Windows 8 FAQ

What happened to the Start Button?

The Start button is not used in Windows 8.   The Start screen replaces the Start menu and Start Button in Windows 8.  You can pin apps, contacts, and websites to Start for easy access to your favorite apps.  All of your apps are available from the Start screen.  You can get to the Start menu by using the Windows key on your keyboard.

I’ve read that there are items called Charms.  What are they and what do they do?

Charms are a set of features which are located within the Start screen. Charms include Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings.  Use your mouse to point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down.

What’s the difference between a Windows App and a Desktop App?

  • Windows app is developed to run within the new Windows Experience user interface.
  • desktop application is designed specifically to run on the desktop view.

How can I get to app or desktop shortcuts in Windows 8?

Hot corners are a new feature which allows you to hover your mouse on any of the four corners of the screen to initiate a shortcut.  Hover your mouse over the top right or bottom right corners of the screen to be presented with the Charms shortcuts, where things like Search and Settings are.  Hover your mouse over the top left or bottom left corners of the screen to be presented with the Switch List, where you can see your latest open apps and switch between them.  When using hot corners, remember to keep the mouse in the corner of the screen when selecting the Hot Corners to activate the shortcut.

Are there any antivirus and/or firewall applications for Windows 8 yet?

Yes, Windows 8 automatically includes a new version of Windows Defender which has antivirus capabilities. If you plan to upgrade to Windows 8 and are currently using Microsoft Security Essentials make sure you unsintall that before you upgrade.


Sources: Microsoft TechNet and the Dell Support page for Dell Windows 8 computers