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The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is jam-packed with interesting and well-hidden features.
As part of the research for the next edition of Windows 8 Head Start, I've been digging into Windows 8, looking for shortcuts, secrets, and little bits of magic that aren't obvious at first glance.
In this gallery, I show you a dozen hidden gems you might not find on your own.
You have a choice of two account types in Windows 8. One is a local account, with a username and password, just like Windows 7 and earlier versions. New in Windows 8 is the Microsoft account option.
The advantage of a Microsoft account is that your sign-in credentials are connected to a secure service that allows you to sync settings between PCs.
You can switch between account types at any time by going to PC Settings, selecting the Users tab, and then clicking or tapping the button under your account name.
If you chose a Microsoft account, these options on the Sync your settings tab are enabled by default. (If you use a local account, you can't sync settings - sorry.)
In all, there are 12 separate options shown here, and all are enabled. You might want to disable some of these options. For example, you might want the background on your desktop PC to be different from the background on your notebook, so that you can tell at a glance which is which if you're using a remote connection. In that case, move the Desktop personalization slider to the left (Off) position.