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After 6 or 7 years, the old system had to be replaced. At the time I built it, the thing was a state of the art gaming machine. But being a single processor CPU, it wasn't keeping up with the HD videos our camcorder produces.

Bought a HP Pavilion with an AMD Quad A8-5500 CPU and 8gig of 12800 RAM.
Don't like the Windows 8, but I guess I can suffer through it. Damn, this thing is fast.

Going to take the best part of the week to get everything transferred and set like I want it. After all, Wifey pushed me into getting it. I guess I gotta love her.

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I do my video processing on a HP pavilion with AMD Turion X2 Dual Core processor using Pinnacle Studio 12.

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Don't worry, you'll learn to really hate windows 8, and the next post will be about you thinking about tossing your new computer in the trash and looking for a used Vista or XP system. Wish Microsoft would have left their systems alone.
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I have had Win 8 since it came out. I like it. It was a little weird after dealing with CP/M, several version of DOS, all the Windows except the one that did not last long (can't even recall the name) and Win 7. Once I found a few tricks on Win8 like moving the cursor off the screen in the upper right hand corner to get the search, start, devices, and settings it got a lot better fast. I can find and run programs faster with Win8 with the search feature than I could any of the others.

When I first installed it (lost a HD with XP on it) I thought it was messed up. Only the black screen, later found out it was working fine just in the background. Eventually I got the small blue/green windows icon and some dots following each other in a circle. I learned that patents goes a long way with Win8 by watching those dots.

I learned that Win8 does not like to be turned off. I usually leave my computers run 24/7 so that was not really a problem. If it goes into sleep mode it will start up fast if I shut it off it can take a while to get going again.
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Don't worry, you'll learn to really hate windows 8, and the next post will be about you thinking about tossing your new computer in the trash and looking for a used Vista or XP system. Wish Microsoft would have left their systems alone.
My old system/s are XP, but it isn't supported anymore. Vista is trash.
Getting used to 8 is taking a while, but it isn't as bad as I thought it might be.

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Mac OS X anyone?

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Phillip, I wouldn't mind trying a Mac. Only problem, my CNC router, as well as all my software for is will only work on a PC. So, I'm stuck with Windows 8, since you can't get anything else.
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Not so, Keith. You can get Win 7 machines. Bestbuy, where we got this one has them in stock.

I spent the last couple days trying to connect my Samsung Android phone to my network. I tried everything.
Last night, while watching the Tigers win the Central Division Championship, I figured, what the heck, I'll try creating another user account on the PC, and try my file browsers on the phone to connect. Damn, that was simple. It worked. It was a bit easier with XP, but this turned out to be stupid easy.

The system is snappy. I was a diehard OS/2 user years ago, and hated having to go to Windows.

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Mike, Windows 7 is still available, some places, and only while stock lasts. Once their gone, their gone. I looked everywhere locally, and, they were gone. Oh well, some like 8, some hate it. Most of the computer tech's I've spoke with advise that most hate it, as I do. I found a program online, free, that gave me my start button back, as well as control panel, computer, etc. where it used to be. I have two new laptops with 8, they both suck, so I know its not just a fluke. I have to admit, the more I stay on it, the easier it is to navigate, and lets me know just how much it really does suck.
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Don't fret the differences in Win 8 versus Win 7 too much - assuming your new computer is not a touch screen you can use it much like Win 7.

The Start screen replaces the Start menu in Windows 8.

Open Start by pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Start, or You can also use the Windows key Windows key on your keyboard to go to Start.

You can pin apps, contacts, and websites to Start to easily access what you use most.
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In a few days you will be happily computing and only grumbling once in a while when you go looking for some utility that your used to finding in one spot only to find out it's been moved. Don't waste your money on utilities that make it look like Old version software as the new world marches on.

Have fun - if you didn't have Windows to gripe about you'd be an Apple users and limited only to what Apple says you want or be a Linux weenie and the whole world would be open to you as long as you were prepared to become a computer wizard and do everything the hard way.

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