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Windows 8 Consumer Preview in pictures

Get a look at Microsoft's new OS

Here's the traditional desktop. Note the lack of a Start button.If you hover your mouse in the bottom-left corner, a thumbnail of the Metro UI will appear. Simply click to return to it.

Windows 8 traditional desktop

Back on in the Metro interface, click Devices in the right-hand pop-up menu and you'll see a option to configure a second screen, even if there isn't one connected. You get the usual options you'd expect on a laptop for duplicating and extending the desktop, and displaying it on the second screen only.

Windows 8 devices

Choose settings from the pop-up menu and six icons appear. This is similar to the notification area in Windows 7, but it's been tweaked to include brightness and power options. Here, we've clicked on brightness and a slider pops up to adjust it: far easier than in Windows 7.

Windows 8 settings

Click the more settings link below the six icons and a clean settings screen swings into view. The traditional Control Panel still exists, but this settings screen is finger-friendly. The screen below shows the options for personalising the new lock screen.

Windows 8 more settings

NEXT PAGE: More options and settings

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