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Understanding Windows 8

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The Start Screen in the Windows 8 Release Preview

Reviewers of early versions of Windows 8 were stunned to see that Microsoft did something unthinkable: It removed the Start button from the desktop. The Start button, the program launching pad used by [more…]

The Desktop in Windows 8’s Release Preview

Microsoft clearly created Windows 8’s new Start screen and its ecosystem of apps as the heart of Windows 8. Changing Windows 8 so drastically would have alienated millions of Windows users worldwide, however [more…]

The Different Versions of Windows 8

Microsoft aims for a simpler approach to computing with Windows 8, and that simpler approach applies to the versions of Windows 8 you’ll see released later this year. When buying a new computer or upgrading [more…]

Windows 8 Release Preview: The Dueling Operating Systems

Still a work in progress before it rolls out as the next version of Microsoft Windows, Windows 8 Release Preview features the prospect of two versions of Windows built into a single package. [more…]

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Release Preview

Windows 8’s vision, oddly enough, sprouted from smart phones. Before smart phones became commonplace, people thought of computers as deskbound workhorses. For decades, people sat down at a computer because [more…]

How to Upgrade Online to Windows 8

With Windows 8, Microsoft lets you upgrade to a new operating system online: After you purchase the program online, Microsoft sends it to your computer through the Internet. After you run through a few [more…]

The Windows 8 Taskbar's Crazy Toolbars

Your taskbar in Windows 8 won't always be a steadfast, unchanging friend. Microsoft lets you customize it, often beyond the point of recognition. Some people enjoy adding [more…]

How to Turn Off Permissions in Windows 8

Toning down the nagging permission screens in Windows 8 leaves your PC more vulnerable to the dark forces of computing. But if you find yourself grinding your teeth more than working, Administrator account [more…]

How to Set Internet Explorer's Security Zones in Windows 8

Regardless of whether your machine is running Windows 8 or an earlier operating system, Internet Explorer offers four security zones, each offering a different level of protection. When you add different [more…]

How to Prepare for a Windows 8 Upgrade

Nearly everybody experiences Windows 8 on a new computer. After all, Windows 8 comes preinstalled on nearly all of them. But older computers can also run Windows 8. Because Windows 8 doesn't demand a lot [more…]

What Is Windows 8, and Why Are You Using It?

Created and sold by a company called Microsoft, Windows 8 isn’t like your usual software that lets you calculate income taxes or send angry e-mails to mail-order companies. No, Windows is an [more…]

What’s New in Windows 8?

You may have worked with earlier versions of Microsoft Windows. If so, toss away that hard-earned knowledge because Windows 8 starts from scratch. Why? Because Windows 8 tries to please two camps of computer [more…]

Should You Switch to Windows 8?

In a word, no. Most people stick with the Windows version that came installed on their computers and don’t upgrade. That way they avoid the chore of figuring out a new version of Windows. Also, Windows [more…]

Windows 8 Hardware Requirements

If you want to upgrade to Windows 8, your computer probably won’t complain; the hardware requirements remain about the same. Windows 8 should run without problem on any PC currently running Windows 7 or [more…]

The Four Versions of Windows 8

Microsoft offers four main versions of Windows 8, but you’ll probably want only one: the aptly titled “Windows 8” version. Small businesses will choose Windows 8 Pro, and larger businesses will want Windows [more…]

What’s an App to Windows 8?

Short for application, apps herald from the world of smartphones: cellphones powerful enough to run small programs, as well as make phone calls. The Windows 8 apps differ from traditional windows programs [more…]

Eight Quick Tips for Getting Started with Windows 8

Whether you've just purchased a new computer loaded with Windows 8, or you've decided to upgrade your system software, the following tips will help make your transition to the Windows 8 user environment [more…]

Upgrade to Windows 8 Using a DVD or Flash Drive

Sold on a DVD, the Windows 8 Upgrade can be installed only on a computer that currently runs Windows. For that reason, it’s usually easier to simply upgrade online, downloading Windows 8 and letting it [more…]

How to Print Pictures from Windows 8

Printing pictures in Windows 8 is as easy as it can be. The Windows 8 Photo Printing Wizard offers nearly as many options as the drugstore's photo counter, printing full-page glossies, wallet prints, and [more…]

Buy the Right CDs and DVDs for Burning with Windows 8

If your PC has two CD or DVD burners, tell Windows 8 which drive you want to handle your disc-burning chores: Right-click the drive, choose Properties, and click the Recording tab. Then choose your favorite [more…]

How to Copy Files to CDs or DVDs with Windows 8

If you just want to copy files to a CD or DVD from Windows 8, perhaps to save as a backup or to give to a friend, follow these steps to write files to a new, blank CD or DVD. [more…]

Windows 8 Touch and Mouse Commands

Windows 8 brings users into a new era of touchscreens, whether they're built into tablets, laptops, or even desktop monitors. When faced with a touchscreen device, these commands will help you maneuver [more…]

Five Big Changes in Windows 8

Windows 8 looks and behaves much differently from previous versions of Windows. Remember these five big changes, and you'll be well prepared for Windows 8. [more…]

How to Find the Right Setting in Windows 8

Windows 8 comes with hundreds of settings, sprinkled between two completely different control panels. You’ll rarely stumble randomly across the setting you need. So, instead of clicking aimlessly at menus [more…]

How to Modify Windows 8 for the Physically Challenged

Nearly everybody finds Windows 8 to be particularly challenging, but some people face special physical challenges, as well. To assist them, the Control Panel’s Ease of Access area offers a variety of welcome [more…]

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