Windows 8.1 a learning curve?

Going with 8.1 Pro new laptops. Upgrading existing users with a new OS.
Wondering from other experiences how much is it a learning curve for the users. Is there a classic Windows 7-alike interface? Wondering how much will I have to sit down with users and go over new features, etc.

Thanks.



Assuming you wish to work in the desktop, you can start in the desktop assuming you have Windows 8.1. This is how I do it (2 years experience with Windows 8).

See my article on Ways to Improve Windows 8 as you may find it makes the learning curve shorter.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/A_16620-Ways-to-improve-Windows-8.html



Assuming you wish to work in the desktop, you can start in the desktop assuming you have Windows 8.1. This is how I do it (2 years experience with Windows 8).

See my article on Ways to Improve Windows 8 as you may find it makes the learning curve shorter.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/A_16620-Ways-to-improve-Windows-8.html



I found that the main thing they have an issue with is the start button (or lack thereof). Teach them that they can hit start and then start typing the name of the program they want and things seem to go a lot better.



My article shows a complete Programs Start facility on the right side taskbar. Everything is there.



...classic Windows 7-alike interface


Here's a 3rd party interface: http://www.classicshell.net/



You may want to consider the excellent (and free!) Classic Shell:http://www.classicshell.net/

I not only don't like the W8 interface, I don't like the W7/Vista interface, so I've been using Classic Shell to give me the good old W2K (truly Classic!) interface on all of my Vista, W7, and W8 computers. Of course, if you prefer, you may configure Classic Shell to give you the XP or Vista/W7 interface on W8.

Here's a 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial that explains how to download, install, and configure Classic Shell — all of which happens in the 5-minute video, although you may want to spend another 10-15 minutes configuring its large number of options:http://www.experts-exchange.com/VP_211.html

Regards, Joe

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