How to restart or shutdown Windows 8

Preview Restart_thumb.jpg 1If you are getting started with Windows 8 it might be a bit confusing, how for example do you restart, shutdown properly? Well, use the new Metro desktop!

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Steps to quickly restart/shutdown Windows 8 using the Metro desktop

1. Step Open the Metro desktop by moving your mouse pointer over the lower-left cornor of your screen. Click on Settings.

Settings restart

2. Step Next, A sidebar opens on the right-side of the screen. Click on the Power button. A pop up opens, click on Restart or Update and restart (if the OS was updated recently).

Power restart

3. Step Alternatively, you can restart your Windows 8 when you are on the regular desktop. Simply click the Desktop tile on the Metro Start Screen to go to the regular desktop. Then press Alt+F4 together. Next, select restart or Update and restart from the drop down list and click on the OK button. Other options are Switch User, Log off, Shut down

desktop-restart

Conclusion

Unlike earlier version of Windows, the new Start Screen of Windows 8 does not provide a direct shortcut to restart your computer. This might or might not change in the final version

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Published: Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 Last Modified: February 28, 2012

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