Windows 8

Should I switch back to Windows 7?

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Episode 1100

Ryan from Cincinnati, OH

Ryan is using Windows 8 and is not so sure about it. Should he go back to Windows 7 or earlier? Leo says not to go back further than Windows 7. When all is said and done, even with improvements, Windows 8 has been a flop. They do have a better file copy and built in windows antivirus, and there have been other under the hood improvements. But the interface has been a collosal failure. Leo says it's really two operating systems mushed together -- a touch screen interface and the traditional desktop of Windows 7. It really doesn't know what it wants to be, and that's caused confusion.

If I downgrade to Windows 7, can I still keep the Windows 8 recovery partition?

Windows 8

Episode 1091

Brandon from Palm Springs, CA

Andrew bought a new computer with Windows 8, but wants to switch to Windows 7. He wants to know if he can erase Windows 8, but still keep the Windows 8 recovery partition. Leo says that Windows 8 initially was confusing and it didn't really know what it wanted to be. But he's gotten used to it, and Leo says it's the future of Windows, so we might as well get used to it. Andrew just has to learn its quirks like just typing to launch programs.

Is it possible to combine the SD card and internal storage into a single drive on a Windows tablet?

ASUS Transformer Book T100

Episode 1074

Rich from East Point, MI

Rich has an ASUS T100 Windows 8 tablet with attachable keyboard. It came with 32GB of internal storage, with the option to expand using an SD card. He's wondering if he can combine the internal storage and the SD card so that they appear as one single drive. Leo says he could, but it raises the failure rate because if one fails, it all fails. It's called "Scary RAID." Even if he adds more space with a MicroSD card, he may or may not be able to add apps to it. Tablets really aren't upgradable.

What scanner should I get?

Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner

Episode 1071

Mike from Portland, OR

Mike bought a new computer and now he needs to get a new scanner because his old one isn't supported in Windows 8. He doesn't want to spend a lot of money. Leo suggests Epson scanners. They're great and they're what he uses. They have several different models with various features, so he'll want to select the one that does what Mike needs.

(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)

How can I protect myself online with my new computer?

Episode 1068

Billy from Redondo Beach, CA

Billy is getting a new Windows 8 desktop and wants to be sure he sets it up with the proper security. Leo says that Microsoft is now bundling Windows Defender (formerly called Security Essentials) with Windows 8, so he'll be protected as long as he keeps it up to date. There are other things he can do to protect yourself more, though:

Microsoft Makes OneNote Free, and on Every Platform

Microsoft OneNote

Episode 1067

Making it available on every platform, Microsoft finally made their note taking app OneNote free in an attempt to take on Evernote. We also think that Microsoft will announce plans to release Microsoft Office for iPad. Leo also believes a touch centric Office suite is coming for Windows 8 Surface tablets as well. But while people are enjoying the tablet experience, Leo says it seems like Microsoft is forcing touch on computer users.

Is Microsoft giving Windows 8 away?

Episode 1061

Tom from Brea, CA

Tom likes Windows 8 and saw that Microsoft may be giving away Windows 8.1. Leo heard that and they pretty much give away 8.1 to people who own Windows 8 already. It would be a clever move to do so, but Leo can't really imagine them doing that since Microsoft is a software company, unless they're reinventing themselves again. It just barely passed Windows Vista in market saturation. People just don't trust it because the word went out that Windows 8 is terrible.

Will restoring a hard drive include recovery partitions?

Episode 1052

Lynella from Los Angeles, CA

Lynella brought her sister's laptop in to get fixed, but she didn't make a copy of the hard drive before she did. Leo says techs usually wipe the drive or replace it and then restore the OS from a backup recovery disc. But that may not include the restore partitions that originally came with it. If they claim they restore to manufacturer specs, then it should have the recovery partition. If they refuse to restore that for her, then Lynella may be able to get recovery discs from the laptop manufacturer. Recovery discs are better anyway because then she still has it if the drive dies.