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You’re beyond the basics—so dive right into Windows 8 and really put your PC to work! This supremely organized reference is packed with hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle ...

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Overview

You’re beyond the basics—so dive right into Windows 8 and really put your PC to work! This supremely organized reference is packed with hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle Windows 8—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery!

Topics include:

  • Installing and personalizing Windows 8
  • Mastering the new UI and features
  • Using pen, touch, and voice input
  • Implementing security essentials
  • Managing files, disks, and drives
  • Sharing and synching digital media
  • Setting up and troubleshooting a home or mobile network
  • Monitoring and tuning performance

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735663817
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 1,412,471
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Northrup, MCITP, MCPD, MCSE, CISSP, has written more than 20 books covering Windows system administration and development, including several Microsoft Press® Training Kits, and is coauthor of Windows 7 Resource Kit and Windows Server 2008 Networking and Network Access Protection (NAP)

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Table of Contents

Introduction;
Who this book is for;
How this book is organized;
Supplemental videos;
Your companion ebook;
Acknowledgments;
Support and feedback;
Part 1: Getting Started;
Chapter 1: What’s New in Windows 8;
1.1 Interacting with Windows 8;
1.2 Windows 8 user interface;
1.3 Hardware;
1.4 Security;
1.5 Networking;
1.6 Storage;
1.7 Manageability, productivity, and troubleshooting;
1.8 What’s missing;
Chapter 2: Using Windows 8 Apps;
2.1 Common features;
2.2 Using apps;
2.3 How Windows 8 apps work;
2.4 Changing app file associations;
2.5 Built-in apps;
Chapter 3: Buying and Installing Windows 8;
3.1 Buying Windows 8;
3.2 Installing Windows 8;
3.3 Dual-booting Windows 8;
Chapter 4: Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 8;
4.1 Preparing for an upgrade;
4.2 Upgrading from Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 8;
4.3 Performing the upgrade to Windows 8;
4.4 Migrating from an old PC to a new PC;
4.5 Post-upgrade tasks;
4.6 Uninstalling Windows 8;
Chapter 5: Personalizing Windows 8;
5.1 The Start screen;
5.2 Tiles;
5.3 Notifications;
5.4 Lock screen;
5.5 Desktop;
5.6 Searching;
5.7 Power settings;
5.8 Multiple monitors;
5.9 Language settings;
5.10 WinX menu;
Chapter 6: Adding, Removing, and Managing Apps;
6.1 Installing Windows 8 apps;
6.2 Uninstalling Windows 8 apps;
6.3 Setting default programs;
6.4 Configuring AutoPlay;
6.5 Managing startup apps;
6.6 Recording app problems;
6.7 Understanding app permissions;
6.8 The .NET Framework;
6.9 The parts of a Windows 8 app;
6.10 App compatibility settings;
6.11 Managing Windows 8 app packages;
6.12 Monitoring app events;
Chapter 7: Using Windows 8 Accessibility Features;
7.1 Choosing accessible hardware;
7.2 Configuring accessibility options;
7.3 Visual accessibility;
7.4 User input accessibility;
7.5 Dyslexia and reading accessibility;
Chapter 8: Obtaining Help and Support;
8.1 Obtaining professional support;
8.2 Help and support;
8.3 Determining who to contact for support;
8.4 Searching the Internet;
8.5 Asking for help;
8.6 Connecting with Remote Assistance;
8.7 Recording problems;
Part 2: File Management;
Chapter 9: Organizing and Protecting Files;
9.1 The Windows 8 way of organizing files;
9.2 File system concepts;
9.3 Working with libraries;
9.4 Zipping folders;
9.5 Protecting files;
9.6 Advanced searching;
9.7 Freeing up disk space;
9.8 File organization tips;
Chapter 10: Backing Up and Restoring Files;
10.1 Backup concepts;
10.2 Connecting a backup disk;
10.3 Backing up and recovering files;
10.4 Backing up and recovering apps and settings;
10.5 Using cloud services;
10.6 Online backup services;
10.7 What if disaster strikes and you don’t have a backup?;
Chapter 11: Managing Windows Search;
11.1 App search concepts;
11.2 Managing searchable apps;
11.3 Managing search suggestions;
11.4 Managing file indexing;
Chapter 12: Managing Storage;
12.1 Storage Spaces;
12.2 BitLocker;
12.3 Fixing errors;
12.4 Choosing a new drive;
Chapter 13: Using SkyDrive;
13.1 SkyDrive overview;
13.2 Using the SkyDrive app for Windows 8;
