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Recommendations when setting up brand new computer

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by C5Longhorn View Post
    Did you reinstall windows or just leave it as it came from the factory?
    I did not reinstall Windows. I did tweak the services a bit to disable bunches of them I don't need, but that's all. Not sure how I'd reinstall Windows if I wanted to - the laptop came with no discs and has no recovery partition.

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  3. #13


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    One thing I particularly like is Toshiba Desktop
    Hmm, I can't find this on my Toshiba Laptop. Is it a download? Or maybe they have some non-intuitive name for it?
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  4. #14


    On my laptop, it's located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Toshiba\Start Menu. It's an extension, not an actual program. I suspect it could be downloaded if you don't have it.
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  5. #15


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    I saw it on my machine also. It was pinned to the task bar also. I forgot to take a factory back up before removing bloatware so I'm restoring the factory image now, but what I noticed is that there are a ton of Toshiba apps.

    Rick
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  6. #16


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    Thanks for posting, I'm not totally decided but I my go this route also.

    I know one thing, coming from 7, I'm not used to all the tiles on the metro home screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C5Longhorn View Post
    Thanks for posting, I'm not totally decided but I my go this route also.

    I know one thing, coming from 7, I'm not used to all the tiles on the metro home screen.
    I got a double learning curve mid October. First Laptop and W8 Metro.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by C5Longhorn View Post
    Thanks for posting, I'm not totally decided but I my go this route also.

    I know one thing, coming from 7, I'm not used to all the tiles on the metro home screen.
    I got a double learning curve mid October. First Laptop and W8 Metro.
    Do you like it better now? I'm going to keep an open mind but I just don't see my wife or me using this interface as we also didn't get a touch screen.
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  9. #19


    Better get ready to start looking for drivers,lots of what you may have just won't work with Win8. Problem is many programs you already own won't even install on your Win8 laptop. And the companies don't intend on updating them. Sony just told me I needed a new program,my old one was a year old and cost $200. I can't even get a picture file transfered from my Win8 laptop to my Samsung S3 phone. It's a snap using my Win7 laptop. Anyway good luck with the new laptop.
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  10. #20


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    Do you like it better now? I'm going to keep an open mind but I just don't see my wife or me using this interface as we also didn't get a touch screen.
    To be honest I use the desktop side. I put some tiles in Start Screen. Mostly I use the weather app. But eventually I'll find out if I can program it with free tools. I miss the Glass from Windows 7. I hope Windows 9 brings it back as this looks kind of bland.

    But I have to admit the Laptop was usable out of the box. Every desktop machine I bought with Windows preloaded I had to spend days fooling around with removing demos, turning off services and tweaking before I could stand using it. Plus the WiFi is a no brainer. Lift Lid, log in, click on available networks. Zero configuration was no exaggeration.
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