The Windows Club: Beginners Guide to using Windows 8 on a Laptop

March 13, 2012 by in The Windows Club

beginners guide to using windows 8 on laptop

By Anand Khanse

Beginners Guide to using Windows 8 on a Laptop and Tablet

In this post of mine, I will tell you how to find your way around Windows 8. Let me caution you in advance, that you may have to first unlearn a few things before you can start learning navigation in Windows 8. There is, in my opinion quite a steep learning curve for basic navigation involved here, especially if you are a regular Windows users and do not consider yourself to be a geek. Windows 8 may make great sense on a Tablet and touch devices, but on a regular desktop or a laptop, well, you may have to develop a few new ways of thinking.

In this post I will not talk of tweaks, tricks or features, but just give you some basic tips to get you started. The tweaks and trips and features discussion can come later. First you need to get your feet wet and learn how to navigate Windows 8 start screen and desktop … and actually even learn how to shutdown Windows 8! Once you have mastered this, you will see that finding you way around Windows 8 is as easy, if not more than it was, in Windows 7.

Once you boot into Windows 8, you will first see a lock screen. It will show you places where you can visit quickly, like for example your mail Inbox or your messages or updates.

To sign-into you PC, push the lock-screen up. You can sign in using a picture password, a regular Windows username and password or with your Microsoft Account credentials. You can create two kinds of accounts: a local account for that PC only, or a Microsoft account, which works on all the PCs running Windows 8. You can select any one of these options as your login method.

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5 Responses to The Windows Club: Beginners Guide to using Windows 8 on a Laptop

  1. Win 8 not for me, I just sent a new laptop back that had Win-8 and bought another one with Win 7. For a tablet I could see it but not for a computer used mainly for business.


  2. p1209 says:

    Well, I’ve went from DOS 3.0 to Win3.0, 3.1 , 3.11 Networking, Windows 95, Windows98 all the way up to Win7. I remember my brother-in-law and I upgrading to Win95, we must have formatted our HD, and re-installing Win 3.1 & 3.11 until we finally understood what Windows 95 was all about. What I am getting at is, “If it’s not broke, then don’t fix-it”. Now, if you are just trying to keep up with the Jones’s then spend the money and go with the flow. As for me, I bought my Laptop with Win7 about 90 days too soon to get in on the $14.95 upgrade otherwise; I would probably upgrade now myself.


  3. so far so good. I downloaded Windows 8 Consumer review yesterday, and I like it so far. It does take some getting use to. but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty cool. WTG Microsoft.


  4. No more ALT-TAB between progs and apps? Did I miss that point, or has that handy feature been stripped?


  5. james says:

    Thanks for the help


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