Eight things to do right away after you set up Windows 8

Eight things to do right away after you set up Windows 8

Summary: Some of Windows 8's default settings are likely to conflict with your wishes. Here's a checklist of eight items to adjust as soon as setup is complete.

TOPICS: Windows

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  • Organize the Start screen

    The complaint I hear most about the Start screen is that people want to go as quickly as possible to the desktop. If you're in that camp, drag the desktop tile from its default position in the lower right corner and drop it at the top of the first column.

    Whatever tile is in that spot is the default choice when you go to the Start screen, which means you can get to the desktop by pressing Enter as soon as you see Start.

    If you have other programs you want to get to quickly, move them into position underneath that primo spot, and then use arrow keys to navigate through the list, pressing Enter after you select the program you want to open.

  • Arrange Start screen tiles in groups

    You can drag tiles around on the Start screen to change their position. If you drag a tile between two existing groups (or to the right of the last tile on the screen), you can create a new group made up of like items.

    To move and rename entire groups, click the button in the lower right corner of the Start screen. That zooms the display out so you can see and work with groups. Right-click any group and then click the Name group app command to give it a descriptive heading, as I've done here.

  • Search in the Windows Store

    From the Start screen, just begin typing to search for a locally installed app or Web shortcut. Click the Store option at the top of the Search list (just below the Files entry) to search for apps in the Store.

    This list includes some desktop apps too. This technique makes it particularly easy to find and install the SkyDrive utility for the Windows desktop and also to track down Windows Live Essentials.

Topic: Windows

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    • who knows if it'll actually cause a problem

      Well unless something has significantly changed with the Windows update service it is the case that updates will fail if time/date is not correctly set.
      The Central Scrutinizer
  • This is just dumb.

    If you do not have the time-zone set correctly, all sorts of complications can arise if you interact with other system - especially when dealing with calendaring.
    M Wagner
  • Me too, I agree

    I totally agree and i also installed the preview 8, only to eagerly come back into the arms of 7 again. Counter-intuitive is the word.
  • No difference?

    "...clicking the desktop tile and then being in the same Windows desktop that's been around since Windows 95..."

    What about this missing "Start" button??? I use it often and will sorely miss it. Oh, whops, I forgot, I'm not going to W8 so I won't miss it. Lucky me.
    • What's so special about a button?

      The Start is still there, so what's to miss about a taskbar button? If you're after a button, there's on on the Charms bar. ;)
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • ...all real IT people needed was a command line...

    That's a good one. Noting that you used past tense.
  • The difference is...

    No earlier Windows iteration clumsily melded itself with the prior one like Windows 8.
  • Assuming you don't have a touch tablet..

    step 1, format the hard disk, install windows 7, then kick back and watch Escape from NY as a tribute to the late great Ernest Borgnine..

    RIP Cabbie
  • I will not get Windows 8 the way it is.

    I've had enough. I will not buy it.

    It even makes me sad how pirates waste blank DVD burning it, electricity, disk space and time uploading it to file sharing sites.

    None should care about it and just skip this garbage using Win XP/7 until MS launches Service Pack with all Windows 7 impressive art back, with Aero and 'Metro' left behind as a link in the start menu. All with Ballmer out.

    Who knows, I might end using Linux as MS might never recover the deserved financial crisis it will get.
    • As much as you want it

      ... . its not going to happen. The start screen is here to stay
      Scarface Claw
    • Why?

      There is nothing in the Start Menu worth saving aside from app pinning and Search, which you have both in Windows 8.

      The Windows 7 Start Menu was excess legacy baggage that's been left to decay over the years. Apps place all over the place, some homeless, some buried in sub folders of sub folders, others happily organized by name.
      16x16 sized icons that should have been abandoned with Windows XP, unfit for today's high resolution and touchscreen monitors. The Start Menu is completely mouse driven, as well. Leaving out any hope of playing nice with future technology, such as touch screens and Kinect for Windows.
      Worse, according to a Microsoft employee posting on Neowin, the legacy menu didn't play nice with the new multi-mon enhancements, and dragged down the UX.

      Face it. It had to go. It was past its prime. In order to expand Windows, and assure its continued growth, things have to change. It's time to move forward.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • If Windows was past its prime, then I guess the desktop PC is too ...

        I use a desktop PC almost exclusively. I have found many things in WIndows 8 that I like over 7 (file explorer for one), BUT throwing my two cents into what Microsoft 'should have done'; two versions, very similar but unique in their own ways.

        I have to agree on a laptop or tablet with touch screen, the metro start screen has its advantages. On a non-touch screen desk top it is not as convenient as the the start button. I feel the start screen is obtrusive and find it very annoying and much more clumsy and awkward (and more time consuming) with a mouse. It covers what I am working on and personally I don't like that.

