Is there an alternative to Windows 8

Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

exactrans

Thread Starter
Joined
Nov 20, 2006
Messages
38
I am a former IBM programmer, coder, worked with Assembler, Cobal, SAS, Basic....MVS Mainframes ...and with Windows XP...all my systems are now what you call "legacy" systems....I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS WINDOWS 8....PLEASE TELL ME THAT MY XP PLATFORM...WILL NOT EVER GO AWAY.. I hate these tiles...I do not give a damn about pictures and music...and am an application programmer (not an APP) programmer...This cloud concept is really scary...it is in fact manipulation and control at a higher level...I know I am still in the 80-90's but I do not want to deal with these tiles and push buttons..I am not and END USER....(do I really need to hoard all the windows xp refurbished computers????) ...Is there any other alternative...i.e...like turning off the multi-layered user interface of windows 8 by a button of some type and let me get back to the navigation and manipulation that I know??? Do I need to learn Linux System...

Thanks
 

TerryNet

Terry
Moderator
Joined
Mar 23, 2005
Messages
80,837
Read through Taming the Windows 8 DESKTOP GUI and install a third party Start Menu or configure it along the lines of how I have mine set up.

Rather than hoard XP systems I would find and hoard Windows 7 systems (there should still be some new ones available). Yes, you'll complain that Windows 7 is different from XP, but once you get used to it you'll see that most (not all!) the differences are for the better.

I think that there are few if any desktop or laptop users who are totally happy with Windows 8. But Vista was less than a rousing success and was followed by Windows 7, which is liked by all but a few XP die-hards. I'm hoping Vista II will be followed by another version in the XP/7 branch. :)
 
Joined
Dec 6, 2003
Messages
1,936
Strange. As a programmer, I don't really see a large difference between Windows 7 or 8 (or XP for that matter). I used all three the same way. Most of the IDEs I use, I start from the taskbar. I almost never see the Modern interface unless I am rebooting. Typically, I will run an app in a quarter of the screen while I am doing something on the desktop.

To this day, I am surprised at the number of folks that "hate" Windows 8 for no real reason.
 

DaveA

David
Trusted Advisor
Spam Fighter
Joined
Nov 16, 1999
Messages
16,948
If one has a laptop or desktop running the real copy of Windows 8, then the use of a third party to always get you to the "Computer desktop" is where you need to go. As stated by some one else, I also see NO difference between Windows 7 and * when using a ClassicShell" add in.

If you are using a tablet, or other device using the RT version of Windows 8, then you are stuck with that interface.
 

TerryNet

Terry
Moderator
Joined
Mar 23, 2005
Messages
80,837
Dave, did you mean Windows RT or Windows 8 RT (I don't know which is the preferred term)?
 
Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 807,865 other people just like you!

Latest posts

Staff online

Top