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To hate Windows 8 with the whole of my heart ..... and more .....

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lookoveryourshouldernow Wed 17-Jul-13 00:52:30

My system has just automatically upgraded on my PC and wiped my drivers etc etc - and it no longers functions. Rolling back doesn't seem to help as I now have a blank screen on re-booting...

I have hated it from day one and I hate even more as I can't do anything.... It was impossible to build back up discs from Day 1 and had to get a a set from the PC supplier - if i use those now I shall loose everything...

I do hope that whoever designed this pile of C**P has a very uncomfortable couple of days as I shall be "projecting nasty thoughts"......
as I try to rebuild my PC - pull off my photos and important contacts and roll back to at least Windows 7.....

LazyMonkeyButler Wed 17-Jul-13 09:34:46

Yes, just WHY is there no frigging start button? angry

Admittedly, I've only had this laptop for a week or so but Windows 8 is driving me mad with it's random screen changes & pop up clock. Give me Windows 7 any day!

HoldingHigh Wed 17-Jul-13 09:37:20

Apparently in the next couple of months windows 8.1 is coming out. Turning it less like tablet form and more to what windows 7 is like.

The way it is at the moment is utter crud.

mummylin2495 Wed 17-Jul-13 09:40:23

Dh bought me a new comp for Christmas. I hate hate hate it, have given up on it and gone back to using my old one which has Xp on it. I either use that or iPad. I will wait and see what the update does, if its not good enough for me I will sell my new one .

ThingummyBob Wed 17-Jul-13 09:46:38

I like it! But then my old laptop was vista so my standards are spectacularly low grin

I uninstalled all the crappy windows stuff straight away and also have office 365 installed and no problems so far with that, although I don't know how much the subscription will cost to renew yet. iTunes works fine and I use Mozilla which works well with 8.

I like the new start screen instead of a button and I think once you get your head around the fact that start screen is the button now it makes more sense iyswim.

Parmarella Wed 17-Jul-13 09:47:12

I changed to a Mac after 20 years f Windows!

My last stupid windows laptop only lasted 2 years, hope to get more use out of my Apple !

Tapirbackrider Wed 17-Jul-13 10:39:08

The only tip I have about Windows 8 is that the pointer/mouse settings can be changed so that you don't have to avoid the edges of the screen. It's in Control Panel, and listed as whichever touchpad/mouse device you have - there are a list of options there to select.

Settings>Control Panel>(whichever device you have)>Enable Edge Swipes.

HatieKopkins Wed 17-Jul-13 11:21:05

Download Classic Shell - it makes Windows 8 act like Windows 7, and it's the only thing that's stopped my brand new laptop going out of the window! AND it gives you the Start button back. For free.

freerangechickens Wed 17-Jul-13 16:24:14

I think it speaks volumes that DH's cousin (Intel Exec) and the IT and computer support help people we know are all bashing it, and the ones looking to buy a new computer are holding off until something other than Windows 8 comes out.

Cherriesarelovely Wed 17-Jul-13 16:30:08

Completely agree, so relieved as I'm not very technologically gifted so always assume any computer problem is down to me! Now I know I'm not alone!

wordyBird Wed 17-Jul-13 16:32:02

It's almost as if they did no consumer testing whatsoever. And yet I know they offer beta versions to the public for quite an extended period of time. What went wrong? confused

It was the charms bar that really got on my nerves - both name and function, urgh.

Classic shell or Start8 can save your sanity :-)

NicholasTeakozy Wed 17-Jul-13 16:42:59

<strokes XP pooter lovingly>

I tried Vista, hated it and went back to XP.

GameSetAndMatch Wed 17-Jul-13 16:56:28

Same. Im on my old cranking pc as my laptop which I got for birthday already installed with W8-well apart for the fact i cant make head or tail of it, it wont let me into the internet, keep getting 'not responding' the WHOLE time. driving me mad.

WithASpider Wed 17-Jul-13 16:59:16

Hatie, Thank you so much for the Classic Shell tip! Windows 8 makes sense again.

Now if i can just find what Tapir is talking about...

Tapirbackrider Wed 17-Jul-13 17:20:22


Move your pointer over to the top right hand corner of the screen - you'll get the menu bar come up - the bottom icon is for settings etc - click on that, then click on Control Panel. It should bring up a screen with a load of different icons (about your computer). Your interface device (ie your mouse, or touchpad) will be on there - click on it and it will show you all the options that you can have/switch off (like two fingered scrolling etc).

Pm me if you can't find it, I'll see if I can talk you through it smile

Bananaketchup Wed 17-Jul-13 18:45:11

Hate hate hate it. After two days of screens disappearing every time I moved my finger because of the sodding swiping, I googled 'hate windows 8' and found how to turn the swiping off. Otherwise my new laptop would have gone through the window! Then after the first month all the windows office cruelly disappeared and I had to (ahem) acquire office again. THEN it had me in tears trying to work out how to print. And the charms! angry Fucking charms, what is that meant to be about? What was wrong with a start button if you wanted to y'know, start something??

mummylin2495 Wed 17-Jul-13 19:03:10

Does anyone know if you can have windows 8 taken off and Xp installed. I would be happy then

GameSetAndMatch Wed 17-Jul-13 19:22:58

whewre can you get classic shell from? and as mummylin says, any other way of taking it off if its already installed and made for windows 8?

friends who got me laptop said guy in pcworld was all over the 'get windows 8' thing and was giving all the techno spiel about it!

NicholasTeakozy Wed 17-Jul-13 20:41:43

You can probably go into your local PC specialist and get him to wipe the disc and install XP as your preferred OS. Use your search engine of choice to find your local independent shop.

KatyTheCleaningLady Wed 17-Jul-13 21:16:24

My local computer guy is awesome! It's hard to even get him to charge me for the silly little things I ask him to do. If anyone is in Oldham and wants a recommendation, pm me.

Asamumnonsense Wed 17-Jul-13 21:53:45

I hate it so much!! bought a brand new laptop in Feb. I was quite excited about win 8 but OMG!! it's been a real nightmare.
I use my laptop to work and it has made it hell! I get frustrated with it constantly.
I loved hotmail but it upgraded to Outlook inbox which is crap...Opens document with software I have not installed.. The worse is the win8 applications that keep opening up randomly!! I sent a really nasty email to Ms but never got a reply..

FuzzyWuzzywasaWoman Wed 17-Jul-13 22:03:39

I hate it, DH also hates it but won't admit it cause he insisted on getting the bastard thing angry Random pop up clock is the bane of my life.

McNewPants2013 Wed 17-Jul-13 22:06:48

I love vista.

Hate window 8 my mums PC drives me insane

Glitterandglue Wed 17-Jul-13 22:22:18

Whilst I really feel for all of you hating it and having to put up with it, I'm glad of this thread because it's just solidifed my decision to get a new laptop with 7 instead of 8. I was wobbling a bit in the decision because I haven't actually tried 8, I'm quite technologically apt and choosing 7 limits my choices for laptops a lot, but having so many people state they hate it is a good reminder of why I'm doing it! If you have to install workarounds for a freaking OS, it's just not worth it.

SmellsLikeWeenSpirits Wed 17-Jul-13 22:40:01

blush have just realised I've got 7 not 8 so disregard my nonsense smile

GrimmaTheNome Wed 17-Jul-13 22:53:05

I got a brand new PC recently ... a company one, we develop software. It is, of course, Windows 7. DH got one a while ago...he wasn't due to upgrade but realised that if he was quick he could still get windows 7. Good decision.

Of course, if I want to do real work on the machine I power up my Linux VM grin

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