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no sooner had I started to pick myself up frim my lurgy when my pc finally fell over and died. Got a new one this morning,. but I’m having to leap from XP to Windows 8, even if it’s set up to “act as”; I’ve got to set everything up again, display and backgrounds and
c colours and text sizes – and find and restore desktop shortcut links – got to change things so that I can see them when I need to see what I’m doing to be able to change things so that I can see them – and they’ve given me a trendy mini-keyboard with half the keys in different positions so it’s back to nose-on-desk. other than that, things are fine! Should be back chatting some time this century :)

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Don't worry, you're worth the wait:)

31 Jul, 2015

 

We'll wait France. ..we're a patient lot we gardeners lol!

31 Jul, 2015

 

Hard changing pc and operating systems.....you'll persevere I know 😬

31 Jul, 2015

 

You can buy a separate keyboard and plug it in to the
new PC instead of the one they gave you. I did that with my new laptop and its bigger and easier to deal with.

Was wondering where you'd got to - good to hear you are feeling better anyway.

31 Jul, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Goodness I don't think I could cope with that ... Help !

31 Jul, 2015

 

thanks all for the kind thoughts. I have a box of old bog-standard keyboards, prob is reaching to the back of the machine to plug it in. lol I've already got at least a dozen tweaks for the tech so he might as well do this as well - or I can just go back to XP and put up with not being able to access some sites - at least the ones i CAN access,I CAN really access! NS I q]won't HAVE TO STOOP SO LOW MY CHIN IS ALMOST ON MY HANDS!

31 Jul, 2015

 

Hope you are sorted soon Fran..

1 Aug, 2015

 

I got the keyboard sorted - took me over an hour, he'd made such a rat's nest of cables that when I pulled the CPU forward a few inches to get at the back, one of my external drives was pulled off the shelf on to the floor. gulp. seems to be working, though. so now at least I can type properly and not keep engaging the caps lock by mistake. The rest of it will have to wait; they can't do anything over the weekend so it's "phone them Monday". sigh.

1 Aug, 2015

 

We have all been there Fran.

1 Aug, 2015

 

think I'll go back to XP - outdated and unsupported it may be, but at least I can read the screen without having to keep standing up! ah well, I suppose an expert can do the necessary tweaking; if not, XP is def back on the cards

1 Aug, 2015

 

Nice to have you back, Fran. Do not give up, all new things are pushing us from our comfort zone, but then we will accustom and the new becomes the usual :-)

3 Aug, 2015

 

You & I are not alone in our computers "going West",Fran! Mine went some weeks ago & I'm using a tiny one that my brother gave to me a couple of months before mine went "West". I think its a notebook computer but it had the very latest OS Windows 8.1 - quite a leap from the Windows XP that I'd been using for the best part of 15 years!

I've had a bit of practice over the years with Windows 7 but 8.1 is a very different "kettle of fish"! Perhaps if this computer had a touch sensitive screen, (8.1 was designed for that), it might be easier.

Being such a small PC (almost a toy!) & having to use it on my old computer desk it is causing me much pain at the base of my neck & the middle of my back from stooping over the screen which is at the same hight as the old keyboard. Even though I make the pages bigger in FireFox I can't make the text bigger over all the computer. I'm using the biggest size already & I have difficulty with some programmes even wearing reading glasses.

There are lots of things that are done very differently on this OS & it's hard knowing what to do. I, too, would like to return to Win XP!

This PC is eligible for upgrading to Windows10 - Microsoft's newest OS. So I preordered it & I should get the 3GB download soon. It's supposed to be an improvement on Win 8.1 & most of our old programmes should work on it. Nevertheless I must get a new desktop computer soon.

3 Aug, 2015

 

the "expert" came out today to do some tweaking, rename drive letters, sort out the screen area, resolution, etc - I asked about XP and he said I could get an independent internal hard rive and have XP on that, and 8 for online, but I couldn't run both at once. Half an hour after he left, I was typing aletter in Open Office )not got Word installed yet) and the whole system froze. phoned them in some indignation - this is a brand new machine, not had it a week, not added any software, and the whole thing froze up to the extent that I had to turn it off at the CPU and back on again? and now I've lost the miniscule amount of text formatiing that I was able to do before - all the menus are back to nose-on-screen. some "expert"!

5 Aug, 2015

 

Sorry to hear about your computer "wows" again, Fran :((

Has the expert been back & fixed it again? I can quite understand your rage at the computer freezing up & having to turn it off! The first day after installing Windows 10 on this Notepad (or "mini-computer" as I call it) it also froze on me & I had to restart the computer! I wasn't very happy either!

However since then I've had no problems in particular con Windows 10 or the computer but I did have problems with my ZoneAlarm Firewall & Antivirus programme. It started downloading updates that never seemed to install correctly. I've used ZoneAlarm products practically since I started using a computer of my own & it has rarely given me problems. After "installing" the update patch to make the programme run under Win10 5 or 6 times I grew tired of it & uninstalled it & found another old stalwart of mine AVG. This installed & works fine only that it doesn't include a firewall & I have to use Windows own. This is supposed to be a great improvement on the old version - I hope it is!

11 Aug, 2015

 

I've not got back to them yet. Apart from the callout charge, I don't have much confidence in them. Found out that my window-cleaner builds computers! so I've emailed him to ask him to give this PC a once-over - no point my installing software now if it has to be done again later because the system isn't properly set up.

I heard that one can get 10 as a free download if one has 8 - which probably shows how good it is if they're giving it away! Oh for XP again! still got the disk, so likely will go back. but no closer to being able to play some of my pc games unless I can get right back to 95 or 98 - or re-learn how to get to DOS and more important, how to get out of it again!

11 Aug, 2015

 

Yes Windows 10 does come as a free download if you have at least Win 7 or higher. It can't be installed in computers running XP nor Vista - both OS that my wife & I have (had)! I was able to install it because the notepad computer my brother gave me had Win 8.1 installed.

Do you still have games going back so far?!!! There is "compatibility mode" on most Window OS but I've no idea if you can use it for games that old. If Win 10 has it still it will probably only work for Win 7 & 8. :( I can't help you with getting into or out of DOS, I very rarely have anything to do with it.

I hope your window cleaner can help you out.

11 Aug, 2015

 

Microsoft's argument for giving away Win 10 is that they want up to 3 billion computers to be running it in a couple of years time.

Microsoft makes software (& money) by encouraging programme makers to make programmes, or apps as they now prefer to call them, to run on the new OS.

11 Aug, 2015

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