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home : columns : rick frederickson June 28, 2016

1/30/2013 1:21:00 PM
Windows 8 and you

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

Last week I mentioned some cold hard facts about computers. One of them is that you probably need to get a new computer every three to five years.
That brings to mind the question, "What computer operating system is right for me?"
Since Windows 8 has been out a few months now, here are some observations:
WIndows 8 is good - for the most part. It is fast, solid and has many new features that I like. I like the apps you can get with it. I like the speed and reliability. Overall, I grudgingly admit it is a Windows I can live with.
As I've stated in previous columns, the biggest problem is change. It is radically different. If you don't like change or don't want to change, you won't like it.
This then begs the question, "Is it worth upgrading?" I'd say, no. After February 1, the cost to upgrade your system to Windows 8 jumps to around $200. To me, the benefits do not outweigh the hassles.
And if you're looking for a new computer in the next year I'd say get Windows 7. It will probably be the last chance you have at familiarity. If you are adventurous, jump to Windows 8.
In the long run, if you are going to be using a computer, you will need to get used to the idea that Windows will change. The Windows 8 concept isn't going away. I hope the next Windows will at least bring back the start button. The Start Button is so ingrained into every PC user's habits that its absence is what makes Windows 8 hard to handle.
Of course, Microsoft's thinking is, "We don't care. They'll get used to it."

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