More than one year Windows 8 had been relisted for a public. Windows brought the new view of access to our data on devices. Out goes the Start menu, in comes the new touch-oriented Start screen with new Windows 8-style apps and new interface conventions. Even experienced PC users may be left feeling a little lost.
We have explored around every part of Windows 8, uncovering many of its most important tips and tricks, so read our guide and you will soon be equipped to get the most out of Microsoft's latest release.
Here are some shortcuts that should help in navigating Windows 8 a little bit faster: Windows Key + E: Opens My Computer (Rather than having to open Explorer, clicking My Computer, or going to the Start Menu and typing in My Computer, because that is intuitive).
Windows Key + X: Opens up the administrative menu in the lower left corner (equivalent to right clicking the Start Charm).
Windows Key + R: Opens Run (OK, you probably know this already, but since you cannot just click the Start Menu anymore and run programs from the search box without leaving the Desktop, this one is particularly useful in Windows 8).
• Windows + C : displays the Charms: the Settings, Devices, Share and Search options
• Windows + D : launches the desktop
• Windows + E : launches Explorer
• Windows + F : opens the File Search panel
• Windows + H : opens the Share panel
• Windows + I : opens Settings
• Windows + K : opens the Devices panel
• Windows + L : locks your PC
• Windows + M : minimises the current Explorer or Internet Explorer window (works in the full-screen IE, too)
• Windows + R : opens the Run box
• Windows + + : launch Magnifier and zoom in
• Windows + - : zoom out
• Windows + , : Aero peek at the desktop
• Windows + Enter : launch Narrator
• Windows + PgUp : move the current screen to the left-hand monitor
• Windows + PgDn : move the current screen to the right-hand monitor
• Windows + PrtSc : capture the current screen and save it to your Pictures folder
Windows 8 has performed well for us, but if you find it will not boot at some point then you now have to press Shift+F8 during the launch process to access its recovery tools.
Access the Troubleshoot menu, then Advanced Options, and you'll be able to try the Automatic Repair tool, which may fix your problems. The same menu enables you to use the last System Restore point, tweak key Windows Startup settings, and even open a command prompt if you would like to troubleshoot your system manually. If that all seems like too much hassle then the Troubleshoot menu's option to 'Refresh your PC' may be preferable, because it essentially reinstalls Windows 8 but keeps your files, and will fix many issues.
But if it does not then there is always the more option 'Reset your PC', which removes all your files and installs a fresh new copy of Windows 8. You don't have to access these features from the boot menu, of course. If Windows 8 starts but seems very unstable, then open the new Recovery applet in Control Panel for easy access to the Refresh, Reset and other disaster recovery features.
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