I admire and use Microsoft software, but I usually wait while other people get stuck on the pain points and figure out solutions. Then I benefit from their discoveries, and share it with my customers. In my experience, my clients have been content with their current setup as long as it works, and have changed only when they were forced to. I had plenty of time to test each new version of Windows and find ways for clients to keep using older software and machines that they still needed to run their businesses.
I knew that Windows 8 was coming out this year, so I installed the beta version. My first impressions were not positive. Microsoft has made such a complete overhaul in the look and feel of Windows 8 from previous versions of Windows, that I felt lost. I was really annoyed at being put in this position after using Windows since Windows began. No indication of how to get to the Control Panel to check my network, add my printer… I felt like it would be some time before I could recommend it, because the way to do everyday tasks had been made so hard to find. There’s definitely a steep learning curve for people.
Microsoft has made the Windows 8 upgrade price so attractive, that a lot of people are talking about upgrading to Windows 8 right away! Others are buying new Windows 8 computers and trying to use them with their networks, printers and scanners. I’ve already encountered some conflicts and difficulties with Windows 8 and clients’ setups. I realized that I needed to carve a block of time out of my already loaded schedule, specifically to teach myself the intricacies of Windows 8. I needed to get started on finding solutions to the problems and questions that inevitably occur. I began by using good ole Google. There are a lot resources out there with good, helpful information. While that’s great, it’s also kind of a problem as well. With such an abundance of resources and information, it can feel overwhelming and sometimes exhausting, trying to find the specific answer you want.
I began to think of blogging about my experiences; the difficulties that crop up, the irksome changes made to Windows, and the answers that help me. I’ve got lots of information ready to share, that will keep me blogging for a long time! And, who knows, maybe the time I’m using to become proficient in Windows 8 will in turn, save others from using so much of their valuable time. It is my aim that readers can find quick answers to their questions in my posts. I will also be providing links to other resources I find, ones that I consider worth passing on to my readers.
So, I hope that what I’ve learned, and am still learning, will benefit those of you also annoyed and frustrated by Windows 8. Please feel free to contact me with your annoyances about Windows 8 and I’ll answer them in a future article. If you live in the Willamette Valley and need help with your personal or business computers or networks, contact us at Performance Computer Services and I will find a solution to your computer problems.