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Windows 8.1 For Dummies - Andy Rathbone

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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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      a great investment - it saved me the expense of seeking the assistance of a computer expert to solve what seemed to me to be a serious problem.

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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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          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): 23.62 x 18.8  x 2.13
          Edition Number: 1