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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



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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