Windows 8 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
For years I thought FAQ meant frequently answered questions! Silly
Windows 8 Frequently Asked Questions
Question: When will Windows 8 be released?
Answer: The best guess is summer 2012.
Question: Are there any beta copies of Windows 8?
Yes in September
2011 Microsoft released build 8102
Question: When will the pre-beta copy expire?
Answer: March 2012,
see more about Windows 8
Question: Will the Metro UI replace the traditional Start Menu, Desktop and
Answer: Yes, the default is the new Metro style
No, if you prefer you can revert to the
classic Win7 Desktop View.
Question: What's the difference between a Windows
8 Tile and Icon?Answer: Tiles are not only larger, but also they are capable of display underlying
data dynamically, e.g. Weather, Stock Prices.
See more on the Metro UI.
Question: How do you close or escape from a Metro
Answer: Hit the Windows key! Technically the App
is suspended rather than closed, but no worries, the same thing happens on
Question: What font does Microsoft's Metro UI use?
Answer: Windows 8 Metro uses fonts from the Segoe
Question: Will Windows 8
have Media Player?
Answer: Yes, no worries Windows 8 will have Media
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Question: Will the Windows 8 Explorer possess the Office Ribbon?
Answer: Yes Explorer has the ribbon. While you can minimise the
ribbon, there is no way of going
back to the Windows 7 style Explorer.
See more on Windows 8 Explorer.
Question: Can you get PowerShell instead of cmd in the new Ribbon?
Answer: No, but Windows 8 will have PowerShell v 3.0 built-in.
Question: Can I run Windows 8 on my existing hardware?
Answer: Yes. The hardware requirements are the same, or less,
than Windows 7. However, I recommend that you don't skimp and get at
least 4 if not 8 MB of RAM.
Question: I hear Microsoft has designed Windows 8 will run on ARM hardware, what if any,
are the advantages?
Answer: Low cost, and low power consumption make the Advanced RISC
Machine chip a compelling choice for a laptop or tablet computer.
Another Batch of Popular Windows 8 Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is it true that Windows 8 boots in 10 seconds?
Answer: Not that fast, but it should boot in less than 30 seconds on most
hardware. Windows 8 has perfected the use of hiberfile for rapid
awakening from power-off.
Question: Can I dual-boot Windows 8 and Windows 7?
Answer: Yes provided you create a 40 GB+ partition
before you start the Windows 8 install.
Question: How do you Shut down Windows 8?
Answer: Bring up the 5 'Charms'. Click on the top
item, Settings, on the right side of the screen seek out the Power button.
Question: With Windows 8
Hyper-V, can you install a 64-bit child OS, because Windows Server 2008 did not?
Answer: Yes, the guest operating system can be 64-bit in a Windows 8 VM.
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Question: Can Windows 8 join a domain.
Yes. Both free standing and Windows 8 in a Hyper-V can join an Active
Directory domain. See more on
Windows 8 joining a domain.
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Windows 8 FAQ
Question: I cannot find taskmgr.exe. What am
I doing wrong?
Answer: The Windows 8 task manager is now launched
from TM.exe. In fact, the whole interface has been revamped; seek out
extra tabs such as Startup, also check out the new column arrangement.
Question: Where is Task Manager's networking tab?
Answer: Information in the network tab has been
absorbed by the Performance tab.
See more on the Windows 8 Task Manager tabs.
Question: Where are 'My Documents'? (A very
Answer: XP's 'My Documents' have
been moved to the C:\Users folder. See more here on
Windows 8 AppData.
Question: Can I create a custom Library in Windows
Answer: Yes but it may be better to edit the settings
of an existing library to incorporate your files. See more on
Windows 8 Libraries.
Question: Does Windows 8 have a run command?
Answer: Yes, WinKey +r works as it did in XP.
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Summary of Guy's Windows 8 FAQ
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