windows 10Windows 10 will bring back some of the familiar features of Windows 7, but that’s next year. But here’s what bothers some people: They won’t be able to buy a Windows 7 machine after October 31 unless they buy a more expensive computer with Windows 7 Professional on it. They call that “gotchya.” (Note: Microsoft skipped Windows 9 and went straight to 10.)

In the meantime, some readers have asked us about “Classic Shell,” which fixes the absurdities of Windows 8. You can get it at ClassicShell.net. It gives you three choices: the classic Windows start menu, Windows XP style or Windows 7, as you like it.

Meanwhile, back at the Microsoft ranch … Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade, and brings back the “start” button. Clicking it with your left mouse button gives you a list of programs, clicking with the right mouse button takes you to the familiar “Control Panel,” “File Explorer,” “Power Options,” and “Shut Down.”

If you’re still using Windows 8, you can get 8.1 by tapping the Windows key (looks like a flag) and typing “Store.” That takes you to an online store where you buy things. But the 8.1 upgrade is free.

2 Responses to “WAITING FOR WINDOWS 10”

  1. Bill Roe, on October 16th, 2014 at 1:11 am Said: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Bob – Thanks for the update re: Win10, et al. I am now going to ask you about something I should have done when you published here in the Phoenix paper (shame on them!).

    A recent educator retiree, I still only need the intelligent typewriter and data processor I needed back in the 1990s. My old machines and word processing programs of the 16 bit era have slowly given way to getting 32 bit machines (Win98/WinXP) partitioned so I can still use my WordStar & related programs. Finding a tech that can support these is understandably now nearly impossible.

    I hoped to revisit much of my older writing & data and rework its (16 bit) documents for non academic publishing. I hate the rush to newer technology which provides me with no needed functionality or ability to incorporated older programs & data.

    Although I can use the WordStar Rich Text Format utility to get documents into a Word program I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS ANY WAY OR ANYONE WHO COULD PROVIDE A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THAT ALLOWS USING THESE 16 BIT PROGRAMS IN TODAY’S 32 & 64 BIT WORLD?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
    -Bill Roe

  2. We’re so sorry we are only now seeing your interesting comment. If you Google “emulate 16 bit on 64 bit,” there are lots of suggestions.

    Here’s one: http://randythetechprofessor.com/how-to-run-16-bit-software-on-a-windows-7-64-bit-computer