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Essential reading for a new Windows 8 user!
on October 26, 2012
I bought this book because the first time I started using Windows 8 I was like, "what is going on here? What happened to Windows?"
The How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8 really is "The complete guide to explaining everything the easy way." And I mean, it is "complete"! It covers virtually everything one could possibly hope to find in a how-to book on Windows 8. I really appreciate that because I'm a very busy professional and don't have a lot of time to devote to recreational reading. I spend most of my days reading through dry, boring work documents and I'm not a techy so-to-speak.
This book is very patient and has a lot of pictures to back up the explanations. I think this is a huge selling point because I could just look at the picture, read a short explanation, and then apply my new knowledge immediately. There was none of that constant, read, click, read, click stuff that I've discovered from other computer books. So the book really works when it comes to getting the important information to the reader in as bright, colorful, and easy-to-understand way as possible.
A word of warning though: this book is lonnnnnng and most, if not all of the stuff in the Advanced Administration chapter I'll never need or read. I'm sure there are things in there that more computer savvy types will enjoy but for me, the most useful parts of the book are in the opening chapters.
That said, even though I haven't honestly had time to read the whole thing, I've skimmed a great deal (the copious pictures really do help in that regard), and I can see how I might want to go back and dig into the sections on protecting my system and organizing my files. But, advanced administration? No thank you! :-)
In any regard, I was able to read up through chapter 4 on Internet Explorer 10 and now I feel like I really have a much better grasp on the whole Windows 8 experience. At the very least, I'm not confusedly flailing about. I understand what everything is, where it is, and how to use it and I learned that all that in the course of a few short hours so for that reason alone, I give the How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8, 5 stars!
Oh, and one more thing. If you turn to the very end of the book are 30 really awesome tips on getting the most out of your system. While these are tips scattered all over the book and peppered throughout the text, it's nice to have most of them all compiled in one location!
Arranged in a logical straightforward way. All the new and important information is right up front. The second chapter is all about personalizing Windows 8 so it really looks like they authors spent some time thinking about how to lay things out.
Pictures! There's a lot of really nice full-color pictures and the illustrations with the arrows and instructions really helped me learn how to access and use the new features.
Very informative and helpful and the tips at the end of the book are an extremely thoughtful touch
This book is long. As someone who mainly uses their computer to check e-mail, use Word, and shop online/Facebook, I'll probably never need the info in Advanced Administration. Still, it's there if someone needs it.