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An Introduction to Windows 8


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An Introduction to Windows 8.

This is a sample of the reference book for instructional training in Windows 8. The pages have been selected randomly for download, hence the document may not be in its correct order (page numbers) when viewing.

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An Introduction to Windows 8

  1. 1. An Introduction to By: Dennis E. Adonis PUBLISH BY:Learning Tree Educ onal Media Horley, West Sussex, England Printed in Great Britain
  2. 2. Introduction to Windows 8Copyright © 2012 by Dennis AdonisAll rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by anymeans, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written per-mission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other non-commercial uses permitted by copyright law. For permission requests, write to the publisher, addressed “Attention:Permissions Coordinator,” at the address below.Learning Tree PublishersHorley Round-a-aboutWest SussexGreat BritainOrdering Information:For distribution details, please contact the publisher at:info@learningtree.tkwww.learningtree.tkPrinted in the United KingdomFirst Printing, January 2012 AcknowledgementsThis book would not had been possible without God’s divine intervention, and the help, guidance and assistance ofthe following persons, both directly and indirectly; -Ms. Julie Larson-Green (Corporate Vice President at Microsoft - Windows Experience), Vishal of AskVG, the teamat Technoon for invaluable material support, Steve Krause of GroovyPost, Tim Ferrill of MaximumPC, the team atBookPatch, Ms. Yonette Fields of Microsoft Encarta, the University of the West Indies - Mona Campus, the BahamasMinistry of Education, the U.S Department of Education, the Government and people of Tokelau - New Zealand, thePublishers at Learning Tree Educational Media - UK, my family, my brother Carl Adonis for his invaluable help,Shelly Burnette, my many supporters, genuine friends, fake friends, critics, and all others. As without these peopleand organizations the creation and success of this book would have been impossible. Dennis Adonis Author
  3. 3. PrefaceTo the first time user, the beautiful yet seemingly strange Metro User Interface of a Windows 8 computercan create nothing more than instant confusion or setback for commencing even the most basic tasks.Windows 8 has no Start Menu to launch your programs, and no desktop in view as you would havebeen used-to in other earlier versions of Windows. Instead, you are greeted with a screen of rectan-gular-type Tiles, completed by a series of features that requires that you point your mouse or fingersto specific locations on your computer screen to access some new and previous known features.For most Windows 8 Applications, there is no Red X to close the program after you are finish using it,and no need to press the enter key when entering passwords or to effect a search; - as Windows 8has a smart feature that instantly recognises your desire to execute a search, etc with the Enter key.These multitudes of flexibilities in Windows 8 have showed some of the ways Microsoft has reengi-neered the Windows interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware, and a generation ofusers who craves for a more simplified yet futuristic Operating System, that would be smart enough tobetter serve the technological needs of mankind.For a novice, and even the average computer user, the functional nature of Windows 8 may seem tobe nothing more than a technology drawn from an advance alien planet.However, while this new Operating System is not as complex as it may seem, it can nonetheless scareeven the most hardcore computer user away with its seemingly strange smart-feature abilities, andMetro Star Screen appearance.Hence, this Reference Book is intended to address the possible challenges that can be faced by firsttime users of the Windows 8 Operating System.This book examines most of the basic elements of Windows 8, by taking the user on a graphic instruc-tional journey that would give them a full pictured understanding and guide on how to use the Operatingsystem, and all other factors relevant to its use, at the basic level.You will agree that Windows 8 is probably the most sought after Operating System since Windows XP,and Windows Seven. However, unlike its predecessors, Windows 8 is the first multi-device OperatingSystem to be unveiled by Microsoft, and the first to abandon the necessity of the desktop.Nonetheless, the fact that you have acquired a copy of this reference book, is testimony that you wouldmore than likely be a knowledgeable user of Windows 8, before the end of the day. Keep reading. A
  4. 4. Table of ContentsWhat is Windows 8 Page 01Getting Windows 8 unto your computer Page 02Step 1 – Preparing to Install Page 03Minimum system requirements Page 04Step 2 – Personal considerations Page 05Step 3 – Method of installation Page 06Step 4 – Installing Windows 8 Page 07Understanding the Windows desktop Page 016Composition of the Windows 8 desktop Page 017Elements of the Windows 8 desktop Page 020Powering off your Windows 8 PC Page 025Windows 8 – First use Page 027How to add Tiles to your Metro interface Page 029Windows 8 PC settings Page 032How to turn on system protection Page 037How to configure parental controls Page 040How to set picture password Page 044How to Reset or Refresh a Windows 8 PC Page 047How to start a program in Windows 8 Page 051How to close an App in Windows 8 Page 052A list of Windows 8 shortcuts Page 053Windows 8 – Our conclusion Page 054 B
  5. 5. Getting Windows 8 unto your computerWindows 8 is capable of running on desktop computers, laptops, tablets pc, touch screen devices,portable gadgets, and on dozens of other devices that were previously unable to run any of the earlierversions of Microsft’s Windows, namely Windows XP, Vista and 7.And while Windows 8 supports more devices, the question is; How do you get it unto your Computer.While simply buying a computer with Windows 8 bundled unto to it may seem like the best option, thismay be far fetched for now. Because for the remainder of 2012 and even the first half of 2013, mostcomputers would not have been shipped with Windows 8 pre-installed, as Microsoft is more focusedon a global online upgrade of the current millions of computers that currently uses the Vista and Window7 range of Operating systems worldwide.While a large percentage of computers can upgrade to Windows 8 via a Windows online portal, pro-viding that the user’s current Vista or 7 OS passes the genuine Windows test, most installations of theWindows 8 Operating system is usually done by what is known as a standalone installation.A Standalone installation encompasses any method used (primarily DVD, Flash drive, etc) to installthe Operating system software unto a computer, in the absence of a direct internet install or a directnetworking installation.This type of installation is also preferred because it is about twenty times faster; it reduces the risk offaulty installation caused by dropped internet connection data packets, and prevents possible installa-tion interruption as a result of unreliable or inadvertent loss of internet connectivity.Taking the above factors into account, you would more than likely have to personally install your desiredversion of Windows 8 unto your desktop computer, laptop or tablet device, or fork out a relatively largecache of finance to pay a consultant to do something that you could have probably done yourself.But whatever your choices may be, an understanding of the installation process is nonetheless an im-portant factor. Hence, in this first section of the lesson, we would focus on the installation processbefore discussing the other elements or any user related details about Windows 8. 002
