Forget the CD and install Windows 8 with your flash drive
A guide? To install Windows? Slapping a new operating system on your desktop or laptop PC should be old hat by now, right? This is Windows 8, after all: Odds are pretty good that you, an astute and well-travelled Maximum PC reader, have been around the ol’ Windows installation block a few times before.
So, er, what does that leave us to talk about?
Plenty. Ditch your discs; we’re going all-USB for your first big Windows 8 installation.
Experience the Windows 8 release with our launch event video.
We had the opportunity to check out the Windows 8 release event at Microsoft’s San Jose Windows store, located in the heart of Silicon Valley.
In the video below, we go up close and personal with Microsoft’s newly released Surface RT tablet, get impressions from customers on the controversial new OS, and interview the store’s manager to see if the long-awaited launch lived up to the hype.
Click the "Read More" button to check out our image gallery from the launch.
Why did Microsoft dump the name Metro for its upcoming OS UI? Was it a legal threat from German-retailer Metro AG? Was it truly just a codename intended to be dumped once Win8 came out as the company has tried to spin it? At this point, no one outside of Microsoft really knows yet but more importantly—What will Microsoft replace it with?
Up in arms about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)? Well, you’re not even close to alone, and a new Android app can help the more passive opponents do their part to express their rage. The Boycott SOPA app allows users to leverage their phone’s camera to make sure they aren’t buying any products that come from companies supporting SOPA.
If you’ve ever spent any time playing an RPG or RTS of any kind, you know the biggest learning curve is figuring out what items or materials you need to build that sweet piece of gear your buddy carries around. The different combinations, tools, and techniques required by different games can also add to the confusion. The reality is learning the build tree in a particular game is the key to your survival and is the biggest obstacle between you and world domination.
In conjunction with the launch of Windows Phone 7.5 Microsoft has updated windowsphone.com. The new site includes a web-based Marketplace for Windows Phone that allows you to browse and purchase apps from any PC without the need for software.
Day one of Microsoft’s BUILD Developer conference is over. Conference attendees have received their Samsung Developer Tablets, and information overload has set in. Though this event is specifically targeted at developers, there is a wealth of Windows 8 information for the consumer to digest. Let’s look at some of the key features we learned about today, as well as some that we’ve received more detail into.
Of the many new features introduced in Windows 7, the humble Problem Steps Recorder was one of the least talked-about. At first glance, the application—which combines an automatic screenshot utility and a sort of low-grade keylogger—appears to be nothing more than a tool to make life a little easier for Microsoft’s legion of support personnel. Upon closer inspection, there’s actually much more to the Problem Steps Recorder.
With the exception of a few yahoos, when most of us think about searching the web, we’re thinking about Google. While Mountain View may be able to fulfill the bulk of our search-related needs, there’s no harm in mixing it up a bit. When looking for an alternative to Google, you could do a lot worse than giving Bing a try. While only a few years old, Microsoft’s upstart information-seeking darling has managed to incorporate a number of user-friendly features into the service’s already impressive set of capabilities. Care to give Bing a spin? We’ve put together 10 of our favorite Bing tips for you to trick out your browsing experience with.