NEVER use Microsoft services like One Drive to store UVM files (especially anything that includes Protected Health Information) “in the cloud.”
When you first turn your windows 8 machine on, you will see a decorative “lock screen.” Swipe this upward with your finger or just press a key on your keyboard to access the login screen (enter your UVM NetID and password to log in).
When you first log in you should see your Desktop, which looks pretty similar to what you’re used to from using Windows 7 (including the green PnC icon, if this is a Point and Click machine).
To access programs like Microsoft Word, you will probably need to get to the “Start Screen,” which is just a fancy version of the old Start Menu. To get there, push the Windows key on your keyboard or swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Start.
- You can customize the Start Screen to resize the icons and move them around so that things you want are easily accessible. Right-click or (with your finger) tap-and-hold any icon to view your options. Move them around the Start Screen by dragging with your finger.
- To Search for your files or programs, just start typing a search term (part of the file name, for example) from anywhere on the Start screen.
- To install a network printer, search for the phrase “Advanced Printer Setup,” then select “The Printer I want isn’t listed” and follow these directions starting with step 5.
- You can also search from the “Charms” menu, which will appear if you swipe your finger in from the right side of the Start Screen.
- Swipe up from the bottom center of the Start Screen to access the Apps Screen (a list of all installed programs). In Apps view, you can open apps, pin them to Start, or pin them to the desktop taskbar.
- From the Start Screen you can get back to the Desktop by clicking the Desktop icon (messy yellow circle in the image above). And from the Desktop you can pretend it’s a Windows 7 machine.
- To shut down your computer, go to the Start Screen and tap the little power icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
- Alternately, to log off you computer, tap your name or account picture on the Start Screen and select “Sign Out.”
For a more detailed introduction to Windows 8, see the links below:
- Touch, Swipe, Tap (using a Wndows touchscreen)
- Mouse and Keyboard: What’s New (if you don’t like the touchscreen)
- About the Desktop
- Getting around your PC
- Search and Share With the Charms menu
- Getting and Managing Apps
- Customizing your Laptop (we do not recommend synchronizing your settings with a Microsoft Account)