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Published on May 16th, 2013 | by Gareth Von Kallenbach

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Windows 8 Q&A from Geeks on Site CEO George Otte

by Gareth von Kallenbach

We have had nothing but issues with Windows 8 since we have upgraded, what have been some of the problems you have heard about the new OS?

The most common issues with Windows 8 can be attributed to its new user interface. The Metro UI marks a real change from previous Windows versions and takes time to learn, especially to users who are not so savvy with computers. Windows 8 forces people to search for things by moving their mouse around the corners of their monitor, and lacks the often-used Start menu button.

Microsoft has reported to us that most of the issues are with those who update to 8 rather than those with systems that had 8 loaded onto them. What would you say about this?

The upgrade to Windows 8 is possible for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, only Windows 7 users can move their data and software into the new operating system when upgrading. Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista users may be able to preserve their data but will have to reinstall (and likely upgrade) their Microsoft office and all third party software.

Many have asked us, why should I go to 8 and not stay on 7 as that is a stable OS. What would your response to this be?

It depends on user preference and their current computer use. If you don’t rely on third party programs to run your business and you only use your PC to surf the web and use a standard Microsoft Office you should be great with Windows 8. The new Windows 8 environment is more suitable for users who own tablets as it was basically designed for a touch screen environment.

For gamers, what would you say the pros and cons of 8 are and which version do you suggest?

The Pros:

Being able to game on tablets and cellphones that have Windows 8.

  • Being able to game on tablets and cellphones that have Windows 8.
  • The responsive program launch feature: It’s great that non responsive programs are restarted right away without having to resort to the Task Manager.
  • No need for antivirus/antispyware: Windows 8 has a built-in Antivirus protection- Windows Defender.

The cons for gaming are:

  • Does not support playing on more than one monitor.
  • Learning to play familiar games on new Windows will affect your gaming ability in front of your rivals.
  • If you prefer to play on your desktop you will be disappointed to buy games that are optimized for a touch screen and not a mouse.

 

I would suggest Windows 8 Pro because it includes Windows Media Center.

What are your personal thoughts on 8 vs 7 and what are your frustrations with 8 if any?

My personal thought about Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 is that they’re both great operating systems albeit for the appropriate user. Saying one is better or worse is relative to the person who is going to use it.

My biggest frustration with 8 is that Microsoft did a poor job of explaining to everyone the peripherals of upgrading and caused many problems worldwide. For instance, Windows added some system fix tools, and the downside of them is that they have to be activated in order to load them. If your system has some errors and cannot load them, you’re in big trouble if you did not activate this feature earlier.

Some have said they do not think future versions of Windows will be that big of a leap from 8, more of a refinement. What are your thoughts on it?

If I were to refine Windows 8 with updates, I’d focus on integrating past Windows features to ease the transition to future Windows versions.

What features would you like to have seen included in Windows 8 that did not make the final product?

For instance I would definitely consider bringing back a dynamic start button. Perhaps one that slides out from the bottom left of the screen as an enhancement of the Metro UI.

What would you say to those who claim that 8 was rushed to the market and needed more development?

I would tell them they’re right. Microsoft not only should have performed more studies regarding the acceptance of the new Metro interface, they should have also made sure shoppers were clear about the ins and outs of the new OS. Most people find the change between the two operating systems too drastic, and feel torn between the two environments.

Which has been your most favorite and least favorite version of Windows and why?

Windows 7 was my favorite version. It’s a well-crafted operating system; it’s fast, and had few hardware & software conflicts in terms of driver compatibility. The updates and security patches were optimal to keep the system’s main security settings effective.

What systems specs would you say are best for 8?

The minimum requirements for this operating system to function well are:

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster
  • RAM: 1GB (32bit) or 2GB (64bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16GB (32bit) or 20GB (64bit)
  • Graphics card:  Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher

Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to maximize the system capacity to enjoy the full performance of its latest features. I would also definitely add a multi-touch screen with a resolutionof at least 1366 x 768 pixels to flip through apps and enjoy games fully.

Driver issues are always a problem with a new OS. Which ones have you heard about?

 As a matter of fact, I would say 95% of devices have compatible drivers with Windows 8. Regardless, people considering upgrading their operating system should always check if the devices they use are compatible with Windows 8. This information can be found on the manufacturer’s website.


About the Author

Skewed and Reviewed was founded by Gareth Von Kallenbach in 2001 and was one of the first sites to combine movie and gaming news, reviews, and information. The site has grown to a multi-media company which includes two sites, a quarterly magazine, a Skewedcast, and a web TV show as well as being the film and game site for the top rated BJ Shea Morning Experience and Geek Nation which originates from KISW FM and is syndicated world wide. Prior to founding Skewed and Reviewed, Gareth contributed to over 60 publications around the world as a regular reviewer/reporter and has work has appeared in publications including Moviehole, Aint it Cool News, PC Gamer, Cinescape magazine and many more.



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