When it comes to Windows 8 old guys need help!

Well, as an old guy in his late 70s, I need help from time to time and I’m not talking about health issues but about computers and the new Windows 8.

Over the years I have gleaned a fair bit of “computer know-how” – starting way back in 1984 with my first computer, an XT and dear old DOS. I never kid myself I know everything! Keeping an open mind is important!

I have passed through all iterations of Windows starting with Windows 3.1. I survived Windows Vista which many people actively disliked. Windows 7 was a joy to behold.

Reluctantly, leaving the stable Windows 7 behind, I have moved on to Windows 8. I downloaded it onto two of my computers keeping it on the computer I’m using to write this blog.

As a matter of interest I wrote the blog using Dragon Naturally Speaking, Version 12. It’s a doozy!

Windows 8 is running smoothly on the other two computers and I’d getting the hang of it.

Sticking my neck out further I have ordered  but not received, a Surface RT with a Touch Cover. Despite the adverse criticism I can’t wait to get my hands on the Surface tablet.

My entire family “sling off” at me for not having an iPhone and an iPad or even an Apple Computer but II stubbornly stick with what I know best which is Windows based computers.

Do old guys need help? Many do but not all!

For those that need help there are other sources of information available beside this website. Think about using these Bloggers for up-to-date information on Windows 8:

Ed Bott                http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/

Paul Thurrot       http://www.winsupersite.com/

Mary Jo Foley    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/

Ciprian Rusen    http://www.7tutorials.com/users/ciprian-adrian-rusen

While these writers are very informative and provide great information, other locations of value are:

How to Geek      http://www.howtogeek.com/

The Verge           http://www.theverge.com/microsoft

Where else can you get help?

The two obvious choices on the web are Google and the revamped Bing. Make your query as specific as possible.

You will be inundated with all manner of information.

Of course, another source of information are the copious Windows 8 books flooding the marketplace.

Check out the Amazon and the Barnes Noble websites for suitable books.

The Dummy Series is a good starting place.

Happy computing!

  • Krystle Craig

    There is nothing like old guys need help. The start button has been moved to the right top corner of the screen when you hover on the right top of your screen, start button shows up. Perhaps, I think it would be more easier to use Windows 8 no need to search a program by clicking on start button……. searching it on program and then starting it… its a weary process. In windows 8 simple hover over right side and search for whatever you want as simple as that.

  • Polly Farris

    Windows 8 is quite easier to use the shortcuts keys are the same.Just the appearance has been changed by start screen tiles. You can get your start screen by just simply clicking the windows button on your keyboard and can switch again to your desktop with the same button. Pretty simple. Even my granny can operate this 🙂

  • Polly Farris

    Sometimes you need help at some points like sharing your device, installing new drivers etc. the new windows 8 has complete changed its shell towards sync your PC but that’s not much worrying part at all you can Google it over and can get expertise over it. Not only the old guys but sometimes young tech freaks also may need help.

  • Yvonne Marks

    IF you install a new OS on your system you no need to cry about learning. Obviously there are few new enhancement that you need to learn and get used to it. If you want the same kind of look and style that windows 7 has than what is the meaning of Update. Windows 8 is fine and ease to use.

  • John Campbell

    Thanks folks for the constructive advice. I have been using Windows 8 right from the Developer Preview and am quite comfortable with it. I just wrote this blog for those who struggle.