The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video
A few months ago while sitting at a Burger King (yes, I know) I recorded a video on "How to use Windows 8 in 3 minutes" and threw it up on YouTube. It's been viewed nearly a half million times. Eek. It's got poor audio, and it's WAY too fast. I did it on a goof. However, people keep showing it to family and friends.
A man emailed me after sending it to his elderly uncle and let's just say that the uncle wasn't impressed with the speed of the video either. It's great for geeks but not for normal people.
So tonight I took a few hours and did a new video that I'm VERY happy with and I hope you enjoy it. It's clean, clear, and only 25 minutes long and it explains, I believe, Windows 8 and its changes for anyone with basic Windows experience.
I hope you like it and you share it with family and friends. Also check out the related posts at the bottom.
The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video - 25 minutes
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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
A tip: You do not need to drag tiles along the Start Screen, which can be a pain if it is really long. Simply drag the tile to the bottom and Windows will zoom to the overview for easy placement of your tile. :-)
We both learned a lot.
This should be featured in every on-line and bricks-and-mortar computer sales department.
And the OEM guys need to look at it too.
You've outdone yourself, Scott. Hurrah!!
BTW, you have evil things on your start menu....(google...)
Great video :)
Thanks, your work is always appreciated.
Just one question. Do you know a way to change the settings of search so that will include all items in the same result, and make this the default way of searching?
The best way to make Windows useable (besides not installing it!) is to get one of the free 'bring back the start menu and desktop on boot up' utilities. Use Pokki here which at least makes it usable. Have purchased a number of upgrades for our PC's here but no-one wants to use Windows 8 - it really sucks especially when used on multiple monitors.
Hopefully Windows 9 will; be what Windows 7 is to Vista!
If you're fortunate enough to have a touchscreen monitor (or are using a Surface) just swipe in from the right side to display the charms menu.
and was thinking about going back to Windows 7. Also tried to give my powerful laptop to my wife and she hates it.
Now here is the video should be part of each installation of Win 8 will help all users love Win 8.
You converted my hatred to love..
Appreciate all the help, all these years..!
You are not only doing great job but inspiring as well
Thanks for all
I created a free app for Windows 8 called Keyboard Shortcuts to help learn shortcuts for Windows 8. Sorry for the shameless promotion, but I hope it can be useful for someone here. :)
I'm trying to upgrade as many of my family's machines as I can, and this is the perfect follow up after I move their cheese.
I know you don't work in Windows division and there is pretty much nothing you can do to influence their decisions, but how come nobody over there is not asking the question: Why the users need instructional videos about how to use Win 8? Isn't that a clear indication something is wrong? What happen with listening to the users especially now when the market is extremely competitive and Microsoft is no longer the top dog. Why not having something like: if the device has a mouse boot automatically in desktop mode, if not go to Metro mode?
Your tutorial is nice.
Can you also make one for users that that develop SW on a desktop or laptop and that are annoyed by the Metro interface (full screen, multi-touch, corners and edges on the "desktop", ...
For many applications I have found how to create a shortcut on my desktop, but for example Skype fills my screen (30").
How can I switch off "the corners" and "the edges" on "desktop".
How can I switch off multi-touch (on my laptop), keeps zooming in and out when I accidentally touch with two fingers, ...
Is there a "magic" button to make W8 behave like W7?
All joking aside - this is a great no-BS, no marketing fluff screencast. Thanks for sharing your Win8 knowledge and passion with the public.
I love it. It's less foreign now that I've watched your video. Honestly.
You are an inspiration.
I'm surprised that there are still a few detractor comments after watching that video, especially about the "missing" Start button.
Scott's video clearly showed that all you have to do is hit the Windows key and start typing. No longer do you have to know what program or setting is nested under what menu -- you just type its name and it instantly shows up.
Yes, the cheese has been moved, but it's actually in a better place now.
I'll keep Windows 8 confined to a VM and only use it for testing. Ubuntu with it's flaws is more user friendly to the programmer than Windows 8.
This guy really needs a piece of your mind. Mind giving him a video response?
Great video btw.
The trick of searching from the start menu, just by typing something, is cute. But how do you get back to the start menu from the results of a search? I can only do it by 'force quitting' the search. But you did it some easy way which the video doesn't tell us about.
MOST IMPORTANT: there's a full-screen app that certain videos link to. But I can't play them in a 'window': they hog the whole screen, or I have to make it 1/3 or 2/3 the screen. No flexibility, it seems.
WORSE: I can't control the volume when the full screen app is playing. Right click doesn't give me the volume control.
