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Windows 8 For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Andy Rathbone
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Book Description

The bestselling tech book of all time, now updated for Windows 8

Microsoft Windows is the operating system that runs nearly 90 percent of the world's computers. Windows 8 will offer new interface updates, cloud-based services, and much more. This update of Andy Rathbone's bestselling Windows guide covers all the basics, plus the enhancements unique to Windows 8. Whether you're meeting Windows for the first time or upgrading from an earlier version, this book shows you how to navigate the interface, work with files, browse the Internet, set up e-mail, manage media, and more.

  • Combined editions of this book, all by Microsoft MVP Andy Rathbone, have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, making Windows For Dummies the #1 bestselling technology book of all time
  • Covers all the basics of using Windows 8--core desktop components, managing files and folders, saving files, using Windows search, printing, and working in the cloud
  • Shows how to get online, set up and use e-mail, use the latest version of Internet Explorer, set up security and virus protection, add music to the media player, organize photos, and edit media
  • Includes coverage on using Windows 8's new start screen on both a desktop computer and a touchscreen device

Windows 8 For Dummies has what all Windows newbies need to know as well as complete coverage of the new version's bells and whistles.

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Guide Type
Tutorial and Video Training
Training Guide and Interactive Course
Web-Based Training Software
Audience Level
Beginner to Intermediate
Beginner to Intermediate
Beginner to Intermediate
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Andy Rathbone
Andy Rathbone
Faithe Wempen
Faithe Wempen
Publication Date
October 2012
October 2012
December 2012
December 2012
For Dummies
For Dummies
For Dummies
For Dummies
Kindle book
Brief Description
Goes over the basics of Windows 8 and helps with the need-to-know skills.
Value-priced bundle including book and a four-hour video training DVD.
Full-color tutorial book plus interactive, eLearning course on CD-ROM.
Code for 6-month access to online eLearning course with interactive lessons including audio and video.

From the Back Cover

Just want to get going with Windows 8? This book was made for you!

Windows 8 looks and acts differently than previous Windows versions. The touch-friendly Start screen and new apps can confuse even the most experienced Windows user. This book helps you master Windows 8 by getting you started using the new interface, finding that missing file, creating a network, using Windows 8 on your tablet, and more.

  • The big changes — tour the Start screen, where you load apps and programs, see where the desktop went, and use the Control Panel to customize Windows 8
  • Touch and go — get acquainted with the many features designed for touchscreen devices
  • Tour the web — use Internet Explorer, set up and use e-mail, access your social networks, and do it all with more security
  • When you have to share — discover how to protect everyone's privacy and how to set up a network
  • The magic of media — play CDs, digital music, and movies, or work with photos transferred from your camera

Open the book and find:

  • Straightforward explanations of unique features
  • Which version of Windows 8 is right for you
  • Tips for touchscreen users
  • Whether you should upgrade to Windows 8
  • Easy, do-it-yourself maintenance tips
  • How to download apps from the Windows Store
  • The easy way to back up your PC
  • Ten things that will drive you crazy and how to fix them

Learn to:

  • Use the Start screen to launch apps
  • Send e-mail and link to social media accounts
  • Create music playlists, watch videos, and organize photos
  • Troubleshoot common problems

Product Details

  • File Size: 4877 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009HBQ994
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
114 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For everyone November 20, 2012
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Long time windows user, and I/S consultant. Never read manuals, just sit down and investigate.
Not with Win8, reality is that you might get stuck somewhere and not know how to exit. Read the first two chapters, then set aside and read only when you need to.

