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Windows 8.1 continues the evolution of the most radical redesign in Microsoft’s history. It combines the familiar Windows desktop with a new, touchscreen-friendly world of tiles and full-screen apps. Luckily, David Pogue is back to help you make sense of it—with humor, authority, and 500 illustrations.

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Windows 8.1 continues the evolution of the most radical redesign in Microsoft’s history. It combines the familiar Windows desktop with a new, touchscreen-friendly world of tiles and full-screen apps. Luckily, David Pogue is back to help you make sense of it—with humor, authority, and 500 illustrations.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • What’s new in 8.1. The update to 8.1 offers new apps, a universal Search, the return of the Start menu, and several zillion other nips and tucks.
  • New features. Storage Spaces, Windows To Go, File Histories—if Microsoft wrote it, this book covers it.
  • Security. Protect your PC from viruses, spyware, spam, sick hard drives, and out-of-control kids.
  • The network. HomeGroups, connecting from the road, mail, Web, music streaming among PCs—this book has your network covered.
  • The software. Media Center, Photo Gallery, Internet Explorer, speech recognition—this one authoritative, witty guide makes it all crystal clear. It’s the book that should have been in the box.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449371623
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 950
  • Sales rank: 47,071
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
What’s New in Windows 8;
What’s New in Windows 8.1;
The Editions of Windows 8.1—and Windows RT;
About This Book;
The Very Basics;
Part One: TileWorld;
Chapter 1: The Start Screen;
1.1 The Lock Screen;
1.2 The Accounts Screen;
1.3 The Login Screen;
1.4 The Start Screen;
1.5 Corners and Swipes;
1.6 Shutting Down;
Chapter 2: Customizing the Lock, Login & Start Screens;
2.1 Adding or Removing App Tiles;
2.2 Grouping Tiles;
2.3 More Ways to Tweak the Start Screen;
2.4 Notifications;
2.5 Customizing the Lock Screen;
2.6 Customizing the Login Process;
Chapter 3: How TileWorld Works;
3.1 The Windows Store;
3.2 Working with TileWorld Apps;
3.3 Uninstalling a TileWorld App;
3.4 The Two Task Switchers;
3.5 The Onscreen Keyboard;
3.6 Handwriting Recognition;
3.7 The File Picker;
3.8 Search;
3.9 Text: Selecting, Copying, Pasting;
3.10 The TileWorld Spelling Checker;
3.11 Help in TileWorld;
3.12 The TileWorld Apps Missing Manual;
Chapter 4: TileWorld’s Starter Apps;
4.1 Alarms;
4.2 Calculator;
4.3 Calendar;
4.4 Camera;
4.5 Desktop;
4.6 Finance;
4.7 Food & Drink;
4.8 Games;
4.9 Health & Fitness;
4.10 Help + Tips;
4.11 Internet Explorer;
4.12 Mail;
4.13 Maps;
4.14 Music;
4.15 News;
4.16 PC Settings;
4.17 People;
4.18 Photos;
4.19 Reader;
4.20 Reading List;
4.21 Scan;
4.22 OneDrive;
4.23 Skype;
4.24 Sound Recorder;
4.25 Sports;
4.26 Store;
4.27 Travel;
4.28 Video;
4.29 Weather;
Chapter 5: TileWorld Settings;
5.1 The Six Charms-Panel Settings;
5.2 Personalize;
5.3 PC and Devices;
5.4 Accounts;
5.5 OneDrive;
5.6 Search and Apps;
5.7 Privacy;
5.8 Network;
5.9 Time and Language;
5.10 Ease of Access;
5.11 Update and Recovery;
Part Two: The Windows Desktop;
Chapter 6: File Explorer, Folders & the Taskbar;
6.1 The Windows Desktop;
6.2 Return of the Start Menu;
6.3 The Complete Guide to Ignoring TileWorld;
6.4 Desktop Windows: File Explorer;
6.5 Universal Window Controls;
6.6 Window Tricks;
6.7 The Ribbon;
6.8 Explorer Window Controls;
6.9 Optional Window Panes;
6.10 Libraries;
6.11 Tags, Metadata, and Properties;
