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A little thing you can do which will allow you to access things from the desktop without having to install a 3rd party add-on is this.

 

Right-click in the very left hand corner of your taskbar (I don't mean on the start screen popup)

 

Hover over where it says 'toolbars' and tick Desktop.

 

Over at the other side of the taskbar you will now see two arrows >> beside the word desktop. Click on arrows and this is what you get. (Easily unticked if you don't want it)

 

So this means most areas of your pc are accessible via those 2 little arrows, even your program files :)

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I found something similar when trying to get to grips with the new Win8 UI.

 

Hit the Windows key + X (something new they have introduced)

 

(I have found myself using the keyboard a lot more with Win8, especially Alt+F4 to get out of things)

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I meant to post this earlier, thought I did but the forums went down.

 

You can skip directly to the desktop view from the start screen (even without having launched the desktop yet) with the WIN+D hotkey.

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Noticed that about newer Windows OSs. They keep certain info out of the publics' knowledge so their nerdier fanbois can 'find Easter Eggs' with keyboard shortcuts. (This is not a dis. It's an old marketing ploy.)

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What windows 8 needs more than anything is a tutorial. My friend got a new win8 laptop and he was complaining about a few things, and decided he likes it a lot more once I showed him how to do the things in the way you're meant to (for him, it was specially showing him the shutdown procedure from the charms menu, and how to search in the start screen)

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If you have downloaded an .iso file just right click on it and select mount, it will then open in a virtual drive. (you need to do this first via file explorer so the file association gets set for explorer)

 

 

If you feel the need to do a 'cold' boot, just select 'reboot' from shutdown options. You will then get the traditional cold boot.

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Excellent, good to know. I was wondering why it wasn't baked in myself, given MSDN downloads are all ISO

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If you have downloaded an .iso file just right click on it and select mount, it will then open in a virtual drive. (you need to do this first via file explorer so the file association gets set for explorer)

 

 

If you feel the need to do a 'cold' boot, just select 'reboot' from shutdown options. You will then get the traditional cold boot.

 

I couldn't see it on my Win8 Pro.

After some digging around it was due to .iso being associated with PowerISO.

So the Mount command will only be available in the context menu if ISO's are associated with File Explorer.

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I couldn't see it on my Win8 Pro.

After some digging around it was due to .iso being associated with PowerISO.

So the Mount command will only be available in the context menu if ISO's are associated with File Explorer.

 

Thats why I put that info in my post mta, so you would know that!!!

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After a new laptop arrived with Win8 I've upgraded my ancient Dell desktop to match. There's nothing you want to do in Win8 that can't be solved with 30 mins on Google.

 

On initial setup I set both pc's to Auto Update Off. This had no effect, and soon the laptop received the awful Browser Choice app, which can't be disabled or uninstalled or the update backed out. So I set both pc's to 'Check but let me chose to download and install'.

 

Today on the Dell I noticed that the power-off choice is power off or restart to apply updates, so I looked again at the Update settings and it had reverted to Auto Update. I've switched Auto Update off again and the power off has gone back to restart or power off. Has anyone else experienced this behaviour? And if so how to stop it? I may chose no downloads at all in the hope of stopping it.

 

In the update history there is a list of updates in pending restart status. I think it's too late to stop these as it says Installed. I can't remove or do anything with them. Any help, or should I just roll over?

 

(Edited to correct update option description)

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Do a restart from the power shutdown options (not a shutdown)

 

The updates have to go in and if you don't restart within a certain timeframe the machine may do it for you :)

 

Do the browser choice (eg IE) and then it will leave you alone. You will know when it has 'taken' as the choice browser window will say 'you are now using the latest'

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this has been invaluable for the whole BS shutdown thing

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5215-power-add-cascading-desktop-context-menu-windows-8-a.html

I edited mine to be just what I wanted and to match the order of my start menu replacement's power menu, easy peasy

Edited by Nergal

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To make sure all links open in the desktop version of IE10, go to Internet Options in the Control Panel and under the programs tab use the little dropdown arrow (where it says choose how you open links in Internet explorer) to select desktop IE and then click apply.

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Most peculiar. My Windows Update status is still 'Check but let me chose to download and install', for which I am truly grateful, but the list of updates that yesterday were in a state of Installed, waiting restart, have now changed to Succeeded. I have powered off and on again overnight, but not restarted, and there was no indication that the updates were being applied. Furthermore the dreaded Browser Choice app is not installed. I'm beginning to well, like Windows 8, but I have no idea what's going on.

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