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Misunderstanding Windows 8.1 Update 1: An Introduction, Orientation, and How-to for Windows 8.1 (Windows Tips and Tricks Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Dunning , Digital Dave
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Book Description

Released May 2014 and in its ninth edition, "Misunderstanding Windows 8" has been updated for the release of Windows 8.1 Update 1. Included are new chapters addressing the changes Microsoft has made to deal with user's concerns about their latest offering, Windows 8.1 Update 1. The new Chapter Fourteen shows how the new universal Taskbar ties the two worlds together. Plus, secret Windows 8.1 folders revealed in Chapter Fifteen.

Chapter One: Misunderstanding Windows 8 and 8.1
“Deciphering the madness of Windows 8 and 8.1.”
Whether you're an old-line Windows user or merely curious about what Microsoft is up to, here are some thoughts to help you understand the Windows 8 operating system and the changes in Windows 8.1.

Chapter Two: Stop! Before You Download Windows 8 to Upgrade a PC
“Using Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, the Windows 8 Upgrade may be a waste of money for your old Windows computer.”

Chapter Three: The First Look at Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
“Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1) is here!”
Now that Windows 8 is here, Jack gives a framework for looking at the new operating system and some initial thoughts. (Updated for Windows 8.1)

Chapter Four: Understanding Windows 8.1 Modern Start Screen
“How to do your favorite old Windows Start Menu tricks with the new Windows 8.1 Start screen.”

Chapter Five: Organizing and Using the Start Screen
“The Windows 8.1 Modern Start charm (screen) can organize apps by groups for easier location.”
Jack examines using the Modern Start screen in Windows 8.1 and how to reorganize the tiles in a manner that best suits you. Now in Windows 8.1 you can put Modern apps side-by-side for easier access.

Chapter Six: The Windows 8 File Explorer Ribbon Menu
“The new look of Windows 8 File Explorer offers more tools in view, plus additional features.” (Updated for Windows 8.1)

Chapter Seven: The Virtual Touch Keyboard, Plus, a Tip for Quick Access to Windows Tools
“Although designed for use with touchscreens and tablet computers, the Windows 8 pop-up keyboard also works with the Windows Desktop.”

Chapter Eight: Windows 8 and Free Stuff
“Windows 8 Modern Start Interface includes more free software.”

Chapter Nine: The Microsoft Surface Tablet
“Microsoft doesn't wait for computer manufacturers to take the lead with Windows 8 tablets.”

Chapter Ten: The Surface with Windows RT Tablet Computer
“Pretending to be "Real" Windows: What You Need to Know about Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT Tablet Computer.”

Chapter Eleven: Is the Surface with Windows 8 Pro Right for You?
“What you need to know before you buy Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet with "real" Windows.”

Chapter Twelve: Fixing Windows 8 with Windows 8.1
“Can the Return of a Start Button and Direct Booting to the Desktop Revive Windows 8 with Windows 8.1?”
Microsoft is trying to recover from its Windows 8 weak start with a new Desktop Start button and a few other improvements. Now you can see Windows 8.1 what Windows 8.1 can do.

Chapter Thirteen: Making Windows 8.1 Act More Like Windows
“How to get the features of the old Windows start menu back.”
While it's not quite the same as the old Windows Start Menu, all those needed features (Search, All Programs, etc.) are available in Windows 8.1 without messing with the Modern Start screen. Here's how to set it up.

Chapter Fourteen: Windows 8.1 Update 1 Makes Windows 8 "Windows" Again!
“Windows 8.1 Update 1 brings Microsoft closer to redemption.”
It's been a long slog, but Windows 8 (through Windows 8.1 Update 1) has finally become a good—almost intuitive—operating system. Here is what's so good about the latest version.

Chapter Fifteen: Hidden Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks for Everyone (Plus a Little AutoHotkey)
“Here are some secret folders every Windows 8 user wants to know about!”
Things are much easier now with Windows 8.1 Update 1. Here are some workarounds which make it even easier. Plus, they will help your Windows 8 AutoHotkey scripts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5317 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ComputorEdge E-Books; 9 edition (May 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RMCRH8
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Windows 8 April 13, 2012
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I have been playing with Windows 8 Consumer Preview since the day after it was first released. At first I used a virtual machine, then a full installation on a older computer with modest specs and finally as a dual boot on my Dell Studio XPS8100 with two 24" monitors. During the time I've been using Win 8 CP I spent much time on the Windows 8 Forums reading and responding to postings that emphasized the good and bad points of the operating system.

The discussion in Misunderstanding Windows 8 exactly matches my feelings and conclusions. If you would like to get to the bottom line evaluation quickly I strongly recommend this book. I especially like the simple 2-step process presented at the end of the book for learning the Win 8 environment. Quoting Mr. Dunning "With a tiny amount of instruction, the actual learning curve for getting familiar with the Windows 8 environment is about 30 seconds--and, if you've ever used a tablet computer, maybe five seconds." Of course there are plenty of tips on how to implement what one can learn in those 30 seconds. But like a good novel you don't want to read the last page first so enjoy the discussions, opinions and instructions throughout the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Text book Misunderstanding Windows 8 December 3, 2012
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It was fun okay book. However it had a lot of negative connotations in it about Windows 8 and people need to know more about Windows 8 in a positive light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars misunderstanding windows 8 good title book not so much October 26, 2012
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I get the impression this is a few articles from a magazine or blog not a real book. The chapters repeat the same information over and over not much real information. The largest chapter is on internet explorer not what I was looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 confusion cleared up October 4, 2012
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I originally thought that Windows 8 was a touch screen operating system.
It is a touch screen plus it includes our beloved desktop. I like how this book helps clears up the fog and misconceptions i had about Windows 8. I am looking forward to buying Windows 8 when it comes out. I suggest that people buy this book to help clear up any misconceptions they have about Windows 8.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff Mainerd May 30, 2013
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Though there many more expensive and more detailed books on win 8, I think you will not find an easier to read and more usable description of this MS OS. I like win 8 but will agree that it needs an easy to read tutorial if you have been using win XP or have recently changed to win 7. I hope he offers a free update when MS comes out with the new version of win 8.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful to get ready for my Surface Pro February 16, 2013
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I bought this in hopes of becoming productive faster with my soon-arriving Surface Pro, and it has more than filled the bill with its lucid explanation of the paradigm shift in Windows 8. It also has the best discussion of the Surface Pro to date,although it's still thin--the penalty for being an early adaptor.
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More About the Author

Jack Dunning is the publisher of ComputorEdge Magazine ( He's been with the magazine since first issue on May 16, 1983. Back then, it was called The Byte Buyer. His Web site is He can be reached at If you would like to see his latest business efforts, please visit ComputorEdge E-Books (

Jack has written hundreds of articles and columns on computers and the Internet. He has authored an extensive list of "Windows Tips and Tricks" columns, including many about Windows 7. They can be found in the Writer's Listing of the Site Map at Many of these articles are being published as e-books and are available at

Jack has also written numerous really stupid gags for Jim Whiting cartoons which can be found in the e-book "That Does Not Compute!" (available at Amazon) and weekly at

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