It’s the same old story

Last October, Roger, having observed the signs of Imminent Death in his wife’s computer, ordered a new one, though for some reason he didn’t open it until March. And when he did, he may have wished he hadn’t:

I turn it on, and the first thing I say is: “Where the heck is the Start button?” I had to Read The (Online) Manual to figure out where it was, and that Windows 8 was installed on my computer. (A few days after I turned on the machine, someone told me, “Whatever you do, DON’T download Windows 8.”)

But then, of course, it was too late. And it gets better, for some definition of “better” that doesn’t actually imply improvement:

Anyway, I figure out, kinda, how this thing is supposed to work. I go to the Office suite button. It asks me if I want to buy the product. I have to BUY the product separately? Suffice it to say, it took another week before I could FINALLY use the contraption correctly. This involved, among other things having someone uninstall one of the security products I installed, because it actually made the computer LESS secure. Product A thought Product B was taking care of the bugs, so neither one actually worked.

I expect stories of this sort to continue for all eternity at least for another year.



  1. ms7168 »

    21 April 2014 · 12:54 am

    I have 8.1 on this machine and I realize I am in the minority but I like it! Learning curve aside once one becomes accustomed to it you find a nice stable version of Windows. The desktop is just 7 sans the start button. There is now a right click menu on 8.1 that gives you a start menu of sorts. The first thing I do when I get a new machine is uninstall all of the trial software.

  2. McGehee »

    21 April 2014 · 9:25 am

    My Windows 7 laptop has suddenly been losing the internet for no discernible reason, when my phone — with the exact same wifi access — is doing fine.

    My wife’s Windows 7 laptop with almost identical wifi access was having troubles a while back but they seem to have abated. I can only hope the same holds true with mine eventually. I don’t want to have to buy another Win8, and I’ll believe in Win9 when I see it.

  3. Charles Pergiel »

    21 April 2014 · 11:11 am

    My daughter works in an office full computer illiterates. It makes her job challenging at times.

    I think your original conclusion was probably more accurate.

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