        I also agree that what the start button in windows 7 had evolved into leaves a lot to be desired and I personally do not understand Microsoft's logic that they used in developing it. BUT... the start screen in 8 was NOT the solution for the desktop environment. A simpler, much better organized start button for desktops or non touch screen PC's would have been a much better solution.

        In short, I have only a few issues with 8 on touch screen devices tablets, lap tops, etc., but I am back on 7 on my desktop and much happier. The issues I do have with 8 is just not finding things where I expect them, or worse yet, finding they have gone away and just needing to get used to it. I wont rant on the things that really bug me because giving the benefit of the doubt, I expect those are just issues that i need to get used to.
  • Windows Vista/7 added more clicks to some things too

    There is quite a few things that require more clicks in Windows Vista/7 than in XP. For example, renewing your ip address requires more clicks in Vista/7 than XP.

    My problem with the new Start menu is getting to it. Since they removed the Start Menu icon from the task bar, many people won't know how to open it. I'm a point-and-click guy that doesn't press the Flag key to open the Start Menu. For years my Windows keyboard didn't even have a Flag key.
    • The start button should probably be there but

      people will notice quicker than you give them credit, a thumbnail appears when you move your mouse to the bottom left corner. It's just then a click to work out how to access start.

      The fact some people are actually recommending XP of all things over Win8 is crazy.
  • windows 8

    stick to windows 7 for six months then they will have sorted out the driver and compatibility problems ( well not Microsoft, the people who have bought it and acted as free beta testers)
    unless of course you like looking at a desktop that resembles a large mobile phone! Or are a person it appears that likes to comment among themselves/self or not.
    • Stick to windows 7?

      First thing windows 8 hardly has any driver or compatibility issues. Anyone who is testing Windows 8 and did beta/RC of vista/7 knows Windows 8 is not only great with drivers but resource use as well.
      The tiles are only part of the innovation behind windows 8. The versatility of each monitor having its own unique start bar and the ability of each screen to access the start menu is a feature neither vista nor 7 have. If you are looking for all the administration options why not try pushing windows key + x and see that every power tool you need is sitting right there in your face. All of your devices are going to be synchronized by default, none of this you have to go into intricate settings on each device to setup email, calendar etc. its all Right there. Just start the app and go. As for an outdated windows start menu I'm fine with leaving it behind. This OS has so many tools built into it i cant believe everyone is caught up on the start. Learn the new interface, This is not the year 1995 and this operating system will be used for the next decade
      Matthew Stoumbaugh
    • go to ms W8 compatibility center。。

      I bought a Samsung Printer because my Brother Printer was not supported by W7.
      Now my Samsung Printer is not in the compatibility list。。。
      patrick lion
      • not MS fault

        That doesn't mean it won't work and that's not MS fault that Samsung didn't update their software I'm sure they had plenty of notice
  • 8 things to do after installing Windows 8

    1, Make sure mobile (cell) phone is on silent so you dont get confused and try to answer it on your new 'desktop' when it rings.
    2, Waste time learning new keyboard shortcuts and methods of doing things that turn out to be more clumsy and inneficient than they were before.
    3, Go to pharmacy and get some Milk of Magnesia - by now you're probably feeling quite nauseous from staring at the gaudy tinker toy interface.
    4, Go and get some serious work done quickly on your kids PC which is still thankfully running Win7
    5, Begin to feel guilty that you have wasted some of your families hard earned on cash on such a lemon.
    6, Spend 20 minutes or so reading all the praise for Win8 from Zdnet contributors in the vain hope that one day you will get to like your shiny new OS.
    7, Abandon all hope - go searching for your Win7 installation disk,
    8, Quickly rush back to PC and start formatting the drive - your mates are at the door and you dont want to look like a total loser.
    The Central Scrutinizer
    • 8 Things To Do Learn From The Above Comment

      1: Never follow a comma with a capital letter.
      2: Never use commas to form a list.
      3: Become a breadwinner in your household so you can spend $40 without feeling guilty.
      4: Always put an apostrophe in "dont" or else those mates of yours at the front door will still think you're a loser.
      5: Hopefully your mates also don't know how to actually spell "inefficient" or else you're simply screwed.
      6: Realize that only a complete ignoramus would try to 'answer' their desktop computer when their phone rings.
      7: Don't waste your money buying an OS upgrade that you could tell you didn't want from the reviews.
      8: Read up on plural vs. possessive so you don't confuse people by saying things like, "...your families hard earned on cash," which I'm sure is supposed to read, "...your family's hard-earned cash," but I can't be sure because your mates told me you're a total loser.