Windows 8 RTM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We all know that Microsoft has released Windows 8 RTM (final version) and there are many questions related to Windows 8 which are coming in people minds. We have received so many emails about Windows 8 from various AskVG readers asking almost same questions. So today in this topic we are going to answer all those frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to Windows 8.
So without wasting time, lets share Windows 8 RTM FAQs:
Q.1. What is Windows 8 RTM? Is it final version of Windows 8 or is it yet another testing build similar to Developer Preview, Consumer Preview and Release Preview?
Ans. Windows 8 RTM is the final version. RTM means "Release To Manufacturing".
Q.2. Can I download Windows 8 RTM similar to previous free testing versions?
Ans. Yes, you can download a free 90-day trial version of fully functional Windows 8 RTM using following link:
Q.3. Can I download a full version of Windows 8 RTM not a trial version?
Ans. Yes, you can purchase Windows 8 as mentioned in following article:
Q.4. What are the system requirements of Windows 8 RTM?
Ans. Windows 8 system requirements are almost similar to Windows 7 system requirements. So if your computer system runs Windows 7 fine, it'll also run Windows 8 smoothly. You can check out official Windows 8 system requirements at following link:
Q.5. I already have a Windows installed in my system, can I upgrade the existing Windows to Windows 8?
Ans. Yes, you can upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8 but there are some limitations.
Upgrade from Windows 7:
If you upgrade your system from Windows 7 to Windows 8, you'll be able to keep your user accounts and files, installed programs and Windows settings.
Upgrade from Windows Vista:
If you upgrade your system from Windows Vista to Windows 8, you'll be able to keep your user accounts and files and Windows settings but you won't be able to keep installed programs.
Upgrade from Windows XP:
If you upgrade your system from Windows XP to Windows 8, you'll be able to keep your user accounts and files but you won't be able to keep installed programs and Windows settings.
Check out following article for more information:
Q.6. Should I upgrade my existing Windows to Windows 8 or should I install it separately?
Ans. Installing Windows 8 separately on a different partition and doing a dual-boot between existing Windows version and Windows 8 would be a better idea. It'll help you in uninstalling/removing Windows 8 easily from your system in future if you want. Also you'll not have any chance of data loss and your existing Windows version will remain untouched.
Q.7. If I upgrade my existing Windows to Windows 8, will I able to uninstall Windows 8 in future and return to previous Windows version?
Ans. No. You can't go back to previous Windows version. You'll need to reinstall it using setup disk.
Q.8. How to install Windows 8 in a virtualization software like VMware Workstation, VirtualBox, Virtual PC, etc?
Ans. Installing Windows 8 in virtualization software would be a wise idea. It'll help you in testing and learning Windows 8 before actually installing it in your system.
Check out following video which contains a step-by-step demo to show you how to install Windows 8 in Virtual Box:
Also take a look at following links to have an idea which software can be used to install Windows 8 virtually:
- Install Windows 8 Using VirtualBox or VMware Workstation
- [Tip] Install and Test Operating Systems Virtually in Windows Using Hyper-V
Q.9. Will all my favorite software programs work in Windows 8?
Ans. Yes. Almost all existing software which work in Windows 7, should also work in Windows 8. Microsoft also provides a complete list of all software and devices which are compatible with Windows 8. You can visit the complete list at this link.
Also all Windows 7 tips-n-tricks work fine in Windows 8. Check out following exclusive article to read many useful tips which were posted for Windows 7 but also work in Windows 8:
Q.10. I installed Windows 8 but I can't find the Start button. How can I get it back?
Ans. Microsoft has removed Start button and Start Menu from Windows 8. Start Menu has been replaced by new Start Screen and Start button has been replaced by a small Start Screen thumbnail which appears when you move the cursor to bottom-left corner of screen.
You can get Start Menu and Start button back in Windows 8 using various freeware mentioned in following topic:
Q.11. As soon as I log into Windows 8, it shows the new Start Screen. Is there a way to skip Start Screen and directly boot into Windows Desktop similar to previous Windows versions?
Ans. Yes. You can take help of following guide to skip Start Screen and boot into Windows 8 Desktop:
Q.12. Windows 8 Explorer comes with Office style Ribbon UI, can I get rid of it?
Ans. Sure. Check out following topic:
Q.13. As soon as I move the mouse cursor to top-right corner of screen to close a window, the new Charms Bar appears automatically. How can I disable it?
Ans. Microsoft has introduced new hot corners feature in Windows 8. You can disable these hot corners such as App Switcher, Charms Bar, etc using following topics:
- How to Disable Charms Bar Hint in Windows 8?
- How to Disable Hot Corners (Charms Bar, Start Screen Thumbnail, App Switch List) in Windows 8?
Q.14. How to shutdown or restart my system in Windows 8? I can't find these options.
Ans. There are several ways to access power options in Windows 8. Check out following guides:
- How to Log Off, Restart and Shut Down Windows 8 PC?
- Add Restart, Shut Down and Other Power Shortcuts in Desktop Context Menu of Windows 8
- Shutdown Panel: Freeware to Provide Easy and Quick Access to Power Options in Windows
Q.15. When I dual boot between Windows 8 and a previous Windows version, first Windows 8 loads and then it shows a new Metro boot loader to select the OS. Can I disable it and get the classic boot loader back?
Ans. Yes. You can enable the Windows Vista and 7 style boot loader in Windows 8 using following tutorial:
Q.16. I can't find the "Advanced Appearance Settings" in Windows 8 Desktop Personalization window. How to access them?
Ans. Microsoft has moved them to a new location. Check out following topics for more info:
- How to Access "Advanced Appearance Settings" Option to Change Text Size in Windows 8?
- Registry Tweak to Decrease Window Border Size and Padding in Windows 8
Q.17. I'm not getting Aero glass effect in program windows. Only Taskbar is transparent without reflection and blur effects. How can I enable Aero glass in Windows 8?
Ans. Microsoft has completely removed Aero glass from Windows 8. Currently there are no known ways to get it back. Check out following article for more info:
But you can enable transparency without blur or a hidden Aero Lite theme in Windows 8 using following tricks:
- Finally a Way to Enable Transparency in Windows 8 Without any Bug or Glitch
- How to Enable Hidden "Aero Lite" Theme in Windows 8 RTM?
Q.18. I don't like the new lock screen in Windows 8 and I want to disable it in my system. I couldn't find any option to turn it off. How can I get rid of the lock screen in Windows 8?
Ans. Microsoft doesn't provide any direct option to disable Windows 8 lock screen but you can use group policy or Registry tweak to get rid of lock screen. Check out following tutorial:
Above are the most frequently asked questions about Windows 8. If you have any other question in mind, please feel free to ask it in your comment.
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