Windows 8 and 8.1 are gaining popularity. Currently, around 10% of internet users have one or the other, and as new computers are released with that operating system that percentage is climbing.
We’ve covered Windows 8 here on the blogs before, including tech tips and reviews of devices that run Windows 8. However, not everyone has access to a device running Windows 8 in order to try it out. Fortunately, there are plenty of articles on OverDrive Help to assist Windows 8 users. Here, we spotlight some of the most useful ones.
What is Windows 8?
To start with, Windows 8 has two different user interfaces (UIs) in one operating system. In desktop mode, it works mostly like its familiar predecessor, Windows 7.
Windows 8 also has another UI up its sleeve: Metro. This colorful tiled interface is meant for touchscreen computers, tablets, and phones. Much like Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, apps come from the Windows Store for use with this new UI. If you need to go from one UI to the other, there are a few ways to switch between Desktop Mode and Metro UI.
To read more, OverDrive Help has several great articles to get you familiar with Windows 8:
- How OverDrive Media Console works in Windows 8 explains, “The first thing you need to know is that Windows 8 comes in two basic flavors. There’s Windows 8, which can run legacy desktop apps, and Windows RT, which cannot. Why is this important? If you’re running Windows 8, then you can install the OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8 as well as the classic desktop version of OMC.”
The article also explains how to tell which version of Windows 8 you’re running. In addition, it clarifies the difference between the classic desktop version of OverDrive Media Console for Windows (which can open WMA, WMV, and MP3 titles) vs. OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8 (the app for Metro that can open MP3 and EPUB titles).
- How to use both the Windows 8 and classic desktop version of OverDrive Media Console on one computer shows users how to do just that.
OverDrive Media Console for Windows (Desktop Version)
Let’s say a Windows 8 user is most comfortable with the classic desktop version of OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Windows. Provided they’re not running Windows RT (as described in How OverDrive Media Console works in Windows 8), they’re in luck! They can download WMA, WMV, and MP3 titles, just like users running OverDrive Media Console for Windows on previous operating systems. Here are some useful Help articles:
- How to install the desktop version of OverDrive Media Console in Windows 8: Installing this is necessary if the user wants to transfer audiobooks to other devices or burn titles to CD.
- Getting started with a Windows computer shows users in desktop mode how to borrow, download, enjoy, and transfer titles with OverDrive.
- How to run the Windows Media Player Security Upgrade shows users what they need to do if they want to download WMA or WMV titles.
- How to return a downloaded MP3 audiobook using OverDrive Media Console for Windows tells users how to return MP3 titles early if they want to.
OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8 (Metro App)
Maybe the Windows 8 user has Windows RT, or maybe they just like using Metro apps. With the OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8 app, they can download EPUB and MP3 titles directly. The following articles will get a user up and running in no time:
These are only a handful of the many comprehensive solutions available in OverDrive Help. As always, if you have any specific questions, feel free to contact Support Services via the Support tab in Marketplace!
Jenny Norton is a Support Services Specialist at OverDrive.