Best Of 2012: Windows

Our Best Of 2012 series continues with the biggest news from the year for Windows. The release of Windows 8 inevitably dominates, but there are a few surprises in the 10 most popular posts.

The 10 Most Useful Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Most of the design effort for Windows 8 has been focused around its touch screen interface, but there are keyboard shortcuts in place for those of us who aren’t using a touch device or who want the productivity boost of keeping hands on the keyboard. Here are the ten most useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8.

How To Run Mac OS X On Any Windows PC Using VirtualBox

Even if you’re a happy Windows user, you may have thought about trying Mac OS X. Maybe you’d like to test drive OS X before switching to a Mac or building a Hackintosh, or maybe you just want to run that one killer Mac app on your Windows machine. Whatever your reason, you can actually install and run OS X inside your existing Windows setup with a program called VirtualBox. Here’s how.

Restore The Start Menu To Windows 8

One of the most controversial aspects of the Windows 8 interface is the elimination of the Start menu, even when you’re in desktop mode. Microsoft maintains that the relevant code has been removed so it’s impossible to access, but with one simple free utility you can restore the Start menu to your Windows 8 system.

The Best Windows 8 Shortcuts And Tricks

Windows 8 sports a radical new interface, designed for both touch-enabled devices and the more traditional keyboard/mice combination. Like any new system, it takes time to learn and adapt to the new options, as well as find the more familiar Windows features. These are our top Windows 8 shortcuts and tips for getting around.

Top 10 Secret Features In Windows 8

Windows 8 is full of awesome features and handy shortcuts, but what you may not know is that it’s got a lot of handy, lesser-known settings under the hood. Here are 10 of Windows 8′s best kept secrets.

How To Prepare Your Computer For Windows 8

Windows 8 has arrived. If you’re thinking of upgrading, here’s what you should do to prepare.

Windows 8: The Lifehacker Guide

After more than a year in development, Windows 8 finally goes on sale today. It’s a major shift for Microsoft, and one that will eventually impact the majority of PC owners, as well as signalling Microsoft’s full-blown launch into the tablet space. Check out our comprehensive Windows 8 coverage below, and don’t miss our live blog from the world-first Australian launch.

7 Awesome Features You’ve Forgotten About In Windows 7

You may consider yourself a Windows master, but chances are you have still forgotten some of Windows’ awesome built-in features. Here are seven of our favourite forgotten Windows features -- and the cool things you can do with them.

The 10 Most Useful Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

If you’re using your mouse for everything in Windows except actually typing characters, you’re wasting a lot of time. Here are the ten most useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows 7.

The Hidden Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement

One of the more controversial aspects of Windows 8 is that the Start button has disappeared altogether — a conscious choice by Microsoft to encourage people to adopt and use the Metro interface. There’s not much chance of it officially returning, but there is a minor replacement of sorts built into Windows 8.


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