HP makes the Windows 8 transition easier with tutorials

One of the many criticisms of Windows 8 is that there isn't a proper tutorial bundled with the operating system that instructs people new to the OS on how to do basic tasks. HP is setting out to rectify this with their own tutorial app that will be presumably included with their PCs, but also available through the Windows 8 Store - even for people who haven't purchased HP hardware.

Currently the app is mostly tutorials made for Windows 7 and older OSes, but the description of the app in the store does say that a bunch of critical features will be explained in detailed through their "Getting Started with Windows 8" app. Here are just some of the features that HP will guide you through using the application:

  • How to navigate in Win 8
  • The new Metro start screen
  • Finding apps and files
  • Moving between Metro and the standard desktop
  • Metro apps
  • Metro store
  • The new control panel and task manager
  • Using touch
  • Charms and menus
  • Modifying the Metro start screen
  • and much more

You can also see from the screenshot above that the app not only includes text tutorials, but also video guides for those who understandably can't be bothered reading lengthy guides, or who need to see things in action to grasp the concepts.

Once the app gets fully populated with Windows 8 tutorials it should be a great guide for users new to Windows 8, and it will hopefully answer many questions that people upgrading might have.

Via: @maryjofoley
Source: WindowsObserver | Windows Store

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There is a video/animation that plays on first boot after installing Windows 8 RTM that brings the relevance of using the corners to the user's attention. It's the barest essentials admittedly, but there is a visual heads up to users.

After that, if you're still confused, Microsoft has made both very in depth, and a very summarized video tutorials available on YouTube. Go figure.

Product Demo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDYQmQ-phX8

Mouse/Keyboard tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...czo6E5gE&feature=relmfu

You could probably expect updated vides to be posted closer to Windows 8 going to retail.

Dumb to release this app in the store now, and not have ANY Win 8 tutorials in it yet. Dumber to have Win 8 tutorials links point directly to Win 7 tutorials. Click the "How to use the new Windows 8 Experience tile", takes you right to Win 7 tutorials. Click the Windows 8 in action" tutorial, and there is nothing on Win 8.

Other than the ridiculousness of that, I love the layout of tutorials on the left and videos on the right. Much better than diving balls deep into link after link. Microsoft should and hopefully will do it this way.

This should've been a built-in app. The stupid 'tutorial' on first run should've been pointing to this app and not just pointing at a freakin' corner as if the user would magically know everything new on the OS.

Definitely Microsoft should be the ones doing this. Just another example of their shoddy organization and management.

Mark said,
I just had a look. All the videos were for windows 7

If you read the article, you would know that the Windows 8 tutorials aren't available yet.

Xilo said,

If you read the article, you would know that the Windows 8 tutorials aren't available yet.

I came back and read it. After rushing to download it and finding out that they're mostly windows 7 tutorials

Not that I needed them, I just installed windows 8 on my brother's pc.

Dot Matrix said,
This is what Samsung should be doing. Not getting people to cling to the Start Menu.

Samsung, why?

Dot Matrix said,
This is what Samsung should be doing. Not getting people to cling to the Start Menu.

Start Screen is a piece of crap compared to Start Menu.

Xilo said,
Start Screen is a piece of crap compared to Start Menu.

Yes a whole software runtime is crap compared to a couple of explorer.exe hooks into shell32.dll

Ok bud.

deadonthefloor said,

Yes a whole software runtime is crap compared to a couple of explorer.exe hooks into shell32.dll.

Exactly what message are you trying to convey?

Perhaps Microsoft should have done this (well, the Windows 8 parts), and this should have been included in all builds of Windows 8?

Calum said,
Perhaps Microsoft should have done this (well, the Windows 8 parts), and this should have been included in all builds of Windows 8?

+1
In Windows 95, there was a tutorial for how to move an icon and such things... But today, they just forget these kind of little details... And I think the little details makes something really good... Well... maybe on Windows 9... (or Tiles 9 if it gets renamed until then)

Calum said,
Perhaps Microsoft should have done this (well, the Windows 8 parts), and this should have been included in all builds of Windows 8?

I was kind of surprised when i first installed Windows 8 rtm. Since there is a dramatic change from previous versions of windows I was expecting tutorial or some quick start guide and I am not one of those persons who reads manuals at all.
There were only one hint at the end of setup which was saying "Move your mouse to each corner" and I could not move my mouse because at that point in setup mouse pointer was not available. It was only showing one corner repeatedly and I literally thought the image I was installing windows from is a beta version but ugly enough It was RTM which is supposed to be the final version. I have heard many UI inconsistencies are there as well in some dialogues. I don't know what they were thinking but even a guy with few years of experience in software development knows that a new software (And I am not even talking about OS which is more important for sure) should have starting tutorial for below average users. I forgot to mention I am a developer myself and I got confused let alone those entry users. they could at least make one of their senior developers or UI Experts or whoever person that sees from the users point of view go through the setup process once or twice before they sign it off as RTM. I am seriously disappointed, but hey good job HP doing Microsoft's Job for them.

Edited by trojan_market, Sep 4 2012, 4:11pm :

S3P€hR said,

I was kind of surprised when i first installed Windows 8 rtm. Since there is a dramatic change from previous versions of windows I was expecting tutorial or some quick start guide and I am not one of those persons who reads manuals at all.
There were only one hint at the end of setup which was saying "Move your mouse to each corner" and I could not move my mouse because at that point in setup mouse pointer was not available. It was only showing one corner repeatedly and I literally thought the image I was installing windows from is a beta version but ugly enough It was RTM which is supposed to be the final version. I have heard many UI inconsistencies are there as well in some dialogues. I don't know what they were thinking but even a guy with few years of experience in software development knows that a new software (And I am not even talking about OS which is more important for sure) should have starting tutorial for below average users. I forgot to mention I am a developer myself and I got confused let alone those entry users. they could at least make one of their senior developers or UI Experts or whoever person that sees from the users point of view go through the setup process once or twice before they sign it off as RTM. I am seriously disappointed, but hey good job HP doing Microsoft's Job for them.

So what you were expecting was to test the corners with the mouse right away? Did you doubt yourself that you'd forget this simple overview of the Windows UI? You should shame yourself for not having the sense to navigate using hot keys if not the mouse gesters.

thomastmc said,

You mean, kind of like this one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDYQmQ-phX8

and this one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9Fczo6E5gE&feature=plcp

I'm sure there will be more before it goes to retail too.


Thank you for making me aware of those I didn't know those videos existed. I still think it would be great if they were included in Windows 8, though, so that the user would be aware of their existence as soon as they use the operating system for the first time.

I don't need such videos, and I love Windows 8, but I'm just concerned that many people will become confused by the new way of doing things. Still, maybe Microsoft know better than I do

Calum said,

Thank you for making me aware of those I didn't know those videos existed. I still think it would be great if they were included in Windows 8, though, so that the user would be aware of their existence as soon as they use the operating system for the first time.

I don't need such videos, and I love Windows 8, but I'm just concerned that many people will become confused by the new way of doing things. Still, maybe Microsoft know better than I do

I agree. There is a very sparse video/animation that plays on first boot in RTM, but there should be a version of one of those videos on YouTube included in the release.