Because the operating system uses separate windows, literally, for each function, it offers you the convenience of carrying out multiple functions simultaneously.
The latest version from the Microsoft stable, Windows 8, is equally as good as any of the earlier ones.
Once you have installed the latest version of Windows on your computer, you have to arrange the icons in order of frequency of use.
The most used ones need to be more readily accessible, and you can even have shortcuts on your desktop.
Or, you can keep your desktop fully clear, by placing all your icons in a box; once you roll your mouse over the box, the icons will appear and you can choose the one you want by clicking on it.
You can further arrange you icons by their file type, size, recently modified, apart from alphabetically.
Thus, Windows 8 offers lot of customization options.
This kind of desktop will look clear and you can install some nice themed background according to -your personal interests.
You can even change the icons and graphics that appear on your screen while start-up and shutting -down.
To do this, you have to:
- Click on the 'Start' button, when the options appear, select 'regedit'
- Then, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Grid
- On your Windows 8 panel, right click, then go to 'New', and then select 'DWORD'
- Change the DWORD option to Launcher_SessionLoginAnimation_OnShow
- Double-click on the one you want to choose and set the value to '1'.
You can even change the number of rows and columns you want to see your icons displayed in; the methodology is the same as above for this option too.
Just ensure that you select the option Layout_MaximumRowCount, and that you can have up to a maximum of 5 rows.
There are many customizable shortcuts and options that Windows 8 offers; many of them are standard, you can change them around to suit your own preferences.
If you want to prevent someone else from using your system, you can always leave the 'Lock screen' option on.
But it can be quite tedious to unlock your screen every time you want to access or input data.
To do so, select 'gpedit.
msc' and select Group Policy Editor; then go to Computer Configuration; select Administrative Templates; go to the Control Panel and choose Personalization; double-click on the 'Do not display the lock screen' option.
Every customization is easy as apple pie in the latest Windows version.