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First encounter and impressions of Windows 8

  1. #1

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    Windows 8

    First encounter and impressions of Windows 8

    Black Friday provided me with the opportunity to upgrade to a more powerful computer with Windows 8.
    Like others, I was more than a little peeved and frustrated by the disappearance of the "Start" icon. After

    several days of thrashing about, unseemly cussing, and menacingly manhandling what remains of my
    hair, I slowly began to piece things together. It was discovery and rediscovery. Everything is still there
    only shifted around a bit. What initially appeared to be a Picasso has morphed into a fully fleshed-out
    Rubens. After installing all my programs, I replaced the default icons with those I use most often. My
    Start menu now seems friendlier and ready for action. There's a part of me that wants to say
    "Hey, this
    ain't so bad after all". Is that wrong? Am I too easily swayed?

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  2. #2

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    Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center, Windows RT

    Quote Originally Posted by whatthe View Post
    Is that wrong? Am I too easily swayed?

    Not at all. Certainly different people will have varying degrees of satisfaction with Win8, but like you, as I discover new tricks, make my Start menu more "friendly" and useful, and generally spend time with the system, I also say "Hey, this ain't so bad." Actually, I like it.

    Many didn't like the "radical" change that Windows XP brought either, but time changed that also. Back in 2001 this is what c|net wrote in their XP review: "Like any radical overhaul, XP takes some getting used to--we often lost patience with it--but, after time, it's hard not to like the new design." Sounds just like my experience with Win8.
    Last edited by rmeigs; 10 Jan 2013 at 16:58.
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  3. #3

    Tampa Bay
    Posts : 63
    MS Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with WMC

    Nah... as for a desktop are not easily swayed.
    (I always felt stupid going to "Start" to "shutdown" Windows...not anymore)

    Win 8 is fine....just look at the tiles as a start menu....or put the desktop tile in the top left corner and hit enter after boot
    equals the desktop and a better Win 7

    Windows Icon will switch back and forth (Start and Desktop....I seldom do)

    Love it ....enjoy

    BTW: People do hate change none-the-less
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    It just takes a little getting used to.

    It isn't so bad.

    Better than using an msdos disc on a 75 Mhz IBM machine.
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    No, if you have gotten used to it and it's working well for you, that's all that matters. It's fast and stable, and that's probably the most important characteristic.
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  6. #6

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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 whatthe View Post
    Am I too easily swayed?
    Hard to say. I think the issue depends on what an individual wants from a computing environment. I place a high premium on efficiency in what I want to get done. FYI, see this thread.
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  7. #7

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    Windows 8 Pro 64bit

    I find myself in the same boat. I admit, I use Start8 to bring back the start menu to desktop, yet I start my session on Start Screen and from time to time I go back to it. Besides, I have switched in Start8 from the Win7 style start menu to Win8 style (the same app shortcuts as on Start Screen, but without leaving desktop) and appriciate it.

    My transformation in attitude to Windows has developed even more greatly, as I have been using PCs for 15-20 years now and till Windows8 (Consumer Preview) I always used Norton/Windows Commander/Total Commander/Free Commander apps to manage my files. Now, I am using Windows Explorer - and am actually enjoying it! With the great invention of Libraries I can solve practically all my file management needs (yes, I know, libraries were there from Win7, but it is only with Win8, that I come to understand it and heavily use it).

    I understand some people's hates and dislikes about Win8, I can even imagine this is not a total minority of consumers, but still - I like Win8 more and more (of course, I am not a professional, just a more-than-common user) and am happy with what I have been offered. FYI: In Win7, the only two things I was reguraly using form the Start Menu was WIN+search and Shutdown button.
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  8. #8

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    In order to bring about their desired "Paradigm Shift" in the Windows environment, Microsoft saw fit to cleverly
    (deviously) strip away the familiar "Start" button which, of course, sent participants scrambling to rethink their
    accustomed workflow. To some it has been like surgery without benefit of anesthesia. However, Microsoft
    has spoken and this launch is not going away. Question is: do we get with the program (Paradigm Shift), or do
    we seek out other environments? I for one plan to grit my teeth, gird my loins, firm my resolve, and press on.
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  9. #9

    Quote Originally Posted by whatthe View Post
    I for one plan to grit my teeth, gird my loins, firm my resolve, and press on.
    Windows 8: Grit my teeth, gird my loins, firm my resolve, and press on.

    So much is said in the one line. An OS should not be a test of endurance.
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  10. #10

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    I've been informed that "girding of the loins" should be approached with some caution; a misstep
    of any sort could be injurious to one's health.
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