Windows 7 Availability

As you know, Windows 8 was released at the end of October of last year which is a little over 2 months ago as I write this. We have customers who call us and want to purchase a new computer. When getting these new computers for our customers, we are finding that it is getting harder and harder to find new computers in local stores that have Windows 7 on them. Most of them have Windows 8. It’s much easier to find new computers with Windows 7 on them at online stores, although the selection of Windows 7 computers has certainly diminished, even online.

If you’ve been reading our newsletter or our website for the last few years, you know that we generally don’t recommend going to a new version of Windows until it’s been released for at least a few months, just to make sure there are no major problems. That turned out to be invaluable advice when Windows Vista was released. But when it comes to Windows 8, we really haven’t seen any major issues so far. The only issues we have seen have been with the design changes. No real problems in terms of stability or performance.

Although there have been some pretty major design changes in Windows 8, there are several things that can be done that will make it an easier transition. Adding some critical icons to the desktop helps make it so that you don’t have to use the start menu. A third party utility program can be installed that makes Windows 8 boot directly into the desktop so you don’t have to see the start menu at boot up. And there are several other tweaks that can be made as well. That in addition to a little training and using Windows 8 isn’t all that different from Windows 7.

Using the Windows 8 start menu on a computer isn’t that bad if you know the secret. The secret is to use the search capability. When you enter the start menu, just start typing what you are looking for and then when you see it above in the search results, click on it. The other secret is how to shut down your computer. Just hit Control-Alt-Delete and then click on the power button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

All this is to tell you that if you need a new computer, it’s OK to get a Windows 8 computer, but you might need for us to make some changes to it to make it easier to use. One advantage to getting a Windows 8 computer over Windows 7 in addition to the fact that they are easier to find is the fact that they are cheaper. Supply and demand.

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