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Rob Gibson

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The wife has a new lappy, due to be started up for the first time tomorrow. Neither of us has any experience of Windows 8. It's probably all going to be straightforward, but are there any trip-ups to know about before we start?

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Jock1e

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[It's probably all going to be straightforward.]

If you have not used it before it is anything but straight forward.

24 Hours practice on it will help.

It is a bit like Vista some like it some don't.

There are others that like it and they are the best ones to get advice from but being the weekend probably there will not be many on here.

If you get any problems and there is nobody else about I will try and help the best I can.

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rdave13

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The usual as with any laptops. Check to see what software is available for trial. Do not open them. Decide what you don't need and uninstall through programs and features. Usually security software trials.

Win 8 comes with Defender and its own firewall so it is protected from new.

Once you find your way around, find how to create your factory restore discs and create them as soon as you can. There is no key label on Win 8 laptops.

Create a user that has a Microsoft email, ie hotmail, live mail or the new Outlook and use the email password to log in. This allows the use of all the tiles. That means the email address is the user name.

Later I would create a second Standard admin account, call it Stand-by, or similar, in case you run into difficulty with the original profile. This is just a backup account.

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aquatarkus

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You find that Windows Defender that is no built into Win8 is ample protection as far as antivirus goes, its built into the core of Win8 so don't worry about supposed poor reviews etc. Would suggest that you install Malware Bytes Antimalware (free version is ok) and CCleaner.

As Jock1e said uninstall all the programs you don't want or unpin them from the start screen.

Have a look here as loads of tutorials for Win8 http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/

Me I love Win8 and its new interface, yes it takes a bit of getting used to but once your used to it it works really well.

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sunnystaines

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there is no start menu, but w8 can run it here from the task bar saving the use of 3rd party software.

follow the following steps 1. Right click empty section of the taskbar 2. Click toolbars 3. 3.click new toolbar 4. Click empty section of the address bar 5. Type C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu 6. Press enter 7. Click “select folder” button lower screen 8. Click toolbar arrows to open

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Forum Editor

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"are there any trip-ups to know about before we start?"

That's a difficult one to answer without knowing your previous experience with Windows. If you've used Windows 7 it should all be fairly easy. The interface has been designed primarily with touch screens in mind,but you can very easily revert to the more familiar desktop view.

My advice is to play around with Windows 8. I'm sure you'll soon start to feel at home with what is really a very good Windows version.

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woody

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"Once you find your way around, find how to create your factory restore discs and create them as soon as you can. "

This is worth repeating - do it before you do anything else

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Rob Gibson

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Thanks for the replies.

Well, it's certainly a bit different. I'm not sure I like the way email is handled, but the wife does and it's her laptop!

Got rid of all the crap and bloat as soon as, and recovery discs made.

I'm now going back to my Vista machine!

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Jock1e

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As long as the wife likes it that is the main thing.

There should be an update for it in the next month or two which will be called Windows Blue and I think they are under pressure to have the old menu and start up installed in as well it so you will be able to choose what to use.

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Forum Editor

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"There should be an update for it in the next month or two which will be called Windows Blue"

Windows blue is the internal name for the update - the official name will almost certainly be Windows 8.1

The update will undoubtedly be free to existing Windows 8 users, and there is likely to be a preview version in June. The release version will not be available until late in the year however.

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woody

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There is more than one MS win email she can use.

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