So What Are You Supposed To Do With Windows 8 If You Don't Have A Tablet?

We all know that Windows 8 was designed with tablets in mind, as evidenced by the gorgeous new Metro layout in the Start menu.

But what about good old desktops and laptops? Are they stuck with an interface designed for touch-based devices?

No way.

Hidden behind all that eye candy is the same desktop version of Windows you’ve been used to using for years.

If you have the Windows 8 Consumer Preview installed on a desktop or laptop, you can access the desktop version by pinning the “Desktop” tile to your Start menu.

In fact, it’s already there when you boot up Windows 8 for the first time:

windows 8 desktop tile

Photo: Steve Kovach, Business Insider

To get back to the Metro Start menu, just tap the Windows key on your keyboard:

windows key

Photo: Steve Kovach, Business Insider


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