I have been bought a new laptop for xmas but it is windows 8. I am getting lots of negative comments about it from people who use it and they say it takes a while to get use to. Can anyone please let me know if it is better than window 7 or not. Many thanks.
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Last edited by labeeman; 18 Dec 2012 at 12:59.
Good for you on the laptop! It is quite a change from past OSs, no doubt. The Start Screen replacing the Start Menu within a new Modern (Metro) UI being the biggest. To me it is a far better system, for one can customize it to meet daily personal information at a glance -> All there on one screen. Charms bars to replace menus in screens or apps, which I find to be much more efficient.
The desktop is now a portal of the Modern UI to run your Win32 legacy programs as one always has. Windows Explorer is now called File Explorer which has a new ribbon menu with many more options. ISO burning capabilities. Virtualization capabilities. These are just to name a few.
Albeit it has much less personalization options so far as looks are concerned, but this keeps it lean for resource demand.
Things are in different places and it takes a little more to learn and navigate, but by far not impossible. Help files are found in the Start Screen charms, F1 on the desktop as always, and some learning apps via the Store app. This forum I found to be a great help via it's members. A great tutorial section also.
I suggest you use it for at least a month to learn and to get the overall picture of what MS is trying to accomplish. I also suggest to take some time to read through some of the threads on this forum. I think you'll get an overall view on opinions. Some like it, some do not. Of course, you'll have to come to your own conclusion.
Again, welcome to the forums. Good luck and may the Force be with you.
make up your own mind about windows 8.
the core of windows 8, it's kernel is superior to any o/s available.
this is key to enjoying windows 8
when you first get started spend some time on the start screen, type what you want to find it will come up, create and use a microsoft account to get access to all the store apps and other apps, use the corners of the screen and get used to the charms bar (top right)and the other hot corners(top left and bottom left) for switching between apps.
if you get the chance watch some of the press events that microsoft held, they will give you greater insight into what you can accomplish with the o/s and some of the reasons why the went with the design changes.Jensen Harris | UX Week 2012 Story behind Windows 8 - Michael Christian
download a dvd playback app like vlc windows 8 for some reason doesn't support it natively.
metro internet explorer doesn't allow addons/plugins and takes more getting used to than I care to admit, but there is the desktop version and you can install your own browser.
and finally if you want to know anything about how to do something? well your already in the right place so come on by and ask and we'll be glad to help.
only install the classic shell start menu if you can't get used to the start screen, but give the start screen a good try first.
Win8, like any new MS OS, brings a host of improvements to the table. If these improvements are things you want or need, then it reasons that it would be "better" than Win7.
Win8 also brings a new UI to the table -- what used to be called Metro -- which takes some getting used to if you're only familiar with menu-based UIs. Whether that new UI is "better" or "worse" than the Win7 desktop has been the subject of repeated and heated arguments -- here and lots of other places.
So basically, it's really up to you and the folks using the PCs -- which is better -- Win7 or Win8.
and i agree with posters ,use it ,give it a try, i didn't like it at first till i figured out all the short cuts, and functions of the 4 corners of the screen