Windows 8 & 8.1

Available To: Faculty, Staff, Students

Windows 8 was released in 2012. Windows 8 is a completely redesigned operating system developed from the ground up to better incorporated the use of touch screen technology. Windows 8 has replaced the look of the traditional Windows operating system with a new look and feel, as well as incorporating a few new applications to help support users.


System Requirements

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info) 
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) 
  • 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) 
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver


Data Backups

Computer Backup Information - Saving Important Data



NAU Secure Wireless (NAU)
NAU Guest Wireless (NAU-Guest)



VPN setup instructions.



BitLocker using a TPM chip
BitLocker using a USB drive


Video Trainings

Windows 8 Essential Training Video (


Related Services

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Northern Arizona University strives to support and maintain different operating systems for both Mac's and PCs alike.

Training & Documentation

How to close "Metro" applications in Windows 8. 

How to find applications in Windows 8. 

Useful keyboard shortcuts for use with Windows 8. 

How to map a network drive in Windows 8. 

How to pin your most commonly used programs to useful locations in Windows 8. 

How to shut down your computer that is running Windows 8. 

How to sign out of a user profile in Windows 8. 

This is a how to on connecting to NAU Secure Wireless with Windows 8 - 8.1.

How to connect to NAU-Guest Wireless with Windows 8.

This is a guide for setting up a connection to the NAU VPN and connecting to it in Windows 8.1.