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Windows 8.1 For Dummies



Windows 8.1 For Dummies

Andy Rathbone

ISBN: 978-1-118-82102-2 September 2013 432 Pages

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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.

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