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A Guide to Windows 8 Resources

A Guide to Windows 8 Resources

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 With its bright and bold look, Windows 8 is a big departure from previous versions of Windows. The modern interface along with plenty of new features and performance boosts make this one of the most exciting Microsoft releases to date. But because Windows 8 is such a big departure from previous versions of Windows, it might require a bit of a learning curve.

Luckily, there are a lot of articles and videos available with tips, walk-throughs, and other information on getting up and running on Windows 8. Be sure to bookmark this post as we'll be adding more resources as they become available. 

TechSoup Windows 8 Resources

Microsoft Windows 8 Resources

Microsoft has a variety of resources on its Windows 8 site to help you get started with its brand-new operating system. Here are some of the best:

Other Windows 8 Resources

Technology news sites have been testing and tinkering with Windows 8 for a few months now. Here are some of the most informative Windows 8 articles from the tech community.

  • Dell's free e-book, Windows 8 for Dummies, Dell Pocket Edition, is a quick reference guide for getting started in the new operating system. 
  • Laptop lists eight great features that makes Windows 8 succeed in the workplace
  • CBS compiled Windows 8 apps for business.
  • TechRadar put together 50 Windows 8 tips, tricks, and secrets to help you get more from Windows 8.
  • Still confused about how gestures work on a touchscreen Windows 8 device? PCWorld breaks down Windows 8's gesture commands in this visual how-to.
  • Paul Thurrott is widely regarded as a Microsoft expert in the tech community. His Windows 8 portal is full of useful how-tos, reviews, and feature overviews.
  • The Verge's detailed, image-heavy Windows 8 review gives a fair and balanced assessment of Microsoft's latest operating system.
  • To watch Windows 8 in action, check out The Wall Street Journal's video review.
  • ExtremeTech's ultimate guide to using Windows 8 on a desktop PC walks you through using Windows 8 with a keyboard and a mouse.

Windows 7 Resources

Your organization may not be ready to upgrade to Windows 8, or you might be making the upgrade from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7. Microsoft and TechSoup have an extensive list of articles, FAQs, and videos to help you get the most out of Windows 7.

  • Is your organization just getting started with Windows 7? Read Microsoft's First Steps with Windows 7 article.
  • TechSoup's Should You Upgrade to Windows 7? is packed full of information tailored especially to nonprofits and libraries.
  • Microsoft also has a helpful FAQ for those ready to make the leap to Windows 7.
  • These handy tips for Windows 7 will help your organization be more productive.
  • Microsoft's library of Windows 7 videos includes tutorials, feature highlights, and more.

Want to share your experiences with Windows operating systems or Windows 8? Tell us about it in the comments.

Ginny Mies is a Content Curator at TechSoup Global.

  • Our non-profit recently received a donation of a laptop with Windows 7 Pro pre-installed; however, I just received a donation from Microsoft on Office Professional Pro 2013 and found out that we need to upgrade to Windows 8.  I was in the process of requesting the upgrade until I saw the "Wipe Clean" notification.   Does that mean, I have to remove all the software already installed or just Windows 7?