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Installing New Programs on Windows 8.1


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#1 Warthog-Fan

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 01:30 PM

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I just helped my neighbor purchase a new computer. She only uses her machine for email and writing letters, so we bought an Acer Inspire machine that came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled. I know almost nothing about Windows 8. (I use Windows 7).  We figured out how to get the computer to boot to the desktop so it looks more like Windows Vista. I wanted to download a copy of Open Office for her so that she doesn't have to buy Microsoft Office just to write letters. Is program installation on Windows 8.1 basically the same as Vista and 7? In other words...just download the install file to the desktop and then execute it?

 

Also, what is a good, free, email program that is easy to use. (I use Window Live Mail, myself, but it may have more features than she needs and she doesn't understand "computers" too well).

 

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 01:43 PM

Hi Bob

 

I like this - IncrediMail,also Mozilla Thunderbird as a email program.

There is also Kingsoft office free smaller and Libre office.Yes they are executable.Download and double click.

 

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 02:47 PM

You can also download Classic Shell.  This has a desktop which is very similar to Windows 7.  It has a start button which opens a start menu.  There is a task bar and clock like Windows 7 as well,  


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Posted 20 October 2014 - 03:26 PM

Thank you, gentlemen.

 

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 04:32 PM

I'd recommend Kingsoft too.  BTW, Kingsoft is now know as WPS Office.  You can get it here: http://www.wps.com/windows/

 

As for the email client I'd recommend Windows Live Mail.  The layout is clean and intuitive and she doesn't have to know how to use everything.

 

Classic Shell is also a good recommendation.  It will make Windows 8 (or 8.1) look and function like Windows 7, Vista, or XP.



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Posted 20 October 2014 - 04:33 PM

My vote is for Thunderbird.


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