The new release in the line of Windows based Operating Systems is Windows 8. With the blend of old and new features, this Operating System (OS) has lot many advanced and useful features, and the top most out of them is its unique user interface, which is known as ‘Metro’. Despite the new user interface, there are times when users find it hard to switch among the tasks, launch a task, etc in Windows 8. Let us discuss five top inconsistencies of this OS and effective measures to resolve them:
· Unavailability of the ‘Start’ menu: You do not have ‘Start’ menu in Windows 8. For launching a new application in this modern user interface of Windows 8, users have to go right back to the desktop. This switching for sure takes more time than launching a menu and easily makes you lose your track. Due to these inconsistencies, users usually miss the ‘Start’ button.
· Far Situated Power Button: You get the power button in and around the ‘Start’ button till Windows 7, but due to missing ‘Start’ menu, this button in Windows 8 is situated three clicks away. That means, if you want a quick shut down, then you have to create your own shortcuts for ‘Shut Down’ and ‘Restart’, otherwise you have to go to ‘Charms’ menu, select ‘Settings’ charm, click the button available for ‘Power’, and select ‘Shut down’ from there.
· Limited Accessibility for Secondary Users: Since its launch, Windows 8 is being selling with the note that it can easily handle multiple users, but when you add different users, you will realize that they cannot install desktop applications by their own. However, if the secondary users have administrator password, then Windows 8 can install the programs, but it is generally seen that it fails to add shortcut on the desktop of the secondary user, on All Apps menu, or on Start screen. One way that you can do this is to find out the .exe file inside the Programs File and create the shortcut from there, but it is not recommended to perform it at home. However, it is quite easy to grant administrative privileges to a secondary user, but you need to know which menu is to be used.
· Does not Support POP Accounts: Several Internet Service Protocols (ISPs) provide POP email account to users, but Windows 8 does not support POP users. The very first time when you open your Windows Mail and it does not recognize your email login details as Hotmail.com or Outlook, then it immediately asks you whether the address is IMAP, POP, or Exchange. Here, if you select ‘POP3’, then you will get a notification that Mail does not support POP3 accounts and you should use Exchange or IMAP account in its place. Undoubtedly you can switch to these email accounts, but if you want to be with Windows mail, then there is solution as well. Setup your POP mail account whether it is Outlook, GMAIL, or Hotmail and after that add that account to Windows mail. In Outlook you can find option to send and receive emails from POP account inside ‘More Mail Settings’ menu.
· Unnecessary Mouse Moments and Clicks: Unrequited clicking and mouse gestures of Windows 8 at times make working irritating. One of the biggest examples of this is lock screen that appears every time when you wake your system or boot it. To close this you either have to drag it off the screen or by simple clicking. However, you can make this screen disappear forever by enabling ‘Do not display lock screen’. To enable this option go to Computer Configuration >> Administrative Tools >> Control Panel >> Personalization in Local Group Policy editor.
Mentioned above are most common problems with Windows 8, which you can overcome by following the solutions, provided with them.
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