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 OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Windows 8 as well as the classic desktop version of OMC.
How do I know which one I'm using?
- Open the Search charm (Windows key + Q or swipe left from the right edge of the screen).
- Type System and wait for search results to appear.
- Select System from the results.
- A window will pop up in "Desktop mode" showing you which version of Windows you're using.
Note: Windows RT typically comes on tablets (like the Microsoft Surface RT and Surface 2).
What's the difference between OMC for Windows 8 and the classic desktop version?
OMC for Windows 8 utilizes Microsoft's new "Modern UI." With it, you get live tiles and refreshed graphics for EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks. This version of OMC can be used with both Windows 8 and Windows RT. Additionally, OMC for Windows 8 works with your OverDrive account to sync your reading progress, saved libraries, Adobe ID, and bookmarks across devices.
OMC for Windows 8 does not, however, support WMV or WMA titles.
If you'd like WMV (video) or WMA (audiobooks and music) support on your Windows 8 machine, then you'll need to use the classic desktop version of OMC. This version can only be used with Windows 8 because it requires "Desktop mode."
You can even install both versions of OMC if you're using Windows 8 (not RT). That way, you can read eBooks, listen to MP3 audiobooks, and enjoy the refreshed user interface on the Windows 8 version, and use the classic desktop version to enjoy WMA or WMV titles.