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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.....

Bunbaker Sat 20-Jul-13 07:51:03

Linux rocks

chateauferret Fri 19-Jul-13 23:12:39

Each Windoze version is worse than the last and this one crosses the line from 'pants' to 'shite'. And they want money for it too.

Top tip for people getting new Windoze 8 PCs: wipe the drive, install Ubuntu Linux 13.04 Raring Ringtail, and claim your Windoze license rebate. (Even if your new PC came precontaminated with this bollocks, you can reject it and get some of the cost of it back.)

Even Windoze aficionados are impressed with how quickly my nice Linux box acts when you click on stuff, Linux Firefox knocks IE into a cocked hat.

Bunbaker Thu 18-Jul-13 21:49:14

There are quite a lot of programs available that change the user interface for Windows 8. I use Classic Shell which you can download and install for free. When its installing it offers options to make W8 look and behave like previous versions of Windows, e.g. 7 or XP. It's one hell of an improvement.

PugMummy Thu 18-Jul-13 21:02:51

Hurray! Thought it was just me, new laptop bought and stupid windows 8 on it. I dread using it, I just want the usual desktop and not all these crappy apps, there are lots of tutorials on line but its against my religion to read any instructions ever and I don't intent to start now.

KatyTheCleaningLady Thu 18-Jul-13 01:36:29

I just discovered that Netflix does not work on the new laptop. Neither the app, nor viewing via a Web browser.

However, itunes works much better than on my seven years old Thinkpad. So, the old laptop will now be my Netflix viewer. I've unistalled itunes and it's running better than it did. I only bought the new laptop because itunes had screwed it up so badly.

So, my old laptop is

RustyBear Wed 17-Jul-13 23:05:55

Those instructions came from this very useful site by the way. Another good one (and not just for Windows8) is - this page shows how you don't have to download extra software like Classic Shell to get the computer to start up with the classic desktop.

Bogeyface Wed 17-Jul-13 22:59:29

I bought my new PC from the Comet closing down sale, was thinking at the time that I missed out on not getting 8, but as I said above, it is AWFUL and I am glad I "missed out".

It was clearly designed for touch screen, despite the fact that most people dont have (or want) touch screen. My Dads new PC is 8 and I hate it, I think he is ok with it because he has got used to it but I will mention the work arounds, and hope he installs them!

RustyBear Wed 17-Jul-13 22:57:47

Office stopping working after a month is nothing to do with Windows 8 - it's that you now get a trial version instead of the full one - but it'd be the same if you bought a Windows 7 one. Also Hotmail changing to outlook isn't Windows 8 either.

I like my new touchscreen windows 8 PC, but maybe that's because I've been doing most of my stuff on an iPad for the last year, so I'm used to swiping between screens. I do tend to go back to the desktop to use Internet explorer as I prefer that version to the fullscreen one you get from the Start screen.

DH doesn't like the Start screen on his (non touchscreen) laptop - he likes the desktop, so I've set up a shortcut to the apps on his desktop, so he never has to leave it.
Right-click on an empty part of your desktop, select New > Shortcut, and type Explorer Shell:AppsFolder in the "Location" box. Click Next, enter a name - "All Programs", for instance - and click Finish. Double-clicking that shortcut will open a folder listing all your installed programs, including the apps, and you can launch whatever you like.

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

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

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

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.

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

I love vista.

Hate window 8 my mums PC drives me insane

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.

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..

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.

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.

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!

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

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??

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

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...

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.

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

<strokes XP pooter lovingly>

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

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 :-)

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!

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