HP’s Free Win 8 App List

That new computer you got sometimes comes with pre-installed software that’s really neat – and you might use often. Other times, you’ll just search-and-destroy anything outside the basics and tag everything as bloatware. I’m here to tell you that there are some apps you should keep – and why. And, in the process, I’m also going to show you a couple HP-centric apps in the Win 8 app store right now that you can (and should) go and download right now – for free!

 

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Getting Started with Windows 8
If you’ve already jumped full-in to Windows 8, you’ve already picked up a bunch of tricks of your own. Some folks, like my in-laws, need a little more help as they wade into the newest rev of Windows. This app is basically a well-organized, basic introduction to how to navigate around Microsoft’s latest OS with videos and articles. It’s also fairly handy for showing you a couple shortcuts and tips…and, if you need that next level of TLC, it’s got links to all the appropriate forums to go a level deeper.

 

HP Scan and Capture
I’ve been backing up a TON of old articles lately – and this app has made my life easy. Seriously, over 10 years of magazine stories, scanned in over a long weekend with this quick-and-dirty scanning app. You could use this to work with a Webcam or, in my case, an ENVY 110 all-in-one printer/scanner. I like that it makes it a breeze to scan and stack related scans (in document mode I was quickly checking out 12-page pieces as a single PDF). Only thing I wish I could do with it: Cropping. Considering its “freebie” status, though, it really is hard to complain.

 

HP PageLift
In the same way that the Scanning app I just mentioned is great for capturing documents, PageLift is all about using the camera on your laptop and quickly capturing a document image while you’re on the go. This comes pre-installed on the ENVY x2, but you can grab this guy and try it out for yourself.

 

HP Recipe Box
Ann Finnie recently professed her love for HP’s RecipeBox app. (You can find her writeup here.) The short version: A handy app that helps you enter – and capture from other places online – you favorite recipes. Check it out and let Ann know what you think in the comments.

 

HP Quick Start
This app is for those of you that miss the search tool from your desktop...a la Windows 7. Just fire up Quick Start and you can search through all your programs and tag favorites. VERY handy if you’re looking for a bit of that “old school” flavor with your computing. You won’t find this in the Win 8 app store, but it is on HP’s page. Check it!

There are other Apps as well that I came across that are “Recommended by HP.” Some are free, some are partially free (with additional paid features). Out of those, here are a couple that I’d say are worth a look:

 

 

Back Trainer for HP – If you want to be remotely healthy or need a couple extra tips to get you back built up, check out this app.

 

Music Maker Jam for HP – I have to confess, I’ve been having fun with even the basic version of this app. Extra musical styles will rack up your costs, but it’s neat to be able to assemble and save a musical jam session with your laptop. Time for me to create my own soundtrack!

 

...as more “HP Recommended” apps come out that I approve of come out, I’ll be adding to this list. Are there any go-to Windows 8 Freebies that you’d recommend? I’d love to hear ‘em!

 

 

 

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Comments
by bbylancik on ‎06-05-2013 04:01 PM

I think Micrrosoft wasted their time and money on Window 8.

It is not intuitive and is clumbsy.   Sorry! Windows8 sucks!!!!!

by Walt48me on ‎06-12-2013 11:27 AM

My first thought on WIN8:  It's horrible!  After spending some time getting used to it, I've found that navigating the new start is easy and I like it better than the start button in WIN7.  Plus a few of the apps are nice.  The only real drawback is that the game package is vastly inferior.

by DESM on ‎06-17-2013 01:46 PM

 

I find that navigating windows 8 is a pain!! Not sure what the hype was about!

by Adbancemom on ‎06-27-2013 03:06 AM

It is a learning process, but everyone wants instant things today. No one wants to take time to do anything, and it is a shame because the miss out on so much. Yes it is different and you do have to be careful on some of your things and make sure how you set privacy settings because if you are not careful and someone has windows 8 you can not knowingly share your information because of being close to them it  can sync and then information is shared. That is the only  main thing I say, it automatically  synced my son's xbox when he cut it on. He does not have live, but if he did  I could watch what he does but my information could be shared.

by ladyjeanky on ‎07-04-2013 05:13 PM

I hated windows 8 at first.  It took a few days of trying and walking away from the pc

and coming back to get where I am ....still not where I want to be.  

