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Forum nubie misses XP--please offer advice!!

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    Forum nubie misses XP--please offer advice!!


    Greetings All!

    1) If anyone helps me be more successful with Windows 8, consider yourself due free advice about hanging draperies, blinds, pictures, framed mirrors...ie hanging anything on a wall or assembling almost anything! This is not advertising--just serious gratitude.

    2) I apologize in advance for any rants, soap-box speeches, &/or rabbit chasing.

    3) THANK YOU in advance for taking the time to read my post and offer any advice.

    My 5yr+ Tosh Satellite 65 literally broke--one of the hinges. I figured it was time to get a new computer. I used to work for Xerox and had lots of support and a totally stable computing environment. On my own I've gotten a bit out of touch with tech advances. I don't want to get left behind, but I'm really having a hard time adapting to W8.

    I got an Acer i5 laptop--not a touch screen--and Windows 8 came on it. I alternate between feeling like a total idiot and ready to fling the thing against the wall. I thought I was pretty good at understanding computers. I used to help everybody else with their problems.

    Can anyone tell me if there are ways to make Windows 8 default to acting more like XP? I want to scream "What was Microsoft thinking?" I appreciate that W8 can do things that haven't been done before on PCs, but come-on. I've been told that W8 was primarily designed for touch screens. WHY is on PCs then? I started on computers with an 8088, 2-5-1/4 floppies and no hard drive and Windows 8 is the most NON-intuitive low-functioning thing I've seen in all my computing experience.

    It took me almost an hour to find out that I could not print a PDF from the resident reader on my PC. Finally I learned I could download the desktop version from Adobe so I'm good with that. I'm hoping there are enough fixes like that to help give me back timely productivity. I am not at all CHARMED by Windows 8. (I not even gonna start on Office2010.)

    ANY survival advice will be totally devoured (oh yeah...and appreciated). I never believed that resistance was futile, but I have begun to wonder.

    Eddie

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    Hey you can't blame windows 8, between Xp and 8 there has been vista and 7...

    If you haven't ever used those of course you won't know how to use Windows 8.

    There are a lot of changes that came with each new os.
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    Windows 8


    I get that. I know I have to learn new stuff, but this feels like everything I knew has been worse than reversed. It's like Microsoft randomly scrambled everything and then drew out half and rewrote it backwards.

    I promise I'm not proud of my ignorance...just frustrated and feeling old.
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    Try any of the following links, and let me know if they are what you're looking for.

    Make Windows 7 or Windows 8 Look Like XP - YouTube

    If you are looking for the Start menu, here you go:

    For info: How to add a Start menu to Windows 8

    Links for third party Start Menu Software:
    Classic Shell
    How to Bring the Start Menu Back in Windows 8
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    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by install4you View Post
    It took me almost an hour to find out that I could not print a PDF from the resident reader on my PC. Finally I learned I could download the desktop version from Adobe so I'm good with that.
    In fact you can do this, but it's not obvious.

    <Ctrl>+<P> will Print. It's a common print shortcut in a lot of software but not sure how you'd know this works in Reader, especially in the absence of F1 for Help and other such clues.

    Or, more obscurely, you can bring up the "Devices Charm" by moving the mouse to the top right of the screen to bring up the Charms, or <Windows>+<K> key combination, and then selecting your printer from the devices.

    Generally knowing your keyboard shortcuts makes Windows 8 a lot more bearable; fine for folks like me that use them a lot anyway but I'm not convinced it's a step forward for those who don't. So my general tip is to look around the web (including this forum) for Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts.
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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
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProtoType View Post
    Hey you can't blame windows 8, between Xp and 8 there has been vista and 7...

    If you haven't ever used those of course you won't know how to use Windows 8.
    That's a pretty sad statement right there when you think about it.

    An OS should not be difficult, cryptic or confusing when you are working in it. I think if someone from a Windows XP background is having trouble with Windows 8, that's pretty telling right there.
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    Thanks for the new signature
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    Quote Originally Posted by install4you View Post
    It took me almost an hour to find out that I could not print a PDF from the resident reader on my PC. Finally I learned I could download the desktop version from Adobe so I'm good with that. I'm hoping there are enough fixes like that to help give me back timely productivity. I am not at all CHARMED by Windows 8. (I not even gonna start on Office2010.)
    Eddie
    Is this true? The installed PDF reader doesn't let you print?
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    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by phillipduran View Post
    Is this true? The installed PDF reader doesn't let you print?
    It's not true (see my earlier post).

    Reader does let you print... but it's not entirely obvious how to do it (Ctrl-P, basically).
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