Yes, the much-lauded Start screen is a pain. I'm slowly finding my way after an entire day of pounding on it. I'm not your typical WIN 8 user; I just received a brand-new laptop yesterday. My very first laptop is a 2005 model with WIN XP, which I was using till yesterday. I never had the money for a new computer, so I stuck with that one.
So you can imagine the drastic shift in thinking from XP to WIN 8 in one leap. I never used 7 or Vista either. The thing of it is, what was so wrong with XP? They couldn't have just rebuilt it? But admittedly I'm an anachronism: I've never owned a Bluetooth, never Skyped, I hate texting, and was 30 before I owned my first PC. Microsoft doesn't cater to the whims of old fogies like me. hehehe.
With some motherboard models, it's possible to go back to Windows XP assuming that some vendors provided bare minimal driver support. However, Windows XP and Windows Vista are being phased out going into 2013.
Most vendors stopped supporting Vista after Microsoft ended Windows Vista pre-installation sales in October 2011. Vendors will sooner or later have to further stop supporting Windows 7 after Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 to direct OEMs and terminate retail sales on Windows 7 in October 2013 and end system builder pre-installation sales in October 2014.
You might want to read this article on how to get Google Chrome working in Windows 8 rather than wasting your money on something that doesn't work: [link]
Oh happy day!! I appreciate the link. I guess it means I'll need to download Chrome, right? As this is a brand-new PC out of the box and I haven't run Chrome on it yet.
I hope I can make it work without screwing up my PC. I DESPISE WIN 8. Everybody is like, "Oh yeah! It's badass!" Nope. Wrong.
In my humble opinion, if Microsoft is going to shove this down our throat, why not create a user-friendly guide that contrasts what a user of an older platform understands, vs. the new one. For instance, it isn't adequate to say: do this, do that. Instead, tell folks: In XP, when you wanted to do thus, you did Step A. Well, a similar function is accessed in WIN 8 by doing Step B. Etc, etc.
Sorry for venting, but I'm pissed. Microsoft cares less.
Anyway, thank you very much for the link!! I also found a free downloadable eBook in PDF format of WIN 8 For Dummies by Andy Rathbone. Here is the link: [link]