My BIGGEST disappointment with this HP is that there is NO

place for the camera cards.  I acknowledge that it is MY responsibility

to read what systems come with a pc.....but I ASSUMED ..and yes I know

what assume does and DID in this instance.  Basically I am stuck with

a NEW pc with WINDOWS 8 ...the most modern and up to date technology

and NO place for a camera card. With everyone using digital cameras

I guess I thought like in the past you would have one on this pc also.

 If by chance you have a piece of technology that is a mobile device and

hooks into the usb port and then you can put the camera cards in it, 

I would love to purchase it.  If not...I will just contiue to be disappointed in this

HP desk top.   I do have a HP laptop and another HP desktop

I can use the camera card in.   I wanted it on my new HP. 

Dissapointed in this pc

Donna

by GizmoGladstone ‎07-05-2013 08:33 AM - edited ‎07-05-2013 08:34 AM

Hi Donna, 

 

Sorry to hear that you're not fully enjoying your PC because of it not having a camera card slot. Now, before I go any further, I want to make sure we're talking about the same thing. When you say, "camera card slot" are you referring to sd memory cards? 

 

If so, what computer did you get?

 

Maybe I can help get to the bottom of what is going on.

 

Best,

 

Darren 

TheNextBench.com

 

 

by 1933 on ‎07-05-2013 07:00 PM - last edited on ‎07-06-2013 10:11 AM by GizmoGladstone

Hello,

 

I need to return The Computor for another one. A Scrit error keeps showing and message asking to  debug

What is the process.  Purchased from Walmart June, 2013

Computor is under warranty

 

[***phone number removed to ensure privacy***]

 

Thank you for your assistance

 

Gloria

In addition Windows 8 is frustrating

by GizmoGladstone on ‎07-06-2013 10:15 AM

Gloria,

 

Sorry to hear that you're having problems with your new PC. Obviously our support teams are more than happy to try and help you. If you go to support.hp.com, that's the sure-fire way to get the help that you really need. Or try contacting @hpsupport on twitter.

 

If you're still not having any luck, send me a message here and I'll see if I can find someone to help you.

 

(unfortunately, I'm not the person that handles returns and such).

 

Best,

 

Darren

TheNextBench.com

by ladyjudyfaye ‎07-17-2013 08:24 PM - edited ‎07-17-2013 08:26 PM

:smileysurprised: I AM READING ALL THESE COMMENTS AN THERE IS NOT ONE HAPPY WITH THIS HIGH ETC COMPUTER I KNOW I HAVE SPENT A LOT OF MONEY ON MINE AN HAVE GOTTEN 4 MORE YEARS WARRANTY AS WELL AN I AM SAD TO KNOW THAT NO ONE CARES ABOUT IT AT ALL WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG HERE THIS FRIGHTENS ME I NEED SOME SUPPORT HERE PLEASE

by GizmoGladstone on ‎07-18-2013 04:43 AM

Hi LadyJudyFaye...

 

We DO care. I am here manning the blog and fielding questions all the time. As you may have noticed in this thread. In the same way that there are MANY people all over the world fielding any questions people might have in our forums. We stand behind what we make and if you have a question or concern, ask away. 

 

If you have tech support related questions, though I'd HIGHLY recommend that you ask in our forums first. Or contact our people on twitter - @hpsupport. Those two options are our first-responders.

