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Windows 8, the successor to the popular Windows 7, looks to have some major changes. It's being hinted to release in late 2012.

Why am I getting Object Errors on Windows 8 when I visit ESPN and Yahoo Sports?

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.

Can I install Windows XP on a machine that comes with Windows 8?

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.

Can I upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8?

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.

Do I need to set up a Microsoft Account with Windows 8?

Setting up a Microsoft account with Windows 8 is probably the easiest way to manage Windows 8. There are several reasons why.

Does Windows 8 support Windows XP mode?

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.

How do I go back to Windows 7 from 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.

How do I go back to Windows 7?

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.

How do I install Windows 7 within Windows 8?

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.

How do I view a full-screen application in a window in Windows 8?

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.

My CPU doesn't meet Windows 8 requirements, can I simply replace it?

Replacing the CPU for Windows 8 requirements could easily cause you to replace much more than just the CPU. There may be other alternatives.

Should I accept application software updates relating to Windows 8 even though I'm running Windows 7?

Windows 8 updates can be included in software updates and should be installed, even if you have not upgraded to 8.

Should I get the download or boxed version of a product?

Downloading Windows 8, or buying a box, should be the same product. The difference is having it physically in your hand.

There's Just No Need to Hate Windows 8

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?

What's this thing called "PROGRAM" in my Start menu?

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.

Where can I get a copy of Windows 8 to download and try?

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.

Why did Microsoft not provide the option of Windows 8 without Metro?

Windows 8 without Metro is possible through several desktop interface options. But really, it's better to move forward.

Will Windows 8 overwrite my system restore partition, and if so how do I restore?

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.

Will installing Windows 8 clear up the errors I'm having in Windows 7?

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.