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Why You Should Avoid Windows 8: Part 1 of 3

Windows 8

“Windows 8 is like a bad blind date,” boldly proclaimed the blog post headline.

“I wouldn’t recommend Windows 8, in its current form, to anyone,” concluded the author’s first paragraph.  He then goes on to write, “Windows 8 is the blind date who is pretty in the red dress but a real b**** outside the bedroom.  She’s too demanding.  She’s fussy.  She wants you to change to conform to her rather than finding common ground.”

Wow!  That’s quite a scathing, unflinching analysis of the new operating system Microsoft will be pushing out on all new computers starting sometime in October.

But I agree with it. 

The purpose of this 3-part blog series is to provide you with my thoughts and opinions about why Windows 8 will be a HUGE NIGHTMARE for computer users.  If you’ve even been remotely thinking about buying a new desktop or laptop computer for your home or business, you will want to do so BEFORE the end of September.  Otherwise, you may be stuck in a “relationship” with a computer and an operating system you hate.


Windows 8 Is Not Easy To Use

You have most likely been using a computer for several years, whether it’s been to browse the Internet, send and receive email, communicate with friends and family using Facebook, scan and edit pictures, or perform business-related tasks in programs like Microsoft Word or QuickBooks.

You’re accustomed to the familiar layout of the Windows operating system.  Things like the Start button in bottom left corner of your screen and the listing of All Programs available on your computer from a menu on the left side of your monitor.

If you made the transition from the decades-old, but very reliable, Windows XP operating system to Windows Vista several years ago, you know that some of the changes in the operating system’s appearance took some getting used to.

  • The Start button no longer read “Start”; it became a circle with the Windows logo.
  • A new desktop sidebar with gadgets appeared on the right side of the screen.
  • Names for several components changed names, such as “Add/Remove Programs” became “Programs and Features.”
  • The list could go on and on.

One of our clients here at Calibre Computer Solutions performs genealogical research online and scans documents and photos for related projects.  Her primary desktop computer ran the Windows XP operating system.  She had been using it for years and had perfected the ability to perform her tasks down to an art.  She knew exactly how to open certain programs and what buttons to click to complete a certain task.  Her job was very enjoyable.

When she bought a new laptop computer a few years ago with a new operating system for her work, she discovered that simple tasks that used to take five minutes to finish now required double the time and many more mouse clicks.  What used to be simple and easy became more complex.  Now her job isn’t quite as enjoyable.

The changes coming in Windows 8 are more drastic than ever before, especially how it looks and feels.  These changes are NOT user-friendly to say the least.

In his blog with a very definitive title, Final thoughts on Windows 8: A design disaster, technology reviewer Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes: “On the face of it, the Metro UI (the new look of the operating system and seen in the picture on the next page) looks good … And then you start to use it.”

He continues on, “Not only did someone at Microsoft think that it was a good idea to make Metro the primary user interface in Windows 8, but they also decided to destroy the ‘classic’ interface experience by also ‘ribbonizing’ most of the applications.”

Simply put, the look and feel of your computer running Windows XP or Windows 7 is COMPLETELY CHANGED in Windows 8!  For example, the Start button present in bottom left corner of your screen since the early versions of Windows NO LONGER EXISTS.  It’s GONE!

Windows 8 Has A Learning Curve … A STEEP One!

Because they’ve changed even the most basic visual elements that you are used to on your current computer, it will require you hours to figure out how to do things that you used to be able to do with just a click or two of the mouse.  You will feel lost and frustrated with Windows 8.


Coming Up…

In part 2, I will share two more reasons why you want to avoid Windows 8 and explain how you can completely avoid getting caught in this nightmare!