So I Have Windows 8, Now What?


By Bill Pytlovany

So I Have Windows 8, Now What?

While everyone has been focusing their attention on smart phones and tablets, there are people still buying new computers and in the process getting Windows 8. I have received many questions asking what makes Windows 8 better and some wanting to know if they can go back to Windows 7.

Let’s first address the question about installing Windows 7. Unless the agreement included in your purchase specifically provided the ability to install Windows 7 you’ll need to purchase a new Windows license. That means you can’t get an upgrade version, you’ll need a complete version of Windows 7. Since you’re doing a full install it’s also reasonable to obtain a less expensive “OEM” or “System Builder” version of Windows 7. Unfortunately as noted by award-winning author Ed Bott, there is some debate if this version provides a valid license for an individual.

You’ll want to check with your computer maker before downgrading to make sure a traditional BIOS is supported. If your new computer is Windows 8 Logo approved hardware it won’t have the familiar BIOS that is accessible before you boot into Windows. New Windows 8 hardware has something called “Unified Extensible Firmware Interface”. UEFI provides enhanced security called “Early Launch Anti-Malware” preventing malware from taking over your computer immediately as it boots. If you visit some Linux forums you’ll hear many complaints about these changes that prevent the installation of Linux. UEFI has many advantages including fast boot times and remote repairs but since it replaces your BIOS it will need to be disabled.

My general recommendation is Don’t Panic. The new “modern” tile interface in Windows 8 isn’t something to fear. While it may not be intuitive and lacks documentation just knowing some basic tricks can help you work around it. If you do downgrade make sure you keep everything you may need to restore Windows 8 including your Microsoft Windows product key.

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This post is excerpted with Bill’s permission from his blog

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6 thoughts on “So I Have Windows 8, Now What?

  1. I like windows 8. Maybe it's because I went from XP and not 7. One click on the start menu and I'm on the dektop. What's difficult about that? Plus there are all those goodies on the start screen…..

    • Obviously you are not aware of the problem
      the majority of users from previous versions are annoyed by.
      That problem is the start button which would give you 1 click access to all the programs was removed.
      Microsoft is being forced to put the start button back when they update this PIG.
      50% of PC users are not very good at changing anything without someone talking them through the changes.
      Win 8 offers nothing new whatsoever other than making the user interface less usable
      for people using previous versions.
      It is nothing but another upgrade whose only
      purpose is to be a cash cow for Microsoft.
      Does anyone remember Windows Milleniem?

  2. What is the big deal? Stardock.com has a program called STARt8 for a few bucks that emulates win 7 start features and all of the win 7 features including the task bar and all programs selection. So it does not matter if you have a touch screen or not. or just a mouse, you can do whatever is best for you Wow . You can have windows 8 with windows 7 start features. ( and you can toggle back and forth between desk tops by simply using the windows key. ) Simple and one gets the best of both worlds. I keep telling people at PC pitstop about this program and not once Have I seen this start8 program promoted or even mentioned.

  3. So far, Windows 8 is not impressive and causes many other program related problems. And of course, the start button went away. The desktop screen is too busy and it detracts from one attempting to get into the program he needs to use. A waste of time. Lots to fix!

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