Jump to content




Welcome to Unexplained Mysteries! Please sign in or create an account to start posting and to access a host of extra features.


- - - - -

Windows 8


  • Please log in to reply
22 replies to this topic

#1    and then

and then

    Abyssus Abyssum Invocat

  • Member
  • 17,399 posts
  • Joined:15 Dec 2011
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Land's End

  • I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies for the hardest victory is over SELF.
    Aristotle

Posted 27 December 2013 - 06:17 AM

Just got a new PC and I've been struggling to even get the thing up and running.  I've seen a couple of reviews trashing Windows 8 - just wanted some input about it.

  We've cast the world, we've set the stage,
  for what could be, the darkest age...
“This is like playing poker with a guy who cheated you twice before. You know who does that, a moron.

#2    Stonecoldvampzy

Stonecoldvampzy

    Ectoplasmic Residue

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 229 posts
  • Joined:04 Apr 2011
  • Gender:Male

Posted 27 December 2013 - 06:29 AM

Actually, I have no problem with it at all. Its a solid OS and works like it should. Just remember to install CCleaner and run it from time to time to regain free space from the temporary windows files. Those can get pretty huge in time.

Also learn your shortcuts. ALT + F4 for shutdown, WIN + X for quick access to a number of things like the control panel and WIN + C for quick access to the search option.

Its quite handy, for me as an IT person atleast. Not sure if its the same for the elderly population though.


#3    shadowsot

shadowsot

    Nightstalker

  • Member
  • 8,643 posts
  • Joined:27 Oct 2008
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Florida

  • Oops.

Posted 27 December 2013 - 06:38 AM

I recommend installing Classic Shell, it puts everything back similar to where it was in XP and Seven.
Aside from that, I had it for about a year and got tired of it and installed Ubuntu.



It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.
-Terry Pratchett

#4    Dumpnuts

Dumpnuts

    Extraterrestrial Entity

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 497 posts
  • Joined:21 Dec 2013
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Richmond, VA.

  • "Absolute Hogwash" ,Jay Utah by care of ChrLzs

Posted 27 December 2013 - 06:50 AM

I honestly don't understand what all the guff was/is about. I've had it for over a year & rather quite enjoy it. I was a little intimidated by it for the first hour or two with it, but with a little basic knowledge & a couple of Google searches, I'm at home with it. I actually prefer it over the older versions. Just ignore all the app BS.

"You guys, you gotta make it sexy. Hips and nips! Otherwise I'm not eating."

Rickety Cricket

#5    third_eye

third_eye

    _ M Ġ ń Ř Ī Ş_

  • Member
  • 11,288 posts
  • Joined:06 Nov 2010
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Malaysia

  • - God has no religion ~ Mahatma Gandhi -

    "Legio nomen mihi est, quia multi sumus"

Posted 27 December 2013 - 07:10 AM

if the hardware can pulse Win8 by all means ... and I mean pulse it ... not just bare minimum ... Win8 non-native apps are notorious resource guzzlers ... come to think of it so are the native apps ... just that it is more willing to release them ... to the OS

~

He who postpones the hour of living rightly ... is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out ... before he crosses.

Horace - Roman lyric poet & satirist 65 BC - 8 BC

~


third_eye cavern ~ bring own beer


#6    Draco20

Draco20

    Poltergeist

  • Closed
  • 2,337 posts
  • Joined:02 Jun 2013

Posted 28 December 2013 - 04:54 PM

I heard some improvements have been made with Windows 8.1. I personally never used it so far but might be I will eventually. Anyway, you can always go to Windows 7, it works very well for many people and is supported with security updates until 2025. Some other Windows might come out by that time. :)

Edited by sam_comm, 28 December 2013 - 05:14 PM.


#7    Iron_Lotus

Iron_Lotus

    Fudge

  • Member
  • 6,253 posts
  • Joined:02 Jul 2012
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Canada

Posted 30 December 2013 - 04:53 PM

windows 8 is **** heard its better on tablets anyways either way no thanks microsoft

"Good lord, what is happening in there?!" ................."Aurora Borealis?"

