Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2208307Adding a printer is very simple as Windows 8 will often be able to install all the necessary software automatically. If there is a disc supplied with the printer, we recommend following any advice to install it first.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2202903OpenDNS helps keep your computer safe by replacing the internet address book used by your Internet Service Provider, ISP, with an alternative that blocks access to known phishing sites. There's no cost for this service, but the paid for premium accounts offer more tools and records.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2202899The Action Center gives you a single place to check for any issues that might be affecting your computer.With the Start Screen visible, start typing action center, you'll need to spell it the American way, click on Settings and then Action Center.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2202900Windows 8 has several tools for keeping children safe and stopping them from using programs they shouldn't. They are all found in one place, Family Safety.In order for this to work you must have created a separate user account for the children and created a password for your account and any other administrator accounts
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2202895Windows 8 works best when if you sign in with a Microsoft account, whether it be a Live, Hotmail or Outlook.com account. It is simple to convert your existing user account if you chose not to use one during installation or want to sign up for the first time.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2207671It's very easy to add a user to Windows 8 if they already have their own Microsoft account and some of their settings will be kept synchronised between the different computers they use.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2202894While Windows 8 works best when you log in with a Microsoft account, you don't have to and it might be best to use a local account in some situations such as when young children are using the computer. These accounts are just as easy to create.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2202896If you sign in to Windows with a Microsoft Account, your email will be set up automatically in the Email app. We're going to show how to add an account, when you want to set up email for a local user not using a Microsoft Account or add an extra account. This also shows how the Charms are used within apps.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2202006We all love talking about the weather and the Weather app keeps you up to date.When you click on the Weather tile for the first time, Windows will ask if you want to turn on location services. We're going to allow it, but as we don't have GPS in our computer, it will attempt to work out our location using our internet address. This is fairly reliable but if it doesn't get it right it's easy to change.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2208259Windows 8 makes it easy to connect to a wireless network. The best way to do this is with the Charms so press Windows and C to make them appear. Click on Settings.Look to the six icons at the bottom of the Settings Pane. The top-left icon shows your network status whether you are connected to a wired or wireless network. As this computer hasn't been connected to any wireless networks Windows is telling us that there are some networks in range. Click on this icon.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2202902Just like any other software on your computer, it's important to keep Windows 8 apps up to date. You can see here that there is a number on the Store tile and this is alerting us that there are seven apps with updates available. Click or tap on the Store tile.Click on Updates at the top to see a list of apps that should be updated. Hopefully they should all be selected by default. If not, click on the Select all button at the bottom left. When you're happy with the selection, click on the Install.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2208233The quickest way to shut down Windows 8 is by using the Charms. Move the mouse to the top-right hand corner or press Windows and C. Click on the Power icon and then select Shut down or Restart.If you want to log out so that someone else can use the computer, click on your name at the top right hand corner of the Windows 8 Start Screen. Click on Sign out to return to the lock screen.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2208029As well as the normal Desktop-based version, there is a Windows 8 app for Internet Explorer. It's much more efficient with screen space so it is worth using if you are on a tablet or laptop.To Start the Internet Explorer App tap on it's tile on the Start Screen. It will always start from your last browsing session.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2202901One major thing that is new to Windows 8 is the app store, where you can download a mix of free and paid-for tools designed to work with the new interface. You can find and install them using the Windows Store.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2207989Apps are an exciting new kind of program. They make the best possible use of screen space and are really easy to use.Read more: Windows 8 video guidesApps are launched from the Start Screen, simply click on them to get started. In fact, some of them are always working in the background and show updates on their tiles. This is a great way of staying aware of new emails or breaking news.
Read more www.computeractive.co.uk/2208968We really like this remake of the classic Half Life, so we thought a side by side comparison would demonstrate just how much the graphics have improved.Coming soon to Steam or follow the link above for our instructions on how to install it.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2208061Windows 8 looks rather different to previous versions, but don't worry because it's easy to learn. You can read our review of Windows 8 here.The first thing that's new is the Start Screen. This replaces the old Start Menu and, as you can see, uses the extra space to show you more information thanks to the Live Tiles. These will keep you up to date with the latest news, emails and appointments. Ordinary shortcuts appear as smaller tiles that don't change.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2197272We reported recently that Valve, the company behind the gaming platform Steam, announced that they would be moving both the Steam software and their games to Linux. Some games may already be playable thanks to some software called Wine that lets you run Windows programs on. We got both Steam and the fun game Dungeons of Dredmor to install without any difficulty on Ubuntu.