Windows 8 Know IT Guyde

There is a lot of info out there around Windows 8.  For my own personal reasons, I wanted to get the BEST of it, all in one place.  A place I could refer back to and a place I could refer others.  It’s a working document, growing and changing as time passes.  It can also be influenced by you.  Leave a comment here of your favorite Windows 8 resource, send me a link in twitter (@jcollison), post it out to our Facebook group or send it to me in an email,  However you choose, I will give you credit for the find and post it here.  Let’s enjoy the ride!

Updated 7/7/2015

Find a Store, Hours and Location of a Microsoft Store.
Windows 8 Basics
The Windows Home Page at Microsoft
Windows 8 on Wikipedia
The Windows Blog – All things Windows from a Microsoft Blog
Windows 8 Tutorials ( – Renny Phipps) – Hours of in depth Tutorials!
Windows 8 Software (due to released October 26, 2012)
Windows 8 upgrade offer – Link no longer works
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 October release schedule revealed (
Get Ready for Windows 8 (Enterprise) (Technet)
Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 (Blogging Windows) – Link no longer works
Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro Free until January 31st
How to Reset Windows 8 with a Custom Image
The Best of GroovyPost for Windows 8
Your SSD drive will need >20GB free space on C: to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, here’s some clean-up tips  (Paul Braren)
Overviews / Helps / How-to   
Windows 8 Productivity: Who moved my Cheese? Oh, there it is! (Ernesto Morin)
Comprehensive List of Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts (Tim Black)
Windows 8 Tip: Picking A Backup Strategy (
Windows 8 cheat sheet (
The Key to Windows 8 for New Users is Patience, Patience, Patience (
Windows 8: Frequently Asked Questions
Quick Look at Windows 8 RTM ( (Renny Phipps)
Learn Windows 8 in 8 minutes – Blog and Podcast
Windows 8 Demonstrations – Technet
89 Home Tech Podcast: One Big Windows 8 Surface Tablet
92 Home Tech Podcast: Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface is here!
93 Home Tech Podcast: Microsoft Surface Demo / Hands On Reviews

Windows Blogs

Blogging Windows Blog
Windows Experience Blog
Surface Tablet
Welcome to Microsoft Surface – The Official Microsoft Site for All things Surface
Windows 8 for Developers
Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation for Developers – Download Windows 8 Enterprise 90-day evaluation
Downloads for Windows 8 style app development – Find the SDKs and tools for Visual Studio 2012
Windows 8 app developer blog – Insights on building Metro style apps for Windows 8, by the Windows 8 engineering team
How to develop a Windows 8 App in 30 Days (
How to find out when your version of Windows expires (
Windows 8 Jump Start – designed specifically for experienced IT professionals
Channel 9 – Build 2012 Coverage (Video)
Microsoft Virtual Academy
Windows 8 Downloads
Developer Blogs
Devhammer’s Den
Windows 8 Developer Preview (released September 23, 2011)
Running Windows 8 Developer Preview in a virtual environment
Windows 8 Consumer Preview (released February 29, 2012)
All Consumer Preview links have been forwarded to the Release Preview below.
Windows 8 Release Preview (released May 31, 20)
Windows 8 Release Preview – Microsoft’s Front page to all things Release Preview
Windows 8 Release Preview ISO images
Windows 8 Release Preview: Frequently asked questions – Here are answers to some common questions
Windows 8 Release Preview forum