Windows 8

Do you have a Windows 8 PC? How's that working for you? Many folks have had problems adapting to the dramatically-different interface on Windows 8. Gone is the handy "Start" button in the lower left corner of the screen. The familiar desktop with icons has been replaced with huge colored "tiles". The general unpopularity of Windows 8 has been an embarrassment for Microsoft. Recently, they announced that the successor to Window 8 will be Windows 10 (not 9) and will be released later this year. Apparently it will be offered as a free upgrade to all Windows 7 & 8 users. The Start button will be reinstated, and Microsoft promises it will be easier to learn and use.

Until then, however, it is possible to make your Windows 8 PC look and behave like Windows 7.

Easily. And for free.

We use a small, free program at the library called Classic Shell. Once installed, you only see the new tiled Windows 8 interface if you want to. Otherwise, it will resemble Windows 7, which many people are comfortable with.

The program can be downloaded from here. Ask Steve at the library for more information or if you have questions. The library also has a couple of Windows 8 books you are welcome to check out.

Harry Potter

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