Solved Windows 8 is for the birds

June 5, 2013 at 12:45:08
Specs: windows8, 6GB
I don't want to ask any question, just wonder if everyone feels the same about Windows8.???
Since I wrote you quite a while back on my XP computer which was replaced with Windows8, I have been so frustrated with it and miss my XP so much. There is no way to write any questions about this awful operating system. I just spend my day trying to get things done. I can't use my MS Works program on this so must go to my laptop with Windows7 to do that which is better than 8 but not like XP.

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#1
June 5, 2013 at 12:50:04
I think Windows 8 is the best version of Windows yet, and I've used every one from Windows 1.0 onwards.

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#2
June 5, 2013 at 13:11:36
You are probably more computer literate than the average home user. Lucky you. I just muddle along trying to use it. It works great for several of my priorities(Quicken and searching with Bing or Google) but still miss XP. I have Windows 7 on a laptop which I also use for things I can't use on 8. In time I guess I will get use to Windows 8 but know how other people feel the first time they experience it, especially if not using a TouchScreen as I am not.
I don't like using email with Windows8 because you can't minimize it or have your address list come up unless you use Hotmail. I go to the Desktop app to be able to do that.

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#3
June 5, 2013 at 13:58:01
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I don't use the new Start screen much and you can, if you wish, use the desktop instead. In some instances there are specific desktop versions of programs. I found that with a bit of organization mine runs fine from folders on the desktop containing icons (less desktop icons than I had on XP PC). I've put some of my most often used programs to the left on the new start menu - a link to that goes directly to this forum for example.

It is just a matter of getting used to it, or organizing it to work in a similar way to previous operating systems. All computers use folders and files so in that respect Win 8 is the same as previous operating systems.

Now my Win 8 works "my way" I prefer it to all those start menu's I previously used on XP - much easier to find things as I put them there.

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#4
June 5, 2013 at 18:25:14
Free program called "Classic Shell" will enable your Win 8 comp to run sort of like Win7. You can select "skins" Win 7 or Win XP desk top and start menu.

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#5
June 6, 2013 at 14:44:11
Yes, I tried to avoid Classic Shell in order to give Win 8 native a chance. If you still prefer the old style then Classic Shell will do it for you. MS are going to relent later on the start button and direct loading to the desktop (service pack). However they have no intention of bring back the start menu, so for those who miss it that freebie is the way forward.

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#6
June 7, 2013 at 05:26:50
Above appears to address most of your issues, but for your word processing and 'Office' work, if you do not want to pay for a new copy of Microsoft Office for your Windows 8 machine, try the free Openoffice.org ( www.openoffice.org ) which is a free opensource product that is a complete office suite. It can open and save in normal Microsoft Office formats (and many others) and you can set it so that it defaults to save in MS Office formats (Word, Excel, etc) to make things easier and your files to be sharable with your other machines and those you might send files.

I set up a small laptop for my wife with Windows 8, so I can tell you it can be made workable once you get more comfortable with it, but I too prefer Windows 7. I see that with a touch screen, Windows 8 would be an advantage and probably be much more like the smart phones and tablets many people are using a lot currently, but for desktops and traditional laptops, Windows 7 is better in my opinion.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
June 7, 2013 at 06:41:26
I would have expected MS Works to run on Windows 8. Maybe your works version is too old. I've used Open Office fine and there is also Libra Office (I've not tried that).

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#8
July 3, 2013 at 14:21:03
My brother got a new desktop with Windows 8, and he became so frustrated with it that he downloaded the classic shell that was mentioned here in a previous post. I have just bought a new touchscreen laptop, and have found that Win 8 works much easier with the touchscreen computers. I read somewhere that 8 is optimized for them(?), but are also compatible with non-touchscreen PCs. I tried using his PC and it WAS more frustrating, since his is not touchscreen.

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#9
July 5, 2013 at 17:31:58
I still am using my Windows8 but have found that putting an icon for my AOL and Hotmail and Facebook among others on the Desktop and opening them from there gives me more of the feel of my old XP. When using MAIL from the Windows 8 screen, it does not show me a list of addresses to check off when I want to send a message like it does using it from the Desktop icons. It does not let me copy and paste from emails either so I am just working around what works best for me. I did buy a program call Start8 which may be similar to the Classic Shell but have not tried that one yet. Windows 8 cannot minimize an open program so you can see two open programs at once. I can do that if I open from the Desktop instead of Window8 Charms. I have more complaints about Window 8 but this is enough for one post.
Betty

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#10
July 5, 2013 at 17:36:39
One other complaint since I am connected to this "tom's Guide": I keep getting a message on the screen that says: "Internet Explorer blocked this website from displaying content with security certificate errors". The website is usually AOL mail or even Hotmail which HP requires you to have on your computer whether you want it or not. I see no way to check the "security certificate" on any program.
Betty

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#11
July 15, 2013 at 22:29:58
AOL could be your major problem....in my opinion, it was the WORST software ever for a computer. That is probably why you liked XP so much...LOL...try your word program in compatibility mode as administrator, that should work for you.
I put open office on some clients PC's and they absolutely hated it and went out and bought a newer version of ms works....

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#12
July 21, 2013 at 14:40:21
I think the "main" reason why some folk hate Open Office Writer compared to Word is because things are in different places and they are not prepared to learn the new locations. The same applies to Gimp -v- Photoshop. Once I'd learned to use Gimp, which took a while, I actually liked it better than Photoshop in many ways.

In some ways Win8 versus older OS's is in the same category but you can run with it quite nicely as a PC if you are prepared to either organise yourself a bit, use Classic Shell, or learn the new Start Menu.

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