Windows 8 Hacks: Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of Tablets and Desktops

Windows 8 Hacks: Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of Tablets and Desktops

by Preston Gralla
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Windows 8 Hacks: Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of Tablets and Desktops by Preston Gralla

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449355586
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 422
Sales rank: 946,301
File size: 23 MB
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About the Author

Preston Gralla is the author of more than 40 books that have been translated into 20 languages, including Galaxy S 5 The Missing Manual, Windows 8 Hacks, NOOK HD: The Missing Manual, Galaxy Tab: The Missing Manual, The Big Book of Windows Hacks, How the Internet Works, and How Wireless Works. He is a contributing editor to Computerworld, a blogger for ITWorld, and was a founding editor and then editorial director of PC/Computing, executive editor for CNet/ZDNet, and the founding managing editor of PC Week.He has written about technology for many national newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News (for whom he wrote a technology column), PC World, and numerous others. As a widely recognized technology expert, he has made many television and radio appearances, including on the CBS Early Show, MSNBC, ABC World News Now, and National Public Radio. Under his editorship, PC/Computing was a finalist for General Excellence in the National Magazine Awards. He has also won the “Best Feature in a Computing Publication” award from the Computer Press Association.Gralla is also the recipient of a Fiction Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife (his two children have flown the coop). He welcomes feedback about his books by email at

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Windows 8 Hacks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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