Will my parents hate Windows 8?
December 2, 2012 4:33 AM Subscribe
Will Windows 8 put my parents off computers for good?
posted by jon1270 to computers & internet (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It's time to replace my parents' old PC (eight years old, P4, XP), and they're looking to me for guidance. They've both been light computer users for a long time, but are not 'digital natives' by a long shot.
As I begin to shop for this new PC, it seems that virtually every current model now comes with Windows 8. I had been hoping to find a Windows 7 model, to minimize the learning curve as they switch away from XP, but that now seems to require the purchase of Windows 8 Pro, which comes with downgrade rights. Dell charges a $70 premium for this 'upgrade to downgrade' solution, which I'd rather avoid.
I realize there are still some Windows 7 models on store shelves, but given the likely possibility that such will be very hard to find by the time my parents are ready to pull the trigger, I'm wondering: would the Windows 8 learning curve really be as bad as I fear? I have no experience with it myself. I also live more than 2 hours away, so I can't pop over and help them get unstuck. What do you think the transition from XP to W8 might be like for your typical tech-intimidated older person?