6.12 Icon and List Views;
6.13 Sorting, Grouping, and Filtering;
6.14 The “Folder Options” Options;
6.15 Taskbar 2.0;
6.16 Jump Lists;
6.17 Three Ways to Get the Taskbar Out of Your Hair;
6.18 Taskbar Toolbars;
6.19 The Run Command;
Chapter 7: Searching & Organizing Your Files;
7.1 Desktop Search;
7.2 The Search Index;
7.3 Where Windows Looks;
7.4 Customizing Search;
7.5 Saved Searches;
7.6 The Folders of Windows 8.1;
7.7 Selecting Icons;
7.8 Life with Icons;
7.9 Copying and Moving Folders and Files;
7.10 The Recycle Bin;
7.11 Shortcut Icons;
7.12 Compressing Files and Folders;
7.13 Burning CDs and DVDs from the Desktop;
7.14 ISO Disk Images;
Chapter 8: Redesigning Your Desktop World;
8.1 Turning Off the New Look;
8.2 A Gallery of Themes;
8.3 Desktop Background (Wallpaper);
8.4 Color;
8.5 Sounds;
8.6 Screen Savers;
8.7 Desktop Icons;
8.8 Mouse Makeover;
8.9 Preserving Your Tweaks for Posterity;
8.10 Monitor Settings;
8.11 Multiple Monitors;
Chapter 9: Help at the Desktop;
9.1 Navigating the Help System;
9.2 Remote Assistance;
9.3 Getting Help from Microsoft;
Chapter 10: Programs & Documents;
10.1 Opening Desktop Programs;
10.2 Exiting Desktop Programs;
10.3 When Programs Die: The Task Manager;
10.4 Saving Documents;
10.5 Closing Documents;
10.6 The Open Dialog Box;
10.7 Moving Data Between Documents;
10.8 Speech Recognition;
10.9 Filename Extensions and File Associations;
10.10 Installing Desktop Software;
10.11 Uninstalling Software;
10.12 Program Compatibility Modes;
Chapter 11: The Desktop’s Starter Programs;
11.1 Windows Essentials;
11.2 Calculator;
11.3 Character Map;
11.4 Command Prompt;
11.5 This PC;
11.6 Control Panel;
11.7 Default Programs;
11.8 File Explorer;
11.9 Help and Support;
11.10 Magnifier;
11.11 Math Input Panel;
11.12 Narrator;
11.13 Notepad;
11.14 Onscreen Keyboard;
11.15 Paint;
11.16 Remote Desktop Connection;
11.17 Run;
11.18 Snipping Tool;
11.19 Sound Recorder;
11.20 Steps Recorder;
11.21 Sticky Notes;
11.22 Task Manager;
11.23 Windows Defender;
11.24 Windows Easy Transfer;
11.25 Windows Fax and Scan;
11.26 Windows Journal;
11.27 Windows Live Mail;
11.28 Windows Live Messenger;
11.29 Windows Live Writer;
11.30 Windows Media Player;
11.31 Windows PowerShell;
11.32 Windows Speech Recognition;
11.33 WordPad;
11.34 XPS Viewer;
Chapter 12: The Control Panel;
12.1 Many Roads to Control Panel;
12.2 The Control Panel, Applet by Applet;
Part Three: Windows Online;
Chapter 13: Hooking Up to the Internet;
13.1 Connecting to a WiFi Network;
13.2 Wired Connections;
13.3 Tethering and Cellular Modems;
13.4 Dial-Up Connections;
13.5 Connection Management;
Chapter 14: Security & Privacy;
14.1 Windows Defender;
14.2 Action Center;
14.3 Windows Firewall;
14.4 Windows SmartScreen;
14.5 Privacy and Cookies;
14.6 History: Erasing Your Tracks;
14.7 The Pop-Up Blocker;
14.8 InPrivate Browsing;
14.9 Internet Security Zones;
14.10 Do Not Track;
14.11 Hotspot Security;
14.12 Protect Your Home Wireless Network;
14.13 Family Safety (Parental Controls);
Chapter 15: Internet Explorer 11;
15.1 IE11 Desktop: The Grand Tour;
15.2 The Address/Search Bar;
15.3 Tabbed Browsing;
15.4 Favorites (Bookmarks);
15.5 History List;
15.6 RSS: The Missing Manual;
15.7 Tips for Better Surfing;
15.8 The Keyboard Shortcut Master List;
Chapter 16: Windows Live Mail;
16.1 Setting Up Windows Live Mail;
16.2 Checking Email;
16.3 Composing and Sending Messages;
16.4 Reading Email;
16.5 Quick Views, Custom Views (Filters);
16.6 How to Process a Message;
16.7 Junk Email;
16.8 The World of Mail Settings;
16.9 The Contacts List;
16.10 Mail’s Calendar;
16.11 RSS Feeds;
16.12 Newsgroups;
Part Four: Pictures & Music;
