But should you invest time and money in an upgrade?
And if you are faced with the system pre-installed, how will you navigate your way around new commands, or make the best of its new features?
The Instant Guide to Windows 8 is a simple accessible guide that tells you everything you need to know about how to get the best out of your software.
Leading technology writer Ian Barker details the changes and updates in the new system, explaining how Windows 8 operates differently from earlier versions of Windows - and how it works alongside existing software.
You can use the book both as a step-by-step guide taking you right from the installation to how to make the most of multimedia, and also as a useful resource for more specific questions. The chapter breakdowns make the answers to every question easy to find.
The Instant Guide to Windows 8 includes chapters on:
Installing Windows 8
Start menu and apps
Charms and settings
Ease of access
Networks and Internet
Safety and security
Hints and tips
Useful keyboard short cuts
It is the easy, one-stop guide every Windows user needs, whether they are an IT Professional or a home user.
Ian Barker spent almost 20 years in IT before he discovered that writing about computers was easier than fixing them. He is a former editor of PC Tools and PC Utilities magazines and has contributed to many other titles and websites.
Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.