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Windows 8 For Dummies [Paperback]

Andy Rathbone
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14 Sep 2012 For Dummies
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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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (14 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118134613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118134610
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,499 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."
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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

About the Author

Andy Rathbone is an expert on PC operation and repair, home theater and entertainment technologies, and tablet computing. In addition to all editions of Windows For Dummies, he is the author of Upgrading & Fixing Computers Do-It-Yourself For Dummies and Motorola XOOM For Dummies.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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I think one or two of the reviewers of this book/dvd combination have mistakenly vented their feelings about the operating system itself and not this excellent 'idiots' guide! In fact you don't need to be a 'dummy' or an 'idiot' to benefit from this book. I've been using windows based PC's for over 25 years and I have to say this most recent Windows operating system is the least intuitive of all of them. However, this well written and quite humorous manual is essential if you are to master some of the baffling aspects of W8. You will learn how to re-instate the 'Start' button, how to download a free application to enable you to play a DVD (oddly Windows 8 does not come with any built in DVD playback software) as well as the various options when it comes to setting up user accounts. I am sure if Microsoft had employed the author, Andy Rathbone (he's written many other 'Dummies' books) to assist with the development of the operating system itself, then Windows 8 would not have come in for so much criticism and negative publicity.
It's hard to imagine any other consumer product that needs so much setting up, installing, registering, configuring etc all before you can do anything with it! Thankfully there are people like Andy Rathbone who can make sense of it and present it in an interesting, useful and entertaining way. Highly recommended for beginners and experts alike. Every new computer should include a copy of this terrific book/dvd package!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Intro plus DVD tutorials 25 Jan 2013
I have never thought twice about considering, and often buying, a 'For Dummies' title, whatever the subject and this is not an exception. With a smaller page count than some of its companion titles, it is an easier book to read and to use than others. Although it compares reasonably well in its coverage and level to another Wiley title, Teach Yourself Visually Windows 8 (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech)), which is actually more expensive, it is more detailed as it avoids the space-consuming, illustration rich, approach of the 'Visually' series as well as having about 25% more pages.

Although not difficult to read, it does require a more attentive use as it is, by its very nature, more wordy. That will be an advantage to many as a more detailed explanation of its various topics becomes immediately possible. There is another version but excluding the DVD at the same or a similar price. This may be a better choice for some.

Containing 23 chapters including the usually final one, but penultimate one in this instance, namely '10 Things You'll Hate About...', its coverage is more complete than some alternatives and includes no fewer than five chapters dealing with the new Desktop, three that deal with programs, files and Apps, three more about media, and then several more about the Internet, sharing and maintenance and its last is especially for those with fully capable Touch Screen computers and very welcome as it an area of increasing relevance but often overlooked. Although, by their nature and content, the contents of any one chapter may refer to something elsewhere in the book it does so not to confuse but to explain the probable usage.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars perfect for windows 8 system 2 Jan 2013
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Having brought a new laptop with windows 8 and needed to know how to even begin operating it being that it was so different to my previous systems found both the book and the disc very user friendly perfect for getting me started and some way to understanding this totally new operating system
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confused 28 Jan 2013
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Having just purchased a new computer with Windows8 installed I was confused and frustrated. I spent to time on forums and google before deciding on this book. As soon as I started using it Windows 8 became easier and the frustration subsided. You can dive in and out of the book easily to solve most problems.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 Dummy 27 Dec 2012
By A.J.
I was given this book and DVD as a Christmas present. Getting on well with the book, so decided to load the DVD into my PC and have a look at that as well. Guess what? It won't play in my drive. Why? Because Microsoft has discontinued support for DVD's with W8.
Rather ironic when the DVD says "shows you step by step how to use every new feature of Windows 8" But only if you play it on a PC running Windows 7 ??
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 4 Dec 2012
By Flux22
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Andy Rathbone hits the target again with this book and DVD combination. Everything in the book is laid out and progressed in an eminently readable way. The DVD is comprehensive and can be viewed in small bites. One minor niggle is the annoying [to me] audio 'marker'at the beginning or end of each segment. However, this can be minimised with judicious use of the remote volume on/off button.
I am still in the process of reading and viewing the book and the DVD before I get around to installing Windows 8 in my desktop pc. I am always rather reluctant to change to a new operating system, but I feel confident that this book and DVD will make the process easier.
Very good value - a terrific bargain.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The answer to Windows eight changes. 3 Jan 2013
By René
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The change from Windows seven to Windows eight is scary. Windows eight for dummies is the answer to most of the changes. It certainly helps to have the book in front of the screen so that you can follow instructions easily.
I would recommend this book.
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