Windows 8 is the first OS requiring a Windows account. This account use allows its consumers to work on Windows 8 device in the most convenient way by means of synchronizing of email, Skype, calendar and other useful applications installed on a device. Windows account also makes it possible to use OS on several devices by means of one account. It is extremely beneficial when a student wants to start his essay on the way home on a tablet and finish it at home on a laptop, for example. It is also very profitable if a business man created a multimedia presentation at home and can show it his clients or colleagues in the office without any storage devices.
The first thing a user is to know is the minimal requirements for a PC or a portable device:
|Processor||1 GHz and more||50 Hz|
|Random-access memory||1 GB for a 32‑bit version
2 GB for a 64‑bit version
|Hard disk free space||16 GB for a 32‑bit version
20 GB for a 64‑bit version
|Graphics card||DirectX 9||DirectX 10|
To appreciate the innovations of Windows 8 OS user’s device should run Unified Extensible Firmware Interface instead of outdated Basic Input/Output System. If a device meets these minimal requirements, a user may feel free to download Windows 8 OS.
- To access all these useful functions it is obligatory to create personal Windows account right after Windows 8 installation on a PC or a portable gadget.
To create Windows account a user is to open settings in ‘Start button’, find input ‘Accounts’ and select ‘Email & app accounts’. Then it is necessary to add a Microsoft account and fill in the given forms. Pay attention to the password as it will serve as a defender for your Windows 8 account. Among most advantageous functions of Windows account is the ‘Family Safety’. It is possible to give user’s child access to a PC with some restrictions concerning the Internet content which may be harmful or inadmissible for children.
Multiple Monitors with Windows 8 OS
The facility to use several monitors running on one OS with one account increases the productivity of designers, analytics and other people whose occupation is connected with comparisons and analyses.
To evaluate this useful function it is necessary to connect the devices by means of cables (HDMI, DVI, VGA) and make some simple changes in Settings. A user can choose from various options:
- PC screen only – in this case only the first computer is used, the second (connected to it) is slighted.
- Second screen only – opposite to the first variant the second monitor will be active, while the first ignored.
- Extend option makes the display of the first PC bigger (one picture on two screens).
- Duplicate – having chosen this option a user sees in the second monitor the echoing of the first one.
- The capabilities Multiple Monitors function gives its users are impressive and to estimate them it is necessary to try.
How to change the language on Windows 8 device
The number of languages available in Windows 8 OS is over 1 hundred. Thus, the system became available for more clients around the world. Predominantly, the OS is used in English but a user will not face any difficulties to add more languages. There are several simple steps to do it successfully:
- first of all it is necessary to open Control Panel on the desktop of a device;
- then a user is to select input ‘Add languages’ in the section ‘Clock, Language, and Region’;
- in the appeared window it is required to select ‘Add a language’ and choose the one a user wants to add;
- the last but one step is to download and install language pack;
- after successful installation Windows 8 user is to click ‘Move on’ and the added language will be accessible on a gadget running on Windows 8 OS.
How to activate Windows 8 defensive system
Windows 8 creators claim that with this version of OS users are under the strong protection while using the Net and connecting other gadgets or storage devices to it.
Windows Defender is a built-in program charged with viruses, malicious software, spyware, attacks identification and blocking. If a device is attacked the Windows Defender will notify the user about it turning its colour into red (usually it is green). There are three variants of verification: quick, full and custom.
The first variant is used to scan zones subjected to malicious programs contamination (for example, temporary files). Full verification scans all the files stored on a device. This variant is the most reliable one as it allows identifying viruses of all types on a device. The last variant – custom – is used to scan particular files, folders and attached devices. It is recommended to scan Disk C by means of this variant.
Windows Defender is updated automatically, but in case a user wants to update the system, it is also possible. Very seldom the antivirus errs and identifies some files as malicious ones. As a result a user deletes them, but it is possible to cure these files.
The greatest plus of this antivirus program for Windows 8 OS is real-time defense, which allows using a device running on Windows 8 with various purposes.
In spite of numerous facilities of Windows Defender, there are some weak points. Windows Defender manages to identify the viruses and malicious software on a device, but it can hardly forestall problems concerned with data leak and password theft. When Windows 8 device is connected to the Internet, its user undergoes various types of attacks. The viruses installed on a gadget can stay unnoticed for a long period of time. IT developers worked out private networks, which fight with such attacks. A VPN for Windows identifies and blocks malicious websites, programs and files, encodes all transferring data and makes a user even anonymous on the Net.
Working separately Windows Defender and VPNs do good job, but when they are both used on one device it make the user really safe and secure and the work on this device fascinating.