My week or so of experience with a new Windows 8 machine taught me that this operating system is 85% devoted to playtime IMHO. Just like the brain of your typical under-30 Obama voter. I’m sure the business community will just LOVE having to pay for Windows 8.
In it’s defense it seems far more stable than Windows Vista, but what isn’t?
Bought a new computer with Windows 8 and upgraded others from Vista for consistency on my home network - pain in the neck to buy and install new software that wasn’t compatible from Vista and has been a disaster from a printing perspective - took both a Brother and an HP printer out. Have upgraded drivers... but HP still pretty much dead - will print test page ok on reinstallation and say it’s offline. No help from HP (tried all their website suggestions)- at least Brother provided some online support that solved its problems.
If you download and install one of the freeware “Windows Start-menu” programs (I prefer Classic Shell: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/) and you’ll have a Win8 box with a Win7 GUI.
Regardless of adding a start menu or leaving as is, you’ll need about an extra 20% hardware to do the same things as you could do with a Win7 box.
Agreed. Those of us raised on a command line (DOS, UNIX, etc.) find this emulation of the icons on a iPhone silly. But it is the prevailing paradigm for interfaces in the present market. I switched it off and went to the classic desktop immediately. I will still curse the dumbing down of computers, but it is what it is.
Having some problems with 32-bit programs that you would think wouldn’t be a problem (e.g., Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.5.2 - suggested solution - upgrade.)