IN PICTURES: Windows 8 cheat sheet

With Windows 8, Microsoft introduces a brand new interface that feels designed more for tablets than for laptops and desktops. We'll help you find your way around the new OS and make the most of its features.

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Get a Start menu -- and bypass the Start screen

Another third-party option is Start8 from Stardock. Although it works a little differently than the Windows 7 Start button (you press the Windows key to activate its Start menu), it offers familiar links to programs, Control Panel, Documents and so on, as well as a search bar for finding programs and files. Start8, which costs $4.99, also lets you boot directly to the Desktop, bypassing the Windows 8 Start screen.

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