The latest operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8, is now available to have pre-loaded onto newly purchased desktops and laptops, as well as for purchase as a standalone upgrade to existing systems. Windows 8 attempts to merge the traditional Windows desktop environment with a more “tablet-like” experience, resulting in an interface that is in many ways unlike anything seen before. This may be daunting to the less experienced, and for the time being, Windows 7 is still a viable option on just about every Windows PC running today. If you are interested in upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 on an existing computer, we recommend that you back up and format the hard drive, then install Windows 8 on the “clean” drive, rather than attempt an “upgrade” installation over an existing Windows 7 installation. If you’d like to learn more about Windows 8 before trying it out, I will be presenting a one-hour seminar on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. For information about all of OET’s seminars, or to sign up, please visit our News and Events page.