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    Late Adopter


    I am a late adopter of Windows 8. I started with MS-DOS and eagerly bought each new iteration of a new OS and was fairly happy except for ME, a disaster for me, and Vista, which was lacking drivers. When Windows 8 was approaching I read articles, postings on forums, and saw pictures of the painfully cute "Start" page. I decided to wait.

    My waiting ended when I bought a new little laptop last week. Of course, it had Windows 8. For two days I hated Windows 8. I struggled with a very different OS. I was very, very pleasantly surprised to learn that all of my legacy software that I deemed essential, even my 15-year old unabridged dictionary, loaded and ran without any problems. My Office 2003, which meets my needs, with Word and Outlook work fine. I had to re-install Windows 8 four or five times, I lost count, because of errors I made in setup. One gave me a "Start" screen with a third of the boxes only having color but no graphics and no labels.

    On Day three it started making sense. I basically abandoned the "Start" screen and use the "Desktop" with the quick start toolbar just like I did with Windows 7.

    I'm still learning my way around but it's quite workable.

    I might finish learning Windows 8, now, about the time Windows 9 comes out.

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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Dell have provided an excellent ebook on "Windows 8 for Dummies" providing excellent information.

    https://marketing.dell.com/ebook-windows-8
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    Thanks.
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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Your welcome
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    Posts : 51
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Well, if you ever want help on any aspect of Windows 8. We're all here to help!
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    Thanks but I'm doing okay. I'm no geek, that's my son, but I've been punching buttons since '83.
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