Friday, March 2, 2012

Windows 8 PC Settings [Complete Guide]


Windows-8-PC-Settings
PC users have long been using Control Panel as the hub for controlling their system settings. With the introduction of Metro UI in Windows 8, this is going to change. While the Control Panel is still there for desktop mode, there has been a new hub introduced in Windows 8 called PC settings, that lets you change several important settings of your PC from a beautiful, streamlined, no-frills interface.
Today, with the release of Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we are bringing you extensive coverage of all the new features in Microsoft’s latest operating system. This post is a part of our Windows 8 Week. To learn more, check out our complete coverage of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

This guide is a part of our series on detailed coverage of Windows 8 New Features and Improvements.
  1. How To Install Windows 8 On VirtualBox
  2. What’s New In Windows 8 Desktop, Start Search, And Start Menu
  3. The Complete Guide To Windows 8 Explorer, New Ribbon Tools And Options
  4. The Complete Guide To Windows 8 Task Manager, New Features And Options
  5. Windows 8 PC Settings [Complete Guide] (Currently Viewing)
  6. How To Refresh Or Reset Your Windows 8 PC [Complete Guide]
  7. All About Windows 8 FileName Collisions And Copy/Move Dialog Box
  8. The Complete Guide To Windows 8 Startup Menu
  9. Sync Windows 8 User Settings Between PCs & Tablets via Windows Live ID
  10. Quick Overview Of Windows Lock Screen 
  11. The Complete Guide To Windows 8 File History Backup 

Accessing PC Settings

PC Settings can be accessed as follows:
Windows 8 Charms Bar Settings
  1. Bring up the Charms bar on the right. This can be done on a PC by by hitting Windows key + C on the keyboard or hovering the mouse for a short while in the top-right corner. On tablets or PCs with a touch screen, just swipe your finger from the right edge leftwards.
  2. On the Charms bar, hit ‘Settings’.
  3. Now hit the ‘More PC settings’ link that shows up at the end.
Windows 8 Settings Bar More PC Settings
Now let’s take a look PC settings in detail.

Personalize


Windows 8 PC Settings Personalize Lock Screen
The Personalize section allows you to change settings for your Lock screen, Start screen and Account picture. Under Lock screen settings, you can change the lock screen wallpaper, select apps like Calendar, Messaging and Email to show status and notifications on lock screen, and also select other apps like Calendar to show additional, detailed information like your agenda and appointments.
Windows 8 PC Settings Personalize Start Screen
Under Start screen settings, you can select a background for the Start screen and change the background color, from a pre-define set of background designs and colors available.
Windows 8 PC Settings Personalize Account Picture
Finally, you can change your account picture to an existing file on your computer or SkyDrive, or directly take one from your computer’s camera for the purpose. There is also an option to create account pictures with apps, though no stock apps are listed under that for now.

Users


Windows 8 PC Settings Users
User settings let you choose between using your Microsoft account to login to Windows, or just a local account the way it was on Windows 7. You can also change your password, create a picture password or create a 4-digit PIN for logging in. Lastly, you can add or remove additional users from here.

Notifications


Windows 8 PC Settings Notifications
Here, you can manage notification settings. You can turn them on or off, choose whether notifications are shown on the lock screen or not, and enable or disable notification sounds. You can also enable or disable notifications for each app here.

Search


Windows 8 PC Settings Search
In this section, you have the options to choose whether to let Windows keep your search history or not and if history is enabled, you can also set Windows to show the apps you search most on the top of search results. Lastly, you can set which apps can be used to provide you with additional search results.

Share


Windows 8 PC Settings Share
Here, you can control which apps appear when you click ‘Share’ from the Charms bar, as well as the ability to organize them in the list based on frequency of use.

General


Windows 8 PC Settings General
In the General section, you will find settings for your time zone, enabling/disabling app switching between recent apps, autocorrect settings, language settings, PC reset options and advanced system startup and restore settings.

Privacy


Windows 8 PC Settings Privacy
Here, you can allow or deny apps access to your personal information such as location, real name and account picture. You can also choose whether or not apps can send the links of web content that you access from the apps (including the websites you visit) to Windows Store, which (according to Microsoft) is done in order to improve Windows Store.

Devices


Windows 8 PC Settings Devices
Here, you can manage devices connected to your computer, as well as devices present on the network. You can also choose if device driver software can be automatically downloaded or upgraded from the internet when your computer is using a metered internet connection (like 3G/4G).

Wireless


Windows 8 PC Settings Wireless
In Wireless settings, you can enable/disable all wireless communication using Airplane mode, or enable/disable individual wireless devices like Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data connection (if present) etc.

Ease Of Access


Windows 8 PC Settings Ease of Access
Here, you can manage accessibility settings like high contrast, large text, caret browsing, narration, notification display time, cursor thickness etc.

Sync Your Settings


Windows 8 PC Settings Sync
Under sync settings, you can manage how Windows syncs all the PC settings with your Microsoft account.

HomeGroup


Windows 8 PC Settings HomeGroup
The HomeGroup section lets you join a HomeGroup for easily sharing documents, music, pictures, videos, printer and devices with other computers on the same HomeGroup. You can also create your own HomeGroup here, which generates a password that you can use on other computers in order to join it.

Windows Update


Windows 8 PC Settings Update
Lastly, the Windows Update section helps you check for important updates and install them if available.