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Windows 8.1 #211628 11/03/13 07:00 PM
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New laptop, Win 8.1. Wow, is this going to take time to get used to!!

BTW, new LT is not 'touch screen'


John
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Re: Windows 8.1 [Re: HotLine1] #211629 11/03/13 07:46 PM
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Good luck! I have 8 and hate it. Reading about the fixes of .1 didn't seem like they would make 8 suck any less. But I have it in a cheap laptop that I bought just to make a TV streaming video capable, and I think it works well enough for that.
Joe

Re: Windows 8.1 [Re: HotLine1] #211631 11/03/13 09:36 PM
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Yes, I put the .1 update in. And, WOW...it is a learning experience.

i7 chip, 8 GB Mem, and a lot to try to learn.


John
Re: Windows 8.1 [Re: HotLine1] #211632 11/03/13 10:57 PM
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/2054...l-start-menu-that-windows-8-1-didnt.html
I did install the "Classic Shell" several months ago. At least it gave the Start Menu back. You should give it a shot.
Joe

Re: Windows 8.1 [Re: HotLine1] #211633 11/03/13 11:22 PM
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I am still collecting XP license stickers.
I already took one of my machines from 7 to XP.


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Re: Windows 8.1 [Re: HotLine1] #211659 11/07/13 10:45 PM
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I do not like 8 either!

All the new Intel/AMD/Microsoft-Based Computers for sale at Costco use the Win 8 OS.
Spent maybe Two Hours on many-many different Machines (Laptop and Desktop), before being asked to leave wink

For me, XP Pro and Win 7 are the only OS's I would ever use for current Applications...

--Scott (EE)


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Re: Windows 8.1 [Re: HotLine1] #211672 11/09/13 02:27 PM
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Scott:
They really asked that you leave??

I was in the 'Big Yellow Tag' store twice at a min. of 2-3 hours, searching thru the laptops. I'm partial to Toshiba, but with an open mind I checked others.

Most of the 'new' models have touch screens, a route that I did not want to go down. All have Win 8; a few had 8.1 installed. A few 'tricks' from one of the 'geeks' have me down a path that I feel I can handle, although it will still be a learning experience.

I thought about switching to Apple, but $$$ and software issues sent me away.



John
Re: Windows 8.1 [Re: HotLine1] #211674 11/09/13 09:09 PM
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Windows 8 was designed for touch screen, 8.1 was to help people that did not like the touch screen. Be careful as most win 8 machines cannot be rolled back to XP or even 7 due to the Bios installed for 8. Same goes for some 7 machines. If you want a machine you can put other operating systems, best to build it yourself, or by a generic laptop that will work with any operating system.

Re: Windows 8.1 [Re: HotLine1] #211702 11/11/13 09:48 PM
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John...

Quote

Scott:
They really asked that you leave??


Not directly... However, after the Third time a Salesperson approached me, stating:

"Are You SURE there is nothing We may assist You with, or help You make a possible Purchase Today???!!!???"

I figured They were getting tired of My presence, along with My default response of: "Just Looking, Thanks!!!"

Besides that, a few Customers started asking Me questions about the Machines & Operating System, of which I responded truthfully...
(responses benefited the Customers more than the Sales Department!)

Believe Me, there was no intention to be a nuisance to the Sales Staff; and I think the only reason the Customers Queried Me was They overheard My Wife and I discussing Pros -vs- Cons of various Machines.

--Scott (EE)


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Re: Windows 8.1 [Re: HotLine1] #211706 11/12/13 12:28 AM
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http://www.classicshell.net/
So how many of you installed the Classic Shell and do you think it helps?
Joe

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