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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118821211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118821213
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've written more than 40 books in the past 10 years, including the "Windows For Dummies" series, "Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies," and "TiVo For Dummies."
Feel free to visit my Web page at www.andyrathbone.com.

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Learn to: Launch apps from the Start screen Send e–mail and link to social media accounts Create music playlists, watch videos, and organize photos Install updates that keep Windows 8.1 working smoothly Just want to make Windows work? Heres what you need to make Windows 8.1 do what you want! This book isnt about making you a Windows guru. Its much less lofty. It tells you how to use the Start screen, snap your most–used apps to the traditional desktop, find missing files and programs, use the built–in security tools, safely surf the web, enjoy music, organize and share photos, and more. Find what you need when you need it! Movin up learn how to get the free upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Starting with Start use the 8.1 Start button, load apps and programs from the Start screen, find the traditional desktop, and navigate folders Its touching Windows 8.1 was made with touchscreen users in mind; see how things work on your touch device Be social integrate your social networks into Windows 8.1 along with e–mail, calendars, and messaging Setting your settings customize your desktop, user accounts, hardware and gadget settings, and more with the two control panels Fun stuff explore all the options for playing music, watching movies, and managing digital photos To the rescue learn to diagnose and treat common Windows glitches with the Windows 8.1 Help system Open the book and find: How to switch between the Start screen and desktop Tips for making the Start screen more user–friendly All about your built–in OneDrive account How to find anything with Windows 8.1s Search feature Steps for downloading and installing Windows 8.1 updates Do–it–yourself maintenance tips Help deciphering error messages Ways to fix things that bug you Find exclusive Windows 8.1 articles, videos, step–by–step examples, and more at www.dummies.com/extras/windows8dot1

About the Author

Andy Rathbone is a top–selling tech author. His Windows For Dummies books have sold millions of copies since the first edition was published in 1992, becoming the bestselling computer books ever. Andy answers readers questions and shares Windows advice at www.andyrathbone.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Granny on 9 Dec 2013
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Being computer illiterate and having bought a new computer and forced into Windows 8, I nearly understood "Windows 8 for Dummies". Quickly updated to Windows 8.1 and bought this book - thank goodness! Not only have Windows upgraded their Windows 8, but reinstated obvious omissions and crammed the programme with wonderful additions which I can only enjoy through Andy Rathbone's informative and amusing, step by step instructions for 8.1. Don't know about the "Windows 8.1 for Senior Dummies", but being definitely in that class, this edition will certainly do for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rfmamuslit on 15 Feb 2014
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Just what an 80yr old lady needs to work out how her new laptop works. Quite a leap from her 1999 Time Computer's Windows 98 Laptop!
She can now email, add attachments, Open and Save photos, do Group mailing, surf the Net, check the news and weather . . . . most of which are activities she once scorned.
And she has not asked for help from me - I can't help any way as I am still using Vista!
The book is invaluable because she can find things for herself - the information is clear, easy to understand, and, better still, easy to find.
Well worth the money - and it leaves me free to get on with my own activities - editing the Villages' Magazine, writing and researching in my specialism of Liturgy, and composing, using Sibelius.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan Swain on 15 Jan 2014
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Used XP since its launch until now (Jan 14). From reading many reviews on Win 8/8.1 I realised I would need a guide as I purchased a new Laptop. This book is a must for anyone switching to Win8/8.1. Lots of info and laid out well in useful Chapters and sections so can be used as reference as well as a general guide.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pleech on 9 Dec 2013
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Don't read this all at once. Use it when you've lost a file or when intuition has let you down. Moving straight from XP to 8.1 is scary, but this book is an excellent back up to the help available on line.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Scrimshaw on 5 Feb 2014
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This simple to understand no nonsense approach is ideal for those of us trying to get to grips with this awful Windows 8. After years of computer use, Microsoft have turned the computing world upside down (in my opinion) with Windows 8 and 8.1. What was needed was a simple to use and understand 'idiot guide' and this book fits the bill. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bugs Bunny on 3 Dec 2013
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It is a very good book, although it was probably written more for laptops than tablets. I already have the book for Windows 8 tablets but I still felt I needed 8.1 - just in case I got stuck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joss on 2 Dec 2013
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I have used this series of books before, but Windows8 (and 8.1) is so different it has taken a lot of learning - and unlearning of well learned techniques. The author advises using the book ad a dictionary and looking up topics as they arise, but I found the index difficult to use and topics were not always listed under the heading I was looking for.
However I generally found it helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheshire Cat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb 2014
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Let's be clear,Windows 8.1 is not easy to fathom even for those of us who think we are reasonably computer literate.

Being forced to adopt it with a new PC for my daughter, this Dummies guide has proven indispensable as a reference when, all too frequently, we struggled to figure out ' how to' .

Very important to make sure that you buy this for Windows 8.1, not the earlier 8.0 which has its own guide and is different in several important ways.

Overall, highly recommend this for anyone having to face getting familiar with Windows 8.1.
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