A Starter's Guide to Windows 8

A lot is being talked about Microsoft's latest Windows release, Windows 8. People are updating their old PCs or buying new ones preloaded with Windows 8. The OS is also quite popular among tablet owners. The trend has caught up with computer rentals too. Many techies are renting computers with Windows 8 to get a feel of the new OS. While the whole world is going gaga over Windows 8, the new OS is nothing close to its predecessors. To make your lives much simpler, here are a few starter tips for Windows 8.

Getting Used to the New Look

Windows 8 is the first touch optimized OS from Microsoft. It has a very unique and different user interface. Also, the previous commands and keyboard shortcuts don't work well with this new edition from Microsoft. You won't face all these problems if you have a touch optimized PC. But if you don't have a touch screen, it might do you a world of good to go through these shortcuts and other configuration tips on Microsoft’s website. It would also be good to learn the gestures for your touch-integrated screen.

Drivers and utilities

Configuring the drivers and other utilities should be on your list after you get used to the new OS. While everything might seem to be working fine, you might not be able to benefit from the maximum potential of Windows 8 if your drivers are not configured properly. Make sure that all the drivers are up to date. At the heart of all Windows 8 problems, lies the missing start button. The traditional start button has been helping users for well over a decade to navigate through their PCs. But installing simple third-party utilities such as Start8 or Win8 Start Button can bring back the classic features to your Windows 8 PC.

A Brief Guide to Using Windows 8
Monday, March 4, 2013