 

Darren

TheNextBench.com

by kwhit190211 on ‎08-17-2013 03:14 PM

  Personally I heard to many horror stories about Windows Vista when I had it for over 6 years. It was ok to me but then I upgraded because I could no longer get any memory for a vista computer. I didn't want a APP situated PC. I knew what was going to happen there if I got that thing. That's why I went & got a PC loaded to the gills with memory & a 2 Terra bit hard drive and loaded with Windows 7.

by CreepinJesus ‎09-25-2013 04:35 PM - edited ‎09-25-2013 04:37 PM

I just bought my laptop with Windows 8, I also have my old HP with Windows 7 and I can honestly say that I very much like Windows 8. It takes a little getting used to, but you cannot beat the features it comes with. I also think it's very user friendly. I read a post above that a person stated that her LapTop did not come with a Card Reader, I do not know which model she has, but I have one on the lower left outside of the machine, well if your facing the screen .  Take your time with it people, it's called technology and it changes every day, you just have to ensure you do the same..Enjoy everyone !:smileyhappy:


GizmoGladstone wrote:

That new computer you got sometimes comes with pre-installed software that’s really neat – and you might use often. Other times, you’ll just search-and-destroy anything outside the basics and tag everything as bloatware. I’m here to tell you that there are some apps you should keep – and why. And, in the process, I’m also going to show you a couple HP-centric apps in the Win 8 app store right now that you can (and should) go and download right now – for free!

 

hp win 8 apps.JPG

 

Getting Started with Windows 8
If you’ve already jumped full-in to Windows 8, you’ve already picked up a bunch of tricks of your own. Some folks, like my in-laws, need a little more help as they wade into the newest rev of Windows. This app is basically a well-organized, basic introduction to how to navigate around Microsoft’s latest OS with videos and articles. It’s also fairly handy for showing you a couple shortcuts and tips…and, if you need that next level of TLC, it’s got links to all the appropriate forums to go a level deeper.

 

HP Scan and Capture
I’ve been backing up a TON of old articles lately – and this app has made my life easy. Seriously, over 10 years of magazine stories, scanned in over a long weekend with this quick-and-dirty scanning app. You could use this to work with a Webcam or, in my case, an ENVY 110 all-in-one printer/scanner. I like that it makes it a breeze to scan and stack related scans (in document mode I was quickly checking out 12-page pieces as a single PDF). Only thing I wish I could do with it: Cropping. Considering its “freebie” status, though, it really is hard to complain.

 

HP PageLift
In the same way that the Scanning app I just mentioned is great for capturing documents, PageLift is all about using the camera on your laptop and quickly capturing a document image while you’re on the go. This comes pre-installed on the ENVY x2, but you can grab this guy and try it out for yourself.

 

HP Recipe Box
Ann Finnie recently professed her love for HP’s RecipeBox app. (You can find her writeup here.) The short version: A handy app that helps you enter – and capture from other places online – you favorite recipes. Check it out and let Ann know what you think in the comments.

 

HP Quick Start
This app is for those of you that miss the search tool from your desktop...a la Windows 7. Just fire up Quick Start and you can search through all your programs and tag favorites. VERY handy if you’re looking for a bit of that “old school” flavor with your computing. You won’t find this in the Win 8 app store, but it is on HP’s page. Check it!

There are other Apps as well that I came across that are “Recommended by HP.” Some are free, some are partially free (with additional paid features). Out of those, here are a couple that I’d say are worth a look:

 

 

Back Trainer for HP – If you want to be remotely healthy or need a couple extra tips to get you back built up, check out this app.

 

Music Maker Jam for HP – I have to confess, I’ve been having fun with even the basic version of this app. Extra musical styles will rack up your costs, but it’s neat to be able to assemble and save a musical jam session with your laptop. Time for me to create my own soundtrack!

 

...as more “HP Recommended” apps come out that I approve of come out, I’ll be adding to this list. Are there any go-to Windows 8 Freebies that you’d recommend? I’d love to hear ‘em!

 

 

 


 

by rysanwelsh on ‎11-13-2013 08:14 PM

I took the plunge and bought my HP Paviion with Touch Screen and Win 8 and immediately upgraded it to 8.1 because I wanted to maximize my experience with the new OS version.  I did miss the working style of a Win7 desktop so I bought a program to recreate the Start menu on the desktop, rearranged my icons to look like Win 7 and then taught myself how to navigate back and forth between the 'Modern' UI and Win7 sides of the OS. I find that for 'real work' I am not using the Modenr UI, but for entertainment I spend a lot of time there. I use the Win8 sidefor social media, browsing news, viewing Netflix/Hulu shows and playing games. It works fine for all those things, no complaints.

