The Mouse Trap

Upgrading to Windows 10 is not for wimps

I have seen no less than two thousand requests for help on the Internet regarding installing this new operating system. With the right detailed instructions and preparations and backups, it does finally install. The error codes are numerous, from not actually being connected to the internet to the screen just going black at any given time. Now what?

Until I see a smooth transition, I think I will not go near this. When I got my brand new Windows XP and 7, I did not go out and download windows 8. If it was free I suppose I would have considered it just like this free upgrade. But at what cost for real? My suggestion would be to be happy with what you have unless you are looking for a brand new computer. At that point, yes windows 10 appears great. If you must have it, then find a tech with lots of time on his or her hands to wrestle with the pitfalls. Maybe this is why the stores are charging close to $100 to install the new windows if you decide to purchase 8.1 and move up at the get go. If they will do it for free and will allow you to return it if it is not right then by all means go for it.

Classic Shell

Classic Shell is a program that brings back the Start Menu, with three styles that are straight out of Windows XP or Windows 7. This goes a long way to making those who were comfortable with earlier OSs feel more at home when upgrading to Windows 8. On Windows 8.1, it replaces the new Start button completely with the new Start menu. If your only frustration with Windows 8 is the start menu then download this 2009 software. It is free so beware of scams. They ask for donations but you are not required to do so.

If you do not like Classic Shell then uninstall just like you would any other program in the Control Panel. You can choose from numbers layouts including the way your computer looked years ago. I like the Windows 7 version so I just clicked on that option and I have my Windows 8.1 with a W7 Start Menu. I am happy with the options but I have gotten used to W8.1. If you need some help I would be happy to assist.

How About a House Party?

Have you been meaning to learn software and general usage information? Gather a few of your friends or relatives together and let’s learn over coffee some daytime or evening. It will be fun and you will get a chance to acquire more knowledge and share issues with the other attendees. We all meet at one person’s home or facility. You would be surprised what will be accomplished in a short time. We can address your tablet and smart-phone skills too.

I Make House Calls

I will come to your home or office and help you with almost any predicament including repairs, upgrades and general software/hardware usage. I can be your resident “Geek.” I have an endless amount of patience and knowledge. Give me a call at 419/318-9112. References and rates are always available upon request. Don’t forget to sign up for my Free Newsletter at Subscribers will get a copy of this article plus added hints, tips and trusted/valuable web links.

Janis Weber, B.A., owner of Ohio Computer Training, is a professional computer adjunct instructor at UT and Lourdes University. All classes are intended for both men and women even though the Eberly Center at UT has “for women” in its title. E-mail any specific questions or comments to or contact her for assistance at 419/318-9112. Public Classes are listed on her website: Private tutoring and repairs are just phone a call or email away.