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not a woodworking question, computer question

by woodsmithshop
posted 08-19-2013 01:12 PM


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 08-19-2013 01:19 PM

I have it on two computers; don’t like it; going back to Win 7.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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TheDane

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#2 posted 08-19-2013 02:19 PM

My wife just got a Windows 8 computer … I hate the GUI.

I have always been fairly computer-literate (I ran a software company and did network administration and tech support until I retired 19 months ago), but I can’t figure it out

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 08-19-2013 02:35 PM

8 sucks

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woodsmithshop

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#4 posted 08-19-2013 02:52 PM

well, so far there has not been anything positive about Win8, when is Win9 coming out?

-- Smitty!!!

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#5 posted 08-19-2013 02:58 PM

We don’t have 8…..Heard too many bad things about it….We’ll stick with 7 for now…..If I were you, I’d do the same…....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a 2 hour nap".....!!

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lew

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#6 posted 08-19-2013 03:01 PM

If you can get past the interface (GUI) W8 has some nice features. There are a bunch of 3rd party addons that can help ease the Interface transition and make it act like W7. I would immediately upgrade to W8.1 because Microsoft has fixed/added addition features.
W8 was obviously made to support touch screen interface but it functions just as well with a mouse. The steepest learning curve portion will be finding where Microsoft relocated all of the things you are used to clicking on.
If possible, stay away from MS Office 2013, the licensing is a nightmare.
For myself, I’m staying with W7 for a while longer. I usually wait at least a year before jumping onto a new OS version.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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revieck

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#7 posted 08-19-2013 03:56 PM

I liked Win XP better than Win7….To old and grumpy to change I guess.

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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DeputyDawg

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#8 posted 08-19-2013 04:11 PM

I consider myself a Computer BEEK not a GEEK and bought a new computer with Windows 8 and I now call it
Windows HATE Need I say anymore?

-- DeputyDawg

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b2rtch

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#9 posted 08-19-2013 04:15 PM

I just got a Win 8 computer I hate the GUI but you can download a free application which makes it look and work just like Win 7:
http://www.classicshell.net/.
After that I now really like my new computer which is extremely fast

-- Bert

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skipj

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#10 posted 08-20-2013 01:03 PM

Just last week I bought a new computer,win8, and after the first day I took it back.

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b2rtch

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#11 posted 08-20-2013 01:08 PM

Since I changed the interface, I am very happy with mine.
It works very well, and it is extremely fast.
Why did you return your computer?

-- Bert

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MaroonGoon

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#12 posted 08-20-2013 01:35 PM

My co-worker has Windows 8 on his computer at home and he told me he wishes that he never upgraded from Windows 7. He said that overall he didn’t really like the way it is setup, but that is mainly because he grew up with the windows start bar and was used to using it (apparently Windows 8 did away with the traditional start bar?). However, he did say that there were innovations that were implemented that he can appreciate so it seems like a bittersweet change.

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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b2rtch

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#13 posted 08-20-2013 01:51 PM

As I wrote above, one can make a Win 8 system look and fell just like Win 7 with a start bar.
This is what I did and now I am very happy with my Win 8 system

-- Bert

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sgv

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#14 posted 08-20-2013 11:47 PM

8 sucks

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 08-22-2013 11:57 PM

I was looking for 2 new laptops and everything has win 8 on it so I went to Comp Renew and got two of them with Win 7 for $175 each. They are refurbished ones but they work great and I love Win.7 I have heard that Win 8 is geared more toward touch screen so I avoided it. I’m am an analog person in a digital words!! I need things simple.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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GT350

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#16 posted 08-23-2013 03:00 AM

The only question I have is why would you want to go from Windows 7 to 8?
Mike

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jim C

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#17 posted 08-23-2013 03:04 AM

Apple folks…........problems solved.
I would never go back to Microsoft.

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#18 posted 08-23-2013 01:34 PM

GT350, I like to keep my computer up to date, and each OS is supposed to be an update, but it sounds like win8 is not so much unless you get a touch screen.

-- Smitty!!!

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#19 posted 08-23-2013 01:44 PM

What works better than 7 or 8 is mountain Lion on the Mac!

-- Keith

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#20 posted 08-23-2013 01:48 PM

I prefer the Mac, I have had 2 of them, but they get to be way too expensive buy initially, and to maintain.

-- Smitty!!!

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#21 posted 08-23-2013 01:49 PM

Window 8 is the first brand new system since Window 95.

-- Bert

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#22 posted 08-23-2013 01:59 PM

There will soon be a Windows 8.1 … an upgrade to Windows 8 that (supposedly) fixes the problems people are having with the current version of the O/S.

I’ll be buying some new computer hardware in the not too far distant future … right now, I work on a laptop that has the Business Edition of Windows Vista plus we have 3 Windows XP machines in the house in addition to my wife’s new Windows 8 laptop.

You can generally improve the performance of Windows machines by cleaning up and defragging the hard drive. Adding more RAM is usually a good idea (if the machine can handle it), but there comes a point when it is just better to kiss the old machines goodbye and purchase current technology.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#23 posted 08-23-2013 02:55 PM

As I wrote above, I am very happy with my Win 8 system

-- Bert

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#24 posted 08-23-2013 03:03 PM

I have 8 at work and 7 at home (had 8 at home and moved back)

Here is the deal, there are some software that do not work well on 8. When you upgrade they will work but won’t update correctly. Adobe Premier 11 for example, was not happy on 8. There is older software that doesn’t work on 7 that does on 8.