"A...Aurora Borealis?! At this time of year?!? At this time of day!?!  In this part of the country!? Localized entirely within your kitchen!?!"   ...."Yes!"

#8    Merc14

Merc14

    anti-woo magician

  • Member
  • 8,360 posts
  • Joined:03 Mar 2011
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Virginia, USA

Posted 30 December 2013 - 04:57 PM

and then, make sure you update windows 8.1 through Windows Update.  After the initial patches are applied you will find the upgrade to Windows 8.1 in the store.  Run that and after it is installed, right click in the taskbar (bottom of the screen) and select navigation.  In the Navigation window go to Start Screen and click all the boxes except "Show the apps view automatically when I go to start".  Then close the box and your system will have the Start button back and will go directly to desktop when you start up the computer.

If you already are at 8.1 just do the taskbar part, you can tell by opening the control panel (left click in the lower left hand corner) and look at system which will describe your hardware and software.

Edited by Merc14, 30 December 2013 - 04:57 PM.

Believing when there is no compelling evidence is a mistake.  The idea is to withhold belief until there is compelling evidence and if the universe does not comply with our predispositions, okay, then we have the wrenching obligation to accommodate to the way the universe really is.  - Carl Sagan

That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. - Christopher Hitchens

#9    grendals_bane

grendals_bane

    Master Procrastinator

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,059 posts
  • Joined:03 Dec 2005
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:England

  • I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned. - Byron

Posted 04 January 2014 - 02:15 PM

Windows 8 is better than some of the older releases like *cough* Vista *cough* but I am still not a massive fan of it. It is an okay OS if you only plan on doing basic things but if you enjoy playing about with an operating system, customizing it etc then it is not great. Then again I am biased as I mostly only use Linux operating systems.

Edited by grendals_bane, 04 January 2014 - 02:15 PM.

"There is no such thing as good and evil, just various shades of grey."

#10    Draco20

Draco20

    Poltergeist

  • Closed
  • 2,337 posts
  • Joined:02 Jun 2013

Posted 07 January 2014 - 04:38 PM

View Postgrendals_bane, on 04 January 2014 - 02:15 PM, said:

Windows 8 is better than some of the older releases like *cough* Vista *cough* but I am still not a massive fan of it. It is an okay OS if you only plan on doing basic things but if you enjoy playing about with an operating system, customizing it etc then it is not great. Then again I am biased as I mostly only use Linux operating systems.

I cannot speak for myself as I never used Windows 8 in my computer but people I know do and I got to see glimpses of it. Maybe I will use it eventually, when I start looking for a new computer. :)

However, it is not uncommon to hear people buying a brand new Windows 8 PC, only to bring it to a computer technician to have him install Windows 7 on it. There seems to be features that many people doesn't like or are not comfortable with. Many still prefer the simple desktop interface of the past Windows releases for their computers, in comparison to the tablet or touch screen app style of Windows 8. That's just a constatation I came to made.

But not only the regular home user but enterprises as well have come to shun Windows 8.

According to these articles:

http://www.pcworld.c...ester-says.html

http://www.computerw...alue_in_changes

Windows 7 is expected to be on more than 60% of entreprises' PC while Windows 8 might get 38% which left it far behind.

So, again I cannot really explain the reasons behind that, with regard to my inexperience with 8 but it just seems that perhaps Windows 8 has come to soon after 7 as a response to the growth of tablets and smartphones use, when the later has clearly made it's proof and was much praised for the desktop environment.

Edited by sam_comm, 07 January 2014 - 04:52 PM.


