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Yikes ! Newbie going from XP to Windows 8.

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    Yikes ! Newbie going from XP to Windows 8.

    Greetings to the World, from a Newbie in Battle Creek, Michigan.

    I bought a new HP desktop a few days ago, Windows 8, of I'm not saying that I ever got 100% out of Windows XP, but wow, what an uphill climb jumping into Windows 8.
    It feels like I'm back in school again.

    I added the Logitech t650 Touchpad to make navigation easier, but it was a challenge understanding one finger, two finger, three finger and then FOUR finger swipes, and what they do! I'll be Keeping the mouse for backup.

    I plan on going through all of the tutuorials on this Forum, which I chose for its' "readability".
    I like the way it looks to my eye and seems easy to get around.

    Next big thing is to Transfer my files from my XP to the new PC.
    Anything I should be cautious about when doing this ?

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

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    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    Quote Originally Posted by HP/Compaq

    Creating HP Recovery media

    HP Recovery Manager is a software program that offers a way to create recovery media after you
    successfully set up the computer. HP Recovery media can be used to perform system recovery if the
    hard drive becomes corrupted. System recovery reinstalls the original operating system and the
    software programs installed at the factory, and then configures the settings for the programs. HP
    Recovery media can also be used to customize the system or aid in the replacement of a hard drive.
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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 michiganmike View Post

    Next big thing is to Transfer my files from my XP to the new PC.
    Anything I should be cautious about when doing this ?
    If you are talking about only data files, then there should be no problem. And, take the above advice.
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    Welcome to the forum.

    I wonder if you know Josh Allen that does tankspot...he lives there.

    you had the right idea, get the touchpad it's amazing mine came in the post today and yeah it takes some getting used to xd.

    enjoy the o/s and take a good look around it, lots to get aquinted with.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Hello and welcome!

    Glad to hear you bought a touchpad for Windows 8, good choice! That'll make using Windows 8 the cherry on top.

    First off, you will probably need some things to help you out with using the Start Screen:
    - When on the Desktop (say in File Explorer), you can pretty much right click on a folder, Library, Control Panel sub-section, hard drive, or a program, and hit Pin to Start on the context menu. This will make a new tile on the Start Screen, of which you can click and drag around.

    Click image for larger version
    You can use my Start Screen as guidance if you'd like.

    - Customization. To customize Start Screen colors, you will need to use the Settings charm. On your touch pad, it's probably a finger swipe from the right edge inwards. The little cog is Settings, click or tap that, and on the bottom of the fly out, you will see PC Settings. It takes you right away to Personalization to change Start Screen colors, lock screen, user account picture, and lock screen apps. On the Desktop, pull up the Charms bar again, hit Settings, and you will see Personalization near the top of the fly out. This will let you change the Desktop wallpaper and window color among other things. For more advanced customizing, like my Start Screen, you will need third party apps. One that is REAL popular right now is called Decor8, from StarDock. It has a 30 day trial where you will need to pay for that. There is another freeware app, that does something similar to Decor8, except you can't use your Desktop wallpaper slideshow as your Start Screen background that can be blurred a bit, and you can't change the Start Screen colors.

    - Use Windows Eight Forums and ask questions!
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    Thanks for the Advise, everyone. I'm liking the touchpad, the more I play with it, but I keep it company with the Mouse right next to it. and I finally found the Windows 8 was right in front of me in a tile, ha.
    ...sitting in the Basement in my Man Cave, rockin' out.
    I have my old HP Vista PC hooked up on a table behind, just in case I need emotional back up. But, you know, somehow the old 19" CRT Monitor doesn't look quite as good as my new LG 27" LCD. who'da thought ?
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