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Windows 8: The Missing Manual
 
 

Windows 8: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

David Pogue
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With Windows 8, Microsoft completely reimagined the graphical user interface for its operating system, and designed it to run on tablets as well as PCs. It’s a big change that calls for a trustworthy guide—Windows 8: The Missing Manual. New York Times columnist David Pogue provides technical insight, lots of wit, and hardnosed objectivity to help you hit the ground running with Microsoft’s new OS.

This jargon-free book explains Windows 8 features so clearly—revealing which work well and which don’t—that it should have been in the box in the first place.

About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23284 KB
  • Print Length: 930 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (27 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BMDF45U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column and an online video. His daily blog, "Pogue's Posts," is the Times's most popular blog. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News and a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His trademark comic tech videos appear each Thursday morning on CNBC. With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 60 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book 22 April 2013
By Dave B
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having bought a new laptop with Windows 8 installed, I was faced with the problem encountered by many in that the operating system is completely different to anything I had used before.
This book is a brilliant reference manual and appears to cover everything it's necessary to know about operating Windows 8.
It is a very comprehensive manual running to some 900 pages and can be dipped into to solve any problem encountered.
Thoroughly recommended
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential purchase - for me 29 Jun 2013
By Jon
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Quite simply, without this book I would have probably abandoned W8 and gone back to my W7 "comfort zone".
in their wisdom, Microsoft have decided to provide NO documentation to get people started. It may be intuitive to some, but not to me, "The Missing Manual" was an essential purchase for me.

it has enough information to get a complete beginner started and in part 2 the tekkie bits which allow a more experienced person to make the most of the new OS. I chose the e-book version, but if you like to use a highlighter pen to mark sections, I suggest getting the paper version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference 21 May 2013
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Delivery etc all good. A large book also useful for stunning muggers. The shear size of the book shows you the changes that come with Win8. I have only used for reference purposes so far.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Missing Manual series might be the standard-bearer for providing beleaguered technology consumers with the comprehensive user guides needed to stay afloat in feature-dense products. The operating system is arguably the place where those consumers deserve the most assistance, and also the place we are often left to our own devices to figure out.

David Pogue has delivered again with "Windows 8: The Missing Manual". A copy of this book (in print or on a Kindle) will help make your long-term relationship with Windows 8 (whether voluntary or forced) a better one.

The book's 28 chapters are presented in seven broad topical categories to help demystify Windows 8:
(1) Tile World (addresses the Metro interface in detail)
(2) Windows Desktop
(3) Windows Online
(4) Pictures and Music
(5) Hardware and peripherals
(6) PC Health
(7) The Windows Network
(8) Appendices (including an excellent one on installation paths; perhaps simpler under Windows Eight, but one that lets you know exactly what you features you might sacrifice depending on your choices). Also of note is the final appendix, a master list of of gestures (mouse and touch-screen driven) and keyboard shortcuts.

In addition to the contents of the book, it has an online companion "missing CD-ROM" site that includes links to freeware and shareware mentioned in the book.

Although sometimes David Pogue can get a little too breezy in trying to address the obvious annoyances of Windows 8, his overall effort in this book effectively addresses the needs of both power users and novices.

This is one of a small handful of "must have" Windows 8 references on my shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 5 Sep 2013
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I found this book a tremendous help as a 'dip-in' reference. I did not enjoy using Windows 8 at all initially (and still prefer Windows 7) but this book was a life saver and I would recommend it to anyone who is experiencing a 'painful' transition to Windows 8 from an earlier version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 2 Aug 2013
By DBWM
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What Windows 8 should provide...but of course does not. Comprehensive coverage, but not too technical - about the right balance. If I did not have this book, I would be re-formatting my hard disk and re-installing Windows 7! Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New computer. How to use. 28 July 2013
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Excellent book. Index very good. Something missed will be hard to find.
Another thick tome from library did not compare.

R Langley Potters Bar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. P. Harvey TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have lost track of how many of the 'missing manual' books I possess. 'Windows 8 - the missing manual' is my latest acquisition because I needed a reliable reference for my new Windows 8 based PC. Microsoft publications tend to be more expensive and offer little more detail for the money. The Missing Manual series do frequently provide background information not found in any other publication and being technically-minded I am drawn to this type of book.

Until a few weeks ago I had not used a Windows PC for several years. I am a Macintosh man: 1985 to present. My previous PC was Windows XP-based, which I also used professionally for many years. I have never used Vista or Windows 7 (W7) so I was expecting a steep learning curve and I needed access to information quickly that was both accurate and not too technical, hence my purchase of W8 - the missing manual.

This is a large book, about 2-inches thick, which I use regularly as a reference. It's distinctive green cover means I can spot it anywhere and it is not the kind of book to lose. I have other W8 books but this is 'the' reference and certainly the most authoritative.

Books can be very expensive and choosing the best value-for-money publications is important, not least because operating systems are frequently upgraded. I have already placed an order for W8.1 - the missing manual, which hopefully will be a slimmer volume to complement my latest acquisition.

Surprisingly my Apple MacOS bias has not been a hindrance towards learning W8, which I have found more intuitive than previous Windows operating systems.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it is easy to read
I have had the missing manual for windows xp and found it excellent so my expectation of this manual is high,. Read more
Published 4 months ago by nigel
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential guide
This book is heavy reading but does seem to cover everything you might want to know about windows 8. More of a reference book when you get stuck rather than a straightforward read
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars newbies
got this book to understand w/8 as hve w/7 this has given me confidence to start using it. recommend it for anyone like myself not too keen on upgrading to w/8 easy to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ladygolfer
5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful reference
I consider myself to be tech savvy but without this book I'd have been lost. With it I quickly came to LOVE Windows 8. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lindsay
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I needed some help making the jump from XP to Windows 8 and this has really helped. Lots of practucal advice and detail. A very good refrerence book.
Published 8 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 explained
Looked for a good book to assist with the required new knowledge. Bought this one as a hardcopy. Very informative.
Published 8 months ago by Jon the Dap
4.0 out of 5 stars The Curates Egg
Good in parts. Those parts I have needed so far have not been particularly helpful but did sort of point in the right direction. Some parts may be a little out of date. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not DOS!
Still struggling with Windows 8 this book has helped to understand the mysteries of Metro v Window XP, 7 & Android. Clear explanations, hints examples. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anendtune
4.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8: The Missing Manual
I'm not sure if it's the missing manual (except for the fact that Windows 8 comes with very poor help built-in! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased
Certainly appears to be a very comprehensive manual. Is much more user friendly than many other manuals \I have had in the past. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sheila Denise Stead/
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