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Windows 8 Hacks [NOOK Book]

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Windows 8 is quite different than previous Microsoft operating systems, but it’s still eminently hackable. With this book, you’ll learn how to make a variety of modifications, from speeding up boot time and disabling the Lock screen to hacking native apps and running Windows 8 on a Mac. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll find more than 100 standalone hacks on performance, multimedia, networking, the cloud, security, email, hardware, and more. Not only will you learn how to ...

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Windows 8 Hacks

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Overview

Windows 8 is quite different than previous Microsoft operating systems, but it’s still eminently hackable. With this book, you’ll learn how to make a variety of modifications, from speeding up boot time and disabling the Lock screen to hacking native apps and running Windows 8 on a Mac. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll find more than 100 standalone hacks on performance, multimedia, networking, the cloud, security, email, hardware, and more. Not only will you learn how to use each hack, you’ll also discover why it works.

  • Add folders and other objects to the Start screen
  • Run other Windows versions inside Windows 8
  • Juice up performance and track down bottlenecks
  • Use the SkyDrive cloud service to sync your files everywhere
  • Speed up web browsing and use other PCs on your home network
  • Secure portable storage and set up a virtual private network
  • Hack Windows 8 Mail and services such as Outlook
  • Combine storage from different devices into one big virtual disk
  • Take control of Window 8 setting with the Registry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449355586
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 422
  • Sales rank: 604,723
  • File size: 22 MB
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Meet the Author

Preston Gralla is the editor of WindowsDevCenter.com and OnDotNet. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Internet Annoyances, PC Pest Control, and Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition, and co-author of Windows XP Cookbook. As an award-winning author and technology expert, Preston has written articles for major national newspapers and magazines and has also appeared on several TV and radio programs.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Setup and Startup Hacks

Chapter 2: Hacking the Start Screen, the Windows 8 Interface, and Apps

Chapter 3: Hacking the Desktop

Chapter 4: Productivity and System Performance Hacks

Chapter 5: Cloud and Social Networking Hacks

Chapter 6: Music, Media, and Video

Chapter 7: Networking, the Web, Wireless, and the Internet

Chapter 8: Security

Chapter 9: Email

Chapter 10: Hardware

Chapter 11: The Registry and Group Policy Editor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    This is not about BAD Hacks

    Windows 8 Hacks
    Preston Gralia
    Published by O’Reilly

    The word “ Hack” immediately brings to mind the art of maliciously breaking in to computers and networks and changing files, codes and applications. This book is not about that, although many of the “Tips and Tricks” give us information about making changes that can simplify and enable better ways of using the Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft has hidden many of the files that are used to change appearance and customization in this new OS, but Windows 8 Hacks shows the way to quickly find them.

    It not only does that. It is a veritable manual that can help a novice learn how to navigate the important fields in computing such as the cloud, email, networking and performance. It helps an experienced user tinker with the registry, polish the syncing of files, or work with virtual machines. The steps are presented in few words, not the hundreds of pages usually found in a manual. The tips on modifying some of Windows 8 clunky ways of accessing startup adjustments, security and system tools can save a lot of time and aggravation.

    The Table of Contents is a gem, listing eleven chapters of categories from Startup to Registry, each with a dozen or so topics. We can easily find the exact solution to a problem or method to make a change. The format is great, brief and clear instructions walk us through the steps and the many illustrations show us what the results should look like. As we follow the steps, we immediately see if we are getting the correct results. It is like having an expert sitting next to us, giving us step by step instructions

    Preston Gralia has given us a valuable set of tools to confidently make changes to our computers that correct problems, make them faster and more efficient or just do more.

    Review by JoeK
    January 2, 2013

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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