Sunday, January 27, 2013

Windows 8 Update

It's been a little over a week with Windows 8 and I'm getting more and more used to it, finding where things are located.
Just today, I went down to the lower right corner to get the Start Screen "icon" and right clicked on it just to see what happens and you get a menu of some of the items I use all the time. Power Options, Event View, Command Prompt, Command Prompt (Admin), Task Manager, Control Panel, and several others. So that might become handy.

Missing Start Button
I do have to say I miss the Start Button. For me it was very nice to have all my apps organized in menus that would also be organized in folders. You can get something similar by right clicking in a bare area in the Start Screen and get a listing, but boy, if you have a lot of apps installed you could be scrolling for a long time.
No, I'm still resisting the urge to get a Start Button replacement.
I have found that I use the Windows key a heck of a lot more than I ever had in the past. It gets me quickly to the Start Menu where I can start typing the name of the application I'm looking for and find it. Although if I'm looking for something in the Control Panel I have to then select Settings. I'm still not liking the very small area in which you have to put your mouse to get the Start Screen so the Windows key is much easier.

Explorer Crashes A Lot
I'm finding that Windows Explorer crashes a lot. When I've highlighted a bunch (hundreds) of files for deletion it will often crash and have to restart.
Searching also is slow to start and doesn't always indicate that it is actually searching.

More Upgrades
With the price being $39 to upgrade I went ahead and updated a laptop and another desktop in my house to Windows 8. I have one others desktop in the house, attached to the TV, and will probably not upgrade it.

Battery Life Improves
On the laptop, a Dell 1525, the battery life appears to have increased by 30 minutes! Before I'd get 4 1/2 hours out of the battery, now it's 5! I haven't precisely time it but it is noticeable.

Drivers
I haven't had any problems with drivers on my divergent systems. I only had to download printer drivers for my very old inkjet printer. Luckily they, HP, had Windows 8 compatible drivers available.

Summing Up
I spend 99.9% of my time in desktop mode and don't hardly run any Metro apps. For me the Start Screen isn't as efficient as the Start Button but I'm working OK with Windows 8. It still takes learning where much of the stuff is, but with time it'll become second nature.

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