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First impressions

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8

    First impressions


    I upgrade on of my older lap tops to Windows 8. It's a pretty beefy computer. The upgrade went well. But I do not like this new version and will not upgrade any of my other computers until Microsoft fixes many small problems.

    Problems I have encountered:

    1) The shut down button was hard to find and in convenient. It needs to be put where you have easy access to it. Maybe on a right click menu.

    2) Several times times Windows-8 has semi-locked up and the lower right corner context menu would not display. I ended up having to unplug and pull the battery out of my laptop to get Windows to shut down.

    3) They need to fix the Windows-8 version of Skype. I use Skype as my primary phone and their Win-8 version makes a mess out of the way I use Skype.

    4) I need/want a START MENU BAR. They need to add that back. I found third party solutions but I would prefer Microsoft fix the problem.

    I am glad I upgraded one of my old computers and not a mission critical computer. My advise... if you want to play with Win-8 install it on a non mission critical machine. Windows 8 is not ready for prime time.

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by mocnarf View Post
    I am glad I upgraded one of my old computers and not a mission critical computer. My advise... if you want to play with Win-8 install it on a non mission critical machine. Windows 8 is not ready for prime time.

    Why...Windows 8 is very stable. Seems to me that you need to learn how to use it.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mocnarf View Post
    I am glad I upgraded one of my old computers and not a mission critical computer. My advise... if you want to play with Win-8 install it on a non mission critical machine. Windows 8 is not ready for prime time.

    Why...Windows 8 is very stable. Seems to me that you need to learn how to use it.
    Yes, that is why I installed it on a NON mission critical computer. I will play with it and see if the problems and aggravation go away. But it is not going on my mission critical machine any time soon. Microsoft needs to fix the problems I perceive.

    One of the things Microsoft could do is provide a link to a video on how to use Windows-8. Problems and how to fix them. etc.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Microsoft has provided two different books for free that you can download. And there are literally dozens of videos online.

    Beyond that. The shutdown button is where it has always been. On the front or side of your computer. You press it, and your computer shuts down. It's been that way since at least Windows 98. You don't have to move your mouse, and navigate any menus. Just press the button that's easily accessible no matter where you are or what you're doing.

    Beyond that, there are half a dozen other ways to shut down Windows, many of them the same as previous versions. Lower-right corner, settings, power. Ctrl-alt-del mouse over the power button in the lower corner, WinKey+I, power button, command prompt + shutdown, etc.. etc.. etc.. One of those has got to be convenient.

    The start menu is not coming back. At least not from Microsoft. They have many reasons for this, and it will not change. Their entire strategy is based on the new Start Page, and bringing back the start menu would kill that.
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  5. #5


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by mocnarf View Post
    Problems I have encountered:

    1) The shut down button was hard to find and in convenient. It needs to be put where you have easy access to it. Maybe on a right click menu.
    From above Win+i works well enough. Win+I doesn't work for me.

    2) Several times times Windows-8 has semi-locked up and the lower right corner context menu would not display. I ended up having to unplug and pull the battery out of my laptop to get Windows to shut down.
    Haven't had the problem. I too installed on an older test machine. I've had essentially no problems.

    3) They need to fix the Windows-8 version of Skype. I use Skype as my primary phone and their Win-8 version makes a mess out of the way I use Skype.
    I haven't tried Skype yet.

    4) I need/want a START MENU BAR. They need to add that back. I found third party solutions but I would prefer Microsoft fix the problem.
    Get Stardock Start8 or Classic Shell.

    I am glad I upgraded one of my old computers and not a mission critical computer. My advise... if you want to play with Win-8 install it on a non mission critical machine. Windows 8 is not ready for prime time.
    I don't plan to use 8 on a serious computer unless perhaps I buy a new one. There is a lot I don't care too much for in 8, but I think it is ready enough for prime time. If I were serious about 8, I'd get Startdock Start8 and focus almost exclusively on the Desktop in 8, You might be interested in this forum thread: "On (Almost) Using Only the Desktop."
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8


    I am trying to give Win-8 a fair chance at making me fall in love with it but so far their is no spark just disappointment. Last night I tried their NetFlix app, there appears to be no way to do a browse or search for new titles. Am I missing it some how? I ended up with having to logon to NetFlix with a browser and find what I wanted and add it to my que then going back to the Metro Netflix app I could then find it in my que. Who designed these Metro app? They should be fired.

    Hopefully, they will put some real programmers to work on these Metro Apps and send the interns back to school.

    Will Metro Apps auto update when newer versions become available? Like the way Android apps auto update?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    in windows 8, the search is contextual. it's not in the app. it's in windows. depending on what app is open, the search knows to look within the app.

    so for the netflix example, bring up the charms and then click/tap on the search button to perform your search. same thing for the wikipedia app. to search for a wiki article, you open the charms and select search. I know people keep looking for search within the app but the search function is now at the windows level.

    if you're looking for new releases, just tap on the "new releases" button.
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