Windows 8.1 For Dummies Paperback – 18 October 2013
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- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1118821211
- ISBN-13 : 978-1118821213
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- Launch apps from the Start screen
- Send e-mail and link to social media accounts
- Create music playlists, watch videos, and organize photos
- Install updates that keep Windows 8.1 working smoothly
Just want to make Windows work? Here's what you need to make Windows 8.1 do what you want!
This book isn't about making you a Windows guru. It's much less lofty. It tells you how to use the Start screen, snap your most-used apps to the traditional desktop, find missing files and programs, use the built-in security tools, safely surf the web, enjoy music, organize and share photos, and more. Find what you need when you need it!
- Movin' up -- learn how to get the free upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1
- Starting with Start -- use the 8.1 Start button, load apps and programs from the Start screen, find the traditional desktop, and navigate folders
- It's touching -- Windows 8.1 was made with touchscreen users in mind; see how things work on your touch device
- Be social -- integrate your social networks into Windows 8.1 along with e-mail, calendars, and messaging
- Setting your settings -- customize your desktop, user accounts, hardware and gadget settings, and more with the two control panels
- Fun stuff -- explore all the options for playing music, watching movies, and managing digital photos
- To the rescue -- learn to diagnose and treat common Windows glitches with the Windows 8.1 Help system
Open the book and find:
- How to switch between the Start screen and desktop
- Tips for making the Start screen more user-friendly
- All about your built-in OneDrive account
- How to find anything with Windows 8.1's Search feature
- Steps for downloading and installing Windows 8.1 updates
- Do-it-yourself maintenance tips
- Help deciphering error messages
- Ways to fix things that bug you
Find exclusive Windows 8.1 articles, videos, step-by-step examples, and more at www.dummies.com/extras/windows8dot1
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What first impressed me about this book is that the book is for the Windows 8.1 beginner or even a seasoned Windows 8.0 user who wants to learn "what is new and better in Windows 8.1 and should I upgrade etc..
-- Each chapter is like a mini lesson on Windows 8.1. These bring you to the most common things that you want to do in Windows 8.1 such as this I found in Chapter 22 on page 380 called Skip the Start Screen (how to boot to the Desktop (like in Windows 7) If this change is made then EVERY TIME Windows 8.1 starts the DESKTOP will appear rather than the START SCREEN. This chapter showed me how to do this. And there are illustrations of the menu selections so I knew what to check etc.
Also, in Chapter One, this book explains about why 8.1 has so many advantages and gives more info on the upgrade info. It also describes the improvements in Windows 8.1 over Windows 8.0.
-- Even though this is a beginner type of book, it also serves as reference book. Since I have finished reading the areas (new things about Windows 8.1), what I am doing is when I want to know something new, I look it up in the INDEX, as this is much faster to find it rather then sifting though chapters etc.
-- In every chapter, he gives important info that is easy to learn and to follow without being boring!
If you are a newbie on Windows 8 or especially 8.1, this book I believe will serve you well.
Highly recommend this book!
I am talking about the MAIL application. I found it absolutely useless, I was not able to send a single email while I have no problems to send email (many of them) daily from my Windows Mail Live that comes with Windows 7.
This is BASIC. Many people use only email on the internet and do not bother with browsing all the current websites completely overwhelmed by ads. True, the MAIL app on Windows 8.1 does not have ads but is completely mysterious.
I also look through Google at the same object (the mail app) but I did not find anything better than this book.
Microsoft does not directly support the POP email but one can somehow 'simulate it' under Windows 8.1. I managed to install it but, as I say, I cannot really use it. I have now three emails: the native Microsoft stuff that presumably does a lot of things, a Google account that behaves strangely (I do NOT use it under Windows 7) and a simulation of my POP account with my local TV provider (charter.net).
I am sorry, Mr. Rathbone, you may have done the best you could but the chapter about mail (email) is completely useless.
There is, however, one stupid thing in the book: in 2015 no one over the age 30 needs explanation how to cut and paste. That started long, long time ago.
Read the book but it may be a waste of money - very similar information is available for free on the internet. As a e-book it sells for the usual high price of some $13, still less than driving into a distant bookstore and buy it as a traditional book.
To make my point clearer, I will insert a pair of quotes from the book:
“If you are happy with your current version of Windows, don’t bother upgrading … avoid the chore of figuring out a new version. Windows 8 comes with a particularly steep learning curve because it’s quite different from earlier Windows versions …”
“Windows 8 tries to please two camps of computer owners.
See, some people are mostly consumers. They read e-mail, watch videos, listen to music, and browse the web, … , they are consuming media (and popcorn).
Other people are mostly creators. They write papers, prepare tax returns, update blogs, edit videos, or, quite often, tap whichever keys their boss requires that day.”
It should be obvious by now that I completely agree with everything the author said about Windows 8.1. Even if you are in the second group of computer owners mentioned above (like me) you may find yourself stuck with a fancy new machine running Windows 8.1. If so, you should buy this book. The book will lessen the pain of coping with Windows 8.1, and will save you countless hours of wasted time and frustration.
I found the book quite readable, even though it is more useful as a reference book. Living up to its title, it will explain many things in unnecessary detail. But that’s easily skipped. The organization is excellent, and finding what you need is not difficult at all.