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Thread: Windows 8

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    Some computer shop and stores like Fry's, Best Buy, on-line, etc had cheat sheets that you can purchases for about $4.00, makes life easier till you figure out everything. Plus even if you have been running a computer for years, a person can usually learn a couple things from these cheat sheets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pflum1 View Post
    One more way to get back to windows 7 screen. On most keyboards, there is a window key between CTRL & ALT. This is like a toggle switch. If you push it, you are on the tiles of Windows 8, push it again, you are on Windows 7.
    Good catch!

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    I am so glad to see all this info on Windows 8, my dh is getting me a new computer next month and I was debating whether to stick with Windows 7 or go with 8. Windows 8 has sure come in with a whisper considering all the hoopla they usually give when they come up with something new.

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    I just hope my Vista will hold out until something better than Win 8 comes along. I've heard only complaints.

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    We just purchased a new computer with Windows 8. We took a 30 minute class on how to use it and we are still totally "lost". Vista was so much easier.

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    To me, Vista was a nightmare and Windows 7 isn't very stable. So far, I have found that Windows 8 is stable and very fast. But, it does take a few min. to get used to. I really like XP, but it was slow compared to windows 8. I think once people figure out how to use it, they will like it. Anything new takes time to learn.

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    Thank goodness I bought my laptop last year and have Windows 7. It has been great.I haven't had any problems with stability. What are they? I avoided downloading fix-its early in 7's life-cycle at the recommendation of a techie friend - he had lots of trouble with them. I wonder if that is what caused stability problems?

    The only reason I have a PC instead of a Mac is my Pfaff won't interface with a Mac. None of these problems with Apple. And no firewall is necessary. I hate Microsoft! There are always a lot of bugs whenever they introduce a new product or system. I don't understand why they can't get the bugs out when they beta test.

    I have heard so many complaints about 8 that I'm really glad I have my year-old baby!
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    Quote Originally Posted by clamb27 View Post
    Go to the middle of left side of screen a 1/2 arrow will show up and click on it I hate windows 8 also but learning it slowly. Good luck with new laptop.

    Our old computer died and we just got a new one with Windows 8 in it and it sucks royally. Guess when you get used to one system and they bring out a new one there should be a step by step in depth guide!! LOL
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    Get a Mac, you will love it and have no more problems. it took me about 5 PC's before I got the message.
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    There is comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one who is lost. I am also making the transition from XP to 8. After the past two days, I've come to the conclusion that 8 was designed by a bunch of monkeys on crack. That's the only explanation I can find for making me click two or three things that once only took one click. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread also.

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    I just got a new computer right after Thanksgiving and it came with Windows 8. I am not a fan. Having had a lot of time to play with it, trying to get ready for Christmas. Santa brought me a Windows 8 for Dummies book so hope that will help. Good luck to all you other users out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKO View Post
    If you don't have a touch screen, once again -- put your mouse cursor in the lower left corner of the screen - you should see an icon for the "
    Click on that. On the start screen, find the icon called "Desktop" and click on that. Wha-la, Windows 7 is back.

    Since the upper left corner always shows the last app you had (sorta like a toggle) if you do get into one of those big-block screens you should be able to always go back to your previous screen (Windows 7 desktop) by going there and clicking, as well.

    Placing your mouse cursor in the upper right hand corner of the screen will cause a slide out that contains functions like those contained in the old Win 7 Start menu, i.e. search, add devices, settings, start, etc. If you spend a little time exploring what these do, you'll easily adapt to the new system. You basically have all the options you had before, but just multiple ways to do some things, like start applications.

    People with Windows phones will also like the similarity between the new interface and their phones, I guess. I'm personally an Android guy, but Cindy likes the Windows phone.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. My new computer came with Windows 8, and I have not enjoyed it at all. Since I knew you were willing to help, I sat down and did a few tutorials, which were very minimal in the information department. But I can open and close things and even find a few things. Thank you so much.

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    monkeys on crack explains it ..... lol love that

    OK QKO.... I like to play games on MSN.... I need Active X... How the heck can I download it?
    Also sometimes, I am looking at something, my hands no where near the keyboard and the screen goes back to the tiles....
    One more thing.... you said the start button is in the lower left corner.... all I see is an image of the tiles not my old friend "Start".... I want to cry....help, Help, HELP....

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    also I set up my email account and all of my contacts did not transfer to windows 8.... now what do I do?

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    Glad to hear there is a dummies books for widows 8. I instructions that came with mine were 1-5. just how to star it.
    Does anyone know where the insert or delete buttons are?
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    Zennia - the insert and delete buttons are normally on your keyboard.

    1234 - The little tiles icon in the lower left is the Win8 version of the start menu. Click on it and it'll bring up the Start tiles. There you can find the tile that is called "desktop" and if you click on that you'll think you're back in Win7. If you upgraded from Win7 you'll see all your applications there on the desktop and you can pin apps to the bottom task bar just like Win7. If you want to change settings, which was also on the start menu in win7, or log in or out, slide your cursor to the right side of the screen and a popout will appear with icons for doing those functions.

    ActiveX - If you're running the new IE 10 browser, which is what comes with Win8, run it from the Desktop (click on desktop in the tile menu). If you want to run unsigned ActiveX controls, which btw is not very secure but required for some games, do this: In IE, bring up the tools menu (looks like a little gear at right side of screen) and select Internet options. On that popup, click on Internet zone, then click on the Security tab, and on that tab click on the Custom Level button. The Security Settings - Internet zone box should appear. If you scroll down in that aways you'll find all the settings to change for allowing unsigned ActiveX controls.

    Not sure what you're using for your email client, so I can't answer the other question. I use Thunderbird and all my stuff transferred over with no problem, but I was upgrading from Win7. This might be a question you have to google.

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    If I have questions about anything, I am fortunate I can go to my son who is one of those geeks who does not work at the big retailer. If he doesn't have an answer, he knows how to get it. Another source if members here aren't available or don't have your answers, is one he suggested: PC Magazine online at http://www.pcmag.com. You don't need to subscribe to anything. We use it all the time for any assistance I need in order to figure stuff out and review new and available technology. Here are two links to Windows 8 Super Guide and Windows 8 previews, tips and info. Check out the blue highlights in the articles. There is a lot of info available, and in the second link click on the red headings for each item. It is a lot of info, but a lot of useful info. PC Mag also has a search and live help.
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411454,00.asp
    http://www.pcmag.com/windows-8/
    This is only a suggestion-I am not promoting them in any way. It is a valuable source of info that has gotten us out of a lot of computer ruts over the years.

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    thanks... it worked yeah

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    thanks NanaCsews2 I will check it out.

    But one more question for QKO I want to listen to pandora on my laptop.. do I have to do that same thing as for Active X? When I go in there for Pandora there are about 12 things to open, do all of them have to be open, how do I choose which ones. Also I belong to QuiltersClub of America, It won't let me login there either.... ugh.. this is so frustrating... I went to the internet options in tools and did the same for QCA as I did for Active X, but still won't let me log in... HELP please. I am going to check out the above links... VERY FRUSTRATED

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    Nana tried one of the sites and they want $38 for an answer... can't do that, but thanks for suggestion.

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