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The How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8 [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Klein , Lowell Heddings
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Book Description

Learn Everything About Windows 8 the Easy Way

The How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8 is the book that's easy enough for anybody to understand,
but covers everything in such detail that serious geeks will find it useful as well.

Microsoft has completely revamped the look and feel of its Windows operating system,
and you're going to need a guide to help you understand what's new, different,
and how you can tweak Windows 8 for what you need.

  • Covers all the basics of using Windows 8, from the new Start Screen to using Windows 8 on a tablet.

  • How to use the new "Metro-style" applications in Windows 8.

  • How to get around the new Charms Bar, Command Bars, and the new Sharing features.

  • Complete coverage of every Windows 8 feature, in-depth.

  • Hundreds of pictures to help understand each Windows 8 feature easily.

This book is what all Windows beginners need, as well as complete coverage of every feature.

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From the Back Cover

The How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8 is the complete guide to Windows that's easy enough to understand for beginners, but comprehensive enough for serious geeks as well.
Within this book you'll find thousands of pictures to help explain everything visually in a step-by-step format. Just some of the topics you'll learn include the following:
  • Windows 8 Basics: Learn how to use, customize, and navigate around the new Windows 8 Start Screen and Live Tiles on a touch-enabled tablet and a traditional laptop or desktop. 
  • Personalization: Learn how to personalize every aspect of the Start Screen, Lock Screen, Live Tiles, and the traditional desktop, including themes, wallpapers, sounds, and more.
  • Windows Store: Learn the tips and tricks to get the most out of the new Windows Store apps, including the built-in apps like Mail, Weather, Calendar, and even the new touch-enabled Internet Explorer 10.
  • Solving Problems: Protect your PC against disaster with the new Windows Defender, Firewall, System Restore, and learn how to use the new Refresh and Reset features to reinstall your PC without losing your files and documents.
  • Even More: Learn how to use Windows Search to find apps, files, and settings, how to create HomeGroups, control your settings with the new PC Settings panel, advanced administration topics like registry editing and a whole lot more.
Bonus Material: read the final chapter to learn 30+ tips for using Windows 8 more effectively, including how to get the Start Menu back, how to skip the Start Screen and boot directly to the Desktop, and a lot more.

About the Author

Lowell Heddings runs the popular How-To Geek web site that helps him win the Microsoft MVP award year after year. His thousands of technology articles have been read by tens of millions of people worldwide, and he's even been published in Popular Science magazine a couple of times. He's currently wearing a t-shirt with a picture of Bender from Futurama.

Matthew Klein is an up-and-coming author who's penned many a great American novel while lying awake at night thinking "I should really get up and write this down." The How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8 is his first stab at professional writing and is, what he hopes will be, the first of many parent-friendly how-to tech books to come. Matt currently resides in Southeast Texas where he practices his Spanglish, searches for the perfect breakfast burrito, and wonders how much bigger pick-up trucks can possibly get.

Product Details

  • File Size: 25099 KB
  • Print Length: 1039 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: How-To Geek; 6 edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VZFN4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for a new Windows 8 user! October 26, 2012
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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!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive and helpful guide November 4, 2012
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I bought this book on spec while waiting for my Windows 7 backup to complete. I am glad I did. It thoroughly covers Windows 8 in a readable and accessible fashion. My decision to install Windows 8 was taken on launch day after I read an on-line review and looked at the Microsoft web site. I therefore had no real knowledge of the product. I read this guide cover to cover and now feel very confident with Windows 8 which is, in many ways, very different from earlier versions of Windows. A section I am particularly impressed with deals with installation from a USB memory stick. I have not seen this mentioned anywhere else and it will be invaluable for installation onto my ultrabook which does not have a DVD drive. My only criticism is that it does appear that publication of the book was rushed. There are a number of spelling and grammatical mistakes that a good sub-editor should have picked up. That said, if you need a guide for Windows 8 this would be a good choice.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're using Windows 8, buy this book. October 28, 2012
By Ross
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Windows 8 is a pretty big switch in UI (user interface) from previous versions of Windows. In turn, this is going to cause a lot of confusion as Windows 8 gains marketshare and is pre-installed on new laptops and PC's.

This book should come pre-installed too. Microsoft needs to chat with these two authors.

Never mind that it teaches you the new "lingo" (Charms Bar, Switcher Hot Corners, etc) - it teaches you how to *use* them. Or disable them. Or customize them. This book teaches you Windows 8, in a straight-forward manner that anyone can follow (lots of pictures!!!).

If you buy Windows 8, save yourself a lot of frustration and buy this book immediately after. You'll thank me :) (well, you'll thank the authors...)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Price and Value in the package November 27, 2012
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Klein has given me 4 techniques in his short presentation that have taken away some of the frustration (and anger) I feel toward W8. That alone was worth the price of the publication. The style of this book is understandable to non-geeks. You don't have to be I.T. to benefit. Good value, buy it.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great web site turns out a great book for Windows 8 October 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been reading the How-To Geek web site for years, and was happy to get my hands on their new book. This book reflects everything that is good about the site... lots of pictures to help you figure out what they are talking about, and it's not snobby like so many computer books are.

This book is enormous. I haven't read every one of the 961 pages yet, but so far it seems like they have covered virtually everything there is to cover about Windows 8.

Chapter 1 is probably the best chapter in the book, just because it's so easy to understand. By the end of the chapter you'll really know how to get around in Windows 8.

Chapters 2 and 3 teach about customizing, which is very useful. The Start Screen can be confusing, but these chapters made it pretty easy.

Chapter 8 explains how to use the new Refresh feature to reinstall Windows without messing up your apps, or System Restore. It is a solid chapter you should read so you know how to fix things when they break.

The 30 Tips chapter at the end of the book is sweet. The tips are useful. You can use Task Manager now to clear out your startup items. Sweet!

The only problem with this book is that because it is so long, some of the chapters at the back of the book are hard to read through. Thankfully all of the important information is at the front of the book, so you don't need to worry about them. It will be reference material if you need it.

Hopefully How-To Geek will come out with a book on Microsoft Excel so I can finally understand how to really use it.
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