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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 go more smoothly:

Sign on for the first time

When you're launching Windows 8 for the first time, remember that previous versions of Windows let you sign in as soon as you turned on your computer. Windows 8 makes you unlock a screen before moving to the sign in page.

What the Start screen tiles mean

Each tile on your Windows 8 Start screen represents a program installed on your computer. If you have 20 programs installed, you'll have 20 tiles on the Start screen.

How to play DVDs in Windows 8

You might be a bit confused about how to play your favorite DVDs when you first launch Windows 8. If you buy a Media Center Pack upgrade, Windows 8 Pro can play all of your DVDs.

Windows 8 across all platforms

No matter what device it runs on — a desktop, laptop, notebook, or tablet — Windows 8 looks and behaves the same, whether it’s controlled by fingers on a touch-screen tablet or by a mouse and keyboard on a desktop PC.

Windows 8 help system

Your PC must be connected to the Internet to use some of the Windows 8 help system’s troubleshooters.

How to access all of Windows 8's features

If you're running into difficulties accessing some of Windows 8's features, it might be because you do not have a registered Microsoft account. You need a Microsoft account to access many of Windows 8's features.

Secure your passwords!

To beef up your password’s security level, capitalize some letters and embed a number in the password, like Glide2 or Ask4More.

Save your monitor

You don’t have to shut down your computer each night, but you probably should turn off your monitor when you’re done working.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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