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Data input for windows 8

by christy / March 19, 2013 12:35 PM PDT

Windows 8 may be good with a tablet or laptop.... My working environment uses desk top...monitors are big and out of reach ...some workers have their 17" monitors under a glass surface top work table, so touch screen input is useless.... so can I use windows 8 with keyboard and mouse only ?


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Yes you can, but get Start8 or Classic Start
by wpgwpg / March 19, 2013 12:43 PM PDT

You can use the mouse and keyboard in native Windows 8, but it's cumbersome. Get either Start8 (costs $5) or Classic Start (which is free), and it'll make your Windows 8 computer look and feel mostly like Windows 7. You'll be a lot more productive that way.

Good luck.

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Windows 8 does not look like Windows....
by christy / March 19, 2013 6:51 PM PDT

,,,its Microsoft's version of the Android....

Thanks for your reply and information.

Since it is possible to have a "classic start" interface via third party apps, Microsoft could have made that an option
for before start up....then that would be a talking point. Touch screen for laptop/tablet fun..... Classic for real productive work..... My wish is for a patch....


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You and millions of others including me
by wpgwpg / March 20, 2013 12:10 AM PDT

I totally agree with you. Why MS didn't include an option to have the legacy Start button makes no sense. They said Windows 8 was a "no compromises" system. If this isn't proof that they're out of touch, I don't know what is. They've done a lot of great things in the past, but that new user interface for desktops & laptops is certainly not one of them. A lot of us posted notes on their forum during pre-release testing, but they didn't listen. I hear the new Surface tablet is only selling about half of what they expected, so maybe when this affects their pocketbook, they'll wise up. We can only hope.

Good luck.

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