  6. 6. Step 1 - Preparing to Install Is your computer physically fit?Whenever you are looking to install new software, especially a new operating system, your first stepshould be to review the system requirements.The system requirements is a manual or sometimes software automatic pre-checking process, that isused to determine whether a computer has the hardware capacity, speed, and other technical require-ments to run a software. In other words, you have to determine if your computer is fit for an OS upgrade.Some software, including Windows 8, would automatically check your PC system specifications andwould subsequently advise you whether your computer is ready for the new Windows installation. Thisis usually done by the software automatically displaying a report after its system compatibility check. 003
  7. 7. Understanding the Windows 8 desktopOnce you would have started (or finish installing) Windows 8, you would have notice a desktop that isalmost alien to previous versions of Windows, such as Vista and 7.Interestingly, the desktop in Windows 8 is called a “Start screen”. Hence the use of the word “desktop”is technologically outdated when refering to a computer of device loaded with this Operating System.The Start ScreenThe Start screen features a Metro-style user interface borrowed from the Windows Phone 7, and lookscompletely different from the predecessor versions of Windows.The multicolored squares and rectangle tiles, each representing a user application, can be rearrangedby touch drag and drop.--The Start screen also features the ability to show a dashboard type extract from a favorite news feed,stock market report, or weather feed, each in their own tile and with the latest, updated information. 016
  8. 8. Composition of the Windows 8 desktopAs explained earlier, the Windows 8 desktop is more referred to as the “Metro Interface” or “StartScreen”, rather than the commonly used ‘desktop” terminology. As a matter of fact, the desktop is moreor less accessible from the Metro Interface, as is basically a part of the collection of features accessiblefrom this Start Screen.However, for the benefit of this book, we would continue to use the term “desktop” interchangeably.This Metro Interface is the main visual gateway that Windows 8 users will use to launch most applica-tions, search for files, access their desired programs and browse the web. 017
  9. 9. Now supposing that you had successfully login, a brief “welcome” message would first appear wherethe password field was, along with an animated loading icon.After two or three seconds, depending on your PC’s specifications, you would be greeted by the newWindows Metro Welcome Screen, along with a listing of Tiles (and apps) by default.The default tiles would include a shortcut to your desktop, links to the control panel, a social networkinggateway, and other Windows 8 essentials. 028
  10. 10. How to turn on system protection in Windows 8System protection is a Windows 8 feature that recurrently generates and saves information about yourcomputer’s system files and settings.System protection also saves previous versions of files that you’ve modified for future restoration ifsomething goes wrong with your PC’s operating system software or drivers.It saves these files in restore points, which are created just before significant system events, such asthe installation of a new Metro Interface App or device driver. They’re also created automatically onceevery seven days if no other restore points were created in the previous seven days. However, youcan create restore points manually at any time.If you wish to enable system protection in Windows 8, please take the following steps; - First, click onStart to open Windows 8 Metro UI screen and then select CONTROL PANEL as shown below. 038
  11. 11. How to Set Picture Password in Windows 8In Windows 8, there are three ways to create a security login to access your computer. We had pre-viously discussed login via your Windows Live Roam ID, and the traditional system password method.Hence, in this tutorial we shall discuss and demonstrate how to create a picture password in windows8, to use solely or collectively with your your other login options.Picture password is a secure method that no one can decipher that easily. You can choose any picturefrom your computer hard drive and use your own gestures on the picture and set a password.To set a Picture password, please follow the steps below.Step 1:Open control panel by clicking on the Orb button and via the control panel Tile on metro Start Screen. 044
  12. 12. How to Refresh or Reset a Windows 8 PCWhile Operating Systems are built with the intention of running your computer trouble-free, there is al-ways the possibility of things going wrong with your PC.From corrupt Operating System files to aggressive virus infections, malware and other discrepancies,we all know that at some point many factors can hinder your PC’s performance.And While Windows 8 may be a relatively stable Operating System, Microsoft have decided to arm itwith an option that would allow even the most computer naive person to fix their PC troubles or reloadtheir computer Operating System to a brand new state by the click of a button, and within minutes.Hence, whenever your windows 8 PC is running slow or seem to be giving you some trouble, you canreset the entire operating system or refresh your system to get optimum performance.On completion of this process (and depending upon which option you choose) all your PC settings willbe restored to the Windows factory settings, thus allowing you to continue working with an almost newcopy of the windows 8 operating system.However, most Windows 8 users would prefer to “refresh” their windows PC rather than resetting it.After all, If you “reset” your windows PC then all your documents, pictures, files and installed programsand apps will be removed. But if you “refresh” then only the Windows 8 settings will be replaced withan almost renewed copy of the Operating System, while all your files, documents, programs and appswill remain unaffected.Nonetheless, to Refresh or Reset the Windows 8 Operating System, please follow the instructionshereafter (and be mindful of which option you choose) ;Step 1:Open your control panes from metro interface screen and click on the “more settings link.” 047