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    Quote Originally Posted by VEGASKING View Post
    The start button and app stuff was a little weird the first few days since I don't have a smart phone and getting used to the differences between a laptop and desktops after 15 years of using those. Other than that it's fine. I don't know what all the negative fuss is about.
    I thought I was the only person left on Earth who isn't using a smart phone. But, yeah, I'm prepared for the learning curve and I've been watching the Microsoft tutorials.

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    You can get used to Win8 fairly quickly I imagine, but I installed a freeware program called "classic shell" which makes it behave very much like XP/Vista/7. I'm an old dog, I don't want to learn new tricks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiclaws View Post
    You can get used to Win8 fairly quickly I imagine, but I installed a freeware program called "classic shell" which makes it behave very much like XP/Vista/7. I'm an old dog, I don't want to learn new tricks.
    The Big Problem from what I see so far is that it's optimized for touch screen use/tablets and smart phone use, not PC.

    Getting it to run like XP/Vista/7 is what I'm going to try to do as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winsomemore View Post
    The Big Problem from what I see so far is that it's optimized for touch screen use/tablets and smart phone use, not PC.

    Getting it to run like XP/Vista/7 is what I'm going to try to do as well.
    You'll be fine in desktop mode. If that doesn't work head third party stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammer06 View Post
    You'll be fine in desktop mode. If that doesn't work head third party stuff.
    Yep. Will do.

    I guess Microsoft, from a business point of view, is doing the smart thing as PC sales are way down with tablets/smart phones sales doing great.

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    my wife got the surface pro and honestly she loves it. It's a niche item but for people that want to use the thing to work instead of play games its much better than a laptop for her. Only issue is getting that extended battery on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammer06 View Post
    my wife got the surface pro and honestly she loves it. It's a niche item but for people that want to use the thing to work instead of play games its much better than a laptop for her. Only issue is getting that extended battery on it.
    My daughter-in-law got a tablet of some kind last year, forgot what kind it is...... She spends a lot of time buying baby stuff on it. I guess the reality is that for a lot of busy people the PC isn't worth the money anymore. A tablet or smart phone or even laptop is mobile where a PC tower isn't.

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    Got it today. The Windows button on the keyboard is my new best friend. W8 is Real Fast. POP3 email is not supported, so, Goodbye Verizon, Hello Thunderbird, although I have to research the email thing further.

    Media Player is here and activated.
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    My thoughts on Windows 8 so far:

    1. It's a schizophremic system set up for two different types of operation. It opens with the Start page which operates like your smart phone and is optimized for apps not PC programs. It's also optimized to try to get you to give more of your money to MS by buying stuff at XBox and the MS Store and God knows what else. I need to explore this more as time goes on, but at this time I greatly prefer.......

    2. The classic Desktop. Familiar operation with much faster results. I feel a much better sense of control and ease using the Desktop than the Start page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winsomemore View Post
    My thoughts on Windows 8 so far:

    1. It's a schizophremic system set up for two different types of operation. It opens with the Start page which operates like your smart phone and is optimized for apps not PC programs. It's also optimized to try to get you to give more of your money to MS by buying stuff at XBox and the MS Store and God knows what else. I need to explore this more as time goes on, but at this time I greatly prefer.......

    2. The classic Desktop. Familiar operation with much faster results. I feel a much better sense of control and ease using the Desktop than the Start page.
    Win8 is indeed full of bloatware just like what you just described when booting up to that window. after a while I realized that I could just get rid of the crap that the wife and I hardly ever touched. we got a laptop earlier this year that came with this o/s. I chose it because it gives me the ability to play old PC games (N4S Porsche Edition?) that would otherwise not load very well under other systems(?).

    I'd look into getting the classic shell freeware now but my wife has already gotten used to Win8 over the time.

    I am also using the PC tower (with XP) that is over 7 years old and have had just one major breakdown over the years. knock on wood. anyway, once it conks out I ain't going to try to resuscitate it. instead I'll get the laptop with Win7.
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