Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Windows 8, the successor to the popular Windows 7, looks to have some major changes. It's being hinted to release in late 2012.
My understanding is that the version of IE that you access from the Start menu is almost an Internet Explorer light... the full version is available elsewhere.
If you can find a copy of XP, and if you can find drivers for the new hardware it's possible that it may work okay.
Many computers are still running Windows XP. With Windows 8 now available, it may be an option. I'll look at what it takes, what you get, and most importantly, what you don't.
The single biggest complaint about Windows 8 is the startlingly new tiled Start menu. Don't like it? There's an app for that.
Setting up a Microsoft account with Windows 8 is probably the easiest way to manage Windows 8. There are several reasons why.
XP Mode in Windows 8 is guaranteed... if not from Microsoft, then from other vendors. Virtual machine software is available that will allow you to run Windows XP within a window in Windows 8.
Going back to Windows 7 from a Windows 8 upgrade requires a full system reinstall - unless you have an image backup prior to the upgrade.
You've tried it, given it a fair shake, but Windows 8 just isn't for you. You want to go back. I'll review a six-step process to revert. They're just six BIG steps.
Installing Windows 7 within Windows 8 is a great way to have both operating systems available on one computer. It can be done with Virtual Machine software.
Along with the new tiled Start menu, Windows 8 includes some new default behavior, causing some to believe that applications only run full-screen. For traditional apps, that's simply not true.
Replacing the CPU for Windows 8 requirements could easily cause you to replace much more than just the CPU. There may be other alternatives.
Windows 8 updates can be included in software updates and should be installed, even if you have not upgraded to 8.
Downloading Windows 8, or buying a box, should be the same product. The difference is having it physically in your hand.
Windows 8 has been released and I'm getting the question at a slowly increasing pace: should I get it? I'll detail my current thinking on Windows 8 and whether or not its worth upgrading.
I recently upgraded my primary desktop machine to Windows 8. I did so with some trepidation after hearing many complaints. My reaction: what's all the fuss about?
A program in the Start menu can be located as a file on disk. It can then be researched to discover exactly what it is for and what it should do.
Trying out Windows 8 does not seem to be the same as trying out Windows 7. There is currently no link available for a trial download.
Windows 8 without Metro is possible through several desktop interface options. But really, it's better to move forward.
Speculating about Windows 8 and how it might handle partitions is still a guess. Whatever it may do, backup software is still the best way to manage your restore partition.
I would not perform an upgrade of Windows 8 with the expectation that it will make your problems go away. Best to clean up first.