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Moving from Win XP Prof to Win 8


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#1 jhonni107

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:47 PM

Are us basic windows xp users in for a shock with using windows 8? I resent that I was forced to buy new computer with pre-installed windows 8, I have the software as a gift, but I hear that it operates very differently from win xp. is there anything special that I need to know about using it, am I going to just stare at the screen and say what now? I taught myself everything about pc's and learned win xp quickly are there major differences? microsoft site was not a big help with free info. I do know there is no control panel and that makes me nervous. sorry if i sound rather naive but receiving my new computer win 8 any day now.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:57 PM

There is still a control panel... background functions are still similar. The difference is in the user interface (mostly desktop related), with xp you have a start menu with a list of programs, now in windows 8 programs are tiles on the screen. You can adjust to this new interface but I found it difficult and soon was using keyboard shortcuts.

 

There is good news! Things like "classic start" or "classic shell" can be installed and you can make the UI work like xp, vista or windows 7 which ever you chose.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 06:41 PM

Windows 8 is designed for tabletes, but you are right , it can be transformed and redesigned with some patches.

There is still a control panel... background functions are still similar. The difference is in the user interface (mostly desktop related), with xp you have a start menu with a list of programs, now in windows 8 programs are tiles on the screen. You can adjust to this new interface but I found it difficult and soon was using keyboard shortcuts.

 

There is good news! Things like "classic start" or "classic shell" can be installed and you can make the UI work like xp, vista or windows 7 which ever you chose.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 07:17 PM

Bleeping Computer has a tutorials section which contains a Windows 8 category. Many of your questions will be answered there.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-8/


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 05:52 AM

I can appreciate your problems - my sister-in-law is making exactly the same transition as you, and finding it something of a culture shock !

 

As Zingo said, you can install either of the programs he mentions to get a desktop that looks reasonably the same as XP's or win 7's but my own advice would be to get the Win 8.1 patch / update / service pack / new version - call it what you will, I have seen it called all four !  It's a free download from the Windows Apps store, which as far as I know is the only place to get it. But be warned, it is a BIG download and can take quite a while to download and install. Find something else to do while it is going on.

 

The advantage of 8.1 is that it gives you the ability to boot to a desktop that looks very like the ones you are used to, icons and all. You still won't have a start menu, but with correct use of icons you can get away without it. And you still have access to 'Control panel' although the method is different. Move your cursor to the top right hand corner of the screen and a column of symbols will appear, MS calls these 'Charms'. Don't ask me - I have never worked for MS ! It's either the bottom or second bottom one, looks a bit like a cogged wheel and is called 'Settings'. Click on this and you will find 'Control panel' listed.

 

Once you get past the shock of the changes you will find it is a pretty good OS, but the interface was designed primarily for touch screens hence the changes in the interface formerly known as 'Metro' !

 

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 02:31 PM

There is good news! Things like "classic start" or "classic shell" can be installed and you can make the UI work like xp, vista or windows 7 which ever you chose.

 

My wife and I both use the Classic Shell and like it.  It does have a start menu as well as the Windows 7 appearance.


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