Windows 8: Visual QuickStart Guide


With Windows 8, Microsoft reimagines its popular OS for a connected and mobile world. In the Windows 8: Visual QuickStart Guide, author Barrie Sosinsky shows you how to work with live tiles, navigate the Windows 8 touch interface, and ...
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With Windows 8, Microsoft reimagines its popular OS for a connected and mobile world. In the Windows 8: Visual QuickStart Guide, author Barrie Sosinsky shows you how to work with live tiles, navigate the Windows 8 touch interface, and take advantage of the cloud-connected Calendar, People, Mail, and Messages apps. You'll learn about:
  • The Charms bar
  • Using the Desktop
  • The new Windows Search functionality.
  • How to add a printer and print from the Start screen.
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Windows Explorer
  • Working with Settings in the new touch interface
  • How to synchronize settings and back up to the Cloud
  • The New Task Manager
  • The Windows Store
And more.

Includes eBook and Video Access
In addition to concise, step-by-step explanations of core tools and tasks, with plenty of helpful screen shots to keep you on track as you work, Windows 8: Visual QuickStart Guide includes an hour-long HD video and eBook. In addition to reading about how to use the tool, you can watch it in action. You can also download digital versions of this book to load on the mobile device of your choice so that you can continue learning whenever and wherever you are. We provide you with ePub, PDF, and Mobi eBook formats to ensure that you get the experience that best suits your viewing needs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321888952
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

In this life Barrie Sosinsky is a senior technical writer at Akamai Technologies, a content delivery network company. In previous lives, Barrie has worked as a technical writer for a large financial services firm, a WAN acceleration company, an automation software firm, and a couple of Windows magazines. Barrie is the author and coauthor of 36 computer books on topics ranging from operating systems, databases, computer hardware, productivity applications, and yes even (once upon a time) desktop publishing.
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Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Chapter 1 Getting Started 1

Windows 8 Versions 4

Features by Version 5

System Requirements 6

Installing Windows 8 9

Upgrading to Windows 8 13

Sleep, Shut Down, and Restart 16

Getting Help 18

Putting It All Together 20

Chapter 2 The Start Screen 21

The Lock Screen 22

Sign In 24

Passwords, Picture Passwords, and PINs 26

Start Screen 30

Tiles 33

Tile Groups 37

Live Tiles 39

Putting It All Together 42

Chapter 3 Touch and Gestures 43

Touch Navigation 44

Corner Hotspots 46

Edge Gestures 49

Touch Keyboards 51

Touch Mice 55

Putting It All Together 58

Chapter 4 The Classic Interface 59

Start Me Up 60

Desktop Elements 62

The Taskbar 64

Notifications 66

Desktop Operations 67

Personalization 69

Windowing 73

Putting It All Together 78

Chapter 5 Settings and Customization 79

Control Panels 80

Settings 83

Windows Features 86

Modifying Startup Programs and Services 88

The Registry 90

Policies 92

Putting It All Together 94

Chapter 6 Applications 95

Launching an Application 96

Program Shortcuts and Compatibility 100

Installing or Removing a Program 102

Switching Apps 105

The Run Dialog Box 107

Snapping 108

Closing a Program 111

Putting It All Together 112

Chapter 7 Windows 8 Tile-Based Apps 113

People 115

Cloud Service Connections 117

Calendar 118

Mail and Messaging 122

Photos 125

Music 128

Video 135

Reader 136

Maps 138

Putting It All Together 140

Chapter 8 Managing Content 141

Media Types 143

The Picker 145

Libraries 148

Homegroups 150

Search 153

Jump Lists 155

Sharing Content 156

Putting It All Together 160

Chapter 9 Printers and Devices 161

Desktop Printer and Device Installation 163

Desktop Printing 168

Start Screen Device Management 170

Printing in Modern Apps 172

Device Manager 174

Windows Update 176

Putting It All Together 178

Chapter 10 Windows 8 Explorer 179

The Explorer Interface 180

The File System 182

Moving Around 184

Working with Files 186

Properties 191

Searches 193

Putting It All Together 196

Chapter 11 Diagnosis and Recovery 197

Task Manager 198

The Processes Tab 201

The Performance and App History Tabs 203

The Startup, Users; Details, and Services Tabs 205

Refresh and Reset 208

Windows Recovery Environment 211

System Images 214

Putting It All Together 216

Chapter 12 Disks and Storage Devices 217

Simple Volumes 218

Dynamic Disks 224

Drive Properties and Tools 227

Disk Cleanup and Check Disk 229

Defragment and Optimize Drives 231

Solid-State Drives 233

Storage Spaces 234

Optical Discs 236

USB Flash Drives 238

Putting It All Together 240

Chapter 13 Networking 241

Network and Sharing Center 242

Network Connections 245

Set Up a Connection or Network 247

The Network Folder 249

Wireless Connections 251

Sharing Settings 254

Bluetooth 257

Putting It All Together 258

Chapter 14 Internet Explorer 10 259

Tile-based IE10 260

Working with Content 262

Working with Tabs 264

The Address Bar 267

Tiles and Pinning 268

Page Tools 269

Settings 271

Desktop IE10 273

Options and Tools 275

Putting It All Together 278

Chapter 15 Mobile Computing 279

Windows Phone 8 Features 281

Windows Mobility Center 284

Data Synchronization 285

Smart Network Switching 288

Managing Power Consumption 290

Putting It All Together 294

Chapter 16 Security 295

Safe Computing 296

Windows Firewall 301

Windows Defender 304

Action Center 306

BitLocker Drive Encryption 309

Encrypting File System 313

Securing Internet Explorer 316

Putting It All Together 318

Chapter 17 Cloud Connections 319

Windows Store 321

Microsoft Account 326

Windows Live 331

Windows Essentials 333

SkyDrive 337

Office 2013 342

Putting It All Together 343

Index 344

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