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Date: 12/26/12 12:01 PM

I purchased a new HP Envy laptop with Windows 8 specifically for my sewing room - embroidery, PR, shopping, etc.

However... it has Windows 8. After struggling with the computer the entire morning, I have decided to return it. I find Windows 8 to be difficult to use -- not at all intuitive. I also do not like how web pages are displayed differently than through any other OS. I am very comfortable on the computer and anticipate a bit of a learning curve with new technology. Even after the learning curve, I am not a fan.

Has anyone else used Windows 8? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

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Date: 12/26/12 12:47 PM

My husband got Windows 8 2 weeks or so ago. "Upgraded" (note quotes) from Vista.

I haven't used it myself - except a couple of nights ago he fell asleep on the sofa, and being a good wife, I decided I would shut his PC down.

Well - I hunted, but I COULD NOT figure out how to shut it down. Left him a post-it note on the monitor asking him for enlightenment. DH says "Google it."

Yep, all Windows 8 users will need to relearn how to turn off their PCs

You are absolutely right, not intuitive at all.

Apparently, it's pretty good for a tablet and lousy on a PC.

The other thing he really grumbled about is that Windows 8 does not recognize network drives. We store our photos on an external server - DH is a computer guy and we have a pretty complicated home network - and Windows 8 could not "see" it. He eventually figured something out, but it was real complicated.

No advice for you, just grumbling. But I know I am not "upgrading" to 8 from 7, and I don't even use my computer for sewing aside from internet search and this board.

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Date: 12/26/12 1:07 PM

I have to say the opposite I got my daughter a windows 8 laptop and setting up ran very smoothly from connecting with our wifi internet to getting her music in itunes from an external drive. I think the new windows is pretty neat what I got to see of it. It is different. I guess for puter nerds just another new toy to figure out and play with.

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Date: 12/26/12 4:01 PM

I've just played around with it so far on others computers, but I like it. My sister bought a new juiced up tablet that she docks and uses like a desktop with an extended display on two monitors and full-size keyboard. She absolutely loves it, and she's a power user with a fairly extensive home network.

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Date: 12/26/12 5:42 PM

I installed Windows 8 and I find that in some cases I am using more mouse clicks to get the same tasks done, relative to Windows 7. It took me a couple of days to get used to it. I haven't had any issues connecting to networks or remote drives. All of my software is compatible. As an IT person, I need to be familiar with it but I can see how novice users could initially have issues.

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