Windows 8 might tempt a fair amount of users, but is your computer ready for the Windows 8 upgrade? And most importantly are you ready to make the plunge and truly experience a newly design interface that will require you to learn to operate a new set of tools?
First of all you must keep in mind, that Windows 8 represents Microsoft’s effort to unify mobile and desktop experience, so a lot of the operations might seem alien the first time around. So users who are skittish about change and don’t starting things from scratch should double check their decision before making a final ruling.
Opening the screen:
However Windows offers some interesting benefits, so giving it a chance might not be such a bad idea. Opening you screen for example, might seem curious at first, because the lock screen offers no insight into what to do. The answer is very simple tough. Use the space bar, swipe upwards (if you have a touch screen monitor) or move the mouse for the system to show you the login screen. From there you just have to log in with your name and password.
Highlighting the important apps:
Another useful functionality that comes with Windows 8 will allow users to pin to the Start screen applications that they use on a regular basis so they don’t have to access the search system every time they need to use the program.
The app bar:
The app bar is an invention that aims to become more intuitive and practical than the former Windows applets. Therefore in Windows 8 you won’t find any menus or complicated toolbars which transform the process of looking for a program a nightmare. The App bar usually offers users a few popular options.
Organize your apps:
To prevent your Start screen from becoming a huge tangled mess, Windows 8 poses some tools at your services. First off try to organize your apps with the build-in organization tools. In the latest version of the Microsoft build you can categorize your apps into labeled groups. Drag all the apps from one category to an empty part of the screen. Windows should automatically mash them together. To add a name to the group, right click on it and type in the desired tag.
Run multiple apps at the same time:
Another very cool and useful feature of Windows 8 is the “immersive” applications functionality. The new operating system will allow users to use two applications at the same time, even if they run in full-screen. Let’s say that you are running an application but you need another one too, all you have to do is swipe from the left and the first app will quickly transform into thumbnail. Drag and drop it to your sidebar pan and you can work with the second app. To swap them again, perform the swipe again.
Uninstall easily and efficiently:
Uninstalling programs in previous Windows version and other software to securely and fully erase the information from the system were often required. The problem has however been handled in Windows 8. If you have apps you don’t really use, but still want to keep around, simply Unpin them from the Start bar. When you decide you don’t need it anymore, just click “Uninstall” and the program will be gone.
So, Did you upgrade to Windows 8???