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Speaking of multiple monitors...
Windows 8 finally overcomes one of the most frustrating multi-mon limitations in Windows 7. You can now display a different desktop background on each monitor.
To make it happen, right-click the desktop, choose Personalize, and then click Desktop background to open this dialog box.
Right-click any image to see the very well hidden shortcut menu shown here. Pick one image for Monitor 1, another for Monitor 2, and you're done.
Bonus: If you choose multiple images and set them as a slideshow, you can change the pacing for each monitor so that it's constantly mixing images.
Sometimes, you just want a fresh start. With Windows, a clean install offers instant relief from the strange ailments that can befall a system where you've been messing around with poorly written desktop applications.
Windows 8 offers two quick and easy alternatives to the traditional (and tedious) full install. The first is a Reset, which restores your system to its like-new condition, wiping out all your data files and settings in the process.
The second option, Refresh your PC, is much kinder and gentler. It restores your system like a clean install, but doesn't tamper with your data, your settings, or your Metro style apps. You need to reinstall any programs you installed from downloads or disks, a process made easier by the list that appears on your desktop.
To make the process even easier, you can create a custom refresh image using the command line tool I document in Save a custom refresh point .
Stuff happens. Stuff especially happens to hardware when it's running beta software. Which is why it's a good idea to have a way to repair Things That Go Wrong.
So here's what you do.
1. Get a USB flash drive, at least 256 MB in size, and plug it into an empty port on your Windows 8 PC.
2. Press Windows key + W and type recovery drive in the search box.
3. Click or tap Create a recovery drive and follow the on-screen instructions.
Keep that drive handy. When (not if) you need it, you can boot from it to get to the options shown here;.