13.3 Accessing SkyDrive from mobile devices;
13.4 Accessing SkyDrive from a browser;
13.5 Using the SkyDrive desktop app;
13.6 Editing documents simultaneously with other users;
Part 3: Music, Videos, TV, and Movies;
Chapter 14: Music and Videos;
14.1 Using the Music app;
14.2 Ripping CDs;
14.3 Editing metadata;
14.4 Watching videos;
14.5 Purchasing TV and movies;
14.6 Editing videos;
Chapter 15: Photos;
15.1 Viewing pictures with the Photos app;
15.2 Importing photos;
15.3 Printing photos;
15.4 Working with RAW files;
15.5 Selecting and sharing photos;
15.6 Working with photos on the desktop;
15.7 Organizing photos;
Chapter 16: Sharing and Streaming Digital Media;
16.1 Xbox Music;
16.2 Streaming to the Xbox;
16.3 Stereos and TVs;
16.4 Smartphone;
16.5 Car;
16.6 Other computers;
16.7 Music services;
16.8 Video-streaming services;
16.9 Creating media;
Chapter 17: Creating a Home Theater PC;
17.1 HTPC software;
17.2 Media Center;
17.3 Configuring HTPC software to start automatically;
17.4 Choosing the hardware;
17.5 Recording TV;
17.6 Choosing a remote control;
Part 4: Security and Privacy;
Chapter 18: Managing Users and Family Safety;
18.1 Logon security;
18.2 Configuring sign-on options;
18.3 Password best practices;
18.4 Managing accounts;
18.5 Family Safety;
Chapter 19: Windows, Application, and Network Security;
19.1 Malware protection;
19.2 Protecting your privacy;
19.3 Removing malware;
19.4 Windows Firewall;
19.5 Wireless security;
19.6 Turning off security features;
Chapter 20: Using Hyper-V;
20.1 Hyper-V requirements;
20.2 Installing Hyper-V;
20.3 Creating your first virtual switch;
20.4 Configuring VM settings;
20.5 Starting a VM;
20.6 Using snapshots;
20.7 Managing virtual disks;
20.8 Hyper-V tips and tricks;
20.9 When not to use a VM;
20.10 Using VirtualBox;
Part 5: Networking;
Chapter 21: Setting Up a Home Or Small Office Network;
21.1 Network technology overview;
21.2 Choosing an ISP;
21.3 Connecting Windows 8 to your network;
21.4 Manually configuring Windows 8 networking;
21.5 Fine-tuning wireless settings;
21.6 Routers;
21.7 Choosing home networking technologies;
21.8 Designing a wireless network;
21.9 Web applications;
Chapter 22: Setting Up ad hoc, Bluetooth, and Mobile Networks;
22.1 Ad hoc networking;
22.2 Bluetooth;
22.3 3G/4G mobile broadband;
Chapter 23: Troubleshooting Your Network;
23.1 Troubleshooting tools;
23.2 The home network troubleshooting process;
23.3 Troubleshooting network performance problems;
Chapter 24: Sharing and Managing Files and Printers;
24.1 Using a homegroup;
24.2 Using folder sharing;
24.3 Granting permissions to files;
24.4 Using shared printers;
Part 6: Maintaining, Tuning, and Troubleshooting;
Chapter 25: Maintaining Your PC;
25.1 Updates;
25.2 Backups;
25.3 Uninstalling apps;
25.4 Disk integrity;
25.5 Disk space;
25.6 Maintaining your batteries;
Chapter 26: Monitoring, Measuring, and Tuning Performance;
26.1 Benchmarking your computer;
26.2 Finding and controlling a troublesome app;
26.3 Setting priority and affinity when starting an app;
26.4 Speeding up startup;
26.5 Using Task Manager;
26.6 Using Performance Monitor;
Chapter 27: Troubleshooting Startup Problems, Crashes, and Corruption;
27.1 Troubleshooting startup problems;
27.2 Troubleshooting corruption and intermittent failures;
27.3 Refreshing your PC;
27.4 Resetting your PC;
Index to troubleshooting topics;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Good with reservations

    The book is generally good. Unfortunately the author tends to be on the loquacious side. He does not fully explain the different parts of the system but expects you to know how everything works intuitively, which might not be the case. He is very into touch screen and not so much into mouse or keyboard. He does use internet videos in his book to further explain some facets of the new program which would be helpful if they were a little more detailed and zoomed in to show the features he is discussing.
    He goes into aspects of the program that one would never use, not interested in and not care to know about a great deal. Time better spent explaining the functions of the program in better detail.
    It is a long book with a lot of "read" that makes you go back over it again and again. It was helpful, it was purchased over the internet so I did not have the advantage to look through the book prior to purchase otherwise I might have chosen another. But still worth it.

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