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Windows 8

(29 Posts)
Anniebach Sat 25-Jan-14 09:49:25

Is it a nightmare please? I want a new lap top but have heard so much against windows 8

Roderick Sat 25-Jan-14 09:53:24

Yes I think it has been withdrawn,I am on Windows 7 and XP

Anne58 Sat 25-Jan-14 09:59:14

I think XP support is winding down.

Charleygirl Sat 25-Jan-14 11:04:48

Yes, Phoenix I think sometime this year for XP.

My Windows 7 computer is on its last legs but I do not want to "upgrade" if that is the word, to Windows 8. I am hoping that the glitches will be sorted out.

annodomini Sat 25-Jan-14 11:32:03

I still have Vista which no-one was happy about. However, in almost five years I've had no trouble with it - is that tempting providence? I think I got it at the end of its run, just before it morphed into Windows 7.

Ana Sat 25-Jan-14 11:36:28

You can still buy Windows 7 to install.

Anniebach Sun 26-Jan-14 09:42:27

I rang P C World, was told £130 to install windows 7. Seems they now have windows 8.1

berdie Sun 26-Jan-14 09:47:40

I have just bought a new computer with Windows 8, finding it a challenge at the moment, but I will perservere. It ain't going to beat me.

liminetta Sun 26-Jan-14 09:51:55

I have also been told "don't get Windows 8 ; its a nightmare!"

Pittcity Sun 26-Jan-14 13:50:51

I had a new Windows 8 laptop for Christmas. I have unpinned all the "APPS" from the front page and just left the one for the DESKTOP, click on this and you are in familiar territory.
It seems to me that I now need more clicks to get anywhere, but I have soon got rid of the superfluous stuff and am getting used to it.

alfcavill Mon 14-Apr-14 20:27:53

Windows 8 has not been withdrawn but you can update to windows 8.1 for free if you have windows 8. Windows 8.1 is much better all round and very easy to get to grips with.

ninathenana Mon 14-Apr-14 23:20:30

DS has Windows 8 on his laptop. He would not recommend it !

janerowena Mon 14-Apr-14 23:24:39

I had windows XP, refused to go to 8 because of all the glitches I read about and didn't want all the App-type stuff I have on my tablet. So went for a new windows 7 office computer. They are quite cheap now, when I first started looking they were scarce and expensive.

besottedgran Tue 15-Apr-14 11:59:39

I have Windows 8 and like you, berdie, I persevered and it has been worth it !
Really would advise practising and take advantage of the "how to" videos.

Good luck.

berdie Wed 16-Apr-14 08:40:56

After trying to master Windows 8, I have not been successful, so its back to the computer company and have it taken off and Windows 7 put back on.confused

Gagagran Wed 16-Apr-14 09:17:32

Same here berdie - we've decided to stick with Windows 7. Why do they make things so complex?

Mishap Wed 16-Apr-14 09:19:56

As has been said - it is not a problem if you just click on the "charm" that says desktop and then you will know the lie of the land. and can proceed as you always have.

Don't get XP - support for this is about to be withdrawn. It is called built-in obsolescence so that companies can make more profit.

glassortwo Wed 16-Apr-14 11:08:16

I have windows 8 and I am gradually working my way through it. But yes seemed to be forever clicking until I found the desktop and went from there.

besottedgran Wed 16-Apr-14 12:41:12

Oh dear I seem to be a lone voice here.

Once I had taken off all the tiles I didn't use. -- sport, weather, breaking news etc - and replaced with tiles of the sites I do use frequently genealogy, local travel info, YouTube ,Google,Edinburgh parking info, Gransnet (naturally)---everything is so quick and simple.

Then it's just a matter of adding anything I want to access quickly. A case of easily visible favourites really.

besottedgran Wed 16-Apr-14 12:43:33

Didn't mean to put that score through part of that! Something of a miracle that I've mastered Windows 8 then !!

AlieOxon Wed 16-Apr-14 13:42:59

I went for Windows 7 (after XP, which was better!) because my grandson didn't like his Windows 8!

annodomini Wed 16-Apr-14 14:43:04

I need to change my -now rather erratic - laptop soon, and have heard that Windows 8.1 is a great improvement on the original 8. Perhaps I should wait a few weeks until most of the new models have 8.1.

jeanie99 Sat 03-May-14 11:01:42

I needed a new laptop as my old one died so was pushed into buying a new laptop with a downloaded operating system which was 8.1.

I was using Vista previously so this was a completely foreign looking screen.

Luckily for me because I hated the whole look and couldn't find my way around my son rescued me and although I have the 8.1 system running in the background I have the familiar desktop view back.

If I want to use the tiles I can by just pressing the button but I rarely do.

grannyactivist Sat 03-May-14 12:01:56

My dear father in law has recently changed to Windows 8 and it's been nothing short of a nightmare for him. sad

Nelliemoser Sat 03-May-14 12:08:01

I understand 8.1 is more user friendly, you can download it as an upgrade. I too have struggled and sworn at Windows 8 but not got round to down loading 8.1.

Do as I say not as I do.
Try the link.