Troubleshoot and Optimize Windows 8 Inside Out: The ultimate, in-depth troubleshooting and optimizing reference


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You’re beyond the basics, so dive right into optimizing Windows 8—and really put your PC or tablet to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting techniques, and workarounds. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts keep their Windows 8 systems running smoothly—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.

  • Master essential Windows 8 maintenance and security features
  • Implement best practices to help prevent and combat viruses, malware, and identity theft
  • Apply quick fixes to the most common problems using expert tips and step-by-step repair guides
  • Use advanced troubleshooting techniques by understanding how Windows 8 works
  • Develop a recovery plan to restore your system and data in the event of a disaster
  • Know when to use power utilities for advanced performance, maintenance, and diagnostics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735670808
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/2012
  • Pages: 670
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Halsey is a Microsoft MVP (Windows Expert). He has worked for many years in IT support, and is a technical beta tester for Microsoft. He is the author of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out.

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Table of Contents

Who This Book Is For;
How This Book Is Organized;
Features and Conventions Used In This Book;
Text Conventions;
Design Conventions;
Your Companion eBook;
Support and Feedback;
Preventing Problems;
Chapter 1: Finding Your Way Around Windows 8;
1.1 Finding the Desktop;
1.2 Using the New Charms;
1.3 Using the Taskbar;
1.4 Accessing the Action Center and Notification Area;
1.5 Finding the Full Control Panel;
1.6 Finding the Computer Management and Administrative Tools;
1.7 Searching in Windows 8;
1.8 Summary;
Chapter 2: Repairing Windows 8 in 30 Minutes or Less;
2.1 What Can Often Go Wrong with Windows;
2.2 What to Look for;
2.3 Fixing Common Startup Problems;
2.4 Fixing Common Security Problems;
2.5 Fixing Common Configuration Problems;
2.6 Refreshing Windows 8;
2.7 Summary;
Chapter 3: Preventing Problems Before They Occur;
3.1 Upgrading or Performing a Clean Install;
3.2 How Big Should Partitions Be?;
3.3 What to Do When Windows 8 Is Installed;
3.4 Useful Windows 8 Settings to Change;
3.5 Managing Startup Programs;
3.6 Moving Your Files Away from Windows;
3.7 Backing Up Windows 8;
3.8 Summary;
Chapter 4: Using the Basic Windows Utilities;
4.1 Windows 8 Utilities;
4.2 Desktop Utilities;
4.3 Windows Update;
4.4 Windows Firewall;
4.5 Windows Defender;
4.6 Legacy Program Compatibility;
4.7 Summary;
Chapter 5: Optimizing Windows 8 Security;
5.1 Security, Windows XP, and Virtualization;
5.2 Windows 8 and Antivirus Software;
5.3 User Account Control;
5.4 BitLocker and BitLocker To Go;
5.5 Beware the Weak Link at the Keyboard;
5.6 Gibson Research;
5.7 Summary;
Chapter 6: Optimizing Backup and Restore;
6.1 Moving Your Files Away from Windows 8;
6.2 Using Backup and Restore;
6.3 Backing Up the Operating System;
6.4 File History and Version Control;
6.5 Determining How Many Backups You Need and Where to Store Them;
6.6 Summary;
Chapter 7: Performing Maintenance on Windows 8;
7.1 Maintaining Windows 8 on ARM;
7.2 Windows 8 Automatic Maintenance;
7.3 Defragmenting Your Hard Disks;
7.4 Maintaining Windows 8;
7.5 Don’t Install Too Much Software;
7.6 Keeping Windows 8 Updated;
7.7 Keep Auto-Running Software to a Minimum;
7.8 The One-Year Reinstall Rule;
7.9 Summary;
Chapter 8: Managing Users in Windows 8;
8.1 How User Account Control Works;
