Even with all the negative reviews being published about the new Windows 8, we thought the reality was even worse.

Rather than burden our own computers, we went to a local Staples store to try several Windows 8 machines and tablets. We recommend this approach for anyone thinking of upgrading. Try it; you probably won’t like it. (Remember personal computing rule one: Never buy anything with a low serial number.)

The big colorful tiles with links to apps in Windows 8 remind us strongly of the “Disney Net Pal” computer we reviewed years ago. You’re steered to a host of things you wouldn’t have tried otherwise:  Bing Travel, Xbox games, a recipe site, and so on. This can be fun but it soon gets frustrating. How do you close a program? We couldn’t figure it out and the clerk didn’t know, so we kept opening apps one after another. Finally, we clicked the “CTRL-ALT-DEL” keys to bring up the Windows “task manager.” This lets you see what’s running, and sure enough, everything was running, whether we wanted it or not.

The new Windows 8 home screen uses colorful tiles to show programs and applications. If you find this confusing – and we certainly did – you can go to and download “Win8 StartButton;” it’s free. It takes you back to a familiar home screen and lets you see “all programs” – just like the good old days.

4 Responses to “TRYING WINDOWS 8”

  1. You are doing a disservice to readers of your post regarding Win 8. It is a NEW OS. It is not supposed to be like the old OS. (although the desktop side is about 80 or 90 percent similar). For instance, when you got a new smart phone did you try to use it without finding out HOW TO USE IT? If you don’t like the Metro/Modern side of WIN 8, you don’t have to use it. You can easily go to the desktop side with on click or one keyboard hit. With just 2 apps, you have your old Win 7 look alike side. One sends you directly to the desktop side at startup. The other gives you back the start button. I won’t tell what those are, because as a computer geek, you should have read about those before trying the new OS. As far as how to close one of the apps on the Metro/Modern side, first of all, they take up no resources or very little and second of all, It’s a new OS. First of all, mouse to the upper left, mouse down slowly, all open ones show a thumbnail, right click on anyone and close it.
    I still can’t believe you wrote about Win 8 without the least bit of reading before hand. I am wondering, did you do your first blog without reading about bloging?

  2. Dear Cy Soukup…
    You must understand that microsoft is deploying an OS to the WORLD. Making changes that are drastically different like this will cause bad reactions. The OS is new, but it was designed with touch screens in mind. Perhaps in 5 years most people will have touch screens, but not yet. The solution was simple.. microsoft should have an option to disable the Modern User Interface and leave the desktop experience intact. But they did not do it. They did not do it because there is a war going on. They wanted to win the war so much that they dont care about the users. The war is between Micrsoft and the 2 other dominant portable device OS’s…. iOS, and Andriod. Both are extremely good. So what did Microsoft do? They used their HUGE MARKET to FORCE this new design on people.. I have been testing win 8 since the early test versions. In the begining there was an option to disable the modern UI. The reason they disabled it was not because they wanted to inovate, nor were they thinking about giving people a better experience. The just need a part of the market.. and they need it bad. Microsoft was becoming more and more less signifianct because of all the handheld devices. So… lets talk about the bad design ok? The new modern interface is the least intuative interface I have ever seen when using a mouse and keyboard. A good design means that you sit a person in front of a computer and without reading anything or looking it up in a book or on-line they will be able to discover how to use the interface. This is NOT true with windows 8. All you have to do is go on youtube, and look at some people trying to use it. Remember there are old people that use computers… they will not be able to understand the new design. And this can only mean its a BAD DESIGN. DO i know how to use it. Sure! Do I think its good? No….

  3. Kenny s: First of all, I couldn’t agree more with what you posted until the last few sentences.
    It is not intuitive if you compare it to Win7. But Win 7 is not intuitive either if compare it to XP. I am 72 (one of those old people) and I have never seen an OS that is intuitive. That includes any OS with an X in its name or MS or W or what ever.
    Now if you want to compare the phone/tablet version of Win 8, I couldn’t help you out there.
    One final point. Could explain how intuitive your first smart phone was? or your first tablet?
    I stand by my statement. It was a disservice.

  4. You have the monopoly on useful information-aren’t monopolies illegal? 😉