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How to Care for Your Windows 8 Tablet

Part of the Windows 8 For Tablets For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Whether you use Windows 8 on your tablet or not, maintain your tablet to keep it in good working order. A tablet should last several years if you keep these pointers in mind:

  • Cleaning: Wipe your tablet's glass with a fine cloth to clean it. Don't use glass cleaners or other solvents; instead, dampen the cloth with a dab of warm water, if necessary.

  • Cables: Be very careful when connecting cables to your tablet. Your tablet's ports are tiny and fragile, and the cables are large and protruding. If you inadvertently knock the cable, it can damage the port.

  • Temperature: Keep your tablet at a comfortable room temperature. Don't leave it in freezing temperatures, or sitting in the sun – or even on a window ledge where the sun may shine on it later in the day.

  • Handling: Buy a case for your tablet, if it didn't already come with one. The glass may be tough, but it won't survive a fall onto a hard surface.

  • Charging: Unlike cell phones, which can be charged from nearly any USB port, tablets come with larger batteries that require special chargers. Use only the charger that came with your tablet or a replacement from the tablet's manufacturer.

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