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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 Keep Track of Open Windows in Windows 8

You don't have to keep track of all those open windows on the desktop. Windows 8 does it for you with a secret key combination: Hold the Alt key and press the Tab key, and a little bar appears, displaying [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…]

How to Clean Up a Messy Desktop in Windows 8

When icons cover your desktop like a year's worth of sticky notes, Windows 8 offers several ways to clean up the mess. If you simply want your desktop clutter to look [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…]

Screen Resolution and Overcrowding in Windows 8

The best way to fight a crowded screen when working in Windows 8 is to experiment with your screen resolution — the amount of information your screen can display. Windows 8 requires a resolution of 1366 [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 Deal with Missing Files in Windows 8 Folders

When you open a folder in Windows 8 — or even look at your desktop — you expect to see everything it contains. But when something's missing or there's nothing inside it at all, check these things before [more…]

Mouse Troubleshooting in Windows 8

What do you do when your mouse just doesn't work right in Windows 8 or when you think you're double-clicking, but your mouse thinks you're single-clicking? [more…]

New Windows 8 Computer? What to Do with Your Old Computer

If you've recently purchased a new machine equipped with Windows 8, you might be sitting around with one computer too many. After you've transferred everything of value from the old computer to the new [more…]

Windows 8: Erase Your Old Computer's Hard Drive

If you have a new machine loaded with Windows 8 and want to donate your old computer, remember to erase the hard drive on the old machine. A freshly donated hard drive can be a thief's delight. If it's [more…]

Problems Copying Music to Your iPod in Windows 8

You won't find the word iPod mentioned in the Windows 8 menus, help screens, or even in the Help areas of Microsoft's website. That's because Microsoft's competitor, Apple, makes the tremendously popular [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…]

How to Run Older Programs under Windows 8

Many companies design their software to run on a specific version of Windows. When a new Windows version, like Windows 8, appears a few years later, some older programs feel threatened by their new 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…]

Navigate Windows 8 on Your Tablet

Windows 8 hides frequently used menus from earlier versions of Windows. See how to find them on your tablet, as well as how to find frequently used apps, how to use the Charms bar, and more Windows 8 tips [more…]

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