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Windows 8.1 For Dummies - Andy Rathbone


Published: 27th September 2013
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The bestselling book on Windows, now updated for the new 8.1 features

Microsoft has fine-tuned Windows 8 with some important new features, and veteran author Andy Rathbone explains every one in this all-new edition of a long-time bestseller. Whether you're using Windows for the first time, upgrading from an older version, or just moving from Windows 8 to 8.1, here's what you need to know. Learn about the dual interfaces, the new Start button, how to customize the interface and boot operations, and how to work with programs and files, use the web and social media, manage music and photos, and much more. You'll even find troubleshooting tips!

  • This edition covers the upgrades in Windows 8.1, including the dual interfaces, basic mechanics, file storage, and how to get the free upgrade to Windows 8.1
  • Shows how to manipulate app tiles, give Windows the look you choose, set up boot-to-desktop capabilities, connect to a network, and create user accounts
  • Covers working with programs, apps, and files; using the Internet and social media; new apps and capabilities for working with onboard and online media; and how to move files to a new PC
  • Written by Andy Rathbone, author of every edition of the bestselling Windows For Dummies

Windows 8.1 For Dummies is exactly what you need to get going and be productive with the newest Windows update.

About the Author

Andy Rathbone is a top-selling tech author. His Windows For Dummies books have sold millions of copies since the first edition was published in 1992, becoming the bestselling computer books ever.


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Dummies unite - you need this book

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    Book was easy to read and understand. Very good information. It really is a must for all computer nerds new to Widows 8.1.

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    Up to the usual Dummies good standard

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      I have read Microsoft Surface for Dummies, which is based on Windows 8. It has since been upgraded to 8.1 so this book is extremely helpful and recommended to all persons with Windows 8.1 on their PCs.

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      Introduction 1

      Part I: Windows 8.1 Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know 7

      Chapter 1: What Is Windows 8.1? 9

      Chapter 2: The Mysterious New Start Screen 19

      Chapter 3: The Traditional Desktop 51

      Chapter 4: Basic Desktop Window Mechanics 71

      Chapter 5: Storage: Internal, External, and in the Sky 87

      Part II: Working with Programs, Apps, and Files 117

      Chapter 6: Playing with Programs, Apps, and Documents 119

      Chapter 7: Finding the Lost 141

      Chapter 8: Printing and Scanning Your Work 153

      Part III: Getting Things Done on the Internet 167

      Chapter 9: Cruising the Web 169

      Chapter 10: Being Social: Mail, People, and Calendar 193

      Chapter 11: Safe Computing 213

      Part IV: Customizing and Upgrading Windows 8.1 227

      Chapter 12: Customizing Windows with the Control Panels 229

      Chapter 13: Keeping Windows from Breaking257

      Chapter 14: Sharing One Computer with Several People 269

      Chapter 15: Connecting Computers with a Network 281

      Part V: Music, Photos, and Movies 293

      Chapter 16: Playing and Copying Music 295

      Chapter 17: Fiddling with Photos (and Movies) 317

      Part VI: Help! 335

      Chapter 18: The Case of the Broken Window337

      Chapter 19: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute 353

      Chapter 20: Moving from an Old PC to a New Windows 8.1 PC 363

      Chapter 21: Help on the Windows Help System 369

      Part VII: The Part of Tens 377

      Chapter 22: Ten Things You’ll Hate about Windows 8.1 (And How to Fix Them) 379

      Chapter 23: Ten or So Tips for Tablet and Laptop Owners 389

      Index 397

      ISBN: 9781118821213
      ISBN-10: 1118821211
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 432
      Published: 27th September 2013
      Country of Publication: US
      Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 19.1  x 2.6
      Weight (kg): 0.79
      Edition Number: 1