Although people is still refusing to migrate to Windows 8, Microsoft is still betting on its newest OS. The Redmond-based company is hoping to make it more appealing by releasing a huge upgrade that will bring lots of small changes and additions to a system that many perceive as flawed and half-baked. However, and to be entirely fair, Windows 8 isn’t half as bad as many people is lead to believe. It’s different, no one can deny it. But it certainly isn’t a terrible operating system.

There are tons of reasons why I say this but I’m not going to list them all. Instead I’m going to encourage you to try Windows 8 and discover them all by yourself. And to entice you to do so, I’ll show you 3 little secrets of this OS that might serve as examples of the many new functions you can enjoy if you decide to install this amazing system.

1 – The hidden startup menu

Which is the main users complaint on Windows 8? If you’ve answered “the startup button”, you’re probably right (I don’t have specific numbers about it but millions of users have already complained about that). People hated to see the button go but what they probably don’t know is that there’s a suitable replacement hidden in the OS. To find it, you’ll have to right-click on the lower left corner of your screen (or just press the Windows + X keys on your keyboard). After doing so, you’ll see a menu where you’ll find quick access to the Run command, the Control Panel, the Search engine, the Device Manager and plenty of other useful options.

2 – Automated file backups

We all know that OS are prone to fail (Windows and Microsoft have a long history of proving us just that). But although an ever-crashing system isn’t precisely the best, what’s worst about it is that you can lose important data stored in that corrupted OS. That’s why we think you’ll find this tip useful. The idea is for you to activate a module which automatically creates backup copies of all of your important contents. The module is called File history and it works similarly to the Time machine features included in Mac computers. What does it do? It periodically and automatically makes copies of all the contents you deem important . By doing so, the module is providing you with the chance to retrieve any lost data in just a few clicks, since the backups will always be up to date with the most recent changes and will always be there waiting for you to need them.

To use the File history you’ll just have to search it with the corresponding option (you can locate it in the menu we’ve shown you above). Once you’ve gotten to it, just activate and configure it according to your preferences and needs. Remember that this feature only works with removable media (such as removable disks, memory cards and network storages). Besides, it automatically makes copies of all your libraries, contacts, favorites, SkyDrive and Desktop contents. As you can see, many important locations are covered by its protection, so be sure to check it out.

3 – The amazing new functions in the renewed Task Manager

Finally, we have to highlight what Microsoft has done with the new Task Manager. This essential component (to which you can access by pressing the classic Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination) has been thoroughly reworked and now sports several interesting tools that have been simplified so everyone can make the most out of them. In this way, managing processes and programs that start up with Windows 8 is far simpler than it ever was. Additionally, the possibility to search for information on the active processes is an excellent way to learn more about the things that happen on the background of your OS. On the other hand, the module to monitor the computer’s resource usage will surely help you determine which program and option is essential and which isn’t. In short, the Task Manager now has tons of interesting options that will make your life at the PC much easier.

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