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Windows 8.1

08/03/2015 10:36 AM

I just purchased an Acer with 8.1. One of the installed software programs is called Foxit Phantom PDF. It went through my computer and reconfigured every .pdf file. Now they only open with this software. Internet searches for a resolution have proven fruitless.

The next issue is to try and downgrade to Windows 7 Home. Has anyone done this?

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Re: Windows 8.1

08/03/2015 10:49 AM

I just purchased an Acer with 8.1.Sorry bout that!From what i hear that OS is not supported. The company i work at has gone to windoz 98 from 7. We could not get our internal programs to work with 8.1.

There will be an upgrade to 10 when available.

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Re: Windows 8.1

08/03/2015 10:59 AM

That is what I'm afraid of. Acer (HP) can't/won't help. I understand 10 also has major issues. I guess Linux is the way to go.

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Re: Windows 8.1

08/03/2015 11:00 AM

Beware of W 10.

It steals ALL your personal information, communications, e-mails and any voice data.

In other words, EVERYTHING, and it reserves the right to sell or give your information away to anybody.

BEWARE!

It's a complicated, long process to opt-out and you are automatically opted-in, so it steals everything you have, first.

They reserve the right to change the rules, at any time, without your permission.

I'm probably not going to download my "free" update.

They are thieves.

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Re: Windows 8.1

08/03/2015 11:11 AM

So that's the reason that they (Microsoft) are giving WinDOZE 10 away for "FREE".

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08/03/2015 11:22 AM

Is the whole point to re-sell your information?

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08/04/2015 6:57 AM

Beware of Greeks, er geeks, bearing gifts.

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08/03/2015 1:42 PM

I hope you realize you have just slandered thieves far and wide.

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08/03/2015 1:45 PM

My apologies to hard working, legitimate thieves everywhere.

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08/12/2015 10:23 AM

I just read an article someone put a link to on twitter this morning. Absolutely correct. The article was about reading the fine print in the user agreement. User beware....

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Re: Windows 8.1

08/03/2015 12:15 PM

Open windows explorer, find a .pdf file, and right click. It should bring up a menu with an option for "Open With". You will probably have to navigate to the Adobe PDF reader (make sure it is installed first). Make sure you check the box for "always open with this program".

Sorry about the Windows 8.1 - it sucks.

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08/04/2015 7:01 AM

I picked up a new Win 8 HP laptop for my son. After two days, he was begging me to put a different OS on it. I set him up with Mint Rebecca and he has been smiling, ever since.

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08/04/2015 8:01 PM

Thank you, that is the new flavor? I'll read up and get back to you

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08/05/2015 6:44 AM

Rebecca is version 17.1, the latest is Rafaela (17.2). It was just released. Thus I haven't had a chance to try the newest flavor, yet. According to the release notes, it doesn't sound like a major deviation, mostly bug fixes for certain hardware configurations.

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08/04/2015 9:24 AM

Unfortunately Foxit is bloatware and not part of Win8, 8.1 or the responsibility of Acer. Like many new systems these days yours came with third party programs installed by the MFG for a fee from the programs mfg. There is a disclaimer in some small corner of your documentation and probably a link to an online site that would tell you what is and isn't necessary. I know several mfgs that are is notorious for this crap and it can take a very nice smooth running system straight to hell.

Here are some handy links http://www.pcworld.com/article/2141881/beat-it-bloatware-how-to-clean-the-crap-off-your-pc.html

http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/oems-bloatware.aspx (you don't need to get their product but they have a good list and instructions)

Just search "bloatware" and you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the subject.

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08/04/2015 7:59 PM

Thank you. I don't understand why it isn't the responsibility of the Mfg? They received compensation for it.

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Re: Windows 8.1

08/25/2015 7:49 PM

Well a first. I'm glad to see the Windows welcome screen. I ordered the restore drive from Acer. Another company that refuses to ship to the "colonies". After a half dozen or so tries and 2hrs it loaded.

Next step is to follow the instructions to downgrade to Win 7.

I'll let you know.

Thank you all. Linux is fine, but not for me.

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Re: Windows 8.1

09/19/2015 2:46 PM

Thanks to all who added comments and assistance.

There were several issues with this particular model. The first being the original BIOS did not permit downgrades. After much reading, I got the proper firmware changes, and installed it. The second item, is I had to go to 7 Professional. <60 bucks on ebay.

I'm currently sending this on the Win 7 Pro downgraded computer. Just doing cleanups and getting all the proper drivers.

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