I just got a new HP Pavillion™ desktop computer and it looks great but Windows 8 is not a good addition and it may, in fact, be a deal breaker. Windows insists that I keep the button apparatus which dominates the start screen and which is not user-friendly at all. In fact my computer tells me a Trojan virus was downloaded first thing and that virus is like some alien squid thing that cannot be dislodged (at least until Monday).
I suppose if you just want to play on a computer then the arrangement of those buttons in the center of your screen, which used to show you a beautiful picture of your own choosing, would not bother you. Perhaps those ugly buttons suit younger users and gamers. But if you use a computer to do your business this version of Windows is too kludgy.
This Windows 8 is also a sort of fascist-control- freak operating system. It only likes certain search engines. It does not like Chrome. It will reluctantly allow you to use search engines other than the chosen ones but it will set up all kinds of roadblocks to steer you to Yahoo or Bing or MSN (people still use this?)The big tech companies are obviously in a perpetual turf war and we are in the middle because we decide who is winning. We decide with our dollars.
This computer is friendly when you go to a favorite site such as Twitter or Facebook, but there is no “favorites” function to get you to your most often used sites quickly. It may be possible to approximate the favorites function by using the history button but the old favorites/bookmark system was simpler to use and perhaps a favorites function is available if you stick to one of the approved search engines. Many of these changes may be necessary in order for the touch function to work.
Perhaps Windows is trying to level the playing field so that Google gets cut down to size by making it difficult to choose a Google search page. Politically I should applaud this attempt to avoid a Google monopoly, but I wanted a much more seamless transition to my new desktop and this experience is anything but smooth. It is so frustrating that if it doesn’t improve soon I will be taking this desktop back where it came from. I just want to get my tasks done and get on with my day. In order to do that, I am using my old laptop on the bed in the spare room.
There is also the matter of greed. We may have won net neutrality (at least temporarily) but this computer is set up to sell you stuff. This is not only not a user-friendly computer; it is a seller-friendly computer. You could find yourself paying for tons of apps that seem fairly inexpensive, but you will rarely use them, and if you do use them these apps will want you to feed them more money and the dollars will add up fast and you will need to keep careful records of what you are spending.
I suppose that if I don’t return this sucker I will get used to this rip-off operating system, but Windows 7 was so simple, elegantly so, and so user-friendly that I am guessing my old laptop will not get many chances to feel lonely. Whoever thought of “charms” ought to be put in stocks in a public place. I always felt so smug because I missed Vista, but I’m feeling a bit apologetic for my rather petty self-satisfaction. Windows is now saying, “Gotcha”.
By Nancy Brisson
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