Chapter 17: Windows Photo Gallery;
17.1 Photo Gallery: The Application;
17.2 Getting Pictures into Photo Gallery;
17.3 The Post-Dump Slideshow;
17.4 The Digital Shoebox;
17.5 People, Tags, Geotags, Captions, Ratings, and Flags;
17.6 Searching for Photos;
17.7 Editing Your Shots;
17.8 Finding Your Audience;
Chapter 18: Windows Media Player;
18.1 The Lay of the Land;
18.2 Importing Music Files;
18.3 Music Playback;
18.4 Playlists;
18.5 Burning Your Own CDs;
18.6 Sharing Music on the Network;
18.7 Pictures and Videos;
Part Five: Hardware & Peripherals;
Chapter 19: Printing, Fonts & Faxing;
19.1 Installing a Printer;
19.2 Printing;
19.3 Controlling Printouts;
19.4 Fancy Printer Tricks;
19.5 Printer Troubleshooting;
19.6 Fonts;
19.7 Faxing;
19.8 Scanning Documents;
Chapter 20: Hardware & Drivers;
20.1 External Gadgets;
20.2 Device Stage;
20.3 Installing Cards in Expansion Slots;
20.4 Troubleshooting Newly Installed Gear;
20.5 Driver Signing;
20.6 The Device Manager;
Part Six: PC Health;
Chapter 21: Maintenance, Speed Tweaks & Troubleshooting;
21.1 The Action Center;
21.2 Disk Cleanup;
21.3 Disk Defragmenter;
21.4 Hard Drive Checkups;
21.5 Disk Management;
21.6 Task Scheduler;
21.7 Three Speed Tricks;
21.8 Windows Update;
21.9 Reset and Refresh;
21.10 Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE);
21.11 Troubleshooting Tools;
21.12 Startup Items Revealed;
Chapter 22: Backups & File History;
22.1 System Images;
22.2 System Restore;
22.3 File History;
22.4 The USB Recovery Drive;
Chapter 23: The Disk Chapter;
23.1 Storage Spaces;
23.2 Dynamic Disks;
23.3 Compressing Files and Folders;
23.4 Encrypting Files and Folders;
23.5 BitLocker Drive Encryption;
Part Seven: The Windows Network;
Chapter 24: Accounts (and Logging On);
24.1 Local Accounts vs. Microsoft Accounts;
24.2 Accounts Central;
24.3 Adding an Account;
24.4 Editing an Account;
24.5 The Forgotten Password Disk;
24.6 Deleting User Accounts;
24.7 Disabling Accounts;
24.8 The Guest Account;
24.9 Authenticate Yourself: User Account Control;
24.10 Local Users and Groups;
24.11 Fast User Switching;
24.12 Logging On;
24.13 Profiles;
Chapter 25: Setting Up a Small Network;
25.1 Kinds of Networks;
25.2 Sharing an Internet Connection;
25.3 The Network and Sharing Center;
Chapter 26: Corporate Networks;
26.1 The Domain;
26.2 Four Ways Life Is Different on a Domain;
Chapter 27: Sharing Files on the Network;
27.1 Three Ways to Share Files;
27.2 HomeGroups;
27.3 Sharing the Public Folders;
27.4 Sharing Any Folder;
27.5 Accessing Shared Folders;
27.6 Mapping Shares to Drive Letters;
27.7 Sharing a DVD Drive;
Chapter 28: The Road Warrior’s Handbook;
28.1 Windows Mobility Center;
28.2 Offline Files and Sync Center;
28.3 Windows to Go;
28.4 Dialing In from the Road;
28.5 Virtual Private Networking;
28.6 Remote Desktop;
Part Eight: Appendixes;
Installing Windows 8.1;
Before You Begin;
Installing Windows 8.1;
Jobs Number 1, 2, 3…;
Windows Easy Transfer;
Upgrading from Windows 8;
Fun with the Registry;
Meet Regedit;
Regedit Examples;
Where’d It Go?;
Master List of Gestures & Keyboard Shortcuts;
TileWorld gestures;

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    Covers every phase  of set up and operation in a detailed manor

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    These should come with the Computer!

    I have not gotten all the way into this, mainly because I haven't had time to just sit and read and try. But I have found out a lot of good things. I had a Windows 7 and I loved it. Windows 8, I am having some trouble with. I think it is because I may just have a lemon of a computer.

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