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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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Up to the usual Dummies good standard

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
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  • Informative
  • Well Written


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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
    Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 18.8  x 2.13
    Edition Number: 1