don't be afraid to try other OSes -- but again use what you feel comfortable with and what works for you...

BTW, this is being posted from a Linux machine...VIVA LINUX...LOL.
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9 Windows Start menus for Windows 8


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Also in any case -- and whatever OS you use -- make sure you mantain good backups of your data.
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Wow a lot of Linux haters out on this thread -- LOL. Anyway, I'll make the argument for Linux in this way -- despite what is being said out on this thread Linux is a very viable and usable OS. And it is easy to use and work with.

I have been using Linux for about 12 years and these days at least 85% of my computing is done on a Linux machine. I do use Windows and OSX occasionally because of some programs that don't work under emulation -- i.e., Microsoft SQL Server.

My feelings about things are like this -- use whatever OS which you feel comfortable with -- and which works the best for you. If you like Win 8 -- then so be it. I personally don't like Win 8 -- although I will probably end up using it in the near future -- cause my business involves computing.

When I was doing professional photography, I would run into the same issues -- flaming because of the equipment I used. Nikon and Canon photogs would routinely rag me about using Olympus equipment. But Olympus was what I felt comfortable using and what got the job done for me.

Don't be afraid to try other OSes -- but again use what you feel comfortable with and what works for you...

BTW, this is being posted from a Linux machine...VIVA LINUX...LOL.
 Quoting: kingbirdfivezero


Thank you =)

I think I'm just gonna stick with Windows and NOT mess with the laptop I plan to give my son. He's used to Windows 7 from using that laptop anyway, before I got this new one last week, and I would rather keep it that way. Not saying I'm totally opposed to trying Linux someday, just not on what is technically my son's laptop now =)
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Also in any case -- and whatever OS you use -- make sure you mantain good backups of your data.
 Quoting: kingbirdfivezero


Yes, good point, and yes I Do =) My main thing is pictures - I take a LOT of pictures of my kids, family, etc. I do store them on my laptop (which is one reason I prefer a laptop with a bigger hard drive..this one has 1 TB..should be good, haha)...but I also have copies of each pictures stored on an external hard drive. If I lost my pictures, Id be SO upset....have some from when I first met my husband, up to 3 days ago...all 3 births of my kids.....our wedding, etc. Tons! haha
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i think it sucks- im sticking with Windows 7; thinking of moving to a Mac

where i can run BOTH!
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i think it sucks- im sticking with Windows 7; thinking of moving to a Mac

where i can run BOTH!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 29117977


To each there own =)

But, I personally will never own a Mac...I think they're way overpriced and don't see whats so great about them (and yes I've used them before)
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