Windows 8.1: First impressions took getting used to
This blogger now has a new computer. It took me two weeks to find a replacement for myself and my mother, as both of our computers weren’t working. Since MS Office 365 was out of my league, finding a free suitable software alternative compatible to Windows 8.1 was paramount.
The new software used by me, called Apache, was an alternative to MS Office products. The full version of the above software, compatible with my operating system, was anywhere from $59 to $99 yearly. Like the McAfee, they ‘lock’ the prospective client into the 30 day free trial and try to get them to buy when the trial ends. Until now, all desktops, laptops and tablets already had software of that type installed on it, which was partially why the prices of computers was driven up.
In all fairness, Windows Defender was installed on my computer and turned off so the above antivirus software wouldn’t butt heads. As soon as the McAfee software was removed, the other free software kicked in. At first, my thinking was to return the entire laptop even after this took place because of feeling out of my element after using Windows XP and Windows 7. Frankly, my words were that I was ‘fed up’ with the new OS. The reasons were listed below:
1. Until now, a password was needed to get to the apps on my computer. Thankfully, this was easier to remember because it is another type of password used already.
2. The only browser installed was MS Internet Exporer, which was unliked by me. I loved Bing, but didn’t care for the other browser to get to it. In order to continue writing for the Examiner, one had to use Firefox or Google Chrome for the best results.
3. In order to receive the latest upgrade to Windows 10, one needed a Hotmail account. I can deal with this, but it has been a long time since that account was used, so the password would’ve had to have been reset. Remembering security codes to change my billing for Hotmail Plus was a pain in the tail so downloading the app for my phone was a blessing. This was done while writing this piece. Now, my Skype account had to be set up.
The trickiest situation was getting the recovery media for this new computer. Using the DVD drive just made the first of three disks get stuck. This would have to be checked out before the 90 day warranty My brother suggested using a 32GB USB flash drive. Right now, I was leaning toward purchasing SanDisk over Lexar because the second flash drive on the Best Buy and Amazon websites ran about the same price, $40-$60 before the sales ads at the store. I mean, getting three flash drives under $50 would back up both my laptops and the desktop.
Once the preferred browsers were set, it would’ve felt more like this was my computer. Windows 8.1 took some getting used to. My sister suggested using YouTube tutorials to learn to navigate this new system. Any time a compatible alternative to a name brand was found online for free was a blessing. There was no reason to ‘lock’ anyone into a yearly fee for a program that should be free.