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Just installed Windows 8 - A+ Microsoft

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    Just installed Windows 8 - A+ Microsoft


    Not that this matters, but I'm 22 years old. I installed Windows 8 about an hour ago. I absolutely love this OS. It's refreshing and a new take on an outdated product, and I feel it's a step in the right direction. I'm definitely tipping my hat to Microsoft, because after reading reviews, I was honestly expecting the worst. Turns out, it's actually pretty great.

    The installation time was much much less than that of the previous Microsoft OS. The quick installation process caught me off guard, as I was expecting similar times to Windows 7. It took, at most, 15 minutes for me to be set up and ready to go. A nice feature it had was to auto download drivers during setup(though I have had Windows XP and 7 be ready to go immediately with drivers installed.)

    I'm not really sure why everyone I spoke to had so much trouble figuring Windows 8 out. I have a friend who advised against getting Windows 8 because he said it took him 2 weeks to figure out how to shut the computer down, but it turns out, my friend may be lacking common sense.

    The first thing I done once I got the computer set up was go to the desktop app to look for a shutdown option. No option? Ok. Maybe the start menu has a option to shutdown. No option? Hmm. Maybe if I click my name and sign out of the account like I use to be able to with Windows XP(with multiple user accounts), there might be a shutdown option. Sure enough, there was the option to put the computer to sleep, restart, shutdown, etc.

    Another problem that I heard people complain about was the lack of icons on the desktop and that they could never find My Computer, My Documents, and so forth. As with previous Microsoft products, a right click to the desktop will allow you to put the icons you want on the desktop app.

    The apps worked flawlessly, and a nice change. I was a bit surprised with the new Internet Explorer. The IE app was a bit different, but not bad. Just from using it a little bit, it appears Windows 8 is geared towards user customization with the desktop and 'Start' menu, which is a good thing.

    The one thing I did have trouble with a bit is multitasking. I figured out a little just by messing with it, but after reading up on it, it wasn't difficult at all. Different, yes, but not difficult. I have yet to do a time test to see if I'm more efficient with Windows 7 or Windows 8 when it comes to multitasking(I'm in college for medical administration, so multitasking is important to me), but I plan to later tonight.

    The startup/shutdown times are twice the speed as the previous OS as well. I'm sure this change is welcomed by all, and rightly so. I also downloaded and tested ClassicShell, and it made the computer so simple that my 50 year old mother had no problem using it. It's nice if people aren't a fan of the new UI. I can see why people would hate it, but it doesn't bother me. I like it.

    Windows 8 isn't as different from Windows 7 as I thought it was going to be. A lot of the stuff works the same way, and what doesn't, is common sense. There is always room for improvement, and I can see why a lot of people(especially the older crowd that use computers for Facebook) hate the new UI, but at the end of the day it is a solid, easy to use, operating system.

    Windows 8 is everything I was hoping for and more. I(and I'm sure a lot of the younger generation, and perhaps some of the older generations) enjoy the apps and the new one OS fits all philosophy from Microsoft. I use a Windows phone, and have a couple tablets that I use for vacation, so the one OS fits all is a nice change in my opinion.

    As I said, I can see why some people hate it. I have yet to test it for multitasking and games, but so far, I'm really enjoying this new OS. The learning curve isn't as bad as it is made out to be. If anyone out there is curious about Windows 8 and discouraged from trying it because of the negative opinions surrounding it (which is why I didn't test it sooner), don't listen to them. Install it and try it for yourself, and hopefully, you'll have a experience as awesome as I have with it.

    Cheers!
    Last edited by BigBlue8; 28 Dec 2012 at 21:09.

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    Coke is that you ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by molebo View Post
    Coke is that you ?
    Nope, I'm not "Coke".
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    @BigBlue8,
    Well said !!! I am in different generation. I did not play with Windows 8 until 2 weeks after the release. After one full day playing with it, I decided to build images for all my Windows 7 PC's and Laptop and they have been running Windows 8 since without a glitch. The word you use: "Common sense" is right on, with every version of Windows and with a little bit of common sense, you can customize it up to your imagination.
    So far, all the applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, Power Director Video Editing Software, MS Office etc.... that were installed in Windows 7 all run with quick response and a lot smoother. I was never a fan of start menu so I did not even bother with Classic Shell, everything I do is in cascading context menu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    @BigBlue8,
    Well said !!! I am in different generation. I did not play with Windows 8 until 2 weeks after the release. After one full day playing with it, I decided to build images for all my Windows 7 PC's and Laptop and they have been running Windows 8 since without a glitch. The word you use: "Common sense" is right on, with every version of Windows and with a little bit of common sense, you can customize it up to your imagination.
    So far, all the applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, Power Director Video Editing Software, MS Office etc.... that were installed in Windows 7 all run with quick response and a lot smoother. I was never a fan of start menu so I did not even bother with Classic Shell, everything I do is in cascading context menu.
    I'm glad you like it as well. I'm highly considering installing it on my other 2 PCs. If I knew for sure my stand alone media players would work well with Windows 8, my other computers would have it installed. As far as I know, my media players work with 8, but still a bit buggy from reports.

    People are just afraid of change. The change between Windows 8 and 7 isn't as bad as it is made out to be. Sure, it's a little different, but spend 30 minutes on it, and you're good to go. The only programs I installed thus far are Adobe Photoshop and IMGBurn. Both are working great, and I'm confident all of my other programs will as well.

    I'm kind of regretting not making the switch sooner.

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    I use a Windows phone
    WOW , that's rare.

    Cokie is the other one who bought a windows phone.


    People are just afraid of change
    That is ludicrous and insulting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I use a Windows phone
    WOW , that's rare.

    Cokie is the other one who bought a windows phone.


    People are just afraid of change
    That is ludicrous and insulting.
    especially that it take him very long before try it, so finally he was scare.
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    Hmmm, a 1-post user gushing paragraphs over how amazing Windows 8 is.... Really??

    You're just another "Microsoft Viral Marketing Agent" aren't you.

    I don't even think people who like Windows 8 would claim it's "A+" material...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluice32 View Post
    I don't even think people who like Windows 8 would claim it's "A+" material...
    I can see the "same 2 guy" claiming this .....
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    I wouldn't even call Windows 7 A+ material, even though it's my favorite OS of all time...

    Thank goodness Windows 7 security support will last many many more years.
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