Skip to main content

I upgraded from 7 to 8 just before the price was jacked up recently, and if I had to do it all over, I would probably choose instead to perform a vasectomy on my self without anesthesia, while under the influence of Mescaline.

I purchased the online download and spent the next 48 hours trying to escape from the purgatory of being trapped between Windows 7 and Windows 8 with neither working. I wish I could describe in detail all of the problems and crashes, but my mind seems to have blocked these memories, fortunately.

The one thing I do remember is reluctantly reformatting the hard drive on my desktop. If you do this, remember what 'they' have been telling us since the early days of DOS, "Backup your data." To this, I would add, "Do not try this at home."

At first, I was kind of amazed by the Metro interface, then I tried to use it by adding 'apps'. Who knew that these apps would run in the background and choke a quad core desktop with 6 G's of RAM? And, where was everything? There is NO START BUTTON.

So, here I am now with W8 and there is no way that I'm going to try to restore W7 after my previous excursion into Microsoft Hell. I decided to just remain in this living Hell without a "Start Button", which necessitates using the W8 replacement interface. I would describe this screen in detail, but I won't... because PCTSD (Personal Computer Traumatic Shock Syndrome).

The upside- W8 boots and powers down very quickly, which is a good thing. The other improvement is..... uh, nothing. I haven't used W8 on a touchscreen tablet or Windows phone, which is what it was designed for I suppose.

The built-in preference for finger swiping became obvious when I discovered that when I had multiple tabs open and applications running, my wireless mouse and keyboard developed a terrible case of lag (5-10 seconds). The cursor would disappear and no amount of of gesturing (including slamming it on the desk like trying to drive a ten-penny nail with a greasy ball peen hammer) would locate it until W8 decided it was time to make it reappear. Same for the keyboard. Occasionally, my PC would totally freeze, which required a reboot. Perusing PC forums indicated that I was not alone.

Thankfully, I found a $4.99 program that ended my frustration with this sorry excuse of an operating system. If you have upgraded to W8, I highly recommend "Start8". This little ditty boots directly to the Windows desktop eliminating the new Metro interface. And best of all, it restores the "Start Button" on the task bar.
I am not affiliated with Start8.

Now my computer looks and acts just like it did when I was using Windows 7.

The End.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

SME in Seattle, Pat K California, MoDem, paradox, Ed in Montana, Angie in WA State, cat, Sylv, chuck utzman, raboof, Odysseus, hester, glitterscale, Geenius at Wrok, badger, TrueBlueMajority, Powered Grace, theboz, PeterHug, Avila, SanJoseLady, GayHillbilly, mslat27, eeff, xynz, StevenJoseph, Sandy on Signal, Matilda, jancw, JLFinch, Paulie200, Gustogirl, bronte17, afox, sponson, cskendrick, wonkydonkey, whenwego, stevej, barath, roses, taonow, itskevin, oceanview, MadEye, fumie, revsue, tomephil, psnyder, figbash, CitizenOfEarth, HeyMikey, NYFM, Jujuree, joan reports, Steven Payne, defluxion10, lcrp, riverlover, BlogDog, dkmich, Oaktown Girl, Diana in NoVa, KateCrashes, zerelda, tomjones, eco, Wife of Bath, boran2, oortdust, sawgrass727, Skennet Boch, ExStr8, Bluesee, Tinfoil Hat, caul, chimene, ZappoDave, truong son traveler, dewtx, kaye, YucatanMan, lennysfo, bleeding blue, Sun Tzu, Overseas, lotlizard, stevemb, Ice Blue, RichterScale, paxpdx, kaliope, brentut5, Tunk, Savvy813, Blu Gal in DE, Ginny in CO, zinger99, Lisa Lockwood, turdraker, Ekaterin, Alan Arizona, bently, noweasels, xaxnar, Audio Guy, martini, Showman, Orinoco, tommymet, Keone Michaels, vigilant meerkat, cybersaur, 417els, koNko, KenBee, deha, New Rule, Shakludanto, Naniboujou, blueoasis, Blue Wind, DarkestHour, MJ via Chicago, Bulldozer, gooderservice, Crashing Vor, Unitary Moonbat, doinaheckuvanutjob, middleagedhousewife, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, Dreaming of Better Days, kurious, Friend of the court, bartcopfan, Temmoku, slksfca, markthshark, PatConnors, BentLiberal, One Pissed Off Liberal, old wobbly, pgm 01, out of left field, Loudoun County Dem, bigjacbigjacbigjac, ColoTim, protothad, Mary Mike, wildweasels, HeartlandLiberal, Dave in Northridge, Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle, DWG, davehouck, Kentucky Kid, MI Sooner, jayden, jamesia, mudslide, Librarianmom, RudiB, Wreck Smurfy, Timmethy, Got a Grip, leonard145b, KJC MD, skod, Azubia, sable, on the cusp, TheOtherMaven, jwinIL14, revm3up, also mom of 5, JeffW, OleHippieChick, Sixty Something, Youffraita, Involuntary Exile, bythesea, Cassandra Waites, Jake Williams, pickandshovel, Taget, Gemina13, psilocynic, enufisenuf, shortgirl, squarewheel, rubyclaire, WSComn, Rick Aucoin, greengemini, Nebraskablue, JesseCW, ThatPoshGirl, aj2k, Keith Pickering, nancat357, ruscle, commonmass, mamamorgaine, flitedocnm, blueyescryinintherain, mookins, mjbleo, tellthestories, pixxer, Puddytat, naka, Kristina40, Yasuragi, Publius2008, Loose Fur, cocinero, stevenaxelrod, theKgirls, Onomastic, Jane Lew, annieli, ozsea1, FarWestGirl, asterkitty, trumpeter, Muskegon Critic, marigold, muddy boots, smoothnmellow, SueM1121, 1718bill, chira2, sound of progress, poliwrangler, la58, Caddis Fly, disconnect the dots, too many people, Mentatmark, dobleremolque, SuWho, quill, vger7, clubbing guy, DeadHead, leathersmith, Williston Barrett, pimutant, exatc, This old man, Mr Robert, Ruh Roh, rivercard, radical simplicity, Nztorg, BusyinCA, MartyM, cassandracarolina, jennyp, AverageJoe42, dotdash2u, anime1973, fauve, mythatsme, Upie, nuclear winter solstice, Lily O Lady, bogieshadow, broths, goodpractice, Alhambra, JerryNA, howabout, Grandson named me Papa, tampaedski, SC Lib, Jim Domenico, DarthMeow504, Yakhooves, RUNDOWN, nullstring, Hubbard Squash, sensetolisten, OldSoldier99, citylights, Capt Crunch

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site