on 14 January 2013
Having taken up Microsoft's low cost upgrade to Windows 8, I wanted an in depth book to help me tame the new features. Unfortunately this book is not as in depth as the Inside Out books for previous Windows versions (the Vista Inside Out I have is nearly twice the number of pages, and far more detailed). This book would be suitable for a Windows 8 beginner level. For a more in depth view, of the books available in Jan 2013 for "intermediate-advanced" users like me I have found Que's "Windows In Depth" by Knittel and McFedries to be more useful.
This book is well - bound and has really good quality paper for a paperback. Again the paper has b&w texts and pictures with a good font size that's easy to read with spectacles.
There are 6 major sections within this book. 'Getting Started', 'File Management', 'Music, Videos, TV and Movies', 'Security and Privacy', 'Networking', 'Maintaining, tuning and troubleshooting'.
* Getting Started
This is fleetingly described with what's new with the interfaces, and built-in apps at a level that is fairly described for those not so sure about what's here and there in any windows. Then a handy list of online videos (page xxi and xxii, chapter 1 - 27), is shown. This book starts where some other books terminate, such as searching with tiles, language packs and accessibility. Later the typical operations in the purchase and installation of 'Windows 8 Pro' itself, the required hardware to make it worth running. Some as the common features such as searching, printing, updates, live tiles and the built in tiles such as music calendar and weather. The style is active hands - on, but most of the great stuff must have 'Win 8 Pro'; even going into dual - booting.
The later chapters is buying, installing and upgrading and migrating to Windows 8 Pro and is designed to make this both painless and secure. Then the later titivating of windows to change the settings and to personalize 'Windows 8 Pro' itself. The later work is easier as it covers installation of 'Windows 8 Pro' applications and their removal when not required. Later parts cover improving 'Windows 8 Pro' for those who are limited by disability; such as needing bigger or magnified text, higher contrasts font and applications, the service of a much - improved 'Narrator', and those who cannot use both keyboard and mouse together.
* File Management
This is really helpful to read as it recommended that downloads are stored in folder 'download's as this helps finding and installation of application's. The vital area of both backing - up and restoring files is examined. I have found this areas in the book proved very helpful and I enjoyed this. It covers hard disks, USB flash drives, restoring a system when windows falls over, and so on. The other useful areas when using and searching for applications and file names with tiles. Even areas such as storing files to the cloud whilst using tiles 'SkyDrive' and 'Bitlocker' is usefully explored.
* Music, videos, TV and Movies
The usage of media to store music, ripping CD's, watching vids, printing photos, importing and exporting media files and even working with RAW files proved very useful. And I latched onto these quickly as I found its clearly explained. File management with 'Skydrive' was a good doubling - up of knowledge! Its edged to show a media theater pc component's such as processor, case, memory and storage, sound cards and so on would be helpful to build a system at the moment as its cutting edge of new domestic computers. Later areas cover Music and watching streamed TV and movies and ripping to media. The bits about editing movies made by yourself is bit too thin to be really helpful to me, maybe its my problem?
* Security and Privacy
The vital areas of computer security is covered too lightly to my mind. Its covered by examination of logon security, best practice passwords, managing other accounts and family safety. The great bits cover malware protection, 'Smartscreen' and other I.E 10 setting's. Other areas covering privacy is straightforward and covers uninstallation of applications such as 'Windows 8 Pro', issues with FREE defender antimalware and firewall, and how useful is system restore. What is a big surprise is 'VM' such as 'Hyper - V' and this proved really new to me as its the most informative to me as its totally new to me!
This is a bit light weight to cover what it covers; but it is up - to - date at this time. Its covering wired / wireless / networks/ encryption / Ethernet / Bluetooth and mobile networks! And to come to the edge it covers troubleshooting of all the above. Latterly the sharing of files and printing.
* Maintaining, tuning, and Troubleshooting
This is for maintaining computers on a network with all hardware and software updates to keep the network running. The importance of backups, and covers installation of applications and there removal if required. The importance of disk integrity and utilities is explained. This covers how to avoid clogging the boot sequence with too many starting applications and how to limit and remove them. And comes to an end with extra tips pertaining to pre - failure tests within system drives that can be applied to indicate any problems that may be coming and developing.
The book is a up - to -date compendium of useful knowledge with a new computer. I had a similar book 'Inside Out of Windows XP' and it proved to be a great tome. This is of the same caliber and I am VERY glad to have bought it.
on 24 April 2013
Good EBook, but if you’re computer savvy it’s still useful, it has all of the relevant information in a good chronological format. Unfortunately, usual American spelling and terminology that detracts from the enjoyment of reading it. I your selling to an international market, you should adhere to their language, spelling and grammar.
I recommend it to anyone moving from Windows 7 to 8.
My dislikes: American spelling, terminology and the simplistic diagrams where Photographs would provide a more professional feel. Also, as they have produced this as an EBook video content could have been added. I realise this would mean more work, but the author and publisher could have made this into a great book if they took the time to enhance the EBook aspects and not just be happy converting it. I’m positive others will disagree, but these are my thoughts.
on 17 March 2013
like said this book understands me!!!
i am someone that has already al lot of experinece with windows operating systems given the fact i have windows 95, 98, xp, vista, windows 7 installend on about 5 computers or so but wndows 8 is all new ballgame...!
and a whole new ballgame that comes with all new set of both rules and posibilities!!!
and without the right guide you just can't really play hat all new ballgame...!
this is that right guide and wil provide you with the best information to come out on top as a winner!
so defintly something i recomand to buy when using windows 8 whether you are seasend pro like me or someone fresh to the whole thing with computers!!