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Is there an alternative to Windows 8

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by exactrans, Jan 24, 2013.

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  1. exactrans

    exactrans Thread Starter

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    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...

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    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. :)
     
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    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.
     
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    Please don't think of that as a chore or a second best :) I'm really enjoying my adventures/learning in Linux. Currently using Crunchbang: http://crunchbang.org/ and Ubuntu http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/features

    So maybe put Linux on an old machine and tackle Windows 8 on a new machine as well? :D Double the fun that way!!
     
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    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.
     
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    Dave, did you mean Windows RT or Windows 8 RT (I don't know which is the preferred term)?
     
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