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This book should be included with every new W8 PC!
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!