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Windows 8 Consumer Preview has caught a lot of attention, but if your have tried it you see the new metro UI is very different and a lot of common tasks such as shutdown the computer or closing an application are nos as intuitive. Seems like we need a guide to understand and re-learn how to do those day to day tasks, so I found a post that compiles a list of useful Win8 tasks.


Windows 8 Consumer Preview (aka beta version) has just been released. This prerelease version of Windows 8 focuses on people and apps and gives you powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with the people who are important to you. It's Windows reimagined. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 and has the security and reliability features you expect from Windows, but we’ve made it even better. It’s fast, and it’s made to work on a variety of form factors—especially the new generation of touch devices.

One dramatic change Microsoft has introduced in Windows 8 is the Metro style user interface, a reimagining user experience of Windows. The new Metro user interface has been carefully designed and built and therefore very intuitive to new and experienced Windows users. However, the change also requires users, myself included, to learn or re-learn new ways of working with applications and the Windows environment in general, from some basic tasks of turning your PC or tablets or slates off to resetting your device to default settings without losing apps and user data and settings.

:view: Go to: Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How To Series

It includes:

Windows 8 How To: 1. Switch Between Metro UI and Desktop Mode

Windows 8 How To: 2. Switch Between Apps or Snap Apps

Windows 8 How To: 3. How to Power Off Your Device

Windows 8 How To: 4. Show and Access the Control Panel

Windows 8 How To: 5. Show and Access Administrative Tools

Windows 8 How To: 6. Show All Apps

Windows 8 How To: 7. Switch Between Windows Accounts and Local Accounts

Windows 8 How To: 8. Set up a Picture Password

Windows 8 How To: 9. Set Up a Printer

Windows 8 How To: 10. Customize Metro UI – App Tiles and Groups

Windows 8 How To: 11. Install Language Packs for Multilingual Support

Windows 8 How To: 12. Show and Use “Run” Command

Windows 8 How To: 13. Show and Use cmd Prompt (DOS Mode)

Windows 8 How To: 14. Show and Use PowerShell

Windows 8 How To: 15. Show and Use Desktop Applications

Windows 8 How To: 16. Install .NET 3.5 and Windows Live Essentials

Windows 8 How To: 17. Add New Tab or New InPrivate Tab in Metro Style IE Browser

Windows 8 How To: 18. Configure WiFi Connection and Airplane Mode

Windows 8 How To: 19. Show Hidden Files, Folders and Drives

Windows 8 How To: 20. How to Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode

Windows 8 How To: 21. Install and Uninstall Metro Style Apps

Windows 8 How To: 22. Enable or Disable Sharing Between PCs Using HomeGroup

Windows 8 How To: 23. Find and Use Windows Help and Support

Windows 8 How To: 24. Show and Configure Free Anti-Virus App (Windows Defender)

Windows 8 How To: 25. Show and Enable Split Touch Keyboard (On-Screen)

Windows 8 How To: 26. Set up Remote Desktop Connection

Windows 8 How To: 27. Backup your Files Using File History

Windows 8 How To: 28. Restore Files Using File History

Windows 8 How To: 29. Restore System to a Previous State Using Restore Point

Windows 8 How To: 30. Restore your Device using Refresh and Reset

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