Despite the early buzz about a disappointing upgrade in Windows 8, the operating system still has viable improvements to look forward to. Retail stores are transitioning to selling most machines with Windows 8, and all it takes is some effort on the user’s part to feel comfortable in the new workspace.
“Windows 8 is worth the upgrade for the speed and performance improvements alone,“ confirmed Windows Expert vallis.
Our experts report that the main difference is that you have to get used to the Start Button as a full screen experience with tiles. Outside of the start menu, the desktop is much the same as Windows 7.
“It is full-screen now instead of a smaller pop-up menu, and the Start button is “hidden” – it is still there – you just click in the very corner instead of on an icon that was located there in the past. It otherwise is not so different from Windows 7. Definitely not different enough to base the decision on which tower to buy on it,” said Windows 7 Guru PowerEdgeTech.
Users upgrading from Windows XP could have a bigger learning curve, especially if they already struggle with adapting to new technology.
“I have dealt with many, many older PC users that have purchased new systems all with Windows 8. As a rough estimate, I would say that the feedback is running about 90% that DISLIKE windows 8, because it is so different from XP or 7,” commented Windows XP Genius flubbster.
Windows 8 Work-arounds
There are a couple things you can do to get by the aspects of Windows that you find frustrating.
The Missing Start Button and Menu– Install an app to bring it back. Classic Shell has a selection of features that were signature characteristics of previous versions of Windows including settings for Start menu and powering down. Other recommendations are Start8, Pokki for Windows 8, and Power8.
Keyboard Shortcuts– Vallis mentioned that using the new shortcuts, especially with the Windows key is highly recommended. This will help you access the charms, which are designed to help you use the functions you use most: search, share, start, devices, and settings.