katarain
1 Copper

I hate Windows 8 So Very Much

I got my brand new Inspiron 17 SE today.  I absolutely hate Windows 8.  I can't even figure out how to play a DVD, and I'm wondering if Dell even included a program for me to play DVDs--I don't even know how to find out.  I shouldn't have to look at my order email to see if I have a program.  The USB port can't even see the mouse I plugged in. 

Anybody have any luck complaining and getting Dell to send a copy of Windows 7?  At this point, I am seriously considering just returning the entire computer.

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Re: I hate Windows 8 So Very Much

Hi katarain,

I request you to use the below links and update BIOS and Chipset:

http://dell.to/TCrp3X BIOS

http://dell.to/RQSmF6 Chipset

Then you can check if the computer works fine, alternatively you can use the below link where you can get a guide to use Windows 8 Operating system:

http://bit.ly/S8aCdB

If you are still not satisfied with Windows 8 you can write back and I can check if you can downgrade to Windows 7 operating system. I also request you to send the system service tag through private message so that I can check if the downgrade option is available.

I have added you as a friend. Please accept my friend request by clicking on my name highlighted in blue and then click on “Friends” tab at the top and then click on “Request to Review” and finally click on “Accept” button.

I am sending you a private message as well. Click on “Inbox” to respond to the message and provide system’s Service Tag and contact details so I may access your system records and check for further course of action. You could also click on Start Conversation to send a private message.

Thanks and Regards,
Kiran Kumar
Dell Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status : http://dell.to/1fgKSTr
Download Drivers : http://dell.to/1hcxG98

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Exsurgo
1 Copper

Re: I hate Windows 8 So Very Much

I think that Windows 8 may no longer support DVD-playback.  I would suggest trying VLC media player as it is the best free solution on the market.

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kirkd
5 Rhenium

Re: I hate Windows 8 So Very Much

If you have Win 8 Pro, you can download Win Media Center FREE.

If not, there are many good DVD players available free.

XPS M1530, Win 10 CU Pro 32-bit
Inspiron E1705, Win 10 CU Pro 32-bit
Dimension 9100, Win 10 AU Pro 32 bit
Inspiron 660, Win 10 CU 64 bit
Inspiron 3668, Win 10 CU 64 bit
Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 10 CU 32 bit

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Philip_Yip
6 Indium

Re: I hate Windows 8 So Very Much

Was Dell Stage not included with the system?

http://www.dell.com/uk/p/d/videos~en/Documents~Video_Stage_Global_H264.aspx.aspx

Windows Media Player is still present in Windows 8 but you need to go to the all apps menu and pin it to get it.

To get you started with Windows 8 I recommend you look at the following videos here.

There is a free Dell Windows 8 for Dummies guide available from here.

If you still don't like Windows 8, you should consider installing StartIsBack.

If you have WIndows 8 Professional you can request a Windows 7 Professional Reinstallation DVD and exercise downgrade rights but you need to purchase another license if you got Windows 8.

http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/downgrade_rights.aspx#fbid=Y_2aK7Nd5Y-

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell
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lucids
2 Iron

Re: I hate Windows 8 So Very Much

Let's be honest here Windows 8 is an unmitigated disaster. It is undoubtedly the worst operating system on the market and even though I loathe Apple, Microsoft have done them a favour by releasing this terrible operating system. I just wonder how long it will take before they scrap the current version and bring out Win 8 classic then quickly drops the classic motif and returns to a windows 7 like environment. You can't blame Dell as MS have forced their OEM's into marketing this failure and Dell as well as other manufacturers must be cursing MS.

Many shops I've visited have been actively advising customers that they will supply windows 7 for them, I've never seen anything like this happen before. And I would advise anyone buying to make sure they can get windows 7 first as win 8 is truly awful and just plain broken. past the flashing metro interface apps have adverts and just don't work. They even ruined the standard classic desktop. I tried it for 5 days before re formatting and re imaging win 7 again...relief.

here's a decent review. http://www.zdnet.com/what-not-to-buy-on-black-friday-windows-8-pcs-and-laptops-7000007557/

Now if Dell want a make a killing with a dual purpose laptop and tablet why not have it as a windows 7 laptop that can also boot to the latest Android as a tablet. Think about it what could be better. All the advantages of a tried and tested great OS as Win 7 for functional work and then android for tablet use with all the great apps and ease of use. Who wouldn't want that. get in before samsung do it!!!

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e3_prog
2 Bronze

Re: I hate Windows 8 So Very Much

Try this program   ....   www.stardock.com/.../start8

It's only $5 and it makes Windows 8 act just like Windows 7

It really is great and removed some of my hatred for Windows 8

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Kmwhite619
1 Copper

RE: I hate Windows 8 So Very Much

Hello 

i purchased a new dell computer 1 month ago and my husband and I ( software engineer) absolutely HATE windows 8!!!

how can I get windows 7?

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kirkd
5 Rhenium

RE: I hate Windows 8 So Very Much

The desktop side of Win 8 is an improved Windows 7. How can you hate it?

Easy to get Win 7. Just buy a copy.

XPS M1530, Win 10 CU Pro 32-bit
Inspiron E1705, Win 10 CU Pro 32-bit
Dimension 9100, Win 10 AU Pro 32 bit
Inspiron 660, Win 10 CU 64 bit
Inspiron 3668, Win 10 CU 64 bit
Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 10 CU 32 bit

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RE: I hate Windows 8 So Very Much

Hi Kmwhite619,

I will be glad to help you. If the computer was shipped with Windows 8 pro operating system then we can help you in downgrading to windows 7 pro operating system. If it was shipped with any other operating system then you will have to purchase a windows 7 operating system as suggested by KirkD. If you are not sure how to check the operating system type then you may send me the system service tag via private message. I will check and let you know what can be done.

To send a private message, click on my user name and select start conversation.

Thanks and Regards,
Kiran Kumar
Dell Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status : http://dell.to/1fgKSTr
Download Drivers : http://dell.to/1hcxG98

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