Windows 8 tablets include a fully functional desktop, just like the one found on desktop PCs. However, because tablets don t come with disk drives, how do you install a desktop program.
Windows RT tablets include a traditional Windows desktop, but with one problem: Windows RT tablets won t let you install any programs onto the desktop. Instead, Windows RT tablets are limited to downloads from the Windows Store app, which usually isn t a problem because the Store adds more apps every day.
Windows 8 tablets give you several options.
Windows Store: When you browse the Windows Store app with a Windows 8 tablet, many desktop programs appear on the Store s list of apps. When looking at a program you want, tap the Go to Publisher s Website link. The software publisher s website appears, where you can buy the program and download the program s installation file.
Website: Desktop programs not listed in the Windows Store can still be downloaded directly from the Internet, just as in previous versions of Windows.
Flash drive: All Windows tablets include a USB port. You can copy or download a program s installation file onto a flash drive with another computer and then insert the flash drive into your tablet and install it from there.
SkyDrive: This online cubby hole works well for swapping files between your tablet and desktop PC. From your desktop PC, copy a program s installation file to any folder in SkyDrive. Then open the Start screen s SkyDrive app, visit the SkyDrive folder, and tap the program s installation file to install it.
There s another alternative, but it limits your tablet s portability. You can buy a DVD drive that plugs into your tablet and then install the program directly from its CD or DVD. Be aware, though: plug-in DVD drives are battery hogs. Use them only when your tablet is plugged into the wall.