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Windows 8 For Dummies
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2013
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
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. There is no clear reference to Touch Gestures or an obvious attempt to explain what they are and how to use them, and that is one major criticism. A Glossary is also omitted but they are not normally part of any 'For Dummies' book, at least not with any I have seen.

If you have ever read or bought any other 'For Dummies' book you will know broadly what to expect. The authors are always knowledgeable and able to write well and to impart their knowledge and experience to readers. The book will not disappoint, whether you opt for the 'plain vanilla' version or this. The DVD contains approximately 4 hours worth of tutorials, plus other materials, and that content may be used separately to the book, in conjunction with it, or once or more as you wish or need.

It deserves a place on your 'to consider or buy' list, although more advanced users may ultimately look to another title to expand their knowledge at a later date.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2013
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2013
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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2012
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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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2012
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2013
Having bought a netbook with Windows 8 installed I bought this book and found it extremely helpful and it has got me started on Windows 8 which is completely different from the other Windows. I haven't finished using it as I know I can look at it again and again if I have a problem with it or simply need a reminder. I have used various 'Dummies' books to get me started on computers many years ago. I would thoroughly recommend it especially to the older generation who might be not as computer literate as their children.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2013
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2012
SIMPLY A MUST IF YOUR NOT A NERD AND YOU ANT TO UPGRADE TO 8. VERY INFORMATIVE AS ALL THE DUMMY BOOKS ARE. GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2013
I would recommend this book as a crucial buy to anyone considering, or already got a Windows 8 PC/Laptop!

It proved it's worth within 10 mins of being delivered!

An excellent buy, and buy far the best decision I've made in a long time! x
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