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I have some questions about a Dell laptop I just got

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    I have some questions about a Dell laptop I just got


    This is a Dell Inspiron 3541, OS win 8.1 that I just got. There is a screen capture of the sys info, 1st picture. I see that There is differences between Win 8.1 and Win 7 Home that I am used to. The Dell laptop came with Win 8.1 in it. I don't know if it is OEM or a store bought Win 8.1. I have found a bunch of useless (useless to me) prog's on this laptop and a good chunk of them running in the background. There is a few things I have found out while screen capturing the pictures bellow. Like the 1st start window instead of going straight into desktop and no real start menu. On the screen capture picture "pc setup" I find no way to back out of the page and back to the desktop. The page is in full screen mode. The only way to get out of it is to use Ctrl, Alt,Del. The same thing happens when I open a picture file and Win defaults to the photo's prog.
    I don't have a Windows 8.1 install cd. Only Win 7 Home 32bit and 64bit. Should I keep Win 8.1 on the laptop and buy the install cd or dump the partition and install the Win Home OS
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails sys info.jpg   start.jpg   pc settings.jpg   processes.jpg   processes win background.jpg  


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    This is how Win8 works. There is no Start Menu and it doesn't automatically go into the Desktop.

    I "fixed" both by purchasing and installing Start8 from Stardock.

    But there are other Menu apps available now, including ClassicShell.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Win 8.1


    That's part of my questions. What about all the files and prog's running in the background? And what about the fact of some windows app's opening in full screen with no way to close the app (that I know of at this time) except to use CTRL + ALT + DEL. I just though of this. There must be a keyboard cmd to get the current Windows screen out of full screen mode. I think I will try to find it. But before I go further on. Is it worth keeping Win 8.1 and go out and buy an install disk? Or dump the whole partition and install Win 7 Home? I have both the 32bit and the 64 bit install cd's.

    This Dell laptop is running about 4x faster then the HP Compaq Presario C700 that I was using. And all The USB peripherals that I am running are not dragging the overall Windows speed down and overheating the laptop, like what was happening with the C700 laptop.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    This is how Win8 works. There is no Start Menu and it doesn't automatically go into the Desktop.

    I "fixed" both by purchasing and installing Start8 from Stardock.

    But there are other Menu apps available now, including ClassicShell.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    I used Start8 when I had Win 8/8.1 Made it look like Win 7. However, I've moved on to Win 10 and use the "native" start menu, as they have "tamed" the start menu (and offers optional Win 7 style access to many menu options). Doesn't take long to get used to.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    I'm one that used Win 8 and Win 8.1 without any 3rd party menu program as I never felt the need. With Windows 8, MS decided that the average user was Ok with allowing the OS to manage when apps were actually closed. When you switch to another app in Windows 8, the app doesn't close but essentially goes to sleep. If it is needed again, it can be loaded very quickly. If other demands on memory dictate it, the OS would close all apps that hadn't been used recently in order to manage memory. Unfortunately, Windows users were too entrenched in the old model of completely closing an app every time and so wouldn't accept that mode of operation. In Windows 8.1, MS did bring back the top bar, complete with an 'X' in the upper right corner. It is hidden until you hover over the top of the screen with the mouse pointer. However, clicking the 'X' to close the app doesn't remove it from memory. In order to remove an app from memory in Win 8.x, it requires that you drag the top of the app toward the bottom of the screen until it's window shrinks. At that point, you need to hold the app there and wait for the shrunk window to flip over. Once it flips, the app is then removed from memory. It's definitely not obvious how to do but it isn't hard to get used to.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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