Get rid of Windows 8 or wait for the upgrade to 8.1?

October 15, 2013

I have recently removed Windows 8 from two computers

In the first case the person, at the suggestion of his young grandson, had upgraded his Windows XP to Windows 8.  The inevitable result was that the computer became very very slow to the point that it was nearly unusable.  This person was under the impression that he would not be able to go back but I simply backed up his data and reinstalled XP.  All is now well.  One possible moral of this story is that the younger generation don’t always know best!

In the second case, the person had upgraded his Windows 7 laptop to Windows 8 using a download.  He did make an image backup on a USB memory stick as instructed, but then lent the memory stick to his daughter.  Then his laptop completely froze.  It turned out that his daughter had wiped the memory stick and used it for other purposes.  All I could do was to reinstall Windows 7.  In the end, the customer was pleased as he did not like Windows 8 anyway!

The upgrade to Windows 8.1 is due very soon.  20th  October I believe.  The most highlighted feature of the upgrade is the return of the Start Button to the Desktop.  There obviously are other features that are mentioned in the review by Expert Reviews.

If you are unsure about Window 8, it might be worth you waiting for a few days for 8.1 before you make any big decisions.  Although most of the shops only sell Windows 8, you can still buy Windows 7 computers online.