Windows 8 is largely seen as Microsoft's answer to the threat from Apple's iOS and Google's Android platform.
Windows 8 is designed to run well on tablet computers, but Microsoft believes it will also be popular on the 'normal' desktop/laptop PC market.
OK, so you got a new PC and found yourself staring at the Windows 8 Start screen, wondering what to do next. Or maybe you took advantage of Microsoft's upgrade offer (which expired at the end of January), but now you upgraded your previous Windows version you are questioning if that was such a bright idea.
Let's get started and have a look at some basic tips you would want to know to get to grips with Windows 8.
June 14, 2013 - 15:00 GMT
Windows 8 includes an automatic maintenance routine designed to run in the background with limited user interaction and minimal impact to performance and energy efficiency. If you want to disable the automatic maintenance (for example if you are running Windows 8 in a virtual environment) you'll have to change some file permissions to be able to do so successfully.
May 29, 2013 - 11:45 GMT
Like Windows 7, Windows 8 includes a command that let you view details on your computers power usage including details on your computer's battery. The Windows 8 command will show you even more details if you are running on newer hardware.
May 13, 2013 - 15:25 GMT
Today at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston, Windows division CFO Tami Reller shared with the audience that the update previously referred to as 'Windows Blue' will be called Windows 8.1 and will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store.
April 10, 2013 - 15:30 GMT
In this two page article I take a look at the leaked 9364 Build of Windows 8 "Blue" and note some of the small improvements Microsoft seems to be making (mainly to the new 'Modern UI' interface).
March 29, 2013 - 17:30 GMT
In this two page article I look at Windows 8 networking an sharing options including managing Wireless networks.
January 30, 2013 - 14:00 GMT
Microsoft got most things right with Windows 8 and Solid State Drive's (SSD drives have been around for a few years now). So while you don't have to employ all kinds of 'tricks' to get the most out of your SSD drive, you may still benefit from some tips, especially when it comes to saving some disk space (which can come in handy on smaller size SSD drives).
Missing the Start Menu in Windows 8? Feb. 20, 2013
January 7, 2013 - 09:30 GMT
In the Windows 8 Developer Preview, Microsoft had a registry setting that allowed you to switch off Windows 8 'Metro' Start screen. This would also enable the 'classic' Windows 7 Start menu. Microsoft took this option away in the Consumer Preview and has not added that simple trick back to the release version of Windows 8, so what do we do now?
December 18, 2012 - 12:00 GMT
Microsoft will stop all support for Windows XP on 8th April 2014. This means that it will no longer receive security updates, so most people still using Windows XP would want to look at updating their operating system. So how do you upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8?
November 8, 2012 - 14:10 GMT
As you may know, Microsoft is offering a $40 upgrade for existing Windows users (Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 are eligible) to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. This offer is available till January 31, 2013. So how can you get that price?
November 8, 2012 - 14:05 GMT
You'll have to do a little work if you want to install the Windows 8 Upgrade version on a clean hard disk (i.e. with no prior OS installed).
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