Don't-Miss Windows 8 Stories

One OS, three installation options: What's the best way to install Windows 8?

You can run Windows 8 in a virtual machine, dual-boot it with your current OS, or install it outright. We explore the pros and cons of each option.

Lock and encode your flash drives with BitLocker to Go encryption in Windows 8

How Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise users should encrypt their external drives—for free.

How to test-drive Windows 8 for free in VirtualBox

Want to dip your toes in Microsoft's modern UI before plunging head-first into Windows 8? You can do it for free, without uninstalling your current OS.

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How to enable Hibernate mode in Windows 8

By default, Microsoft (inexplicably) hides this option in the new OS. Here's how to restore it.

How to bypass the Windows 8 password screen

Tired of entering your password every time you boot your PC? Here's how to turn that option off.

How to pick the best desktop display for Windows 8

Windows 8 offers superb support for touch, including full 10-point multitouch gestures. We guide you through choosing the right combination of touch device and monitor.

Retro gaming challenge! Windows 8 versus classic PC games

Windows 8 is great for running today's games, but what about classics from PC's golden age of gaming? The results are mixed.

Windows 8 deep dive: Get to know the Mail and Calendar apps

We spare no details in our deep-dive look at Windows 8's Mail and Calendar apps.

Take a free online course in Windows 8 basics

This five-hour video class teaches you everything you need to know about migrating to, navigating, and understanding the new OS.

Build a killer Windows 8 gaming PC for under $1,000

How we assembled an inexpensive gaming rig that delivers solid frame rates and is poised for future upgrades.

8 worst Windows 8 irritations (and how to fix them)

Windows 8's frustrating quirks continue long after you've mastered the Modern interface. We explain how to address the worst annoyances.

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Five important Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

The new OS brings some new shortcuts to the table, and learning these five might help you navigate more easily.

Bend Windows 8 to your will with these free tools

Three free utilities to customize Win8, make it look like OS X, or eliminate the Start Screen entirely.

How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 free of charge

Did you buy Windows 8 Pro? If so, you're entitled to the Windows Media Center Pack for free—but only for a limited time.

Yet another way to restore the Start button in Windows 8

Win8 StartButton is the latest third-party attempt to fix one of Windows 8's most broken features.