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Windows 8 Secrets

ISBN: 978-1-118-20413-9
552 pages
September 2012
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Tips, tricks, treats, and secrets revealed on Windows 8

Microsoft is introducing a major new release of its Windows operating system, Windows 8, and what better way for you to learn all the ins and outs than from two internationally recognized Windows experts and Microsoft insiders, authors Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera? They cut through the hype to get at useful information you'll not find anywhere else, including what role this new OS plays in a mobile and tablet world.

Regardless of your level of knowledge, you'll discover little-known facts about how things work, what's new and different, and how you can modify Windows 8 to meet what you need.

Windows 8 Secrets is your insider's guide to:

  • Choosing Windows 8 Versions, PCs and Devices, and Hardware
  • Installing and Upgrading to Windows
  • The New User Experience
  • The Windows Desktop
  • Personalizing Windows
  • Windows Store: Finding, Acquiring, and Managing Your Apps
  • Browsing the Web with Internet Explore
  • Windows 8's Productivity Apps
  • Windows 8's Photo and Entertainment Apps
  • Xbox Games with Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Storage, Backup, and Recovery
  • Accounts and Security
  • Networking and Connectivity
  • Windows 8 for Your Business
  • Windows Key Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8 Secrets is the ultimate insider's guide to Microsoft's most exciting Windows version in years.

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Chapter 1 3 Choosing Windows 8 Versions, PCs and Devices, and Hardware 1
Picking a Windows 8 Product Edition 2
Picking a Windows 8 PC or Tablet 10
Summary 24

Chapter 2 3 Installing and Upgrading to Windows 8 25
That Was Then, This Is Now: How Setup Has Changed 26
Using the Windows 8 Web Installer 28
Advanced Setup: Using the Old-School Installer 45
Post-Setup: Now What? 48
Advanced Windows 8 Setup Configurations 51
Summary 61

Chapter 3 3 Metro: The New User Experience 63
Times They Are A-Changin’: The New Windows Shell 65
Lock Screen: A New Way to Sign In 67
Start Screen: A New User Experience for Modern Apps 69
Using the System-Wide Metro User Experiences 76
Summary 101

Chapter 4 3 (Still) Alive and Kicking: The Windows Desktop 103
What’s New on the Windows Desktop? 104
Where New Meets Old: Metro Features You Get in the Desktop, Too 109
Managing Files and Folders 123
Managing Classic Windows Applications 136
To the Cloud: Using the SkyDrive Desktop App 143
Summary 144

Chapter 5 3 Make It Yours: Personalizing Windows 8 145
Customizing Metro 146
Customizing Settings and Settings Sync 163
Customizing the Desktop 165
Power User Customization Tips and Tricks 177
Summary 181

Chapter 6 3 Windows Store: Finding, Acquiring, and Managing Your Apps 183
What Is an App Store . . . and Why Does Windows 8 Need One? 184
First Rule of Windows Store: There Are Rules to Windows Store 186
Launching Windows Store 189
Using Windows Store 189
Configuring Accounts and Preferences 212
Summary 214

Chapter 7 3 Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer 10 215
Two Browsers, One Brain: Understanding Internet Explorer 10 216
Internet Explorer 10 for Metro 218
Using the Desktop Version of Internet Explorer 10 239
Configuring IE 10 Desktop 241
Where IE Metro and Desktop Meet . . . and Don't 242
IE 10 and Default Browser Selection 243
Summary 245

Chapter 8 3 Get It Done with Windows 8's Productivity Apps 247
A Note About the Windows Productivity Apps and Your Microsoft Account 248
People 250
Mail 262
Calendar 272
Messaging 281
SkyDrive 287
Windows Reader 292
The Bing Apps 293
Microsoft Office Comes to Windows . . . Sort Of 300
Summary 303

Chapter 9 3 Relaxing with Windows 8's Photo and Entertainment Apps 305
A Note About the Windows 8 Entertainment Apps and Your Microsoft Account 307
Enjoying Photos 308
Buying, Managing, and Playing Music 324
Buying, Managing, and Playing Movies and TV Shows 339
Summary 348

Chapter 10 3 Xbox Games with Windows 8 349
Games and the Metro Environment 350
Finding and Acquiring Games for Windows 8 355
Finding and Acquiring Desktop Games 358
Xbox LIVE and Windows 8 359
Summary 375

Chapter 11 3 Storage, Backup, and Recovery 377
Storage Basics: NTFS Today, ReFS Tomorrow 378
Storage Spaces 379
File History 394
Using the Windows 8 Recovery Tools 400
Accessing System Image Backup and Recovery
Functionality with Windows Backup 407
What's Missing: Cloud Backup 409
Summary 411

Chapter 12 3 Accounts and Security 413
User Accounts 414
Security and Windows 8: Keeping Your PC Safe 431
Summary 440

Chapter 13 3 Networking and Connectivity 441
What Was Old Is New Again 442
Connecting to and Managing Wired and Wireless Networks 443
Connecting to Cellular Data Networks 448
Sharing Files, Media, and Printers at Home with HomeGroup 456
Summary 460

Chapter 14 3 Windows 8 for Business 463
Domain Join and Group Policy 464
Disk Encryption 470
Virtualization 475
Features Exclusive to Windows 8 Enterprise 486
Windows RT and Business: A Tablet for All Seasons 488
Summary 489

Appendix 3 Windows Key Keyboard Shortcuts 491

Index 495

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Paul Thurrott runs the popular Windows enthusiast website winsupersite.com. He is the author of more than 20 technology books and the co-host of the Windows Weekly podcast. Rafael Rivera is a software developer for a VAR 500 company, Telos Corporation, where he works on mission critical system software. He is also a certified reverse engineering analyst and takes Windows apart on his blog WithinWindows.com.

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