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).


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:



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.


4 Responses to “Windows 8 Articles in OverDrive Help”

  1. Mdplovan

    the only issue I have with the Metro app is that it sometimes freezes if I have to unlock my device.

    To fix I pull down from the top and hold until the app tile flips around (as opposed to completely exiting the app)


    • Heather Tunstall

      Hi @Mdplovan,
      Thanks for your note – this issue is resolved in the latest app update, OMC v3.0.2, from February 18.

  2. BookLover

    On my Win8.1, the two-column setting does not work. Pages show as a very wide single page. Resizing the app (when sharing the screen side-by-side with another application) jolts the app into redrawing the two pages correctly – but only for the current section.
    Please fix asap as this bug makes the app unusable.

    • Heather Tunstall

      Hi @BookLover,
      I’m sorry you’re experiencing trouble. Our support team has not been able to reproduce the issue, but please contact your local library for support to dig into the problem a bit more. Your library is a great resource for support issues, and can work one-on-one with you to find a solution to the problem if available.