Is Windows 8 User-Friendly?

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  1. vida_llevares

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    How user-friendly is Windows 8? I got some reviews that it is very confusing to the extent you would not even know how to shut it down.

    How true is this?
     
    vida_llevares, Dec 16, 2012
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    Core coffee & gigabytes Moderator

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    It depends. It's a new interface to an extent so like anything different and new it will take its own time to get used to. How long, that depends on your experience with computers in general and willingness to take the time to learn it. I haven't been reading reviews so I don't know what they are saying, I'm just using my computer like normal.
     
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    There are a few things (like shutting down!) that may take a little figuring out - that caught me out for the first few minutes, and plenty of other people I'm sure. Once you get used to it, it's pretty user friendly - but there are some big changes from previous generations.
     
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    I'm not having any problems and I'm 75 years old. Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks :). I had initially made up my mind that I wasn't going to install Windows 8 but the cheap $40 offer and the lure of something new tickled my geek fancy and I have been using it for about a month now. If you're adventurous and like trying new things you should have no big problems finding out how it works.
     
    Dipsy, Dec 18, 2012
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    i use Windows 8 now and am loving it....
     
    habibk20, Dec 18, 2012
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    Hi Dipsy.
    I'm 79 but not as fortunate as you - I'm losing my hair!
     
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    Hey Dave.... maybe you have grounds for a lawsuit against Microsoft ;). Guess I'm lucky, I still have to visit the barbershop.
     
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    Core coffee & gigabytes Moderator

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    We have two guys in their 70s?? That is so awesome.
     
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    Not if you are in my head - lol
     
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    Core coffee & gigabytes Moderator

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    Hah, it's just that one of my grandfathers is in his 70s and the other in his 80s, and neither really take much of an interest in new technology, or go out much at all, mostly just read the paper and watch black and white movies. Both used to be big readers but now they don't read any books either. So I always figured once I got to that age it was predetermined that I'd lose all my interest in tech and gadgets and all the stuff that fascinates me now. It's cool to see "old bulls" staying abreast of new tech and trying new things.
     
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    No boasting, but, I was thrust into setting up a computer service at a small airport where I worked, before the general usage of Internet and Lan had become a reality. They must have looked arounf and decided I looked liked the biggest sucker with nothing to do!
    I got fascinated with the technology and have bever looked back.
    It comes to all, but I can assure you that the best way to survive into old age is to keep up with something of ongoing interest
     
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    Heck, I hot shoe a 2011 Nissan 370Z, ride a Harley, play video games on my PS3 and just finished putting together a new computer. Dreading the day when I've gotta slow down.
     
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    It is awesome and it just goes to show how flawed our assumptions can be. I imagined everyone here to be guys in their 20s and 30s.

    Question is, do we have any ladies?
     
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    There are no girls on the Internet...
     
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    It takes a considerable amount of time to get used to Windows 8.

    Yes, for people who don't know Windows Phones at all, this might be little bit difficult.

    The things which used to process by starting with "Start" are no more in action. Because "Start" button has changed its place.

    For me also, it took so much time to get used to accessing settings via charm bar! ;)
     
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    User friendliness and having to adapt to a new learning curve should not be confused in my opinion, as they are two different things. It takes a while to get used to anything new in life. Not just in relation to technology either. Windows 8, once you have learned enough about it, is probably, I would say, one of the most user friendly operating systems out there, because that's what it was built for.

    For a desktop user, this learning curve may take a bit longer to fully develop a familiarity with Windows 8, because you essentially have to throw away a few of your desktop-based habits. But this does not mean that Windows 8 is not user friendly, it just means it's different. :)

    ~Ace
     
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    I still haven't figured out how to easily shut down and now Task Manager is behaving weirdly. Nothing is showing up as running but the 'thinking' thing is circling away and I can't load anything. The first problem was that the OS "wasn't compatible with the battery" (on a new Toshiba laptop, thankfully now sorted). I am distinctly unimpressed and wondering why I didn't buy Apple.

    Any ideas?

    and yes, I run Avast, in case that affects anything - I saw on other posts that there had been some problems - Thanks!
     
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    1. {Windows Key} + I
    2. Press power button
    3. Shut down.

    Run system file checker, and check your Event Viewer logs for any warnings or error messages.
     
    Ace, Feb 20, 2013
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    Thanks>
    ok, now I'm showing my ignorance- where do I find system file checker?
     
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    I just decided to restart the machine and it's taken 4 minutes to reload "Restarting" so far. Is that Windows or something else likely to be the problem
     
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