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Has anyone had issues with Windows 8? I am considering replacing our office PC's (we are still on XP!), but I have had problems with my fairly new Asus laptop, which runs Windows 8. I have had the blue screen of death 3 times on startup, and get the error 'WHEA uncorrectable error'. It takes me hours to fix it by doing restore after restore until I get to one that works. Googling the error lists this as a hardware error, but if this were the case then restore wouldn't fix it ... would it?

Would I be better getting Windows 7, or is my error unusual and more down to my laptop than the operating software?

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By Howard Marks
17th Feb 2014 20:02

No issues so far

Had it on my Mac for a couple of months now without issue and actually installed a new PC in the office today with it on.  Of course it's not quite the norm but i'm really looking forward to using it on a daily basis.

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By zebaa
17th Feb 2014 20:28

Not a fan

My wife has windows 8 on her laptop. It seems more geared toward touch screens tablets than desktop and as a result it takes me longer to do things, which is frustrating. But no problems other than that.

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By Glenn Martin
17th Feb 2014 20:43

I use both.
Windows 8 takes a bit of getting used, and you need to get the 8.1 upgrade for it , it takes a while to download but works ok after that. I have just arranged a new installation for a client of mine and the iT lads supplied windows 8 PC,s but downgraded them to windows 7 as they have less issues with them when running business software. The system works great and client over the moon with it they went for some virtual space on an external server instead of buying there own in house server.

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By leicsred
17th Feb 2014 20:45

I use windows 8.1 at work and home, for me it has been quicker and more stable than windows 7.

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By cathygrimmer
18th Feb 2014 09:15

Just got it

I upgraded everything last week and made a point of getting a PC with Windows 8.1 as I feel it is the way to go. I did all my own installation, upgrading software and moving files - which was a bit scary as technology isn't my strong point - and it all seems to be working so far. It's so fast compared to my old machine but I strongly suspect that may be because this one has more RAM than my old PC had hard drive (and I'd only got as far as Windows XP)!

Re Windows 8.1, I hadn't used Windows 8 at all before but I really like it. It probably helps that I always had icons for everything I used rather than using the old Start menu - now I have Apps instead. But I have only had it a week so I may yet meet problems! 

I've ordered Windows 8.1 for Dummies to help me use it fully but I've had no problems finding out how it works so far that couldn't be resolved by a quick Google.

Cathy

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By MissAccounting
18th Feb 2014 10:21

Windows 8.1 is fine for me and I have selected the auto load to desktop feature so you miss out the touch screen start up section which effectively makes it the same as a Win7 PC.  VT, BTC and Payroll Manager all working fine although I do get the occasional error when saving out of a CT600 in Excel but Ive put that down to Excel and not Win8.

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By Hugh Scantlebury
18th Feb 2014 11:34

Try Ubuntu - Great Desktop OS Without The Mac Tax

Hi Shirley,

I have recently switched two desktops to Ubuntu. It's free, you get all the software you need again for free (albeit most of the software I use now is Cloud based). Talks to everything, has file compatibility with everything (Windows and Macs) and just works, and very well at that. 

You can even run Oracle's free VirtualBox to create a virtual PC if you need to run from time to time anything completely Windows specific (the only thing I use it for is to test some very specific Microsoft Excel tech).

If you are fortunate to be a Google Docs user then the new range of Chromebooks represent excellent value for money in terms of providing new laptops to staff as well.

As others have said, if you go for Windows 8, make sure you install the free update to 8.1. In addition take a look at this excellent Windows 8 Missing Instructional Video. It'll save you hours of effort trying to work out where everything is.

Good luck.

Hugh

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By Richard Willis
18th Feb 2014 12:34

If you are on a network

be careful!  Our IT manager won't allow anyone to use it, we are all still on W7 Pro.  PC World et al will now only sell W8 in the shops but PC World Business sell W7 machines.  That must tell us something.

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By taxhound
18th Feb 2014 13:08

crash

When my husband (who knows quite a lot about these things) upgraded my computer for windows 8, the whole thing crashed and it took him a day to put it all back together again.  No idea how or why though as these things are beyond me!

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By AS
18th Feb 2014 13:49

No issues

I have Windows 8 on 2 PCs and 1 Laptop. No issues on any of them. They are faster than when they were on Windows 7.

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By JimH
18th Feb 2014 13:52

W 8.1
Just be prepared for the upgrade from 7 to 8 to not recognise your printers or demand you uninstall protection tools e.g. digital finger readers it took so long to set up. Then, doing best to avoid the 8.1 update, it happens anyway and you're back without printers and security tools all over again. A client warned me to avoid for this reason, so I did. It happened anyway, so my machine is currently trying to uninstall things I need!

By the way, if you end up with windows 8 and miss the old style start menu, Start 8 from Stardock is free to trial and $4 to buy.

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By DMGbus
18th Feb 2014 13:57

Canon printers

I don't know if this only applies to all Canon printers or particular Canon printers...

I have had lots of issues with Windows 8 (and 8.1) over the past 13 months failing to work properly with my Canon MX715 printer.

Canon did point me of the direction of new printer drivers (issued October 2013) and some functionality is now available - however several times in the last month I've found an error message inferring that the Canon printer was not connected.  I then go into printers / devices and find that the Canon printer is greyed out.  Then I "remove" the printer and reinstall it and it works for that seesion (or maybe a further session too!).

Regarding Windows 8 in general, aside from the printer issue and annoying Apps screen, I am, happy.   The best part of the Apps screen is a short cut to the "proper" desktop where nearly everything is like Windows 7 and before.

What I especially like about Windows 8 is how Windows Explorer has more options visible on how to handle files within a given folder (eg. select all, invert selection, tick box selection of individual files).

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By AS
18th Feb 2014 14:10

Canon printers

I must be lucky. I have 2 Canon printers, a networked laser MFD and an ink jet USB MFD. I have not have any issues with them.

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By AANM
18th Feb 2014 15:27

Had the same problem with ASUS

I bought an ASUS laptop with windows 8 in December and was having the same problem as you. I sent it back and bought a Lenovo instead with windows 8 and so far its working like a dream. Its definitely a hardware problem. When I took it back they asked me straight away if I wanted a refund and it was a known problem with some of them. 

 

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