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Old 02-03-2013, 18:13
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Good afternoon. I am getting a new lappy on Monday, it comes with Windows 8. Will it be idiot proof? I love Windows 7 but not averse to the upgrade, so long as it is pretty straightforward. I'm not a total technical dinosaur but I'm not totally au fait with how it all works.

Any useful advice would be gratefully received.

Many thanks.
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Old 02-03-2013, 18:34
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The most obvious change is a lack of a start menu which was replaced with a touch friendly start screen. So your choice is you'll either get used to it or use some 3rd party programme that will give you the start menu as in W7.
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Old 02-03-2013, 19:25
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You might like to read selective sections of these articles:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_8
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...d_in_Windows_8

This article lists the various utilities which revert the user interface to that of previous versions of Windows. These utilities tend to have options to make the computer boot in desktop mode instead of Metro mode, restore the Start button and its menu, and disable the Charm icons:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._for_Windows_8
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Old 02-03-2013, 20:38
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Thanks so much. The term 'steep learning curve' keeps coming up, it seems like it's just a matter of getting used to the way it works. Can't be any worse than Vista surely?!
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:07
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Can't be any worse than Vista surely?!
The user interface differences are vastly greater than with Vista. However, Win8 seems to be generally reported as being reliable, unless you run in to a hardware or software compatibility problem that gives the same types of hassle as with all previous versions of Windows.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:27
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Good afternoon. I am getting a new lappy on Monday, it comes with Windows 8. Will it be idiot proof? I love Windows 7 but not averse to the upgrade, so long as it is pretty straightforward. I'm not a total technical dinosaur but I'm not totally au fait with how it all works.

Any useful advice would be gratefully received.

Many thanks.
A great guide Ive seen used for teaching/learning Windows 8 is the Dummies Guide to Windows 8 ebook here;
http://marketing.dell.com/Director.a...hdhMTMtw%3d%3d

Also this youtube video is worth viewing;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E1UxI5I_jo
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:29
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Good afternoon. I am getting a new lappy on Monday, it comes with Windows 8. Will it be idiot proof? I love Windows 7 but not averse to the upgrade, so long as it is pretty straightforward. I'm not a total technical dinosaur but I'm not totally au fait with how it all works.

Any useful advice would be gratefully received.

Many thanks.
Windows 8 is irritating and best avoided. It is dumbed down to the point of despair.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:11
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Windows 8 is irritating and best avoided. It is dumbed down to the point of despair.
Have you even tried Windows 8?

Not that much different to Win7 and there are utils available that make Windows 8 look the same as Win7.
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Old 03-03-2013, 13:14
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Windows 8 is irritating and best avoided. It is dumbed down to the point of despair.
I find Windows 8 better than Windows 7 - if you don't like the Metro UI part - don't use it. Download something like classic sheel and boot straight to the desktop.

I've found the OS underneath better then even Windows 7 was - it boots up quicker and even file transfers seem quicker and games/programmes install quicker.
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Old 03-03-2013, 13:19
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If you're open minded, Windows 8 is a change but it's not that hard to pick up at all.
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Old 03-03-2013, 13:48
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Thank you for all your comments, I'm looking forward to getting my new laptop and getting my head around Windows 8.
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Old 03-03-2013, 13:49
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you can add a toolbar at bottom of screen that gives you a menu ... thanks to jimbo45 on another forum
For those that really find a lack of start menu in W8 such a big problem -- well even WITHOUT using 3rd party tools you can make a feature that performs almost identically to Windows 7 start menu.

1) on the bottom taskbar right mouse click ==> toolbars===>create new toolbar
2) enter %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs in the select folder
3) press the select folder button

Now in the bottom taskbar you'll see Programs with a >> sign

click on the >> and you'll see a list of your pgms in classical menu style -- what's difficult about that --you don't even have to go near the start screen / charms etc once you've booted.
don't have (& won't get) windows 8 so presume it works!
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Old 03-03-2013, 13:58
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just download a program called "classic shell" and it makes windows 8 look like windows 7 - almost everyone I know uses it
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Old 03-03-2013, 14:02
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^^^ yes, that toolbar thing works.
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Old 03-03-2013, 14:16
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..just as a follow on to this enquiry from the OP...

..I use two laptops and a desktop PC (running Win7) all mainly for work and the 'more serious' side of computing
ie. Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Photoshop ect. plus Googling when I need any info. Also a few forums that I use regularly (DS for instance)...
I really only need an OS for opening a program as above and 'getting on with it'.... I do also have a Facebook and Twitter account but only use once a week - if that....
Would an 'upgrade' to Win8 be of any benefit to me....if so - what does it do that I can't do or use now...?
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Old 03-03-2013, 15:03
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Would an 'upgrade' to Win8 be of any benefit to me....if so - what does it do that I can't do or use now...?
No, IMHO it wouldn't
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Old 03-03-2013, 15:11
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A great guide Ive seen used for teaching/learning Windows 8 is the Dummies Guide to Windows 8 ebook here;
http://marketing.dell.com/Director.a...hdhMTMtw%3d%3d
I just had a skim through that - seems excellent, lots of good info. Thanks for posting the link.
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Old 03-03-2013, 15:18
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Would an 'upgrade' to Win8 be of any benefit to me....if so - what does it do that I can't do or use now...?
As you are already on w7, I don't think you'd see much of a benefit (as opposed to being on XP)
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Old 03-03-2013, 15:25
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what does it do that I can't do or use now...?
I guess the main thing is that Win8 can run Metro apps. Whether you consider that feature to be of any value is of course a matter of personal opinion.
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Old 03-03-2013, 16:00
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I guess the main thing is that Win8 can run Metro apps. Whether you consider that feature to be of any value is of course a matter of personal opinion.
...I've got enough apps on my Android phone and tablet... Can't see much use for them anywhere else.... (that's my personal opinion..)
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Old 03-03-2013, 16:12
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Windows 8 is irritating and best avoided. It is dumbed down to the point of despair.
Yeah and it looks ridiculous. It looks like a kids' toy Fine on a touchscreen but on a laptop or desktop the Duplo tiles look stupid.

...I've got enough apps on my Android phone and tablet... Can't see much use for them anywhere else.... (that's my personal opinion..)
Exactly. Apps are for phones. Programs or the full word Applications are for desktops and laptops no matter what OS they run.
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Old 03-03-2013, 16:16
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apps = programs
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Old 03-03-2013, 16:17
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Apps = programs for phones and tablets

Programs = programs for computers
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Old 03-03-2013, 16:30
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Apps = programs for phones and tablets

Programs = programs for computers
Apps/programms/software - all the same thing
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Old 03-03-2013, 16:39
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Apps/programms/software - all the same thing
Usage varies and it can be very confusing, but in any case each type of program will only run on their respective operating systems so it's important to understand the differences. For example WinRT will run Metro apps but it can't run Windows EXE programs. Another example, iOS apps won't run on Android.
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