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    New Pc, Windows 8, Seeking info

    My computer has lots age, and I'm getting a new one soon.
    I want to get a windows 8, but I've heard plenty of people complaining about it.
    I've read articles and reviews, but I'm still not sure.

    People say it's hard to navigate, the UI is a mess, that the PCs are designed like a tablet, and the tablets like a PC. Then there's complaints about hardware, software and compatibility.

    Are these issues in windows 8, and how much does it affect PC usage?
    Would I be able to run an older OS, like windows 7 or vista?

    I'm also planning on getting a touchscreen, because I have medical issues with my hands and wrists.
    However, I don't like the idea of "fingering" the monitor with my greasy fingers, even if they are clean.
    Are the Styluses reliable enough to use, and is there any drawbacks or risks for using touchscreen?

    Please, reassure me, that I'm not buying a polished turd...

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    Thanks dog.

    At least it looks somewhat similar to windows 7.
    It's great to hear that soft & hard-ware, or compatibility isn't an issue.

    I'm gonna miss my virtual analog clock and calendar...
    It kinda sucks what they did to the start menu (or whatever Microsoft wants to call that), but it looks workable.

    Is there any specific way you have to add folders and applications to that thing?...-That "start menu"...
    (Do I need to close my eyes, tap my heels and clap my hands?)
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    Thank you Noxid, Especially for the tip on metro-apps.

    I still don't like the new startmenu layout, but I guess I can learn to love and accept it.
    I found some YouTube videos that will help me transition, and a few "desktop gadgets".

    Most of the complaints don't seem to be that big of an issue now.
    Just minor things, people like to bitch about...

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    Nice tips! I might try that tip with putting my programs in the start bar. I had done it a little bit but just got lazy. Finding GIMP is a pain in the ass.

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    Windows 8 isn't as bad as everyone says it is. The only major difference that anyone has any trouble with is the start screen, which replaces the start menu. There are start menu replacements you can get to bring the old start menu back, and if you're willing to wait for Windows 10, they're doing exactly that. But the UI as a whole is like it's always been; The tablet and touchscreen stuff is mostly just "tacked on", but since it's the first thing anyone sees, they end up thinking that the start screen is their desktop. Bad move on MS's part.

    For the start menu, personally what I do is just type out what I want instead of navigating it. I've been doing that since Vista introduced the feature, and I find it a lot faster and easier than figuring out where everything is, especially if I'm going by memory and I've ended up installing a bunch of things that made the list longer. So for GIMP I'd just hit the Windows key, type gimp and boom. Same as it's ever been, just fullscreen.

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    If you want 100% nothing to do with the new Metro UI, just install Classic Shell to restore a Windows 7-style (or even older) Start Menu to the desktop.
         
       
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