Righto, here is my little guide! A quick quide to Windows8. There are 2 areas to work in, the normal desktop interface and the new smartglass apps screen. You can use either or just one it doesn't really matter but there are some system defaults that can be a pain. The benefit of this 2 level approach is the snap feature but more on that later. Getting started, you will boot into the apps page but it is much more than that, this is the windows start button except now its a full screen rather than a dropdown menu. But we don’t have to go hunting for our programs or apps simply start typing its name and the OS will find the app you want, some programs will require more letters but it should be there very quick and highlighted for you to either press return or use the mouse to run it. Getting straight to the desktop is quick and easy either click on the desktop tile or hit the windows key and D at the same time. Now desktop is running like an app. Of course it isn't an app but how you interface with it will be. What happened to the desktop icons, well they have been hidden since Win7 but easily put back. Right click on the desktop go to personalise and top left is change desktop icons, re add them there. A tip here is to add the control panel icon too. Running programs with no desktop icon. Before you would of used the start button now youre going to start using the corner zones the best bit of Win8. Either hit the windows key and start typing the name of the program or swiftly move the mouse bottom left and a small apps tile will appear, click on it and now type the name or scroll using the middle mouse button until you see it. Using zones is the same whether in desktop or the apps screen but this is how we use them with the mouse. First zone is bottom left already mentioned, it will bring up your apps etc and when in the apps screen with will bring up the desktop, see how easy this is! Second is top left, this is your alt tab function and will let you quickly change from program to program that you are running, excellent when you dont want to minimise lots of running programs. 3rd is either top right or bottom right, this gives you quick access to search, devices (printers etc) and a settings menu. The setting menu gives you access to a lot of personalisation features but most importantly this is where the shutdown option is (if you do not want to use ctrl-alt-delete). Your network options are here but you can quickly bring that up by left clicking on your network icon in the system tray. Ok so you got that but how do you swap between multiple programs and apps in both the desktop and the apps area? Easy move the mouse to zone 1 (bottom left) and then push up. A new sidebar opens with all open apps (this will include the desktop). Now another handy shortcut is to right click in zone 1 (bottom left), here is the command prompt file explorer, security and system and program control, windows updates, this makes so much difference (well to me anyway!) Antivirus and firewall, Win8 comes with its own package called windows defender. This used to be anti-spyware but now they have rolled that and Microsoft security essentials into the 1 package. Use this or a 3rd party package, up to you. If only Win8 came with a video or handy pdf for new users they wouldn't find it so painful. Anyway have a go and see if it makes it better for you. Next how to get control of the apps interface so it works for you! Oh and no touch screens were required!