When I had to get a new laptop in Windows 8 season, I was afraid. Mostly I was afraid that since it was an even numbered windows, it would be a buggy mess like ME and Vista. I’ve been using 8 for a few months now, and while I’ve had more bugs than when I was using 7, I’ve found that, as the reviews said, it’s a pretty stable operating system, at least to start.
The other concern, of course, was usability. I’d been told by other users of 8 that the system was no good if you want to get work done. I’ve found that’s true of the apps functions, but as soon as I installed Chrome, I had a handy button to click that would send me straight to the desktop, where I then stay, without opening an app. I still use all the same programs I did on 7 (most of which were actually built for XP). I tried a few apps and hated them, but from the desktop I’d hardly know that I’m not running 7.
Until I want to turn the computer off. Seriously, I should not have to google how to shut down the computer from my desktop. I should not have to install outside programs like Start8 to shut down from the desktop. There should not be bunches of tutorials written on how to shut down from the desktop. That is just silly. (Anyone have a better suggestion? I didn’t like any of the ones I found.)
So, usable? Yes. Annoying? Depends on how often I have to restart. I’m seriously considering installing something like Start8, just so I don’t have to think about this stuff anymore.
But it’s not ME or Vista. So I’m thankful for that.