1st two chapters will really get you going.
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132 of 138 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book - even for those who are more nerd or geek November 11, 2012
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I am a Microsoft MCSE, and I bought this book to help figure out the Windows 8 interface that Microsoft has decided to curse the world with. The book explains a lot of the basic stuff that you know, but it is a great kick start to get past the initial hurdle that is the horrid Windows 8 interface. For beginners - it is still at a level that they can get into Windows 8 fairly painlessly. For us nerds and geeks who appreciate the Windows 95 to Windows 7 style interface, this book will help you bridge the gap.
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful December 2, 2012
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This book is wonderful. It has been so helpful to go through every section of the book and follow along on the computer. I have been learning new things each time. Andy has a great sense of humor too and interjects little nuggets of sarcasm! This book is great not only for new Windows 8 users but for anyone who may not understand all there is to learn on a computer. There are so many aspects of a computer that I never knew before. Can only do so much with the one I use at work and have never had a real computer to use at home. I am outlining all of the important points. It is going to be very helpful to refer back to when I am proficient at Windows 8 and need to look something up. So glad I bought this book!
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't live without it December 19, 2012
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Do what I did and get this when you get Windows 8. It's so completely different from any Windows before that you'll need help. And what better place to look for help than the Dummies guides? This book has already saved me tons of frustration, and I haven't even had the computer a full 24 hours yet. Buy it.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Read the Whole Thing December 29, 2012
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I must admit that I am a "Dummies" supporter. Best books to learn something from scratch. I read the whole book and highlighted areas that were relavent and new to me. Found the book felt a bit disjointed. I think it was the insertion of touch screen information that contributed to confusion. While the book does cover many areas of interest and with its instuction I was able to get a feel for Windows 8 ( Another loser for Microsoft ). The illustrations are black & white and not very clear. Coverage is from basic windows operations ( things you learned years ago ) to touchscreen actions. Incidently I don't recommend trying to learn Windows 8 and how to use a touchpad at the same time ( very disconcerting ). Basicly this book took in to large an area; Basic windows, Windows 8 & Touchscreen. Recommend another choice.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A necessary purchase November 23, 2012
By Garyba
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This book and DVD have been invaluable as I navigate through Windows 8 Pro.. As has been written, Windows 8 is a different animal and takes some getting used to. However, I have found it interesting to find some of the hidden features. Windows 8 was not as hard to navigate as I thought it would be, thanks to the book and DVD.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Does Microsoft Hate Us So??? December 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
So, my new computer is preloaded with the evil alien Windows 8 and it is one big fat pain in my Irish ASS!!!! Microsoft, why, why do you hate us all so very much? We buy your products, good or bad, in lockstep. We even wait in the rain for your silly phones to come out, we are LOYAL to you, and you slap our motherlovin' faces with the likes of Windows 8? Thank God above for the Windows for Dummies series, thank God. With the books we have a remote chance of comprehending this nonsensical bulls***!! I wish I could slap the face of whoever developed this torture device, and I wish I could kiss the writer of the Dummies book. Microsoft, Karma is real, and its a big fat BITCH!!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EASY TO USE & SHOWS GREAT IDEAS. December 3, 2012
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Great easy to use. A must for anyone going from Win 7 or Vista to Win 8.
Makes Win 8 understandable. I have been a windows user since 3.0 & I know that without this book making things simple, a user of Win 8 would have a big problem.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good reference
Published 1 day ago by Ronald Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to read & understand to navigate through Windows 8.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Most of these Dummy books are great for simplicity
Bought for my husband who thought he had to have it to learn Windows 8. Guess it helped him. Most of these Dummy books are great for simplicity.
Published 21 days ago by Stella Rosenthal
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand.
I really like "for DUMMIES" Easy to understand.
Published 22 days ago by Teresa
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
Nice book, it keeps me updated about Windows 8's features and functions.
Published 28 days ago by Tillman J
4.0 out of 5 stars When I went from 7 to 8 I really needed ...
When I went from 7 to 8 I really needed this and all dummies books are well worth the price
Published 28 days ago by Sherrie R Strachan
4.0 out of 5 stars Dummy up, admit it and its the first step to learning.
I have a small library of books for dummies and they keep me from looking bad.
Published 1 month ago by Virgil D. Gosch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by marilyn
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the book and find it informative
I like the book and find it informative. I strongly suggest if you have Windows 8 to keep this
book handy. It explains quite a number of things.
Published 2 months ago by Angeline Glatthorn
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More About the Author

Born in San Diego, California, Andy Rathbone began writing for newspapers in the early 80s. He started freelancing articles to computer magazines soon after, then began writing the "Windows For Dummies" series in 1992. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages worldwide.

He's since written more than 50 books, with more than 15 million copies in print. His latest books include Windows 8.1 For Dummies, Surface For Dummies, and Windows 8 Tablets For Dummies.

He's currently writing Windows 10 For Dummies about Microsoft's latest operating system, due this summer.

Mr. Rathbone answers a reader's question each week at his website:

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