It’s true 1 can make a difference, no this is not part of a royal speech but the tale of spending money and upgrading.
Yes I know it’s hard to believe but Arkwright has spent some money, though not a lot I hasten to add.
I love technology and playing with gadgets, my computers are shall we say well used, and typing this on the laptop I note that the most used keys have a shine on them from lots of use.
Anyway you can’t have missed the fact that Windows have bought out a new operating system. I am a great Windows fan and is used on both the laptop and desktop computers. I can remember almost wetting myself with excitement when Windows 3.1 came out on a set of 3.5” disks, and somewhere I have an older version of DOS on 5.25” disks. Shame I no longer have a disk drive on any of the computers. With the latest version which is Windows 8 I downloaded and installed on-line, how things change.
Now over the years I have often gone against the trend, for example I loved Windows Me and Windows Vista even though both were regarded as failures by those who profess to be experts in such matters. I am a believer in the simple method of trying something and if I like it then I use it and if not I downgrade back to what I had before. A software review is often one persons personal view and as such I always read them and make up my own mind.
Right Windows 8, I upgraded the laptop rather than the main machine for the simple reason that I have old web design software on the desktop that the upgrade adviser said might give problems. There you see a good example of using old software simply because it works and does what I want. But I digress back to the upgrade. You have three choices.
1. Order on CD.
2. Download and install online.
3. Download and install online and also order a CD.
I took the third option, though at the time of writing this I am still awaiting the CD in the post. downloading was easy as was installing. You again have three choices.
1. A clean Install
2. Install and retain your document files etc.
3. Install and retain all your programs, files and settings.
I chose again the third option as there is some software that’s a pain to reinstall on the laptop so I wanted to avoid that. Now I could waffle on about how easy the install was, but even though it was I won’t.
You will have seen in the advertisements that they rave about touch screen abilities with the software. I will admit to not being a fan of touch screens especially large ones, I mean for heavens sake for years we have kept dusters by the computer to wipe dust and irritating finger marks off the monitor screen, now we see users being encouraged to stick their sticky little pinkies all over the darn thing.
You will have guessed that this laptop is not touch screen! So that being the case how does it affect me using Windows 8 that’s been designed especially with touch screens in mind? Well the answer is it doesn’t, it works quite happily with the mouse and keyboard (I hate the laptop touchpad with a passion and always use a cordless mouse) no problems at all. Already there are apps out that let you go to the desktop direct and I saw in a magazine an article on how to make Windows 8 look like Windows 7, well to be honest if you do that you might as well stick with Windows 7.
Before I waffle on too much I will sum up by saying at I love Windows 8 with it’s more graphical interface, but if your a bit of a luddite then to be honest stick with Windows 7 in my humble opinion it’s just as good, I use it on the desk top and I am quite happy switching between the two operating systems.
Should you give it a try yourself? Well only you can answer this question but at the moment with the ability to upgrade from under £25.00 I think if you like playing then you would be crackers not to give it a go. If you do then let me know what you think I would be interested to hear your experiences.