Windows 8 Consumer Preview which is the beta version,has just been released. And it is slightly different from the other versions of Windows.In that it has the Metro theme.Also in this version of Windows 8 the start button and traditional Windows 7 start menu has been removed. And also you cannot disable the Metro theme like you could in the Developers Preview.But despite this, there are several things you can do to make Windows 8 more like Windows 7 or Windows XP. And as Windows 8 will soon go out on sale and replace Windows 7.And at some point in the future you will have to upgrade to Windows 8 anyway.Here are some tips on how to get used to Windows 8 and get the best out of it.
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Install software like Classic Shell or Start Menu 7, which puts the start button and Windows 7 start menu in Windows 8. The start button or start orb and Windows 7 start menu is not included in Windows 8. But you can get it back by installing third party software. This will make Windows 8 more familiar to you, as well as giving you a Windows XP or Windows 7 start menu
Uninstall any Metro apps you do not use, as they only slow down your computer. Most laptops are not able to run Metro apps as the screen resolution is not high enough. This is true of many netbooks, therefore it is better to uninstall any apps you do not use. But remember,even if you cannot run the Metro apps,you will still be able to run all of the software you use on Windows XP and Windows 7, and access all of the computer settings.
Under NO circumstances disable User Account Control regardless of how annoying you think it is. One of the reasons XP was so easily penetrated by viruses and other malware was that a user running as administrator could easily have their session hijacked with full control over the system. User Account Control ensures that no user process is running with full control without their explicit consent. Best practice is to run with a limited user account and turn UAC on so that an alternative username and password with administrative rights is required for any process requiring core system access.
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- Do install all of your favorite Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 software. Most of the Windows XP and Windows Vista software,including Windows Mail and Windows XP Movie Maker 2.1 works on Windows 8.Also all of the games from Windows XP work on Windows 8. And you can also copy program files from your Windows XP,Windows Vista and Windows 7 computer onto Windows 8.
- Although you cannot disable the Metro theme, if you have installed a start menu program,you will not have to deal with it very much. As most start menu programs work with your Windows Key. And so you will only see the Metro start screen at start up.
- Also if you have installed a Start menu program like Classic Shell which gives you both the Windows 7 start button and start menu, you will have the choice of using either the Metro start menu or the “classic” Windows 7 start menu.
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- Windows 8 Consumer Preview is only a beta version. So it may have bugs and can be unstable. And some software may not work on Windows 8. Also some drivers may not work on Windows 8, as they have not been updated to work on Windows 8 yet.
- Make sure you have your Windows XP or Windows 7 installation CD or make a backup.In case Windows 8 does not work out for you. That is if your drivers do not work, or you decide you do not like Windows 8. That way you can reinstall your previous version of Windows you had on your computer.
- Some of the software that works now in the beta version of Windows 8 may not work in the final version. Also some of the features that are in the beta version may not be included in the final version.
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview has an expiration date. And you will not be able to use it after this time, as it will stop working. So after the expiration date, you will either have to upgrade to the retail version, or reinstall your previous version of Windows.