How to, uh, turn off Microsoft’s Windows 8

“Shutting off Windows used to be a simple matter of clicking the Start button and choosing the ‘Shut down’ option,” Lance Whitney reports for CNET. “But the Windows 8 beta has no Start button. So how do you shut it down?”

“Microsoft has concocted a series of manuevers and keyboard shortcuts to shut down the new OS,” Whitney reports. “Though slower and clumsier than going through the Start button, the new steps at least let you fully turn Windows 8 off.”

Whitney reports, “The most basic way to shut down Windows 8 is through the Charms bar.”

Read about all of the various machinations required to turn off an OS comprises of tiles meant to hide a severe case of AppLack™ here.

MacDailyNews Take: Charms bar? Who thought that up, a Care Bear?

“Start” to stop was so Microsoftian, so emblematic of the non-intuitiveness of that bloated piece of Mac wannabe dreck, we almost can’t believe it’s gone. Well, as Whitney explains, “none of them [ways to shut down Windows 8] are quick or convenient,” so Windows 8 obviously remains Microsoft through and through.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “The_Wzrd” for the heads up.]


    1. Can’t you just pull the plug? That’s how it was done back in the heyday of MS-DOS. (The power switch also worked, but I don’t new if the new Microsoft boxes have something so simple.)

    2. I say pick something just as slow and excruciatingly painful. Carefully and slowly pour hydrochloric (battery) acid on it. Remember not to splash.

  1. “Shutting off Windows used to be a simple matter of clicking the Start button…”

    Right there, any intelligent person should understand that this thing was designed by MORONS.

    1. Yup, it immediately shows how upside down and backwards Windows is. I can’t believe how many people just accept it.

      Working for Microsoft must be so frustrating and embarrassing.

    2. And dragging a drive icon to drop on the trash can icon will… uh, erase it? No it ejects it, silly!
      Macs are so simple to use you don’t need a computer guru. But if you don’t understand something, just ask a Mac Genius!

  2. > The most basic way to shut down Windows 8 is through the Charms bar.

    “Charms bar”? Is that supposed to be an improvement on the “Start button”?

    1. I just love the fairy tale aspect to everything Microsoft: Charms bars, wizards, etc. What i like about Macs is that they just work, no wizards needed. If something needs to be set up, there’s a “setup assistant” instead of a “setup wizard,” which implies trickery and black magic to get things to work.

      Sheesh! Charms indeed.

    2. Well MS did invent the “Ribbon” style menu bar for Word, Excel, etc.

      Starts singing… “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”

    3. “Charm” is a phrase used by quantum physicists. IIRC, it’s a kind of quark.

      Years ago I knew a food chemist who used the word “charm” in the title of a paper he wrote. The title got past the reviewers and was published. Like almost all published scientific papers, it was included in the online databases used by other scientific researchers.

      He was very proud of the fact that every time particle physicists were searching for “charm”, they’d get a hit on his paper.

      True story! Honest!

      Not that has anything to do with MS’s logic. I tend to believe the notion it was done by an 8 year old girl. (8th grade would be too old.)

      1. The med school library at OSU returned the text “Surgery on Compact Manifolds” to the publisher. They didn’t know the math library had ordered it. 😆

  3. Instructions for shutting down Windows 8.

    – If you’re on a notebook or laptop, open the back & remove the batteries.
    – If you’re on a desktop PC, pull out the power plug from the wall outlet.

    Thank you ladies & gentlemen, that will be all.

  4. Silly PC users still shutting down there machines. I haven’t actually powered off my machine in years. Actually I can’t POS samsung monitor wont restart if i let it cooldown.

  5. Silly Rabbit, unplug it and plug back in when you want to start up …. What could be simpler ….. If you like get an extension cord with a built-in switch, Silly Rabbit!

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