After you’ve switched on your computer, Windows 8 begins to start up or boot as it’s often called. This may take less than a minute, although start times can differ by computer depending on their configuration and system set-up.
What to do next
Step 1 As Windows 8 starts up, you’ll see the Windows logo with a rotating circular icon on screen. Do nothing at this point.
Step 2 You’ll then see the Lock screen. This shows the date and time as well as any other information you’ve requested (see how to Customise the Lock screen). Press a key, click a mouse button or swipe the screen if using a touchscreen computer to move on from the Lock screen.
Step 3 If your computer has only one user account that doesn’t use a password, you’ll bypass the rest of this step and Step 4, and go instead straight to the Welcome message and then the Start screen.
If you’ve added a password to your account however, you’ll see the Login screen. This shows your username and – if the account is a Microsoft account – your email address. If you’ve more than one user account on your computer, click the down arrow next to the username and choose a different account from the drop-down list.
Step 4 Type in your password. The characters you type will appear as dots. This is a standard security procedure in case other people can see the screen over your shoulders. Press Enter
Step 5 The Welcome message appears
Step 6 The Start screen then appears.