Get ready for the Windows 8 experience

Windows 8 Metro Start up screen: Used with permission from Microsoft
Windows 8 Metro Start up screen: Used with permission from Microsoft | Source

What's to come of Windows 8 and upgrading to it

If you have noticed all the recent online buzz about the whole new Windows 8, well you may also be thinking, what should I do to give this new operating system a try.

First of all you need to realize that Microsoft hasn't thought very much about those who are still using Windows XP, and in terms of the huge gap in knowledge between them potentially not knowing of all the other Windows operating system upgrades, functionality, hot key options, and especially if they never took the plunge to try using them.

It doesn't really matter what they think actually, the fact is Windows 8 has arrived, and our best guess is its time for folks to get some digital balls, and give it a try. The very fact that you can now download your official copy of the darn thing online, is proof of their call to action. Its as simple as clicking your mouse today on Microsoft's website, which makes it all the wiser to do so right!, and also the fact of this new Microsoft low price point of $39.99, which is pretty insane when you think of all the other upgrades pricing prior to this online release, which were at least $200.00 starting out the gate.

The other option you will get to choose from is even more out of control, $14.99 is the cost to upgrade to Windows 8 regular version, and this bargain comes at a important crucial time with a rough economy for everyone.


Windows 8 Photos App: Used with permission from Microsoft
Windows 8 Photos App: Used with permission from Microsoft | Source

Windows 8 Pro Software & Guide

Important things to think about prior to upgrading


Before upgrading to Windows 8 what you must keep in mind and fully comprehend is, you will have the option to also downgrade your system back from which it came, and so this is definitely a cool opportune moment to take a very small risk for a potentially huge reward.

Just make sure to back up all of your system files onto a CD or external hard drive, and hard ware device drivers onto a flash drive.


Xbox Live Games App: Used with permission from Microsoft
Xbox Live Games App: Used with permission from Microsoft | Source

What is there to lose? by making the upgrade

Well, actually Microsoft recommends users to do a full back up of all system files, prior to upgrading, and so if you decide to upgrade without taking the initiative to create a complete systems files data back-up disk, or recovery disk. Its all on you from that point onwards, and either way the jokes still on you if you lose your data due to upgrading without doing so, Microsoft cannot be held responsible for a users negligence.

Compatibility issues, well if you haven't moved a budge from your archaic centuries old Windows XP, well also expect there to be loads of compatibility issues involved with making the upgrade. This is something that is inherent, and unavoidable due to the fact that in order for your current operating system to accept the upgrade, certain criteria must be tested first before the Windows 8 Pro can install itself, and remove all current system files.

Hard drive space is one requirement, which most computers at 50Gig and up shall make the cut, and at least 1 Gig of ram. If your computing device doesn't have at least 1 Gig of ram well you might just want to upgrade the bad boy if at all possible.



Potential compatibility issues with drivers and programs

  • Windows Live Movie Maker
  • DEP enabled in the BIOS
  • Probable system drivers or network drivers
  • Not compatible with Socket 478 Pentium 4
  • Many other programs such as Direct X for video drivers


Note: try the Win 8 Pro download first to determine if your computer system is compatible, it will run a quick scan for it. If you see issues show up, then you can choose to locate the updates for such incompatible programs from the Internet, and make sure to obtain them first before proceeding any further into the full upgrade. (Don't click the next button which will appear after the compatibility scan runs, until your sure all compatibility issues are squared away, or you may lose such programs for good)



The Win 7 Phone had tiles and the Apps there are very similar

The Start Screen of the latest Windows Phone release, Windows Phone 8 : Used with permission from Microsoft.
The Start Screen of the latest Windows Phone release, Windows Phone 8 : Used with permission from Microsoft. | Source

Learning how to use your brand new! Windows 8 Pro

If you indeed had guts enough to simply go for it! well here's a cool list of tips to help ease the learning curve a bit.

Learning how to use this new operating system isn't easy at first, and it may require some tutorial assistance (The videos submitted here are tutorials & more can be found here), and just to get passed the initial background screen (its more of a backdrop actually). Go figure!


Tips and tricks

  • When you first boot up your Win 8, use your mouse to drag up the initial background screen (click and hold the mouse - left click button)
  • Then drag the screen upwards with your mouse
  • This reveals the log in screen, after holding the left click mouse button and dragging background screen in the up direction
  • After creating a user name and password, this will need to be done each time to access your Metro Interface (New! Start Menu)
  • Now you should see highly attractive looking squares and rectangles known as tiles on the Metro Interface
  • There is an option to use Windows 8 Hot Keys, and if you like try to press the Windows Logo button for starters. (Try this button in combination with many letters on your keyboard to truly learn each Hot key, then write them down somewhere)



More steps continued

  • If you chose to press the Win logo button, it had now lead you to the Desktop area, which is the old version of windows with newer featured window capabilities of split screen, and more. (This can also be done with the mouse, as seen in the video up above)
  • This is one location where you can manage your folders as done with all previous versions of Windows
  • Press the Win logo button again, and it instantly returns you to the Metro UI.
  • The Tiles are considered to be highly intuitive, they stream info live from the Microsoft networks, cloud computing apps, and Windows Live as well.
  • Your social connections can be located and accessed there from the People App
  • Managing all of your virtual communications that Windows digitally ties into on the cloud is there as well
  • There's loads of other cool APPs that help users to communicate, locate images, video, a calendar, local weather, and so much more
  • Shutting down Win 8 is simple press Ctr, Alt, Delete simultaneously
  • An options list appears, look to the right of the screen for the power icon, click it and walla your there.



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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

Mike, having you as a fellow writer on hubpages is like having a consultant giving away info. Wow, I didn't realize 8 was only 39 bucks. After the scary bitch Hurricane Sandy has finally blown away from my shores in a couple of days I am going to take your advice. Voted up useful and awesome.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Michael - unlike rfmoran - imkarn does not seek out technology consultants - they seem to cause an immediate outbreak of hives and ringing in ears..

It seems to be a cross between an allergic reaction and high anxiety -which is odd - considering i have a son who is employed by microsoft and has 'discussed' this product with me(well, while i was within earshot..)..lol..

all that white noise aside(haha) - You definitely know your chit, Mike - and, in fact - i'm looking forward to when my boy brings one of these babies over for his mama to look at the pretty colors...

(drool..)

omg..

HUBS, my friend!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@rfmoran, yeah man I hear ya, this darn Hurricane has ruined a great deal of things, and even Halloween. What a Frankenstorm scary experience its been this week and all, you know.

I'm going to make the official upgrade tonight, and before I hit the sack, because I just got my very first Adsense payout and all. I was so happy, I'm finally earning some money from My Youtube Channel and all. (It took me a whole 2 years to earn my very first payout, and because I had no clue what I was doing on the web as a whole untill I became a hubber here.)

There's some bad times coming, but I must work much harder to fight the down swings of it all no matter what bro, so I feel your pains for sure.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@ImKarn23, Thanks for the very entertaining comment, your good for that, and also thanks for sharing with me as you do quite often.

Talk to ya soon on Facebook and after all the mayhem dies down a bit.


rgmg50 4 years ago

Windows 8 sounds very exiting and awesome. Must have must have must.....


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City Author

@rgmg50, Thanks for the visit, I love Windows 8 I'm going to purchase it today, I been using the customer preview for over 5 months now.

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