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A quick start guide for Windows 8 operating system newbies



A few trains ago Microsoft announced the upgrade and retail price of Windows 8. What is surprising is that the price is very attractive: if you upgrade from an existing system It only costs US$40 equivalent to about 250 yuan; if you rush to buy the retail version of Windows 8 Professional before February next year it will only cost US$70 (450 yuan). Compared with the existing operating system price Win8 is much cheaper. For people with a fixed income buying a genuine Windows 8 should not be a big problem.

  PS: According to the news after Win8 is released domestic users can enjoy a preferential price of 98 yuan (RMB) when they upgrade from Win7 to Win8.Perhaps attracted by the preferential price some friends around me started to inquire about Windows 8. After learning that I had the Win8 preview version installed they came to experience the new system. However I didn't expect that the new Metro style interface of Windows 8 first became a barrier: people who were exposed to it for the first time did not know where to start. Based on this situation the editor believes that it is necessary to organize a Windows 8 novice guide so that everyone can understand and use Windows 8.

Let’s get to the point below. The guides in this article are all based on the Windows 8 Release Preview version. This version can basically be regarded as the functional stereotype before the official release that is there will be no more Therefore the existing skills can be extended to the official version of Windows 8 if there are no accidents.

  The first hurdle: the Win8 lock screen 
For users who are new to it the Windows 8 lock screen often becomes the first hurdle. Because according to the previous habit after the system is started either directly log in to the desktop or a login window appears allowing the user to enter the account and password. However Windows 8 adds a new screen when logging in the lock screen. In the Win8RP version users will see a screen similar to the one shown below. There is no account password input box and the system will not automatically log in. It’s actually very easy to cross this hurdle. Tap the [Space] or [Enter] key on the keyboard the lock screen will be removed and the login box hidden behind it will appear. I don’t need me to continue. Did you teach it?

  How to operate the touch screen
  Considering the various optimizations made by Windows 8 for touch devices the use of Win8 on touch monitors and even tablets will become more and more popular in the future leaving the keyboard and mouse away How to do it? See the diagram below.

  The second hurdle: Metro start screen 
The lock screen is fixed. After logging in to the system the second hurdle will follow. When you see the following interface you may find it strange how does Win8 look like this the desktop?

In fact this is one of the most significant changes between Windows 8 and previous systems. In Win8 this interface is called the 'start screen' and its status is equivalent to the previous desktop. Although the traditional desktop we are familiar with is retained it has retreated to the second line and became a special application of Win8.

This block of large icons on the start screen is called \u0026ldquo;tile\u0026rdquo; which acts as a shortcut to an application. The name of the application will be displayed in the lower left corner of the tile. If you look closely you will find the tile labeled 'Desktop'. Click on it to enter your preferred desktop.

If you right-click on the tile an additional 'application command bar' will pop up at the bottom of the screen which can shrink the larger rectangular tile (to accommodate more tiles) and also You can choose to delete the tile from the start screen (the app is still there) or uninstall the app. Depending on the application there will be some other commands available such as 'Run as administrator'.

  How to operate the touch screen

  The tile operation involves the right mouse button so how does it work on the touch screen? After groping the editor found that we only need to press and hold a certain tile with our finger move it down for a certain distance and then release it. At this time the tile will be selected and the 'application command bar' will pop up below.

Press and hold the tile and drag it down for a short distance to activate the \u0026ldquo;application command bar\u0026rdquo;Once you know what to do with the tiles you can deal with them as you like: think of rectangular tiles Take up too much space? Easy to handle just shrink them and reposition them.

  The third hurdle: What about the start button?

After you have basically mastered the Metro start screen click on the 'Desktop' icon to enter the long-awaited desktop to take a look. Well it looks the same as Win7\u0026hellip;\u0026hellip;Wait what about the start button?Yes this is the third hurdle that Win8 gives newbies: the start button and the start menu have been cancelled. This is not a bug in the program but a deliberate attempt by Microsoft. The default desktop of Win8RP is basically the same as Win7 except for the start button.

Don’t look at the start button it’s not too big. In fact it has always been shouldering heavy responsibilities whether it’s centralized program management or various Windows functions. Can be carried out through the start menu which can be called the central control area of ??the operating system. Now that Win8 has no start button and the start menu no longer exists what should users do?  At this time we need to look back at the Metro start screen. In fact it plays most of the functions of the original start menu and can place various application icons. The previous system function settings and other commands are integrated into Win8's new super button (Charm column).
So where is this super button? Pick up your mouse move to the upper right corner of the screen (the lower right corner is also OK) and move some distance down you will find a button bar with a black background slides out on the right side of the screen this is the super button.
  Super buttons always integrate 5 major functions. From top to bottom they are:Search\u0026mdash;\u0026mdash;Search for applications system settings files and can also be combined with specific applications to achieve in-app search. If you are looking for files or something just click here. By the way the search command also has a part-time function of displaying all installed programs and system commands.

  All application and system setting commands are hereShare\u0026mdash;\u0026mdash;Used to share some good things which can be pictures videos text or other things.

  Start\u0026mdash;\u0026mdash;Switch between desktop and Metro start screen or application and Metro start screen. Its shortcut key is the [Windows logo key] on the keyboard.  Device\u0026mdash;\u0026mdash;If you connect other external devices to your computer you can manage it from here.  Settings\u0026mdash;\u0026mdash;This includes control panel personalized settings computer information help volume power and other options. note! The shutdown command is in the power options. The shortcut key is [Win] + [I].  How to operate the touch screen  When using the touch screen just swipe inward from the right edge of the screen to call out the charms.
After you have passed the first three hurdles

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