· I HATE WINDOWS 8! (as if cheered by cheerleaders, but not so cheery)
· I AM GOING TO THROW THIS COMPUTER OUT THE WINDOW!
· HOW DO I UNINSTALL IT AND RETURN TO WINDOWS 7?
First, calm down! Take a deep breath, and let’s think about it…
Downgrading your operating system is really not ideal. Microsoft is making Windows 7 harder to get, and Windows 8 really has some advantages (Touch Screen!)
I think that what they really did wrong with Windows 8, is take away our “Comfort” right in the very start… And in the very Start Menu. How could they do THAT? There is initial panic when you log on, and then the panic when you can’t log off the old way.
Ok, one step at a time. Breathe. This is not going to be the “Advanced Course”. Here are a few simple steps to survive the Windows 8 transition. Once you survive it, you can then move on to thrive. Survival First: Do not throw your computer out the window.
Back to the initial start. You log on, and your desktop is not the first screen. “WHERE DID EVERYTHING GO?”, “HOW DO I GET TO IT?”, and “I have things to do, and this is NOT it!”
Breathe Again. And try to remember to breathe on an ongoing basis. This may be difficult, but try.
In the Start screen, you can do a few things that will help you as you continue…
· You can select and rearrange the order of things, and group them in a manner that makes sense to you. You can use this to your advantage! Simply drag the items as you would on your smart phone. This is a good time to put the Desktop “icon” where you can get to it fast. For example, we learned to read left to right, top to bottom, so why not put the Desktop “icon” in the upper left of the Start screen?
· You can select the Desktop to move to the more familiar area, or you can select the app you intend to use first to go directly to it. Selecting the app from this menu actually saves a step.
Next, you have gone to the desktop and working away. You go to open another app via the Start menu in the bottom left corner, and you are reminded of the absence of the start menu in the bottom left corner. Annoyed. Deep Breath.
Either you noticed before you selected the Windows icon, or after.
· If you automatically pressed the mouse in the bottom left corner, you may be back to the Windows screen… If so, just hover your mouse to a corner on the right side of your screen (top or bottom) and select the little magnifying glass (Search) icon. This icon allows you to type what you seek: The name of an app, the name of a Control Panel function, etc. Type “Program” and see the options? From there, you can select from a list of options instead of maneuvering around through the “old” Windows Explorer. It is just more efficient. Once you get used to it.
· If you did not automatically click back to the Windows screen, you can go directly to the right (top or bottom) corner and the Search icon and type what you seek…
· Now for something really helpful: While you have a program open and you see its icon on the task bar at the bottom of your screen, if you use it often, right click the icon to Pin it to your taskbar for direct access in the future!
· If you absolutely cannot live without the old style Start button, try an app that will provide a similar experience: Several are available, and while I personally don’t use one, a simple google search provided a cnet review and “names names”: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33642_7-57496506-292/how-to-get-the-start-menu-back-in-windows-8/
o Classic Shell
o Pokki for Windows 8
o Power 8
o RetroUI Pro
o Start Menu Reviver
o Win8 StartButton
Ok, are you still breathing? You got through the work day. Now you want log off, and the Start Menu from the bottom left is still not there. One last step: Go back to a corner on the right, hover until you see the familiar Search icon again and this time do not select it. Notice on the bottom, there is a Wheel icon and below it says “Settings”. Click it, and you will see some options including “Power”. Select it, and you can log off, shut down, or sleep. Take your pick.
Deep breath. This is not Windows Vista. Everything is alright.
Tomorrow is a new day, and you can explore some of those other Windows 8 options!