Introduction Development of Windows 8 started before the release of its predecessor, Windows 7, in 2009. Its existence was first announced at CES 2011. The operating system was released to the market on 26 October 2012.
IntroductionWindows 8 introduces significant changes to the operating systems platform,primarily focused towards improving its user experience on mobile devicessuch as tablets to better compete with other mobile operating systems likeAndroid and Apples iOS.Windows 8 has been designed to be used on both tablets and the conventionalPC.The Microsoft Surface tablet was released alongside Windows 8, as acompetitor to the Apple iPad and Android tablets.
Whats newThe Start screen Everything you care about most is on the new Start screen. Tiles on the Startscreen are connected to people, apps, folders, photos, or websites, and are alivewith the latest info, so youre up to date at a glance.Mouse, keyboard—and now touchWindows 8 is perfect for PCs with only a mouse and keyboard, those with touchscreens, and those with both.CloudWhether youre at work or at play, you can take your friends, files, and favoritesites with you. When you sign in to Windows 8 with a Microsoft account, yourPC is connected to the cloud and the stuff that you care about is availablewherever you go. Sign in to any device your PC, laptop, or phone.
Whats newApps from the Windows StoreWindows 8 comes with a new store for apps, the Windows Store. Open the Storeright from your Start screen to browse and download apps for cooking, photos,sports, news, and a lot more—many of them free.Millions of streaming songsWindows 8 also includes the Xbox Music app, which gives you access to a wholeworld of music.Your Windows, everywhereSign in with your Microsoft account to any of your PCs running Windows 8 andyoull immediately see your own background, display preferences, and settings.
Windows 8 Start screenWindows 8 comes with a new user interface called the Windows Start Screen that isthe first thing you see when you login to Windows 8. This is the main interface thatWindows 8 users use to launch applications, search for files, and browse the web.
•Open the Windows Charms.•Click Settings and then More PC settings•In the PC settings window click Users and then select Create a picturepassword Customize the image you see on Windows 8 Lock screen as well as details of unread mails or missed instant messages.
How to create ad hoc networkStep 1: Open command prompt from start.Step 2: Run the following command to verify that your network interface supportsvirtualization: netsh wlan show drivers
Step 3: Now, set up the ad hoc wireless network using this command. Replacethe parts in markup tags with your own choicesnetsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=<enter_network_name_here>key=<enter_password_here>
Step 4: Until now, your hosted network has been created. Now, you need to start it.Use the command below:netsh wlan start hostednetwork
Step 5: You’re all set, with just onething remaining. If it’s not alreadyenabled, you need to allow InternetConnection Sharing (ICS) for yourcurrently-active internet connection.Simply head over to Network& Sharing Center, and in theproperties for the current internetconnection, enable ICS. Make sure toselect the ad hoc connectionunder Home networking connection.Now you can connect any device tothe internet using the ad hoc wirelessnetwork with internet connectionsharing that you just created on yourWindows 8 PC.