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Wow! From 6 years of XP to Windows 8. OS Shock. Metro Tile

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    Wow! From 6 years of XP to Windows 8. OS Shock. Metro Tile


    Where do I start? I still love XP but I guess since I've been purchasing computers since 1988 I should have learned nothing is static about computers. Somehow I uninstalled the MAIL tile from the Metro Screen. I went to the MS Store but didn't see it there. Did I also uninstall the whole Outlook.com feature?

    Also, these lame replacements from Outlook.com, Yahoo and Gmail. I guess there's nothing we can do now to send really nice emails with graphics such as we could with Outlook using Word as our editors?

    Is Thunderbird a good replacement and how does that work?

    I cannot find a Gmail app at the store although I found a Yahoo app. How lame these programs look. I don't even see a place for contacts ... yet!

    I appreciate your help and I'm afraid you may see me here often. After using XP for 6 years and knowing all the tips and tricks and how to get into and around all issues, 8 makes me feel like a newbie all over again. Hate it!

    Thanks, jack

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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Hi Jack!

    Welcome to Eightforums!

    The MAIL tile is part of the "Agenda, Mail and persons" tile. So search on "Agenda" and you should be able to find it.

    Isn't it great that Microsoft can even make the 'nerds' feel like they are newbie all over again? I loved the feeling myself! Beeing able to search the net for an answer to an obvious easy question. The feeling that you have to find it all out again. To be able to make the journey again..... I'm loving every minute of Windows 8!

    So, my advise to you is. Don't give up. Give Windows 8 a change. Don't hate it that you feel like a newbie all over again. Love every second of it, because it probably will be another few decades before you can experience it again.

    And, if you have any questions ==> ask everybody at this forum!
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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


    Begin by focusing on using the desktop much like in XP. You'll pick up on the metro stuff, which is very underwhelming, along the way. You can do anything of significance from the desktop.
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    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    One of these will likely be your friend for awhile. Don't listen to the pundits who tell you it's just a crutch.

    A List Of Start Menu Replacements for Windows 8

    I recommend Start8 even thought it sets you back 5 bones.
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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    One of these will likely be your friend for awhile. Don't listen to the pundits who tell you it's just a crutch.

    A List Of Start Menu Replacements for Windows 8

    I recommend Start8 even thought it sets you back 5 bones.
    This can be helpfull. Altough I advise you first to try without any startmenu replacements. You will find out that in the end you don't want the startmenu anymore.

    Give it a chance
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    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    One of these will likely be your friend for awhile. Don't listen to the pundits who tell you it's just a crutch.

    A List Of Start Menu Replacements for Windows 8

    I recommend Start8 even thought it sets you back 5 bones.
    Most people having problems with Windows 8, especially when it comes to Windows Update, usually have some sort of half-baked "replacement" for the start menu installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackdashack View Post
    Where do I start? I still love XP but I guess since I've been purchasing computers since 1988 I should have learned nothing is static about computers. Somehow I uninstalled the MAIL tile from the Metro Screen. I went to the MS Store but didn't see it there. Did I also uninstall the whole Outlook.com feature?

    Also, these lame replacements from Outlook.com, Yahoo and Gmail. I guess there's nothing we can do now to send really nice emails with graphics such as we could with Outlook using Word as our editors?

    Is Thunderbird a good replacement and how does that work?

    I cannot find a Gmail app at the store although I found a Yahoo app. How lame these programs look. I don't even see a place for contacts ... yet!

    I appreciate your help and I'm afraid you may see me here often. After using XP for 6 years and knowing all the tips and tricks and how to get into and around all issues, 8 makes me feel like a newbie all over again. Hate it!

    Thanks, jack
    I liked the move from XP to windows 7. I'm avoiding Windows 8. I'm hoping for some desktop user friendly updates in a service pack from Windows for Windows 8. They seem to have a plan with the OS that they are trying to implement. They know what we need and are apparently delivering that with Windows 8
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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 mbratch View Post
    One of these will likely be your friend for awhile. Don't listen to the pundits who tell you it's just a crutch.

    A List Of Start Menu Replacements for Windows 8

    I recommend Start8 even thought it sets you back 5 bones.
    Yes OP, get one of these (my preference would be for Start8 also) or "make your own" "start menu" by making a shortcuts tool bar in the task bar. By doing so, you'll learn to make shortcuts and pin things to the task bar by right clicking on apps shown in metro, etc. Creating shortcuts and pinning to the task bar, for the things you want to use often, is a good familiarization procedure. I use the "make your own" approach. After you fool with this approach, including expanding on your right-click context menu, etc., you'll have little reason to install a third-party start menu--which is the easier and faster approach though.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by jackdashack View Post
    Where do I start?

    I appreciate your help and I'm afraid you may see me here often. After using XP for 6 years and knowing all the tips and tricks and how to get into and around all issues, 8 makes me feel like a newbie all over again. Hate it!

    Thanks, jack
    Try this link for getting a more familiar look to Windows 8---

    Classic Shell for Windows 8
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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You know, jackdashack never mentioned the Start screen, or whether or not he likes or dislikes it. So why is everyone jumping to help him change something he has not said he wants changed? It would be nice if people actually tried to help posters with the problems they ask about, rather than problems they aren't asking about.

    Jack, you probably did not uninstall the app, you probably just unpinned it. Right click on the start page and choose "All Apps", if it's in that list, right click on it and choose "Pin to start".

    Yes, the new "Modern" mail apps from various vendors tend to be pretty basic, but give it time.. they will get better. Having said that, you can always still use your browser to access these services.
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