I'm afraid i STILL dislike windows 8 and Microsoft, even after your fine video
After you type something at the Start Menu, just press the Windows key on your keyboard to get back to the menu from the results page. You can also press Escape to get back to the last app.
To get the volume, you can either use the volume keys on your laptop or keyboard, OR you can go mouse to the lower right corner and click Settings, then Volume. Or, you can press Windows+C to get the charms menu, then Settings and Volume is there.
What full screen app are you having trouble snapping to one side?
Thanks for the great video.
So far the best Windows 8 intro I've seen.
And like many of your presentations, never boring!
Definitely will recommend it to any Windows 8 skeptics out there.
Can anyone tell me if it's possible to change the default background color of ordinary windows? The stark white with black text is amazingly hard on the eyes. I've hunted around but apparently it's not configurable any more. Surely that can't be right?
Anyhow, appreciate any help.
I switched to Mac back in 2009 so haven't been following you like I did before but you still have it; you're one of the best educators on the web. Kudos for a great video.
Recently I purchased a headless Windows 8 box so I could run Quicken and QuickBooks rather than try to use VMware which is what I used before. I'm using CoRD for Remote Desktop Protocol to access the Win8 box rather than Microsoft's RDC for Mac because it hasn't been updated and has issues.
Anyway what I'm finding is the Win8 experience is really bad when viewed through at windowed Remote Desktop Connection. The corner hotspots are almost impossible to select, you can't drag full screen windows to close them, and a lot of things just don't work i.e. Ctrl Right Click in full screen mode.
Do you know if there are ways to map these behaviors to other gestures or keyboard shortcuts? Without some alternate ways to reach functionality Win8 borders on being unusable via remote desktop. I've googled and can't find anything that supports how to fix it.
Thanks in advance for any potential help you might be able to provide.
Thank you for posting the video.
It's 7, but fixed, updated, improved. You can do EVERYTHING you could with 7. You can run all the same stuff.
Yes, I run with 3 monitors. You get a taskbar on each screen (or you can choose). Full screen "metro" apps are on whatever monitor you pick and you can move them between monitors with WinKey+PageUP/PageDOWN.
I want to pin something to the task bar and know I could go for right-click in the start screen on the tile. I know Win+C for charms. How do I get that bottom options/task bar up? boogle it with duck duck ding. Nothing.
Then I do it accidentally. Space bar.
It was Filezilla. So...
1. Windows key to get to start screen
2. Just start typing "file"
3. Arrow keys to highlight the tile
4. Spacebar to bring up the options/task bar
5. Arrow keys to "Pin to task bar"
I <3 the start screen more each time I learn a new combo. Wish there was something of a discovery mode. i.e. Win+? pops up a list of key combos available based on the current context. I twatted @windows, but is there a better sink for feature requests?
Some of us run real businesses on real computers, not toy tablets. Some of us CREATE the toys that these tablets run and the development is done on DESKTOPS. I would very much like to see if the back-office staff at Microsoft is actually using this horrendous user interface of Windows 8......... I really doubt it.
But if they are, then THAT would your missing (AND BEST!) marketing video ever!
I have been considering buying a new Laptop for an age but have been put off by all the negatives aimed at W8.
Having found your video I can't wait to move forward
Your presentation style is fantastic and very inspirational. No doubt I will be checking the vid out again whilst familiarising myself on my long planned new purchase.
I'm trying to operate Windows 8.1 Pro, without needing the monitor powered up all the time, because I use the computer remotely, controlling it thru my iPad2, using an App called RemoterVNC.
It all works very well, when the monitor is kept on stand-by, and I activate the computer thru WoL (Wake-on-LAN). Or does it mean Wake-over-LAN... No matter...:-) you get the idea.
When the monitor is powered OFF, but still connected to the Computer, Windows 8.1 Pro complains, by making a beeping sound, and shifting the screen size high and low, which makes the screen data being sent to my iPad jump, and hence, I can't use the computer without keeping the monitor in stand-by all the time. Kind of defeats the purpose of saving power.
Is there a setting in the OS that will allow the system to NOT notice the monitor is powered down?
This was possible using WinXP, without any settings, why has Microsoft made the OS not allow this in Win 8.1, or hidden it's setting to allow it now?
By the way, I really like the new update. I also have the Media Center addition to the 8.1 Pro update, and find it just as good, if not better, as Windows 7 is.
now i can not wait to get my new computer with win8 to start work on .
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I'll forward your post to some of my contacts :)