Windows 8 Tool Kit

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As soon as Windows 8 was released in July 2012, there were a flurry of posts designed to induct  everyday users into the mysteries of the new OS.  This ToolKit is an on-going collection of some of the best posts, tips and tricks relating to Windows 8, Windows RT and now Windows 8.1.  We will continue to add resources as they become available. (Your Advisors)

Woody Leonhard is one of the outstanding writers for Windows Secrets Newsletter and has dedicated his time to helping us all understand the in’s and out’s of Microsoft’s Operating Systems and making the best of them.  This is one of the first guides that were published for Windows 8 and contain some very basic but valuable tips and tricks, particularly for first time users confronting the mysteries of Redmond on a brand new machine.

This is an excellent collection of tips and tricks for Windows 8 written by the acknowledge expert in the field, Paul Thurott, author of Paul Thurott’s Supersite for Windows.  Paul has also written an entire guide to Windows Phone 8 and is a regular co-anchor, along with Mary Jo Foley, on Leo Laporte’s This Week in Windows podcast.

One of the richly deserved criticisms of Windows 8 is that Microsoft simply left the users to figure out their ingenious new OS on their own with little or no help. PC World Magazine offers a good, simple explanation of setting up Windows 8 right out of the box, including a list of Windows 8 shortcuts.  Note that some of the information has changed since the introduction of Windows 8.1.

A tweaker’s guide from PC World that will help you to “adjust” Windows 8 to suit your tastes and work flow.


The Windows 8 Metro application ecosystem is evolving. Here are 17 early entrants worth adding to your tablet or PC .

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