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Starting to see the light of Windows 8/8.1

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    Starting to see the light of Windows 8/8.1


    So, a coworker of mine is a diehard Apple guy. And he is at the point where it's time to invest in a new computer for home as his Mac is getting old. However, he is under budget constraints at the present time and going with the Apple just didn't make financial sense. He started to talk to me about some lower cost Windows 8 laptops that he felt would better fit his budget and computing requirements. He really wanted to stick with something small for better portability.

    He ended up going to the Microsoft Store in the area and bought an 11.6" Acer for $399. It has an AMD A6 APU, 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive...which is all that he needed and then some.

    So, he brings it home, updates it to 8.1, gets a bunch of stuff installed, arranges his tiles, customizes his desktop, etc. Shortly thereafter, he discovers a problem with the touchpad. The Microsoft store wants to replace the laptop. He's concerned as he spent all of this time setting it up.

    Well, they give him a new laptop, he brings it back into work, we turn it on, update to 8.1, log in via his @Live account and within about 5 minutes, all of his changes are all back, just the way it used to be. He's blown away by how easy it was and the fact that it just worked.

    For the average user, this stuff (the cloud, and syncing settings), is like magic. It took a process which used to be very intimidating and made it drop dead simple for somebody who isn't an enthusiast and doesn't want to dedicate his life to learning all of the inns and outs of Windows 8.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Oh yeah, I love the synced settings. It makes setting up a system with your saved personal settings and such from another PC so much easier.

    Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I like it too. You can save the settings on a PC by PC basis too without syncing everything between PC's.
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