Windows 8 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
For years I thought FAQ meant frequently answered questions! Silly me!
- Windows 8 Release Dates
- Metro UI
- Media Player
- New Explorer Ribbon
- Hardware Requirements
- Boot Time
- Hyper-V 3.0
- Task Manager TM.exe
Question: When will Windows 8 be released?
Answer: October 26th 2012.
Question: What’s the difference between a Windows 8 Tile and an 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-style UI.
Question: How do you close, or escape from, a Metro-style App?
Answer: Hit the Windows key! Technically the App is suspended rather than closed, but no worries, the same thing happens on Smart Phones.
Question: What font does Microsoft’s New UI use?
Answer: Windows 8 Metro uses fonts from the Segoe family.
Question: Will Windows 8 have Media Player?
Answer: Yes, no worries Windows 8 will have Media Player.
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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: Is it true there is no Last Known Good in Windows 8?
Answer: True, at least in the preview versions so far. See more on Windows 8 Boot.
Question: Will Hyper-V support USB drives?
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. See more on Hyper-V
Question: Can Windows 8 join a domain.
Answer: 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 common question.)
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 8
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. But please don’t be a Luddite, use Search instead.
Question: When was Windows 8 released?
Answer: From October 2012.
Question: When will the pre-beta copy expire?
Answer: January 2013, see more about Windows 8 expiry.
Question: When will "Blue" A.K.A. Windows 8.1 be released?
Answer: October 2013, see more about Windows 8.1 Blue.
Summary of Guy’s Windows 8 FAQ
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