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Windows 8 FAQ
This article provides answers to a set of frequently asked questions regarding Microsoft's operating system, Windows 8.
The Start button has been removed from the Desktop and been replaced with a separate Start screen.
With a keyboard: press the Windows logo key
With a mouse: move cursor to lower-left corner and click Start when it appears.
With touch, swipe in from the right edge of your screen, and then tap Start.
Windows 8 comes with a number of applications represented by tiles on the Start screen. Many of them are dynamic, and will display live content such as weather, news headlines, and stock information. They are designed to run full screen to highlight the content, so there are no title bars, menus, or minimize/maximize buttons.
There are many things you can do to tailor your preferences on how Windows displays these applications.
With a mouse: left-click at the top of the screen (cursor turns from an opened to closed hand ) and drag to the bottom of the screen
With touch: swipe from the top of the screen to the bottom of the screen.
Charms are grouped together and always available on the right-hand side of the screen. They provide quick access to several commonly utilized features, including Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings.
With a keyboard: press the Windows logo key (Winkey) + C
With a mouse: move cursor into the upper-right or lower-right corner, and then move it up or down to click the one you want.
With touch: swipe in from the right edge of your screen, and then tap the one you want.
The fastest way to the control panel is to search for it using a charm.
- Open the Search charm.
- Begin typing Control Panel in the search box, tap or click Apps, and then tap or click Control Panel in the results.
Note: many of the common settings were moved into PC settings, so try checking there first.
The traditional Windows desktop remains a part of Windows 8. From the Start screen, either select the Desktop tile, or press the Windows logo key (Winkey) to switch.
Windows 8 still includes Windows Media Player, but the new version of the program lacks DVD playback support. DVD playback uses Windows Media Center, which was eliminated in the standard offering of Windows 8. Users who want to play DVDs must use Media Center add-on obtained for a fee through the Microsoft store, or third-party applications.