I am not sure where to start here. But...here are the problems in a nutshell...yes, I have many... but actually three main ones.
BACKGROUND INFO: I have 3 PC's all shared, password protected, (running XP, 7 and now 8) in my home and want to access these computers with each other. Also, other users (2) in my home network, each with their own computers, and each having their own logon ID's and passwords.
PROBLEM 1: (This one is least important to me) I want to access my computers using using my logon name and password. I would like to have one user name for all computers (ie: ewolfe), which I have on all other computers.. but when I bought a new computer running Windows 8 and while first setting it up, I put my first real first name in it (Edward), thinking it was going to just register my Windows 8 copy with Microsoft. It wasn't until after the computer finally came on, that I realized that it is now my logon name. So I tried to change it, but is doesn't really change. When I connect to the Windows 8 machine, even though I have changed it and it shows it on the START screen in the upper left hand corner, it shows the user name as Edward. Is there anyway to do change it so I can login on the other computers using the ewolfe? Again, this one is just a minor problem and can deal with it, if I can't change it or its just to hard to accomplish it.
NOW FOR THE TWO PROBLEMS THAT MUST BE FIXED!
PROBLEM 2: DUAL MONITOR SOMETIMES NOT WORKING: As I said, I have 3 computers. They are using a KVM switch sharing one keyboard, mouse and monitors . The Windows 7 and 8 are using dual monitors Since I can't have dual monitors to both the Windows 7 and 8 machines (only 1 extra port for 2nd monitor), I bought another monitor so I can have dual monitors on the new Windows 8 machine (1=Westinghouse -L2046NV connects: VGA adapter, 2=HP W2072a Backlit monitors, connects DVI), in other words I have 3 monitors, 1 dual for Windows 7 and a different dual monitor running the new 8. All computers share the center monitor. But sometimes, and I can't really figure out what makes this happen, when I reboot the new Windows 8 computer, the HP W2072a goes to sleep, and the L2046NV that is connected to the other machines ONLY shows my mouse arrow. in order for me to see the screen. I have the I have to pull out the connection to the HP W2072a, once I do the I can see the sign on screen, and then connect the new monitor back up. I went into the BIO of the new computer and thought I fixed it but it still does it sometimes.
PROBLEM 3: APPS NOT WORKING: The apps on the START screen do not work. They appear like they are going to start, I get the app logo on the screen, but then immediately goes back to the START screen. They worked when I first set the computer up, but when I went into the setting for file sharing to share this computer and requiring a user name and password...the apps stopped working. The only app that will work is the Desktop app. I have tried to reset the computer back to default using the "REMOVE EVERYTHING AND REINSTALL WINDOWS" options. When the computer comes back, they all work again, but when I try to inable the network sharing, they stop again. I have accomplished file sharing, with permissons, on all other computers without a problem and in fact, have accomplished it on the Windows 8 machine, but the apps are not working now . And I am done trying to do it myself. I need help.
Let me just say that so far, (had this computer for just a few weeks now) I have never had so many problems setting up a new computer as I have had with WINDOWS 8. I am pretty good with computers, and have worked in the IT department for many years. I really do think that Microsoft made too many changes, to fast but I know I have to deal with it so I will, and will, in time, get used to it. But I can't seem to get these problems resolved enough to even begin to get used to it.
Any suggestions for these problems would be greatly appreciated.