Thursday, December 13, 2012

What were they thinking? and Why?


Dec. 13.
Got my new computer a couple of days ago. WOW. It is really nice. It is taking me a while, though, to get the hang of Windows 8. It is so different. I am the only one that uses my computer so I have never have used a password to log on. Windows 8 insists on you using one. What a pain. Took some time and a lot of googling but I found how to do away with the password login. Had an" h" of a time opening a new email. I was using Windows Live Mail on my old computer, not on this one. Microsoft decided we need to learn a new one, again. Grrrrr. I went with Outlook.com. Very similar to Windows Live except it doesn't accept Pop Servers. Back to Google. After some more "hours" on Google, I finally got that figured out. As you can tell, Microsoft decided for some unknown reason to “hide" everything in Windows 8, even the start menu button. Finding anything from Control Panel to Shutting down or Restarting is hidden in Windows 8. Wonder what their thinking was? and what the heck was wrong with Windows 7. I really liked it. Some of this stuff is becoming easier but I still find everything more time consuming. My newest problem is saving pictures to a folder. Now Microsoft insists I use Skydrive. I am still very much undecided on whether I like it or if I am going to uninstall it. It will be interesting when I do daycare books at the end of the month. I was using Excel 2007. This computer came with Office 2010. Sure hope there isn’t a lot of difference there. One think I do like about this computer, no actually two things, NO DUCKTAPE and it starts every time without jiggling the screen or rebooting 10 times for it to come on. They say it is good to challenge your mind as you age to keep it working and alert. Well, after I figure all this out, I should be VERY alert and all brain functions should be good to go or I will be a total basket case. Hopefully, in a couple of months, I will decide that I like Windows 8 as much as I did Windows 7. 

Keep your fingers crossed.

12 comments:

  1. My fingers are crossed for you but I have to agree with Tracey on this one...as soon as we're comfortable with something and decide we like it they'll be changing it.

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  2. I agree. I think it is a plan they have to keep us spending our money for the latest.

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  3. The motherboard fried and died on my four year old PC and now I live in fear of getting a new one with...WINDOWS 8...of course you could take that version of Windows whatever you had last and load it on your new PC...

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  4. @Tammy, I hate that you don't get a hard copy of your OS anymore. I haven't gotten one in our last two purchases. It sounds to me, that if you have 8 it is a bit complicated to go down to 7. I didn't want to try it anyway. I could have got Windows 7 one model but it was going to cost me 70 bucks. Windows 8 came free. The I bought didn't have that option. My thought was, I had W98,ME( that one was really horrible) Vista, Windows 7 and figured them out, I would survive Windows 8. I wasn't so sure this morning, tho, when it asked for my login password, AGAIN. I had to go in and change that, AGAIN. If I wasn't such a determined person, I would say, Oh, Well, and type in a password. But then Microsoft would have won. LOL Good luck on a new computer. If you need it, I have links bookmarked that will help.

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  5. I despise learning new systems. Good luck.

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  6. I'm very interested to know what the outcome will be after you have it a while. Please keep us all updated. I, too, love Windows 7. But duct tape and jiggling???? awwwww....you have much more patience than I. I would have done without eating to get a new one before I went through all that! No wonder you have a day care and I only babysit my two granddaughters! lol

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  7. I have Windows 7 and Hubby was trying to do print something from his computer using mine and it changed the formatting of his document.
    Like others have said, we get used to one way and then they change it.
    I don't like all these clouds and Skydrives for sure. I'd like to keep my brain healthy doing something I don't get upset over. :)

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  8. good luck! My greatest technology resources are my teen age kids.

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  9. I think I am good to go. I hope. Downloaded Windows Live Mail today and got it set up. I didn't not like outlook.com. You had to do the verification scrambled word box about every third email you sent out. Or have them send you a text to verify.Not for me.

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  10. Hi Rose,

    Oh, the perils of getting a new computer! I'm very happy with my little netbook. It's about five years old now and for some, that means I should get a new one. I'm going to hold onto it until it no longer works.....

    Thanks for visiting me! I love showing off where I live. I also enjoy seeing other posts of different parts of the country. Some places I'll never be fortunate to visit.

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  11. They want to make money so they need you buy new stuff all the time. I run Windows XP on this 2009 laptop. I had to return a computer (right before I got this one) because it was loaded with Windows whatever. Can't remember what it was in 2009. There was a hassle with the whole 32 bit vs 64 bit drivers in older software. I had Adobe Acrobat (32 bit) and it would not load into that version of Windows because it would only accept the newer 64 bit Adobe Acrobat ($400). Forget it! Technology is made a necessity and then you are forced to purchase upgrades. It stinks.
    P.S. The is the lady speaking, not Mr. Black the cat!

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