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Windows 8 in 8 seconds, // Amazingly fast boot speed - finally no more sitting around waiting for your PC to start. See video below!
Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows 8 contains lots of new features as well as keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of keys pressed together enabling you to perform tasks quicker than you would using a mouse.
Popular Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts include:
Open Windows Charms bar
Windows shortcut key + C
Switch to Windows Start Screen or Desktop
Windows shortcut key
Open a Start Menu like Task bar
Windows shortcut key + X
Open the Apps bar
Windows shortcut key + Z
Open the Windows Search Charm
Windows shortcut key + F
Project to a Second Screen
Windows shortcut key + P
Switch between Open Windows
Windows shortcut key + TAB
Open Windows Apps Search Charm
Windows shortcut key + Q
Windows 8 - 8 Great Features
Windows 8 has many new features included in its slick new look. Gone is the old Windows Desktop and in with a new fast fluid interface. Flexible for use with Tablets, Laptops and Desktop PC,s. Below is a quick overview of 8 new features introduced with Windows 8.
1) Windows 8 UI (Metro)The most noticeable difference in Windows 8 is the new Windows UI (formally Windows Metro). This maybe a concern if you are looking to move up from a previous version. But as soon as you get used to the new way of moving around your PC, you will find it a slick affair. You can see Microsoft has put a lot of effort into getting the user experience right. It feels responsive,slick, stylish and simple. The interface is bulit with large icons known as tiles. These are found on the new Start Screen and are interactive so the appearance can be kept up to date with the latest information relative to that tile. Trying to navigate around the Start Screen can be difficult at first. There are no obvious signs to tell you where and what to click on (Using a mouse), but once you realise putting you mouse pointer in different areas on the screen and clicking either the right or left button its surprisingly easy to get use to.
2) The Windows Charms Bar
As Windows 8 is designed to be used on a host of different devices, new methods of accessing controls have been created. One of these is the Windows Charms bar, located from the top or bottom right conner of the screen. It slides out and gives you the basic controls to access search, share content, manage devices and change system settings.
3) TouchWindows is now designed for a touch screen device. Although you will have to learn the new gestures.
4) Windows App StoreFollowing Apple and Google Microsoft now give you access to their new Windows App Store. Integrated directly into Windows you can browse through the on-line catalogue of approved software. Making it safe and easy to get your favourite Apps installed on your Tablet or PC.
5) Windows Sky DriveWindows Sky Drive is Microsoft offering of cloud storage. Allowing easy access to documents in the cloud, Sky Drive is now integrated into the Windows UI. Microsoft currently offer up to 7GB,s of online storage space for free, but this can be upgraded at a cost. You will need to have a Microsoft account to access the Sky Drive service.
Find a comparison of services here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/skydrive/compare
6) Refresh and RestAvailable under PC Settings > General is the ability to either Refresh or Rest your PC , slimier to a mobile phone. Using the Refresh feature will refresh Windows to its original default settings but keep your files, personalization settings and Apps from the Windows App Store (Only). Reset will remove all your settings and put Windows back to its original state, as it would of been when it was first installed.
7) Windows Sync SettingsWindows 8 now allows you to Sync your personal settings , languages settings and Apps across all of your computers. You can choose which settings are synced and it is very easy to configure .You will need to have a Microsoft account to use this feature.
8) Support for ARM (Windows RT)
Windows 8 now supports the ARM processor opening the door for Microsoft to the mobile market. Windows has traditionally supported x86/64 Desktops and Servers, but now Windows 8 RT will be preloaded on ARM devices. The RT version contains fewer features but will take advantage of the ARM architecture like better battery life. The RT version will also come with preloaded Apps like Word and One Note.
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Build Part Review- Novatech ATX Case
The Cougar Case from Novatech offers unbelievable value. Its a high build quality case for a low price. The front is covered with a large mesh gill and finished off with two smart looking chrome strips. Located at the top of the fascia is a large round power button set next to a smaller reset switch. Also this is where the two USB ports ,mic and head phone socket are accessible. The case supports either a Micro ATX or ATX motherboard and comes supplied with a rear 80mm cooling fan. The case can be purchased with or with out a 500 WATT PSU from http://www.novatech.co.uk
- Midi Tower
- Support ATX and Micro-ATX
- Supports upto 4 x 5.25" bays
- Up To 5 x 3.5" bays
- 1 rear 80mm fan (Included)
- 2 x USB 2.0 (front panel)
Retro blast from the past... Destruction Derby
Destruction Derby on the Play Station - A great game with great graphics - At the time, not now obviously. Destruction Derby was one of the original release games for the Play Station. It become a bit of a revolution in its day as it had a realistic (ish) damage engine which produced crash effects. Apart from the graphics the game was great fun to play especially with a friend, the bowl, destruction and carnage in 3D - how many cars on the screen!
Build Part Review- OCZ SSD 60GB
OCZ 60GB Agility 3 SSD is lightning fast, a great little upgrade for a modern slow Computer. If you've got a PC and want to add a little more speed then the OZC 60GB SSD will help. With 525MB/s read speed and 475MB/s write speed it is fairly quick. It feels solid and available for a great price at most online retailers (£50-£65). Setting this up as the OS drive (C: drive) and then adding a traditional larger hard drive for data will make Windows responsive and you PC fly...
- 2.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s
- Read 525MB/s Write 475MB/s
- 80,000 IOPS
- 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty