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Windows 8.1 Step by Step 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0735681309
ISBN-10: 0735681309
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This is a large book (larger than its predecessor) but it is packed with useful information. It is a worthy addition to the Step By Step series, which has always had a well deserved reputation for delivering exactly what it promises. Anyone who wants to get up to speed quickly with Windows 8.1 should find this to be just what they needed. When upgrading to Windows 8.1 or buying a new device with Windows 8.1, keep this book in front of you.

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About the Author

Ciprian Rusen is a technology aficionado who creates tutorials on his blog for Windows users and helps them get the best possible computing experience. He is the coauthor of Windows 8 Step by Step and Network Your Computers and Devices Step by Step, which covered Windows 7.

Joli Ballew is a Microsoft MVP (Windows Expert-Consumer), MCSE, MCTS (Project 2007 and Windows 7 Configuring), and MCDST. She is a professional writer, technology trainer, and network consultant. She has written or co-authored nearly 40 books, including Windows 8 Step by Step.

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Product Details

  • Series: Step by Step
  • Paperback: 810 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735681309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735681309
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read the review that said the person was frustrated at not being able to find something in the book. I don't think it is fair to criticize a whole book because one thing wasn't in the index in the way the reader expected.The print edition comes with a free companion ebook that is fully searchable, so all it takes is a download and a look to find any given term. Or if you don't want to do that, use Amazon's "look inside the book" feature to find what you want (I have done that many times).

I found this to be a well written, thoroughly illustrated guide to Windows 8.1. My only (small) criticism of it is that I think at this time most people will be coming to Win8.1 as an upgrade from Win8 rather than looking at it on a brand new computer, and the instructions for upgrading, while extremely useful, were relegated to the back of the book. That's just a personal quibble and doesn't reduce my overall opinion of the book at all.

The authors clearly know what they're talking about, and their approach to Win8.1 makes sense.The differences between Win8 and Win8.1 are carefully explained, and the authors tell it like it is.

All the Step By Step books I've read have lived up to their names, taking the reader from the simple to the complex in easy increments. This book would be incredibly useful for someone facing Win8.1 for the first time (and for Windows 8, there is the previous edition of this book which is equally good).
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When my Dad (82) bought his new laptop he was so confused on the where everything was and why is it different. SO, I got him the Windows 8.1 Step by Step. It has helped him tremendously navigating thru “new” Windows. I don’t get as many daily phone calls, “What am I looking at?” “Where is this?”

He explained this Step by Step book has been easy for him to understand and follow. It has lived up to it’s name and has kept peace in our family. It’s a great introduction for anyone.
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I've had this book for some time now. I purchased a laptop back last November with Windows 8 on it. I did not like Win 8 at all, at first. So I cheated and got one of those "looks like Win 7" desktops. But then I did upgrade to Windows 8.1 as soon as it was released and decided I'd learn the operating system because that's (probably) the future. The text helped me a lot. It IS easy to follow. You've just got to be patient. I just finished building my 2014 gaming PC (I've been a PC gamer since the late 80s and build a new one every year) and I bought Windows 8.1 Professional for my operating system. I feel comfortable with 8.1 now and you will too after spending the 80 to 100 hands-on hours on the keyboard and mouse over a period of months to get really comfortable with it, as I did! The Step by Step book is great; the time spent to learn Windows 8.1 isn't, but it's necessary, like taking medicine that you know is good for you, but you don't like the taste. Have fun, heh, heh.
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Wish I didn't need it, but Bill Gates keeps finding ways to make us buy stuff like this. Does what it says. No color pics and rather textbook-like,but it a fine reference book for those times when you just want to throw your Win 8.1 machine out the window.
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So far, I like this format. I'm trying to follow along with my Win 8.1 laptop along side the Kindle Windows 8.1 Step by Step book. It feels comfortable and not over my head..........easy to understand.
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In depth discourse on Windows 8.1 Things you need to know and things that you might never come across unless you're a techie
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I was highly skeptical about Windows 8.1 I got this book before the new computer. It told me exactly what I needed to know. I'm not a gamer or much of an app user so a lot of the book did not apply to me. But I recommend it as a good comprehensive tutorial of Windows 8.1 for anyone going to the new operating system. If you have XP consider upgrading as it will not be supported by Microsoft after April 2014.
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Got this book for help with my wife's new laptop loaded with Windows 8. Many complaints found about this version of Windows but this book clarified many issues and my wife relies on it daily plus Windows 8 is working fine for her.
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