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    anybody use Windows 8?

    So my main question is how do you actually open apps using it?

    I was in a store looking at laptops and tried to use one of them with Windows 8. I tried opening various apps on the screen using the mouse pointer and clicking on them, it was a laptop so I was using the trackpad to move the cursor around. I couldn't get any apps to open. They would react when I clicked on them but wouldn't actually open. Then I thought well it's a touchscreen laptop, so I started using my finger on the screen like I would with a tablet. I could move the screens around and the tiles would react when I touched them but I still couldn't get any apps to open. There were no employees available to help me so I left in frustration.

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    Welcome to Windows 8. It has been beaten to death here and rightfully so.

    I don't like the interface so have it reverted back to desktop. Found the interface frustrating and unusable without a touchscreen.
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    The root problem of Windows 8 is MS seems to have forgotten people that use computers will do a thing called multitasking. Being able to shift between windows and open programs quickly is a big deal for me.

    I am forced to engage in webinars, conference calls, being put on hold for a wait for technical support, etc. I like to play card games while my attention isn't fully engaged. With W8 I can't do this and right now it is my biggest complaint with the OS. If I can find a game pack for W8 that doesn't play in the entire screen I'll be OK with it. I've learned to go right to a desktop that's almost like the previous versions and I'm OK with it. It boots up fast, shows my camera's raw files in Windows Explorer and Photo Viewer and the battery life on this new box is phenomenal.

    BTW I currently use W8, W7, Vista on a daily basis. I like W7 the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
    So my main question is how do you actually open apps using it?

    I was in a store looking at laptops and tried to use one of them with Windows 8. I tried opening various apps on the screen using the mouse pointer and clicking on them, it was a laptop so I was using the trackpad to move the cursor around. I couldn't get any apps to open. They would react when I clicked on them but wouldn't actually open. Then I thought well it's a touchscreen laptop, so I started using my finger on the screen like I would with a tablet. I could move the screens around and the tiles would react when I touched them but I still couldn't get any apps to open. There were no employees available to help me so I left in frustration.
    When you clicked on a tile, did it go full screen and did you notice a spinning wheel comprised of stars? If so, then it was probably the first time that app was used since install (or it was applying updates).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    The root problem of Windows 8 is MS seems to have forgotten people that use computers will do a thing called multitasking. Being able to shift between windows and open programs quickly is a big deal for me.

    I am forced to engage in webinars, conference calls, being put on hold for a wait for technical support, etc. I like to play card games while my attention isn't fully engaged. With W8 I can't do this and right now it is my biggest complaint with the OS. If I can find a game pack for W8 that doesn't play in the entire screen I'll be OK with it. I've learned to go right to a desktop that's almost like the previous versions and I'm OK with it. It boots up fast, shows my camera's raw files in Windows Explorer and Photo Viewer and the battery life on this new box is phenomenal.

    BTW I currently use W8, W7, Vista on a daily basis. I like W7 the best.
    Have you tried to run apps in a split screen? You can snap one app to either the right or left panel of the display and another app (which includes the Desktop) will take up the remainder of the real estate. If you need to go full screen again on either one, simply resize the window by dragging it towards the side of the screen and this will not result in the app being closed.

    Also, if you have just two apps open, say Desktop and a game of some kind, you can switch quickly between the two by simply "swiping in" from the left of the screen.

    Note to those unfamiliar: You can disable this feature if you like. Also, if you run multiple apps at once it is quicker to switch by putting the cursor to the top left and then hover down the left side of the screen (don't click until you see the app you want).
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    I just like (probably because for the last 18 years or so it's what I done) having stacks of windows on my desktop that I can arrange, adjust size and switch between easily, without conscious thought. That snapped app crap isn't the way I work and I'm not wanting to change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    When you clicked on a tile, did it go full screen and did you notice a spinning wheel comprised of stars?
    Click on the icon or touch the icon and a small check mark appears in the upper righthand corner. Click or touch it again and the check mark disappears. Nothing else happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
    Click on the icon or touch the icon and a small check mark appears in the upper righthand corner. Click or touch it again and the check mark disappears. Nothing else happens.
    Somebody changed the mouse settings to "lefty" mode. What you describe happens when you right click on a tile.

    That being said, right clicking on a tile should also reveal a menu pop up along the bottom of the screen that would allow you to unpin it from the Start menu, resize it, uninstall, and "turn off" a live tile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Somebody changed the mouse settings to "lefty" mode.
    Must be a geek's idea of a prank- go into a store where the computers aren't closely supervised and change all of them to "lefty" mode.

