Don't-Miss Windows 8 Stories

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 freeā€”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.

Master Windows 8 gesture commands

Get more done in less time on your desktop or tablet by mastering Windows 8 touch controls and their keyboard/mouse equivalents.

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Maximize your first 30 minutes with Windows 8

Now that Windows 8 is installed on your desktop machine, it's time for a primer on what to do, and where to go, during your first half-hour of operation. Learn basic navigation, as well as some additional setup tips to streamline your Windows 8 experience.

Use Ninite to give Windows 8 a classic Start menu

This handy batch software installer now supports Classic Shell, a Start button/menu combo for Windows 8.

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Windows 8 Upgrade Diary: What to expect

One PC power user's account of what you can expect from upgrading to Windows 8.

10 Windows 8 apps you should download first

Windows 8 is all about the apps. Here are some suggestions on what you should download first.