Anna D, Account Executive at Bryley Systems, reveals how she overcame some frustrations with Windows 8 and set it up for business use.
“My experience with Windows 8 started out a little bumpy, but with a few tweaks, I was able to customize the OS (operating system) to be more suitable for my business needs.
The first thing I noticed when I booted Windows 8 were the tiles, which can be compared to app icons for Android and Apple devices. Personally, I only like navigating app icons on a touch-screen-capable device, and find it inefficient in my everyday business-computer needs. For instance, when I am using an app on my phone, I am only using that one app. At work, I am constantly multitasking, and moving back and forth from one application to another. In order to solve this problem, I changed the settings so my computer will boot into desktop mode. (For details on this procedure, please see Bryley Basics later in this post.) I can still access the tiles with my Windows key, if I wish.
Once I changed the boot settings I came across another hurdle. My Windows Start Button was missing and was replaced with a Windows key that brought me back to the tiles. So, I went to Windows Store to restore the Windows Start Button.
The first option that was presented to me was Classic Start Button, but I decided to go with Classic Start 8, because it was the closest resemblance to the Windows 7 Start Button. (For details, see Bryley Basics later in this post.) I have also tried Pokki, which is also nice, and which you can download directly on their website, or from the Windows Store.
I am now much happier with Windows 8. I can understand the direction that Microsoft was going towards in creating a single operating system for all devices, but the OS still needs to be tweaked based on how you will use it. The nice thing is I have the option and ability to customize Windows 8 for either business or fun. At work I am more efficient using Windows 8 like a Windows 7 computer. At home I much prefer the tiles, especially with a touch-screen-capable Ultrabook™, which is how I imagine Microsoft envision we use it.
I have more tips on tweaking Windows 8. Next month I’ll let you know how to change the default photo-viewing application, Photos, back to the old Photo Viewer. Those of you running Windows 8 have probably experienced the new Photos app, which opens the image in the full-screen, hiding everything else on the screen. It is really inconvenient for me, and I am guessing I am not the only one.”
Bryley Basics: Anna’s Windows 8 procedures
Setup your Windows 8 PC to boot to Desktop Mode:
- Click the “Windows” key on keyboard to access the “Start” screen.
- At the Start screen, select the tile named “Desktop”.
- Once at Desktop, go to the bottom taskbar (circled below), place your cursor on the taskbar, right-click, and then select properties.
- A pop-up screen named “Taskbar and Navigation Properties” will appear. Select the “Navigation” tab, check-on the desired items (and check-off the undesired items), and then click OK.
Add a Start Button to you Windows 8 Desktop Mode:
- Click the “Windows” key on keyboard.
- Go to “Store”.
- Type “start button” in the search bar at the top-right.
- Select “Classic Start 8”.
- Select “Get app from publisher” on the upper, left-hand side.
- Select the “FREE Download Now!” icon.
- Follow the prompts.
- The new Windows Start Button is now added to you Desktop!