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Need patient help I have a bunch of beginner's questions

  1. #1


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    Need patient help I have a bunch of beginner's questions


    Good Morning,
    I need to ask very basic questions so I need patient help and would be really grateful if someone will help me out. I have just bought a new laptop that comes with Windows 8. My old laptop which is still working has Windows Vista. So I am trying to set up my new laptop but there are so many things I just don't know so here I go:

    1.I want Google chrome as my browser so should I get an antivirus before I download Google Chrome?

    2.There are so many sites where I can download Google chrome and I do not know which one to choose, do you have any suggestions?

    3. After I have downloaded Google I would like to get rid of the start up page with all the 'charms' (I don't know if this is the right term) and download a program that would make my start up page look 'normal' (like windows 7) - I saw that there are various programs that can do that - do you have any suggestions?

    thank you so much for your help.

    Fulvia

    p.s. I live in Italy but I got my pc from the States . I lived there for a few years so all my programs are in English and I like it that way but find it difficult to get help from forums in Italy because of the language on my pc.

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by countrygal52 View Post
    Good Morning,
    I need to ask very basic questions so I need patient help and would be really grateful if someone will help me out. I have just bought a new laptop that comes with Windows 8. My old laptop which is still working has Windows Vista. So I am trying to set up my new laptop but there are so many things I just don't know so here I go:

    1.I want Google chrome as my browser so should I get an antivirus before I download Google Chrome?

    2.There are so many sites where I can download Google chrome and I do not know which one to choose, do you have any suggestions?

    3. After I have downloaded Google I would like to get rid of the start up page with all the 'charms' (I don't know if this is the right term) and download a program that would make my start up page look 'normal' (like windows 7) - I saw that there are various programs that can do that - do you have any suggestions?

    thank you so much for your help.

    Fulvia
    The first thing to do is install an antivirus unless you want to depend on Windows Defender & Firewall.

    Download Chrome:

    https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/


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  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by countrygal52 View Post
    ...
    2.There are so many sites where I can download Google chrome and I do not know which one to choose, do you have any suggestions?
    A good site for the latest versions of Browsers in general is the following: Browsers Downloads - FileHippo.comI get my Chrome downloads using this site.

    3. After I have downloaded Google I would like to get rid of the start up page with all the 'charms' (I don't know if this is the right term) and download a program that would make my start up page look 'normal' (like windows 7) - I saw that there are various programs that can do that - do you have any suggestions?
    Personally, I work in the Desktop nearly all the time. I, too, like the look and feel of a Win7-like desktop, so I have installed Start8 and ModernMix from Stardock. But, there are free versions of start menu apps you can try. Look in the Customization section.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro


    Why go to a third party site for GOOGLE chrome? Just go to Google and download it. As to your 3 question I am trying to remember how I did that without installing any 3rd party software. Will post when it comes to me.
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