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The major new upgrade from Microsoft, Windows 8, will be available for your computer or tablet starting Friday, October 26, 2012. While I am usually first in line to upgrade to the latest and greatest, I may hold off a little while on this one. But again, I might not.

Windows 8 is so completely different than what we are used to - it does not even have a Start button anymore. And since it is optimized for computers and tablets with touch screens, many early testers recommend to stick with Windows 7 if you do not have a touch screen or tablet.

Legacy Family Tree works well on Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. It does not (now) run on tablets running Windows RT. For a comparison of the three versions of Windows, click here. Or take a tour of Windows 8 here.

Having said all this, you will probably find me at the computer store early Friday morning. What about you? Are you taking the plunge, or will you wait for a while? 


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I used the Windows 8 Beta version that i download for free to try out. I did not have much difficulty in migrating from windows 7 to windows 8. yes I missed the stat button. Windows 8 was fast and I liked it. I will not be moving to Windows 8 immediately. I'm going to wait till its about 6 months old and a few updates in the bank.

No Windows is not only for for touch screens and tablets. It works excellently well on a desk top computer and lap top with a conventional mouse and keyboard.

I have Windows 8 on my computer and it works great with Legacy.
Much faster than 7.

We have just lost our VISTA PC and are about to upgrade to a Windows 7 computer. We wont upgrade to Windows 8 until (if and when) it becomes necessary.

The funny thing is that our older computer - the one with Windows XP on it - is still working just FINE!!!!!

I'm using Legacy with Windows 8 and so far I've had no issues. I did miss the Start button at first, but I have grown to like the changes. If you really need to have a Start button you may want to try Start8 from Stardock Corporation. It will give you a Windows 7 style Start menu. I haven't tried any others, but I know they are out there.

It just doesn't look like something I'd use, at least the "razzle-dazzle" video, left me flat! Apps and more apps, must be showin' my age. I don't think I'll upgrade anytime soon. Thanks for the information.

Iwe just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8. There is no ned to waít. It runs like a charm. Easy upgrade process


Well, I upgraded to Windows 8 (Pro) on my desktop where I do all my Legacy work. Not only Legacy 7.5 Deluxe runs fine; but also a couple of Mapping programs that were designed for Windows XP or earlier (96 or 98)that I use to verify locations also work fine.... Miss the 'Start Button' and CNTL-Alt-Del / Task Master/manager does not have all the 'bells & whistles' that Windows 7 had. They are now Apps... If you liked some of the Games (preloaded with Windows 7) make copies in order to reload them in Windows 8 - Windows 8 erases them.... Howard [email protected]

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