So you’ve already downloaded the Consumer Preview (really people, let’s just start calling it a Beta – it is the LAST consumer Preview) of Windows 8. Awesome.
So… now what? Why is everything different? Why can’t I do things like I used to be able to?
Let me say one thing: just because you can navigate Windows 7 doesn’t mean you can navigate Windows 8 easily. Trust me, I tried to do it, and it took me more than a few minutes.
Luckily, for our readers (and, well, anybody else who comes across this post), I’m going to provide you the same cheat-sheet that Microsoft gives you in the Consumer Preview Release guide (which is available here – you should probably read it). Microsoft has done a nice job outlining what each gesture in touch does – and the mouse equivalent:
Super useful little guide to have. Just a couple of other quick pointers while I’m getting at this:
1) Windows 8 has a new look and feel. You may experience a bit of shock when you see the new Metro UI, but give it a try.
2) If you don’t have a Windows Live (soon to be Microsoft) account, you should get one. Windows 8 will ask you for this account prior to setting up your computer for this first time. This account will become your lifeline, so don’t miss out on getting email@example.com. That being said, Microsoft may allow firstname.lastname@example.org accounts soon, so maybe you’re better off using that old Hotmail or Windows Live account.
3) It’s a preview – so there will be bugs. I tried connecting my Facebook account to Windows 8 and it just won’t work right now. Internet Explorer 10 crashed on me – badly – a few times while using it. It’s not a perfect operating system just yet – so be very patient with it for now. If the problems persist when the actual retail version comes out, then you have every right to be furious!