Fun with Windows 8

I’ve been using Windows 8 now on my new laptop for about a couple of weeks.  I *love* it!  What baffles me is the sheer volume of blogs and articles I run into that are crapping all over this new operating system… it’s hilarious really.  “How to make windows 8 look like windows 7”??  Are you serious?  Why bother upgrading if you’re going to do that?

Enough of that.  Part of the learning curve has fortunately been handled by reading other users’ experiences and searching out tips and tricks to understand how to get things to work for you.  None of what I’m putting in here is new or revolutionary, but hopefully it helps someone out!

Key note for all of these tips: I am not using a touch device so these tips are 100% for keyboard and mouse users… some might work for touch too, I have no idea!
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Windows 8 install tips and tricks

Time has flown by, as it does tend to do when you are not paying attention!  One minute I’m in Fargo at the Technical Airlift, dropping a perfectly functioning laptop on a hard tile floor (yes, boy, that was fun!), and the next, it’s nearly Christmas and I’m loading Windows 8 on a even more perfectly functioning new laptop. It’s wrapped in bubble wrap to protect it from myself, just so ya know… ; )

When the Windows 8 previews and betas came out, I fully intended to install them on a virtual image or something, and get to know the new features.  So much for that!  The, ahem, fortunate timing of dropping a laptop and having my other functional Dell brick fail to boot led me to a just-in-time-for-Christmas new shiny laptop.  While my American friends were eating Thanksgiving turkey, I was doing some timely Black Friday shopping.  It seems Canadian retailers have adopted the sale weekend much to our price advantage!

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