8.2 Managing User Accounts;
8.3 Family Safety;
8.4 Group Policies;
8.5 Blocking CDs, DVDs, Flash Drives, and External Hard Disks;
8.6 Summary;
Chapter 9: Managing Hardware;
9.1 What’s in a Computer?;
9.2 How Can You Clean the Interior of Your Computer?;
9.3 Hardware Health;
9.4 SMART BIOS Monitoring of Hard Disk Drives;
9.5 Peripherals;
9.6 Surge Protectors, UPS, and Power Supply;
9.7 Summary;
Chapter 10: Working in a Virtual Environment;
10.1 Virtualization vs. Dual Booting;
10.2 Are There Any Benefits to Virtualization?;
10.3 Virtual Hard Disks and Windows 8;
10.4 Using Hyper-V in Windows 8;
10.5 Summary;
Applying Easy Technical Fixes;
Chapter 11: Dealing with Windows 8 Annoyances;
11.1 Everything Is Connected to Everything Else;
11.2 Common Windows 8 Annoyances;
11.3 Hardware-Specific Annoyances;
11.4 Summary;
Chapter 12: Managing Application Compatibility;
12.1 Setting Up Application Compatibility in Windows 8;
12.2 Troubleshoot Problems with Application Compatibility;
12.3 The Challenges of Using XP Software in Windows 8;
12.4 Summary;
Chapter 13: Responding to Viruses, Malware, and Other Threats;
13.1 What Are the Threats to You and Your Computer?;
13.2 Malware and Windows 8 on ARM;
13.3 Repelling an Attack;
13.4 Identifying an Attack;
13.5 How to Create a Strong Password;
13.6 Manually Removing Malware from Your Computer;
13.7 Summary;
Chapter 14: Easy Ways to Repair Windows 8;
14.1 Using File Versioning with File History;
14.2 Using System Restore;
14.3 System Repair Disc vs. Recovery Drive—What’s the Difference?;
14.4 Troubleshooting Software Compatibility;
14.5 Accessing the Start Screen When Using Low-Resolution Screens;
14.6 Windows Won’t Start;
14.7 Working with Device Drivers;
14.8 The Action Center Troubleshooters;
14.9 Microsoft Fix It Center;
14.10 Summary;
Using Advanced Technical Fixes;
Chapter 15: Understanding Windows 8;
15.1 Understanding the Windows 8 File and Folder Structure;
15.2 Comparing Windows 8 with Other Operating Systems;
15.3 Summary;
Chapter 16: Advanced Windows 8 Troubleshooting Tips;
16.1 Taking a Step-by-Step Approach;
16.2 Why Problems Occur with Windows;
16.3 What Are the Causes of Common Problems?;
16.4 Have You Tried Turning It Off and On Again?;
16.5 The Blue Screen of Death;
16.6 The Perpetual Restart;
16.7 Summary;
Chapter 17: Troubleshooting Windows 8 Problems in Your Home or Workplace;
17.1 Taking a Holistic View of Troubleshooting Windows 8 Problems;
17.2 Troubleshooting Network Problems;
17.3 Managing Peripherals and Equipment on a Network;
17.4 Managing People;
17.5 Summary;
Chapter 18: Troubleshooting Windows 8 Startup;
18.1 Using Windows Startup Repair;
18.2 Manually Repairing Corrupt Boot Files;
18.3 Windows 8 and Dual/Multi-Boot Systems;
18.4 Editing the Windows 8 Boot Menu by Using BCDEdit;
18.5 Backing Up the Windows 8 Boot Partitions;
18.6 Summary;
Chapter 19: Using Windows 8 Advanced Diagnostic Tools;
19.1 Performance Information And Tools;
19.2 The Event Log;
19.3 The Performance Monitor;
19.4 The Resource Monitor;
19.5 The Improved Task Manager;
19.6 System Information;
19.7 System Health Report;
19.8 The Computer Management Console;
19.9 Using the Windows 8 Performance Tools;
19.10 Summary;
Chapter 20: Using Advanced Repair Methods;
20.1 Repairing Internet Explorer 10;
20.2 The System File Checker;
20.3 Using MSConfig for Diagnostic Startup;
20.4 Managing Windows Services;
20.5 Working with the Windows Registry;
20.6 Using the System Repair Disc and Recovery Drive for Advanced Restore;
20.7 Using Safe Mode;
20.8 Summary;
Chapter 21: Demystifying Windows 8 Problems;
21.1 The Core Operating System Files in Windows 8;
21.2 Using Advanced File Restore;
21.3 The System File Checker;
21.4 Creating a Slipstreamed Install DVD;
21.5 Summary;
Chapter 22: Utilizing Remote Help;
