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Windows 8, Day 2

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    Windows 8, Day 2


    I installed Windows 8 Pro (dual boot) yesterday and about 20 programs needed to get some work done. As usual a small percentage (5%) of my desktop has all the shortcuts I need to make things happen. Three network printers and a scanner installed easily. I always worry about that pesky print server that has a strange installation method. Windows 8 found the correct Nvidia drivers for my dual monitor setup as part of the installation process.

    A newsletter and website update are well under way (work that could not be done using any of the "apps"). The only time I see the Start screen is a few seconds after booting. When these projects are done I'll see what I can do with the mess created on the Start screen due to all the program installs. After that I'll start playing with some apps that may be fun or useful.

    I bought Windows 8 Pro from Amazon at the same price as the download. The DVD is very handy for the dual boot installation. Of course I had to wait a few hours for UPS :-)

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    I bought Windows 8 for $15. Get at my level. :P
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    Windows 8, Day 3

    I received the free product key for the Windows Media Center. I'm impressed! It installed fairly quickly, found my ATSC receiver and set up all the local channels. Great pictures and I can record my favorite shows.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    20 programs? I use less than 8. Win+Q will give you a list of all apps installed though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ivy8 View Post
    20 programs? I use less than 8. Win+Q will give you a list of all apps installed though.
    These are used on a regular basis, several times a day to a few times a week:
    CorelDraw
    CorelPaint
    Label Printer software
    MS Publisher
    MS Word
    MS Excel
    MS Expression Web
    Syncback (backup)
    Mail Washer
    WAMP
    Performance Monitor (3 small windows)
    DU Meter
    Scanner software
    Tweak
    PhotoScape
    Rename software
    Nitro PDF
    WS PingPack
    Roxio
    Windows Media Center
    PixWizard
    Filezilla
    1and1 Login
    Firefox
    Thunderbird
    xplorer2

    All these shortcuts and about 20 more for frequently used files take up less than 5% of one of my 24-inch monitors.
    I've decided the Start Screen is fairly useless until I find some "Metro" apps that are of interest. It can be a bit hard to find what you want on the All Apps Screen compared to the well organized Win7 Start. I thinking of installing Start8.
    Last edited by CalBear; 29 Oct 2012 at 10:13.
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