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So I gave my mom windows 8

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    So I gave my mom windows 8


    After 5 minutes she was like: I can't view my photos! Internet explorer doesn't work right. I found her flailing around senselessly in the metro interface.


    I uninstalled all of the metro apps(and made a youtube guide below, and there hasn't been a single issue since.

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    Why would you do that? Did she need to upgrade, are you going to get her a valid license for a new OS going forward?
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    Partly to see what would happen, and partly because the original win7 install got a bit screwed up.

    For a $40 upgrade, I will probably get her 8 pro. She uses the computer for work, so domain joining is going to be a useful thing that 7 home lacked.
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    If she uses her computer for work, work should most likely be providing the OS they want joined to their domain. If she isn't VPN'd or connected to the network, she likely doesn't want her home personal machine joined to the domain.
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    Interesting as you can use touch on the Desktop..... (for all the touch naysayers)

    If I gave a 10 year old kid a car and the keys and told that kid to drive it, what do you suppose will happen?

    I've never gave someone a copy of Windows 8 and just left them there, I always give them the guided tour. As you can see on the right, you will find new emails as the come to you. To your left, you can view your Desktop items and even crack open a good ol' Library.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Interesting as you can use touch on the Desktop..... (for all the touch naysayers)

    If I gave a 10 year old kid a car and the keys and told that kid to drive it, what do you suppose will happen?

    I've never gave someone a copy of Windows 8 and just left them there, I always give them the guided tour. As you can see on the right, you will find new emails as the come to you. To your left, you can view your Desktop items and even crack open a good ol' Library.
    Yes but now CR, that is /exactly/ what is going to happen when windows 8 launches and people start installing it and buying new computers with it. Imagine that one experience multiplied but millions as the average public gets their hands on it... Microsoft isn't going to send a windows 8 UI engineer out to every single persons house to teach them how to use it. Virtually everyone is going to be "tossed into the pool" and they are going to have to learn how to swim on their own. It'll be all kinds of ugly for quite a while...

    P.s. On that subject, anyone see the new line of Apple ads? It seems like there isn't a single thing on the iPad that any normal person can figure out for themselves and a 15 year old Apple "Genius" need to sit down and explain to them how to use it. Hilariously ironic for an OS that is supposed to be "intuitive"
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    I did the same thing, but with my kids. They were a little slow at first, but figured it out fast. I maybe wrong but I don't think it's going to be that big of an issue when it rolls out.
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    Well as I said before, probably not with people that do only a couple of things on the machine, Web apps, twitter, gmail, facebook etc.

    If all you do is punch tiles on the metro screen it's not too bad.

    But if you /do/ things on the computer it's a different story. There really are different breeds of computer users and for some Metro is fine, for others, it's a giant road block for daily use, a future software fragmentation engine and an exceptionally ominous view of the future of windows.
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    an exceptionally ominous view of the future of windows
    Exactly, the direction we are being pushed in is the concern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phailyoor View Post
    After 5 minutes she was like: I can't view my photos! Internet explorer doesn't work right. I found her flailing around senselessly in the metro interface.


    I uninstalled all of the metro apps(and made a youtube guide below, and there hasn't been a single issue since.
    If you uninstalled all of the Metro apps, then how is this better than Windows 7?
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