The new Windows 8 update from Microsoft has been receiving a lot of attention since it was first announced last year. The key feature that sets this operating system apart from previous updates is its touchscreen interface, which is set to drastically change the Windows experience for users across the board.

But this much-lauded innovation still has a few wrinkles to iron out. PCWorld reports that the operating system had a number of technical difficulties at a recent consumer preview. Running on an HP TouchSmart 520 PC all-in-one desktop, the new touchscreen technology was a little too glitchy and unresponsive to elicit many oohs and ahs from preview attendees.

Using the device "could involve several flicks and touches to get the system to respond," the source states, warning that the "balky" responsiveness could push users to opt for the traditional desktop mode and forgo the new interface altogether. But braver users may decide to stick with the new technology, delayed responses and all, so computer and laptop repair companies across the board will have to brace themselves for a mass of touchscreen related questions. 

Touchscreens in general can pose a whole new range of issues for users and computer repair companies in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The source reports that Windows 8 should work well on computers running Windows 7, but if your desktop or laptop wasn't built with a touchscreen display in mind, it may not transition quite as smoothly as newer devices. There may be times when your computer simply won't respond to touch, making it impossible to access your files or get any work done.

If you're struggling with a touchscreen device, consult a local Maryland, Washington, D.C. or Virginia computer repair service like Geeks On-site. Our technicians can discuss your technical issues over the phone, and, if necessary, send an expert to your doorstep to fix the problem.