22.1 Using the Internet to Find Solutions to Problems;
22.2 Windows Remote Desktop;
22.3 Windows Remote Assistance;
22.4 The Problem Steps Recorder;
22.5 Summary;
Chapter 23: Finding More Help and Support;
23.1 Use the Internet First!;
23.2 Mike Halsey’s Help and Support Sites;
23.3 Windows Help;
23.4 Third-Party Software;
23.5 Summary;
Chapter 24: Diagnosing Hardware Problems;
24.1 Computer Hardware Guide;
24.2 Safe Working;
24.3 Is Everything Plugged In?;
24.4 Minimal-Hardware Boot;
24.5 Resetting the BIOS;
24.6 Jump-Starting Your Computer;
24.7 Summary;
Chapter 25: Troubleshooting a Windows 8 Installation;
25.1 Troubleshooting Stand-Alone Installation Problems;
25.2 Optimizing a System Image for Deployment on a Small Scale;
25.3 Moving the System Reserved Partition;
25.4 Summary;
Disaster Recovery;
Chapter 26: Recovering Encrypted Data;
26.1 The Types of Windows 8 Encryption;
26.2 File Encryption After Copy/Move;
26.3 Working with EFS Keys to Recover Data;
26.4 Working with BitLocker to Recover Data;
26.5 Decrypting Data on Another Computer;
26.6 Summary;
Chapter 27: Using Windows Data Recovery Tools;
27.1 You Did Back It Up, Didn’t You?!;
27.2 Restoring Windows from a Backup;
27.3 Restoring Data from a Backup;
27.4 Data Restore via Over-the-Top Reinstall;
27.5 RAID Drives;
27.6 Summary;
Chapter 28: Restoring Windows from Another PC;
28.1 Migrating Your Copy of Windows 8 to a New Computer;
28.2 Creating a Custom Windows 8 Installer by Using Refresh;
28.3 Restoring a Windows Image Through a Surrogate Computer;
28.4 Restoring Windows 8 File by File;
28.5 Restoring Your Data by Using Another Computer;
28.6 Summary;
Chapter 29: Using Linux to Rescue Your Windows System;
29.1 System or Data Restore by Using Linux;
29.2 Rescuing the System Reserved Partition by Using Linux;
29.3 Useful Software in Linux;
29.4 CD and DVD Burning in Linux;
29.5 Compatible Linux Operating Systems to Run from a Disc;
29.6 Creating a Linux Installation Disc or Pen Drive;
29.7 Summary;
Chapter 30: Using Third-Party Rescue Tools and Services;
30.1 SysInternals;
30.2 GRC SpinRite;
30.3 Other Third-Party Tools;
30.4 Other Third-Party Services;
30.5 Summary;
Chapter 31: Working Safely with Windows 8 Encryption;
31.1 Encrypted File System;
31.2 BitLocker and BitLocker To Go;
31.3 Creating a Copy of Encrypted Data;
31.4 Summary;
Chapter 32: Applying Best Practices to Windows 8;
32.1 Best Practice for Configuration;
32.2 Best Practice for File Storage;
32.3 Best Practice for Encryption;
32.4 Best Practice for Image Backup;
32.5 Best Practice for Data Backup;
32.6 Best Practice for Laptops and Tablets;
32.7 Best Practice for BYOD;
32.8 Windows 8 and Data Protection;
32.9 Best Practice for Passwords;
32.10 Summary;
Using Advanced Utilities;
Chapter 33: Using Advanced Windows 8 Diagnostic Tools;
33.1 The Computer Management Console;
33.2 Performance Information and Tools;
33.3 Control Panel Troubleshooters;
33.4 Summary;
Chapter 34: Exploring Windows 8 Firewall In-Depth;
34.1 Windows Firewall;
34.2 Windows Firewall with Advanced Security;
34.3 Port Control for Routers;
34.4 Summary;
Chapter 35: Making Changes to the Registry;
35.1 Registry Sections;
35.2 Registry Keys and Settings;
35.3 Backing Up and Restoring the Registry;
35.4 Working with the Registry;
35.5 Finding Information in the Windows Registry;
35.6 Summary;
Windows 8 Editions and Features by Edition;
Windows 8 Editions;
Windows 8 Features by Edition;
Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts;
Running Windows RT on ARM Devices;
Introducing Windows RT;
Windows RT and Jail Breaking;
Troubleshooting Windows RT;
Resetting Windows RT;
Problems Updating Windows RT;
About the Author;
Contacting the Author;
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