Tech Trauma: Re-Entry Into Windows (Win8)

tech trauma with WIN 8I’ve been running Macs exclusively for the past several years, not because I’m some kind of huge Mac fan, but because I really hate Windows that much. Ever since Microsoft introduced Vista and I responded, “Oh, HELL no!”

I’ve decided to dip my toe in again due to a great little portable Asus 11.6″ Vivobook with a touch screen. Well, that and the CONSTANT harassment by my Mac-hating boyfriend/tech geek. I must say, things sure have changed since I last tried to work on Windows. Everyone told me that Win 7 would change my mind about MS and their OS, but I never took the bait. I knew enough to help clients who got stuck and that’s about it. Even that was more Windows involvement than I wanted.

But here I am typing up this blog, sitting in my truck on this adorable little highly portable laptop. Amazing battery life! Let me just say that first. Touch screen? Flippin’ awesome. Display quality? Excellent. Portability? Perfect! (I got used to no number pad on the MacBook, so as long as I have a full sized standard keyboard, I don’t need the number keys and extras.) I despise huge laptops… it kinda defeats the purpose, IMHO.

In everything but OS,this little baby rocks. The OS is making me crazy. I can’t find ANYTHING! And the little app widgets keep appearing when I least expect them. A few early changes put the “my computer” and “network” and “recycle bin” back on my desktop where they belong, but I’m still struggling with where things are located. The keyboard “shortcuts” are nonsensical. Who the heck decided that it would make sense to have WIN + X to open tools or WIN + Q to search apps? Intuitive? I don’t THINK so!

The ability to access my desktop with the WIN +D shortcut is the only thing that’s keeping me sane at the moment. (At least THAT one makes sense!)

I’m trying to figure it out enough to customize this little device and set it up for the way I want to work. I’m going to give it a couple weeks of concerted effort before making a final decision on this OS. If I like it once I get it all customized, I’ll keep it. If I don’t, I’ll either return to my Mac system or wipe this and replace WIN 8 with WIN 7 and try that. I’ve even thought about trying to run a version of OSX on it, but even mentioning that makes the significant other break out in hives and start convulsing. So, I’ll keep that option to myself for awhile. Besides, I’ve not even researched enough to know if the hardware would be compatible.

For now, the hardware is pretty cool and the software is fairly frustrating.

I’ll keep you posted!

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