The Top 10 FAQs about Windows 8

At last, you’ve upgraded to Windows 8 or still to the latest version Windows 8.1 and a pretty big upgrade it was.Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Windows 8.

1. How to differentiate between three versions of Windows 8?

This is the one that has puzzled a lot of people. To begin with, Windows 8 has three versions:

  • The original Windows 8
  • A broader set of Windows 8 technologies- Windows 8.1
  • The even-better Windows 8.1 update.

To find out the current version you have, go to the desktop screen and look in the lower-left corner. If the Start button is missing over there, you are running the original Windows 8.

In case, you find a Start button, click on it to go to the Start screen. If you find a magnifying glass icon on the top-right corner of your start screen, you have Windows 8.1 update.

If you find only the Start button but not the magnifying glass, you have Windows 8.1 without the update.

2.  What are the hardware requirements to run Windows 8?

Your computer must meet the following basic requirements:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space or 20 GB
  • 1,024×768 screen resolution and 1,366 × 768 for the snap feature
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Internet access (fees may apply)
  • Microsoft account (LiveID) required for some features
  • Some features such as touch and Client Hyper-V may require advanced or Windows 8 certified hardware
  • The Windows To Go feature requires advanced hardware. To learn more about USB drives certified for Windows To Go, please visit

3. Which is the best antivirus protection for Windows 8?

Windows 8 comes with Windows Defender preinstalled. It is the latest update of Microsoft security Essentials. To know more about antivirus protection check the page: Antivirus and Antispyware.

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4.  Where is the Start Menu?

It no longer exists in the latest updates. If you just can’t do without it, you can use any of the third-party Start menus for Windows 8. We recommend Classic Shell (free) that looks similar to Windows 7 Start menu.

5. How to shut down Windows?

This is another interesting question about Windows 8.

On the Home screen, starting from the right edge swipe inward, or place the mouse pointer on the right-top or right-bottom corner and then off the right edge of the screen. Go to Settings>Power and select the appropriate action.

6. How do I identify my product key?

Every purchased copy of Windows is assigned a unique, 25-character code that indicates the copy is legally sold. When you purchase a copy of the software, the product key is on the box that came with the CD. If you bought a PC with Windows pre-installed, it’s there on the label of your computer.

Nirsoft’s ProductKey is a free program that shows your Product code and other ID numbers as well.

7. How do I carry a Search function?

There are plenty of options to bring the Search up. Here are the most convenient ways to get the Search option:

  • From your desktop screen, press Winkey-S.
  • From your Home screen, just start typing.

8. Where is Windows Explorer?

Windows Explorer gets a facelift and a new name “File Explorer” in Windows 8. The major changes in File explorer are:

  • It drops the Aero Glass effects and gets a flatter new look that is much better.
  • The command bar used in its predecessors is substituted by a new ribbon-based UI.

9. How do I change user accounts?

Unlike the previous versions of Windows you don’t log off in Windows 8, you sign out. And while you can switch users, there’s no longer any name for that action.

Go back to the Start screen; click your user account photo in the screen’s top-right corner. Choose the name of the user account holder who wants to sign in.

10. What happened to my Libraries?

Microsoft has not deleted Libraries but just hidden them. This is because the company wants you to store everything in its cloud-based service, OneDrive, and pay for that service. But if you are not comfortable with this service, you can restore those libraries. Go to the File Explorer>view >Navigation>Show libraries.