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    Advice needed, Please

    I have a NIB Samsung laptop with Windows 8.1. Bought several months ago and never setup. I am unsure if I want the touchscreen option. My question is, should I wait for Win 9 or go ahead now and set this up with Win 8.1? Thanks

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    Alan,

    Welcome to the Lounge as a new Poster!

    I'd go ahead and set it up as you most likely be able to upgrade very easily.

    If you don't want to deal with the touch screen you can get one of the Start button replacements which will make 8.1 look like Win 7 but still have all the 8.1 features.
    My favorite is StartIsBack. It's a paid app $3.00 and there are free alternatives if you wish.

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    Ditto, except I use Classic Shell on 2 Notebooks and 1 Desktop.

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    Just to clarify things a little, the above posts relate to using a Start menu rather than the Modern Interface Start Screen (Which I assume the OP is really concerned with). This is totally independent of whether or not touch is enabled. Touch can be used in either environment and the Modern interface works well without touch.

    To really avoid all the new Windows 8 (.1) interface tweaks and make it operate like Windows 7, you also probably want to enable boot to desktop and disable the hotspots at the four corners of the screen. This can be done natively within Windows 8.1 (not windows 8) or within the Start button replacement app.

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    If the Touch Screen is a problem, (it was for me on an HP AIO) the touchscreen driver can be disabled.
    It looks like just another mouse driver, in the Hardware Manager.
    But don't remove the driver....because Windows will just reinstall it on the next boot-up.

    The problem I had with the touch screen, was that I had a very small insect that would land on the screen and my cursor would jump to that location. It only took me a few minutes in Hardware Manager to find the correct driver and Disable it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanwk View Post
    I have a NIB Samsung laptop with Windows 8.1. Bought several months ago and never setup. I am unsure if I want the touchscreen option. My question is, should I wait for Win 9 or go ahead now and set this up with Win 8.1? Thanks

    You've got 8.1 right now, so, unless you're not planning on using the machine, why not set it up?
    As the Doc mentions with regards to touch, you're not obliged to use it.
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