Windows 8

Should I update to Windows 8.1?

Episode 1043

Rick from San Diego, CA

Rick wants to know if Windows 8.1 is better than Windows 8. Leo says yes it is, and it's always a better idea to go with the latest version of the OS, if for no other reason than security updates. But Windows 8.1 has enabled users to bring back the Start button and can work much more like Windows 7.

Leo also recommends getting Start8 by Stardock. It's only $5 and can make Windows 8 look exactly like Windows 7.

What desktop replacement computer should I buy?

Episode 1042

Alfredo from Rohnert Park, CA

Alfredo wants to upgrade his Windows laptop to a workstation laptop or a desktop. Leo says he'll have to decide between maximum portability or maximum power. It's not just that the price of a workstation laptop would be higher, but it's also the weight, screen size, and battery life that would factor into the decision. If he chooses portability, then he's going to sacrifice some processor power, it would have a smaller screen size, but the battery life would be far better.

Next Version of Windows Will Have a Start Menu

Episode 1039

According to both Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott, the next version of Windows, code named "Threshold", will include a Start Menu. This could be an admission by Microsoft that the Windows 8 tile system did not work. Leo believes there was a very vocal faction in Microsoft that said the future of computing was moving away from computers and towards tablets. He thinks that faction was winning, and the Tiled interface was the direction Microsoft was going. Leo thinks they wanted to actually kill the desktop interface altogether in favor of the tiled interface.

Should I get a desktop computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8?

Episode 1039

Rick from Los Angeles, CA

Leo thinks that Windows 7 is the best version of Windows ever. Microsoft has decided to move everyone to a tablet interface, with big tiles that can be tapped with a finger. Windows 8 is really designed for touch, and is a hybrid between a desktop and tablet interface, which makes it confusing. If Rick can get a Windows 7 system, then he should do that. If he stays with Windows XP, he'll be vulnerable to attacks when Microsoft stops supporting it this Spring.

How can I get rid of a popup from MyPCBackup?

Episode 1039

Bill from Palm Desert, CA

Bill bought an Alienware PC and it has bloatware on it called MyPCBackup. He's getting annoying popups from it, and can't take it off. Leo says that this type of trialware is unfortunately how Dell makes a little extra money. There is the option of paying a little more and getting a PC without any trialware on it, so he can keep that in mind for the future.