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    I predate windows 3.0 but also used it..... currently using 8.1 (upgraded from 8 the first week the upgrade became available. And... I've used about everything between DOS and 8.1 including 2 versions of NT. I rarely speak of it in public.. but... I even used ME.

    XP was the best OS that was ever created... for the hardware available at the time it was introduced. 7 is the best OS you can load on a PC today.

    Lately I've also played with Apple ipod, ipad, and iphone. For many uses... tablets work fine. I prefer Apple over Android tablets... and Android over windows.

    I am retired now and currently run 8.1, 7, 2ea Vista's, 3ea XP's, ipad, and Android 4.0, and 2ea iphones.

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    Classic Shell will make Windows 8 much more palatable.

    http://www.classicshell.net/
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    I paid extra money to downgrade my laptop to windows 7.
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    I don't mind Windows 8, in fact, I don't see a reason to not get it. You get used to the interface design changes and the new start screen. I also wouldn't be in a hurry to upgrade from 7 either.
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    I loves me windows 8.












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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    I just like (probably because for the last 18 years or so it's what I done) having stacks of windows on my desktop that I can arrange, adjust size and switch between easily, without conscious thought. That snapped app crap isn't the way I work and I'm not wanting to change.
    Yeah, me too. I typically have 10-12 windows open across 3 screens. I arrange them so they're all visible simultaneously without any overlap. Saves me a tonne of time as I don't waste mouse-drags and clicks just to see the data I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Have you tried to run apps in a split screen? You can snap one app to either the right or left panel of the display and another app (which includes the Desktop) will take up the remainder of the real estate. If you need to go full screen again on either one, simply resize the window by dragging it towards the side of the screen and this will not result in the app being closed.

    Also, if you have just two apps open, say Desktop and a game of some kind, you can switch quickly between the two by simply "swiping in" from the left of the screen.

    Note to those unfamiliar: You can disable this feature if you like. Also, if you run multiple apps at once it is quicker to switch by putting the cursor to the top left and then hover down the left side of the screen (don't click until you see the app you want).
    How does that work with multiple screens... which is the setup I have with Win 7 and the various apps that I use... often moving or copying files from one window (location) to another.

    In fact my biggest annoyances with win 7 are the "library" crap (only useful if you do the same thing day in and day out) and the fact that it seems to handle zip files poorly... I have had more "issues" with win 7 and zip files being corrupted than I ever had with XP. Also I think there is a caching feature that causes some issues with large network servers I also access.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
    Must be a geek's idea of a prank- go into a store where the computers aren't closely supervised and change all of them to "lefty" mode.
    Ultimate geek prank is to take a screen shot of the desktop and make that screen shot full screen, so it looks like the active desktop.

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    It would have been more appropriately named Windows H8.
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    I like 8. Fastest way to open a program is hit the windows key to bring up the start page then start typing the name of the program until it is on the top of the list and then hit enter. I don't have a lot of apps so I'm almost always on the desktop and it all runs identical to any of the older versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    I like 8. Fastest way to open a program is hit the windows key to bring up the start page then start typing the name of the program until it is on the top of the list and then hit enter. I don't have a lot of apps so I'm almost always on the desktop and it all runs identical to any of the older versions.
    Windows 7 has the same feature. If you hit the windows key the keyboard focus goes to the search box at the bottom of the start menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    I like 8. Fastest way to open a program is hit the windows key to bring up the start page then start typing the name of the program until it is on the top of the list and then hit enter. I don't have a lot of apps so I'm almost always on the desktop and it all runs identical to any of the older versions.
    The key is "I don't have a lot of apps..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    The key is "I don't have a lot of apps..."
    Nothing forcing you to use the apps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    Nothing forcing you to use the apps...
    You seem to be missing the point... when you have "only a handful of apps," then finding them, even by typing their first letter is easy... when you have a ton of apps, then things are vastly more complicated.

    So it is not a matter of anybody forcing you to use apps... Which in itself is funny as the computer should be more than just the OS... it should be apps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    You seem to be missing the point... when you have "only a handful of apps," then finding them, even by typing their first letter is easy... when you have a ton of apps, then things are vastly more complicated.

    So it is not a matter of anybody forcing you to use apps... Which in itself is funny as the computer should be more than just the OS... it should be apps.
    Well apps are different than programs. I have plenty of programs on my computer, just not a lot of apps. The programs I run work in a window environment that others have mentioned they prefer over the new app style software that runs full screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    Well apps are different than programs. I have plenty of programs on my computer, just not a lot of apps. The programs I run work in a window environment that others have mentioned they prefer over the new app style software that runs full screen.
    Actually apps are programs... they just run differently.

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