A few tips that, IMO, will make things a bit easier on Windows8 newbies (if they haven't already been mentioned):
- Immediately uninstall the Metro-based PDF reader app (by right clicking on start---->all apps---->right click on Reader---->uninstall) and replace with PDFXChange or your preferred Win7 viewer of choice.
- Immediately uninstall the Photos metro app and go download the Windows Live Essentials pack; make Photo Gallery your default application for viewing pics.
- Uninstall some of the other unnecessary Metro apps that you don't think that you need (personally got rid of videos, sports, news, etc.). I personally like weather and the calendar, so I keep them around.
- Create links for Control Panel and Run on your start screen (right click on start ---> all apps---->find CP/Run on the all apps menu--->right click on each and hit "Pin to Start")
- Learn how to categorize your apps in the start menu by making named groups. Use the little minus button to zoom out, hover over the group you want to name, right click.
- Create Restart/Shut Down/Hibernate/whatever-power-down-option-you-use shortcuts
The start screen is a lot less intimidating with about 5-10 minutes of work. (Still running the RC at the moment, but same logic applies.)Edited by PiOfPie - 10/28/12 at 2:41pm