Just bought a new lappy, HP Pavilion Touchsmart 15-n022sa, after my previous 6-year old one just broke. It comes installed with Windows 8 64bit. I am still getting to grips with this and am unfamiliar with it in any detail. It starts up with the Start Screen, an unhierarchical screen of tiles leading to apps (Is that what they call Metro?). Like many others, I prefer to use the standard Windows Desktop with a hierarchical Start Menu.
I can find the Desktop but the only menus I see is a hierarchical Desktop menu from the R of Taskbar, which seems to contain all the items currently on Desktop + some standard folders like Control Panel & Network. Also an unhierarchical menu from R-clicking on Bottom L 'button' of screen. This just seems to contain some standard Windows utilities, but no real programs (applications not apps) like IE. Where is this obtained from and how to alter it?
Which Windows is it?
Instead of starting on the Start Screen, I would like to start directly on the Desktop. The thin 'Windows Basics' pamphlet that HP supplies says 'Open to Desktop instead of Start Screen (select models only)' which involves the Properties of the Taskbar and a Navigation tab that I don't have. This makes me wonder whether I have bought the right version of Win 8 as I know that the facility cannot be provided just by the hardware.
Does it mean I should have bought a PC with Win 8 Pro? Or is it hinting that I need Win 8.1?
Where is Windows 8.1?
Something said I can get Win 8.1 free from the Store, but when I go there I can't find it. M/S site says I can download it free but provides no Download button I can find.
Classic Start Menu
Someone here once said I can download the classic Start Menu. Anyone know from where?
How can you search all files by filename or part? The Search Files on Start Screen only seems to find titles of apps. I suppose I can always do a CLI DIR wildcard.
I expect I'll come up with more Qs as I delve deeper