#11    Smith Henry

Smith Henry

    Alien Embryo

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • Joined:29 Jan 2014

Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:17 PM

Microsoft reiterated its current stance regarding sideloading via this statement from a spokesperson:

“Microsoft provides a variety of options for businesses to sideload LOB apps on devices running Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, including:
• Company Portal apps via Windows Intune or System Center Configuration Manager, which allow businesses a way to let employees or users easily install line-of-business apps
• Portals through third-party solutions (like Citrix, MobileIron, and AirWatch) based on the new MDM capabilities included in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1
• Built-in PowerShell commands for performing installations


#12    Merc14

Merc14

    anti-woo magician

  • Member
  • 8,360 posts
  • Joined:03 Mar 2011
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Virginia, USA

Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:37 PM

View Postsam_comm, on 07 January 2014 - 04:38 PM, said:

I cannot speak for myself as I never used Windows 8 in my computer but people I know do and I got to see glimpses of it. Maybe I will use it eventually, when I start looking for a new computer. :)

However, it is not uncommon to hear people buying a brand new Windows 8 PC, only to bring it to a computer technician to have him install Windows 7 on it. There seems to be features that many people doesn't like or are not comfortable with. Many still prefer the simple desktop interface of the past Windows releases for their computers, in comparison to the tablet or touch screen app style of Windows 8. That's just a constatation I came to made.

But not only the regular home user but enterprises as well have come to shun Windows 8.

According to these articles:

http://www.pcworld.c...ester-says.html

http://www.computerw...alue_in_changes

Windows 7 is expected to be on more than 60% of entreprises' PC while Windows 8 might get 38% which left it far behind.

So, again I cannot really explain the reasons behind that, with regard to my inexperience with 8 but it just seems that perhaps Windows 8 has come to soon after 7 as a response to the growth of tablets and smartphones use, when the later has clearly made it's proof and was much praised for the desktop environment.

Windows 8/8.1 Professional can be "upgraded" to Windows 7 for free.

Believing when there is no compelling evidence is a mistake.  The idea is to withhold belief until there is compelling evidence and if the universe does not comply with our predispositions, okay, then we have the wrenching obligation to accommodate to the way the universe really is.  - Carl Sagan

That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. - Christopher Hitchens

#13    Likely Guy

Likely Guy

    Undecided, mostly.

  • Member
  • 7,856 posts
  • Joined:09 May 2012
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Likely, Canada

  • I'd rather laugh than argue.

    Choose your weapon.

Posted 02 February 2014 - 01:28 AM

What in the hell are you guys talking about? Ubuntu? Win8 non-native apps?

I've got a Dell 4100 and Windows ME, on dial-up. I'm going to keep this thing going just to see how long it lasts.

Is there a prize for being the last dinosaur?


#14    Merc14

Merc14

    anti-woo magician

  • Member
  • 8,360 posts
  • Joined:03 Mar 2011
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Virginia, USA

Posted 02 February 2014 - 04:15 AM

View PostLikely Guy, on 02 February 2014 - 01:28 AM, said:

What in the hell are you guys talking about? Ubuntu? Win8 non-native apps?

I've got a Dell 4100 and Windows ME, on dial-up. I'm going to keep this thing going just to see how long it lasts.

Is there a prize for being the last dinosaur?
:clap:  You have my vote sir

Edited by Merc14, 02 February 2014 - 04:15 AM.

Believing when there is no compelling evidence is a mistake.  The idea is to withhold belief until there is compelling evidence and if the universe does not comply with our predispositions, okay, then we have the wrenching obligation to accommodate to the way the universe really is.  - Carl Sagan

That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. - Christopher Hitchens

#15    Likely Guy

Likely Guy

    Undecided, mostly.

  • Member
  • 7,856 posts
  • Joined:09 May 2012
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Likely, Canada

  • I'd rather laugh than argue.

    Choose your weapon.

Posted 02 February 2014 - 04:23 AM

View PostMerc14, on 02 February 2014 - 04:15 AM, said:

:clap:  You have my vote sir

I think that the last dinosaur was incredibly sad.

(I still do my banking on it.)





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users