Windows 8 is almost upon us and the recent Consumer Preview showed it’s very different to what’s gone before . I have already had a chance to try out the developer and consumer preview editions . Here are some cool tips and tricks you need to know to jump right in and get started with Windows 8.
1. Choose Picture Password
Windows 8 allows you to create a picture password, where you choose an image, then draw on it in a combination of taps, lines and circles .This seems a more secure way which cannot be cracked by hackers and only someone who can reproduce this pattern will be able to log on.
Select Win + I > More PC Settings > Users > Create a Picture Password to give this a try.
2. Auto Login
Of course even if you remove the lock screen, you will still be forced to manually log in every time your system starts. This can be resolved at speed, though, using much the same technique as in previous versions of Windows.
Hold down the Windows key, press R.
Type netplwiz and press Enter to launch the User Accounts dialog.
Clear the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” box and click OK.
Enter the user name and password of the account that you’d like to be logged in automatically, click OK, restart your system and this time it should boot directly to the Start screen.
3. App Store
Along with the built-in apps , there’s the hyped Windows 8 Store which provides games, video and music apps, photo tools and more. Lots pf popular apps are already made available like Evernote , Vimeo , WordPress , USA Todayand many more .
4. Task Manager and Management System
Ctrl-Alt-Del is still around in Windows 8 and it opens Task manager where you can switch users, lock the workstation or log out. Want to check out Windows 8’s new task management system ? Just click on the link near the bottom of the window to bring it up!
Just need Task Manager? Ctrl-Shift-Esc is a fast, convenient way to get there.
5. Customize the Home Screen
The Metro interface is designed to look like a “tablet” style screen. If there’s an app you use all the time then you don’t have to access it via the search system, of course. Pin it to the Start screen and it will be available at a click. You can easily pin and un-pin apps you don’t want with a right-click of your mouse if you have no touch screen to “down swipe.”
6. Just Type It !
Can’t find a certain app? Just begin typing at the home screen and app-related search results will pop right up.
7. Uninstall Apps Super-fast
Looking for a fast way to eradicate any Windows or third-party apps that you have installed on Windows 8 ? Just right-click on the icon within Windows Metro UI and select “Uninstall and you will see them disappear in a jiffy. Poof!
8. Against Disaster mode
Windows 8 makes it easy to return a broken operating system to default mode unlike its previous versions and saves the efforts to re-install . Click on the General tab within the aforementioned “More PC Settings” menu.
- The “Refresh” option cleans your system of the third-party apps you have installed and returns it to factory-default settings, but it keeps your User files.
- The “Reset” option wipes your operating system clean of all your data and returns your system to Windows 8’s factory-default settings.
9. Mount ISO files in Windows 8
At long last, Windows 8 will allow you to mount and unmount ISO and VHD files — if only it let you create them, too . Need to take a closer look at an ISO file? Right-click it in Explorer, click Mount and you can view it as a virtual drive, launch the files it contains, or add more if you like.
10. Dark Horse IE 10
IE 10 is a sort of curious beast. There are two versions of this app –
- A Metro-style constrained app providing a full-screen browsing experience that will work wonders on tablets .
- The other one is a traditional desktop application that looks and works much like its predecessor IE 9 and is fully extensible with third-party add-ons.
IE 10 Metro is the default .