One of the really cool features of Windows 8 is the Screenshot feature. Press Win + PrintScreen and you will get a screenshot automatically saved at %userprofile%\Pictures\Screenshots. It will be named as 'Screenshot (#).png' where # indicates the screenshot index.
This screenshot index value is stored in the registry permanently. Even if you remove all your screenshot images, the next screenshot you take will have a higher index. Here's how to reset the screenshot counter.
Although Windows 8 offers you several "modern" data synchronization solutions such as SkyDrive and Microsoft Account, they both are limited - they are dependent on the Internet. You may or may not know about the old "Briefcase" feature which was removed from Windows 8. It offers you simple two way data synchronization which was offline and could be used with removable drives. Someone at Microsoft decided to remove it from the brand new release of Windows 'cause he thought perhaps that the feature was too outdated. If you miss Briefcase, here is a simple solution for you.
Since Windows Vista, the classic Shutdown dialog is accessible only with the help of a hotkey. You have to minimize all windows, then click to focus on the Desktop and finally press Alt+F4 to make it appear. Instead, Microsoft offers you an expandable submenu for the "Shutdown" button in the Start Menu of Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Things have changed for the worse again with Windows 8: no more Start Menu, no more quick access to Shutdown functions. Today, I going to show you how it is possible to display the familar classic Shut Down Windows dialog with a single click.
As you may have noticed, Desktop Gadgets and Sidebar are missing in Windows 8 RTM. Personally, I don't miss gadgets since I did not use them. But a lot of people have been missing them. If you can't live without desktop gadgets, there is good news for you: desktop gadgets and sidebar can be made to work in Windows 8.
Windows 8 has introduced the new "Modern UI", formerly known as Metro. The Start Menu was replaced with the brand new Start screen feature which splits the Windows UX into two separate worlds - world of Metro apps and the Classic Desktop. To switch between these two environments, Windows 8 offers two panels at the top left and top right edges of screen which are the Switcher and the Charms Bar.
In case you have been living under a rock, surely you must have read about Windows 8. It was released to manufacturing around 15 days ago and is now available for MSDN/TechNet subscribers. In case you don't have a subscription, you can download and evaluate the free Windows 8 Enterprise Edition for 3 months. Microsoft has released an absolutely free 90-day trial version of Windows 8 RTM to the public. It is a good opportunity to try the brand new OS if you were unable to test it early on.