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Can Windows 8 be used without a touch screen?

by glorym / August 5, 2012 9:36 PM PDT

Have a desktop with windows Vista and a flat panel monitor that is not touch operated. Will I have to upgrade the monitor to use Windows 8?

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Sure it can
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 5, 2012 9:50 PM PDT

I have been using it on my Desktop with dual monitors, neither of which are touch screen.

I'm using the older Beta testing Win 8 Consumer Preview, (not yet upgraded to the next tester version), and it works fine on a Desktop. It will also work on a laptop that isn't touch screen.

Windows 8 is the first OS, (I believe), to attempt to span all devices like Desktop/Laptop, through tablets/netbooks, to mobile smart phone technology. So the Metro user interface, (the name apparently recently dropped by MS), which is what users first see when Win 8 boots up, takes on different aspects depending what device it is installed on.

There is no user intervention required, Win 8 understands what device it is installed on whether touch screen or not, and adapts accordingly.

I hope that helps.

Mark

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Thank You
by glorym / August 5, 2012 10:58 PM PDT
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I downloaded the beta twice but never installed. Nowhere did it say you do not have to have the touch screen. I should have asked this question months ago. It is probably too late to install one of the betas now. Once again, thank you.

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Well you still have
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 6, 2012 10:09 PM PDT
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There is win 8 test key in the market - GTQsoftware
by GTQsoftware / August 8, 2012 3:19 PM PDT

There is win 8 test key in the market
You could buy one to try

Windows 8 can be used without touch screen, please don't worried

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