Computer FAQ
March 20, 2013

This week:
Windows 8 Update
Windows 8 has been available for six months now, and I have had some more experience with it. There are some things to like about it, as it is much faster on all the machines I have used it on than any other Microsoft operating system. If you’re used to a Smartphone, it works well. And on a “Surface Tablet” it works very well, with the combination of a touch screen and attached keyboard.
Like a new version of any software, there is a learning curve, this one being higher than most, especially from the tech side. I installed Windows 8 on a client’s PC after installing a new hard drive. Microsoft has always had two installs for Windows; one, an upgrade from previous versions of Windows, and another, for a new install, for new PCs or as in this case, a new hard drive.
But my client had purchased the software as an upgrade, as we both thought I would be able to upgrade to Windows 8 and fix the problems with the old drive. It did not work that way, and it would not allow the install of Win8 on a new hard drive. I could install all of Win8 on the drive, but then when it came time to activate it with the product key, it would not work, and it did not tell me what the problem was from the setup screen.
I had to finish the install then try to find the activation screen, enter the product key, when it came back and told me the product key was only for an upgrade. Ok, no problem, I thought, in the past when I installed Windows on a new hard drive, the install would ask for a CD from the previous version of Windows, read the CD and continue on with the install. Not Windows 8; it did not give me that option.
I had to reinstall Windows 7 on the new hard drive then install Windows 8 over it. As a tech, this is what I have found throughout Windows 8:  they have gone to great lengths to hide the workings from the clients, so much so that it is very hard for average users to work on their PCs themselves.
I still cannot recommend Windows 8 for most of my clients; it is very different, but if you are adventuresome and like challenges, then I can recommend it. It is fast, but confusing.  
 ‘til next week
Robert - 360-497-3130 Cell
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Index to Past ComputerFAQ Columns:

March 20, 2013 Windows 8 UPDATE
March 13, 2013 Helpful Equipment
March 6, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 27, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 20, 2013 More Help with Viruses
February 13, 2013 VIRUSes How Did I Get It?????
February 6, 2013 VIRUSes EXPECT A BAD YEAR!
January 23, 2013 Protect Your Computer from JAVA Vulnerability
January 16, 2013 Driver Update Managers
January 9, 2013 Unwanted Programs & Tools Bars

January 2, 2013
Randome Loss Of Interne
December 19, 2012 Recovery Disks
December 12, 2012 Warranty Service Part 2

December 5, 2012 Warranty Service
November 28, 2012 Printer Paper Jams - Again
November 21, 2012 Time For New PC?
November 14, 2012 Printer Paper Jams
November 7, 2012 LapTop Fan Coolers
October 31, 2012 Name Brand Replacement Parts
October 24, 2012 Facebook - What's Wrong
October 17, 2012 Waste Of Money
October 10, 2012 Phantom Printers
October 3, 2012 E-Mail Programs
September 26, 2012 Scammed-Clean/Up Your Comp-POP UP
September 19, 2012 What's Wrong With Facebook?
September 12, 2012 Backing Up Your Data
September 5, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-II
August 29, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-I
August 22, 2012 Your Digital Life and Death
August 15, 2012 System Reload
August 8, 2012 Windows 8 On the Road
August 1, 2012 DSL Modems
July 25, 2012 PC Cameras & Your Privacy
July 18, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions Part 2
July 11, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions
July 4, 2012 DNS changer due date
June 27, 2012 Rebooting
June 20, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX-Again
June 13, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX
June 6, 2012 Hard Reset
May 30, 2012 Important: Updates & Systsem Time
May 23, 2012 SSD Drives
May 16, 2012 User Accounts
May 9, 2012 July 9 "Internet Doomsday" Botnet
May 2, 2012 Recycle Bin
April 25, 2012 USB Disconnecting
April 18, 2012 Passwords - Part 3
April 11, 2012 Passwords - Part 2
April 4, 2012 Passwords - Part 1
March 28, 2012 Back Up Your BackUp
March 21, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 2
March 14, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 1
March 7, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 29, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 22, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 15, 2012 On Removing Unwanted Programs
February 8, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
February 1, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
January 25, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 3-Hardware
January 18, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 2-Hardware
January 11, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home?
January 4, 2012 Updates AGAIN!