 

I have found that some of the Win 8 apps are lacking in the features that the full desktop client provides, such as Evernote vs Evernote Touch, and even the Facebook app is not as full featured as running it in the browser. The HP Recipe Box app is no match for using Evernote to capture a web page or a PDF. I tried to use it to see if it could replace my Evernote notebook or my file of PDF recipes, but every time I used it I needed to tweak it. It took 3 or 4 tries before it could even find something on the page to capture. That's way too much overhead for me, so I stopped using it. The product, to be useful, needs to be abe to capture selected text, period-it shouldn't need to see only the print form of the recipe, it should be able to do it from the web page. And I shouldn't need to fiddle with it to get it to work.

 

I've done my homework on learning about Win 8/8.1 and , I'm satsified that I'm just as productive as I was on the Win 7 laptop. I can only hope that apps continue to improve in features and functionality to make them a better value. Truthfully, I could probably do everything I need to on the Desktop side, but I do want to give the OS the benefit of the doubt and will continue to use it for the fun factor.

by Captain-Paris on ‎11-26-2013 08:52 PM
Just bought one HP Pavilion TouchSmart and my sister set it up for me, however she forgot te password and my screen now is locked
by Captain-Paris on ‎11-26-2013 08:53 PM
Cant log in
by Captain-Paris on ‎11-26-2013 09:01 PM
I need help i have tried all passwords i remember but i cant log in is still asking me password with my email account
by GizmoGladstone on ‎11-26-2013 11:17 PM

Sorry to hear about your problem with the passwords. You don't have it anywhere? If it's tied to an email account (hotmail / outlook / whatever) it's that same password. Maybe opt to send for a password recovery to your backup address?

 

You might want to check with folks in the HP support forums (support.hp.com), but the only other thing I can think of right now, is going back into the boot menu and trying to force a system restore. It sets you back to factory defaults....but it sounds like you haven't had any time to put stuff on the PC yet.

 

Hopefully, that's of some help for you.

 

Best,

 

Darren Gladstone

TheNextBench.com

by Nashvillemykl on ‎01-08-2014 08:45 PM

I bought a pavilion 17-e049wm notebook pc equipped with System 8.1 two weeks ago. I've been using computers, PCs and Macs, for 24 years, six of them as Internet Director for Toyota dealership and it still took me a full afternoon  and four telephone calls to Microsoft and Comcast tech support during which I sat on hold for a total of more than an hour and a half just to figure out how to configure my Comcast email. As soon as I can find some sucker willing to pay me at least $200 for this piece of $&!% I'm rid of it and getting either a System 7 laptop or a Mac.

by GizmoGladstone on ‎01-09-2014 08:19 AM

Nashvillemykl: Sorry to hear that you had a tough time configuring email, but that is a new issue on me. I mean, I've given Windows 8 PCs to my in-laws and my wife and they didn't run into a single problem setting up email. In fact, The in-laws told me they were amazed at how simple it was. Not to point fingers at other companies, but maybe it was an issue with your email provider?

 

(For example, I use two-step verification with one of my email services and had to jump through a number of hoops to get the email set up. But that was because I wanted an additional layer of security.)

 

Best,

 

Darren

TheNextBench.com

by ediepierre January

I just bought a new touchscreen HP laptop and I guess my biggest disappointment is that 1- it doesn't have a CD ROM....really?!!!! What laptop doesn't come with a CD ROM? 2- it has no office software (all my other ones have had at least a "starter" pack for Word, Excel, etc...).  It came with Windows 8, which is TOTALLY new to me so, although I like XP, I'm willing to give it a shot.  In reading other people's posts, my other concern is the privacy settings.  I work with sensitive information and have to be careful of HIPAA information being shared.  I need to make sure that everything on my computer is secure and no one can see it.  So what settings do I need to put on it? So far, I'm kind of disappointed but hopefully my opinion will change after I use it more.

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