Yes of course. If you're already running Windows 8 on your current PC you'll be able to get the latest updates for free through Windows updates.
I've heard Windows 8 is for touchscreens. Can I still use a mouse a keyboard?
Sure can. The latest updates to Windows make it even easier to use a mouse and keyboard, so you'll be able to use it the way you want to. You'll still be able to work with the familiar desktop just as you did in earlier versions of Windows. If you spend most of your time on the desktop, you can even set Windows to go there when you first turn on your PC.
Can I use my current software and printers with Windows 8?
The new Windows is compatible with almost all of the peripherals (printers, cameras, keyboards, mice, etc.) that you're using today with your Windows PC or tablet. You can also use most of the desktop programs you currently use, including Office programs.
So, why should I use Windows 8?
Apart from booting up and shutting down faster than ever, and being the most stable and secure version of Windows yet, there are heaps of other reasons for using it. Here's a summary...
|WINDOWS 7||WINDOWS 8.1|
|The familiar desktop|
|Works with a mouse and keyboard|
|Works with Word, Excel, Outlook and other familiar programmes|
|Built for touch PCs and tablets|
|Apps from the Windows Store|
|Mail, People and other built-in apps|
|Keeps your settings and apps on all your PCs and devices|
|Bing smart search to find things across the web, apps and your PC|
|Smart screen with live updates|
|Faster startup times|
I want to share my PC or tablet with other members of the family. Is there a way to keep my own stuff private and set up the way I like?
Windows 8 lets you have multiple users, all with their own log-in, so you can personalise your own Start screen. It also means that kids can have family safety settings applied, to help you manage their online behaviour for your peace of mind, while you can also apply curfew and time limits!
What is a Microsoft Account? Do I need one?
It is one email address to sign in everywhere! Genius! A Microsoft account is an email address and password that you use to sign in to Windows. It's free and easy to set up, and you can do so with any email address you choose, or get a new email address. (For example, you can use an Outlook.com, Gmail, or Yahoo! address for your Microsoft account.) When you sign in to your PC or device with a Microsoft account, you can get apps from the Windows Store, back up all your important data and files using free cloud storage, and keep all your favourite stuff-devices, photos, friends, games, settings, music, and so on-up to date and in sync.
Can I still buy earlier versions of Windows?
Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer for sale and sales of Windows 7 will end soon. The good news is that Windows 8.1 gives you the power to work the way you always have, as well as a whole world of touchscreen entertainment and new, faster ways to get things done.
A processor is the brain of the computer. It works to determine the priorities of the computer, telling the computer what it needs to do and when it needs to do it.
What do I need to look out for when buying a new computer?
Look for a computer with Intel inside. This way you know that it comes with the best technology for your needs.
How do I know which processor to buy?
The Intel® processors come in a series which helps you identify the right one for you.
- An Intel® Atom™ is the one you need for exceptional tablet mobility and laptop capability in one device. Listen, watch, play and be productive in one go.
- An Intel® Celeron™ is the one you need for basic computing needs. Communicate with friends and family, enjoy entertainment, and get your work done.
- An Intel® Pentium™ is the one you need for covering your computing needs beautifully. Enjoy the brilliant performance you've come to expect from an Intel® Pentium™ processor.
- An Intel® i3 Core™ is the one you need for smart multitasking - this processor gives you a smooth, seamless visual experience.
- An Intel® i5 Core™ is the one you need for performance with a boost - this one raises the bar! It gives you rich visuals plus an automatic boost of speed when you need it.
- An Intel® i7 Core™ is the one you need for maximised performance - this processor gives you zero compromise experience. Coming with key features like Intel® Hyper Threading technology (for the ultimate in multi-tasking), and Intel® Iris™ graphics for stunning 3-D visuals, this really gives you the absolute best.
Why are there different numbers after each processor type?
The processor number is one of several factors, along with processor brand, specific system configurations, and system-level benchmarks, to be considered when choosing the right processor for your computing needs.
A higher number within a processor class or family generally indicates more features, but it may be more of one and less of another. Once you decide on a specific processor brand and type, compare processor numbers to verify the processor includes the features you are looking for.
Dual or quad core processor? What's the difference?
A dual core processor is two cores in one processor allowing you to perform multiple tasks at once without slowing down. A quad core processor is four cores in one processor allow multitasking at even greater speeds, so if you are the type of person that likes to run a lot at the same time with large programmes, the quad core is for you!
Are you a hard worker? Well this is typically the maximum time that a laptop will operate without recharging the battery.
This is an area of dedicated memory that has been cleverly assigned to running graphics to let computer images move more quickly and smoothly. It is great for movies!
HARD DRIVE CAPACITY
This is the brain of the computer and where it stores everything! The bigger the hard drive the more applications and data can be stored.
MEDIA CARD READER COMPATIBILITY
A media card reader is a device used to read from or write to a smart card or a flash memory card. You will find it in cameras so you can easily transfer photos to your computer!
This is the software that handles the computer's basic functions. It is Windows for PCs and Mac for Apple. Choose which one you prefer to work off.
This is the driver of performance and quality of the programmes you run! Intel has a range of processors to help make your computer faster.
PROCESSOR SPEED X2
Generally, the higher the processor speed, the quicker your applications will perform. Top tip… Look for dual core (x2) processors to improve speed performance when running several applications at the same time.
This stands for Random Access Memory. Sounds complicated? Well it is the space available to run programs and files. Higher levels of RAM mean more activities can be run on the computer. Simple really!
Screen resolution refers to the number of pixels per square inch which are used to make up an image. The higher the screen resolution, the better the picture you'll be able to get on the screen.
High-speed multipurpose connection points that mean you can connect external devices to our computer such as a mouse, printers etc.
This is a digital video camera that uploads moving images to a web server, either continuously or at regular intervals. Ideal for skype and video chats! You will love it if you are a social media lover!
Basically this means that you can connect to the internet without the needs for cables. Just put in the Wi-Fi password and away you go!