Welcome to Windows 8 – First Steps after Install
Welcome to Windows 8 Consumer Preview! You’re greeted with the Metro UI. You’ll notice there are several different app tiles. Including the much talked about SkyDrive integration.
Now that you’re ready to start your Windows 8 journey, one of the first things you should do is check for Windows Updates. It took me some hunting to find them, but I finally did.
Hover your pointer over the lower right corner of the Metro UI screen. It pops up a transparent sidebar that contains what Microsoft calls “Charms” – which reminds me of the OS X Dock. Then click or Tap Settings.
There you’ll find Power, Sound, Notifications and more. Click More PC Settings.
Then you’re at the new Control Panel. Under PC Settings scroll down and tap or click Windows Update and click Check for Updates. It was surprising that there were already five important updates on the OS which came out the same day.
Typical Microsoft and rather humorous. Probably a few tweaks they didn’t have time to get into the build before the big announcement.
Click the Important Updates to be Installed link. Then you can see what they are. I went ahead and installed them.
Have fun exploring the new Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Things are laid out very differently than what you’re used to. I am getting better at it as I continue testing, but I am not sure if the Interface is laid out the best.
Virtualize Windows 8
During the Keynote at Mobile World Congress, Microsoft execs said it’s best to test the new OS on two or more physical computers. Being a tech writer and professional tech geek, I have multiple machines for testing. But not everyone has extra system to spare. And it’s definitely not recommended to install this beta version on your primary computer.
If you don’t have an extra physical machine to spare, install it on a virtual machine like VirtualBox. If you don’t have VirtualBox installed yet, check out this install walkthrough by Austin Krause.
For the correct VirtualBox settings, follow Steve’s guide on how to install Windows 8 Developer Preview on VirtualBox. You’ll use the same settings in his guide to set up your VM for Windows 8 Customer Preview.
By the way, make sure to check out the Windows 8 Apps Store. During the Customer Preview cycle – All apps are free!