November 14th, 2013

Today is all about Windows 8. I would be in deep trouble if I had to explain how it worked and how to change things to others.

I was told that by downloading Windows 8.1 I could get the look/fell of Windows 7 back. I went to the Microsoft website. Because I had not downloaded all of the Windows Updates, the app was not available on the app page. So I spent hours updating and then downloading Windows 8.1. I couldn’t remember my Windows password, so signed on without it. The familiar Start button did not show up. I went to log in to BB Learn and noted that the version of IE was 7. Why? It is really 11.

Managed to reset my Microsoft password. I logged into Windows Live, but nothing happened, no new things to try so I logged out. I had turned off the “automatically update version” but it turned itself back on. I turned it off again. BB Learn did not like IE 10. It does not recognize IE 11 or Windows 8.1 as an operating system.

Now to find a way to get the Start button back. I did a Google search with a string something like “how to get Windows 8 to look like Windows 7”. The first entry in the result set required spending money on software, so I went to the second item in the result set.

This site looked authoritative, so I clicked on the download for the “Skip Metro Suite”, I only signed up for the Start button. I don’t know what a skinable button is, so I just went with the “replace the system start button” option. The response time on the pc is rather slow – I have had to wait for the circle to disappear so I could see my typing. I am not sure that I actually downloaded it, so am doing it again. Now I see the request to close other applications.

Install done, restarted the pc. Still have the apps screen. Clicked on the desktop – no start button. But if I click on the square of four squares that turns purple on hover, what I see looks different – I think. I think I will uninstall what I did today and try again when my husband is here to help.

Tried to paste the screen, but it doesn’t work. The system response time seems to be considerably slower when working in Word. What a waste of time. When I uninstalled the app, there was an option to change Windows features. I turned on Legacy options. Let’s see what happens.

The Seattle screen that I usually saw after start up was replaced with a wild stripy thing when I installed the Start Button software. This did not disappear when I uninstalled the software. When I clicked on the tile for Word, the desktop opened and then the app opened. I don’t recall that the software behaved this way before.

Yesterday I picked up two more Windows 8 books. That was the extent of Tech Plan assignment yesterday. Using a laptop on the airplane did not turn out as expected. Not enough room to comfortably do anything. A tablet is looking better every day. However, I do need to know how to use a desktop as well as a laptop if I am going to work the info desk at a public library, so I will soldier on.




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