Shutting Down or Restarting Windows
Windows 8 does not provide the traditional desktop Start menu, so there is no Shut Down or Restart command accessible from the Start button. But Windows 8 does offer you a variety of other ways to shut down or restart your computer. You can shut it down or restart it from the Charms bar, from the Sign out screen, or from the desktop. You can also shut it down by pressing the Power button or closing the lid if you are using a laptop. This task shows you the different ways to shut down or restart Windows 8.
1 Shut down or restart from Charms bar: From the Start screen, hover your mouse over the Semantic Zoom button in the lower-right hot corner until you see the five charms for the Charms bar. Move your mouse up the bar and click the Settings icon. From the Start sidebar, click the Power icon at the bottom. You should see a pop-up menu with at least three commands: Sleep, Shut down, and Restart. Click Shut down to power off your PC; click Restart to reboot it.
tip Hold down the Windows key and press I to access the Start sidebar.
2 Shut down or restart from Sign out screen: From the Start screen, click your account name and picture in the upper-right ...