Make a complete and restorable backup before you upgrade. Get lots of memory for both

-- David in Damascus, MD

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b2rtch

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#25 posted 08-24-2013 10:55 AM

I downloaded and burn to a DVD Win 8.1 this morning.
I am thinking about installing it on my Win 8 computer and if I like it on my other computers

-- Bert

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Cliff

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#26 posted 09-27-2013 10:59 PM

Gee, to think that I was actually about to upgrade to Windows 8. Glad I didn’t go ahead with the plan.
Maybe down the track a bit W 8 will be OK.

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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b2rtch

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#27 posted 09-27-2013 11:07 PM

I am running 8.1 on three computers and I am very happy with it.
Does that makes me a weirdo?

-- Bert

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TheDane

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#28 posted 09-27-2013 11:23 PM

Cliff—Windows 8 (and 8.1) are great when installed on hardware that was designed for the O/S. In my experience (I ran a computer software and network integration company for 14 years) you are asking for trouble when you install a new O/S on old hardware. Download and run the MS Windows 8 Upgrade Advisor … it will tell you if your machine can handle the O/S and point to any problem areas.

Bert—You are not weird … or if you are, you and my wife are in the same club. She recently got a new Win8 laptop and loves it. I suspect if I take the time to look at it, I’ll be okay with it too.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#29 posted 09-27-2013 11:58 PM

Gerry, I am glad to be in such good company!

-- Bert

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#30 posted 09-28-2013 12:31 AM

I put Windows 8 on My computer I had a problem with Google, and Anything that sounded like 8, on win 7! I tried to keep win 8 off the computer, but everytime i turned around, Win 8 was taking over Win 7! I just got back on, after loosing My address! I would try to get on, and could not do it! I even did restore on this compouter, and still it was hidden! I started noseing around, and tried to find a subject that addressed 8 robbing Me of some of My programs! I started trying crazy things to try to get 7 back! Even now, I don’t know how I got mY ADDRESS Back! I managed it Today! I first changed My password , and also My address, I changed! Fianly started to change it back! It worked, and I have saved this start-up page in several places! I hate win 8, I would rather go back to Win 95, that to go into another bad Windows 8 experie nce!

-- Saved! and so gratefull.Consider Who Created it All

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#31 posted 09-28-2013 12:58 AM

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is a phrase to live by. If you are content with Windows7 then by all means stay with it.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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Cliff

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#32 posted 09-28-2013 09:50 AM

Thanks Gerry. I will remember your advice. When I upgrade I will also get a new Computer built, so that should solve any issues?

Cliff

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#33 posted 09-28-2013 11:37 AM

Cliff … Yes, assuming the new machine is built with components that have correct drivers for Win8.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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NoLongerHere

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#34 posted 09-28-2013 01:17 PM

I heard Microsoft is about to stop doing update patches for XP. is that true?

I have a two towers in the office running 7, a full size lap top and a brand new touch screen (turns in to pad) laptop in the living room (one for me, one for the Mrs.) running 8

I noticed that almost all of the comments were from new users. I said the same thing for a month after upgrading my beloved umbilical cord attached lap top. I still find reason to bitch – God, I hate change sometimes. but, now it’s no different than any other program we Had to learn. It becomes the new norm. right?

I WANT MY INTERNET EXPLORER CIRCLE BACK!

HOW THE HELL DO I GET OUT OF HERE?

I DON’T WANT TO TOUCH MY SCREEN WITH MY STAIN COVERED GRIMEY HANDS!

Bottom line is we don’t have many choices other than: pay to play, learn the next “latest and greatest”, and except the fact that the system is designed to make repeat sales out of obsolescence.

Ankles please…...say ahhhhhh, OH! Look! Windows 9!

wait, I Have to buy Office9 too?

Mac = Festool – HA!.... say it ain’t so! JK!

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TheDane

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#35 posted 09-28-2013 02:00 PM

reedwood—Yes … Microsoft will end support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014.

For more info, see: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#36 posted 09-28-2013 05:40 PM

8 is fine … I use Start8 … a 3rd party interface that starts 8 in a windows 7 mode. I dislike the tablet start screen so I never use it. Windows 8 appears to be very stable and faster then 7.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#37 posted 09-28-2013 06:50 PM

My laptop, running XP professional, died a few weeks ago. I decided to get a Microsoft Surface RT 32GB tablet, as a stopgap replacement, until I purchase a full size laptop. The GUI is something that requires getting used to (same for Win8, I’m guessing), but that is a necessary evil when you “upgrade”! However, I’m liking my tablet, as I learn how to navigate and do things. This should help ease the learning curve for a laptop running Win8. We’ll see….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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b2rtch

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#38 posted 09-28-2013 08:56 PM

Dan’um Style, did you try classic shell?
I use it and I am very happy with it.

http://www.classicshell.net/

-- Bert

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Cliff

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#39 posted 09-29-2013 02:42 AM

Thanks again Gerry, I hear what you are saying.

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Jim Jakosh

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#40 posted 09-29-2013 07:46 PM

Hi Cliff. I see you found this forum topic. I just bought 2 laptops and had Win 7 put on both of them because I heard that the GUI on 8 is cumbersome to use. It is made for a touch screen.
I’m very happy with 7….............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bytesabit

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#41 posted 09-30-2013 12:21 AM

Jim, if windows 7 does what you need, keep it.

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Cliff

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#42 posted 09-30-2013 02:38 AM

Hi Jim, Yeah I’m starting to get to know the ropes and becoming familiar with how the site works. Sounds like you got a good deal with your laptops. I am also happy with my window 7 but when the time comes will get a new computer built, but will hang on for as long as is possible…..rather spend money on a new tool for my shop….
Regards..Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#43 posted 10-01-2013 01:39 PM

If only there was a way to make Windows 8 act like Windows 7….

(Sorry Bert, I couldn’t resist :D)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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