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Windows 8.1 For Dummies
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2013
Being computer illiterate and having bought a new computer and forced into Windows 8, I nearly understood "Windows 8 for Dummies". Quickly updated to Windows 8.1 and bought this book - thank goodness! Not only have Windows upgraded their Windows 8, but reinstated obvious omissions and crammed the programme with wonderful additions which I can only enjoy through Andy Rathbone's informative and amusing, step by step instructions for 8.1. Don't know about the "Windows 8.1 for Senior Dummies", but being definitely in that class, this edition will certainly do for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2014
Just what an 80yr old lady needs to work out how her new laptop works. Quite a leap from her 1999 Time Computer's Windows 98 Laptop!
She can now email, add attachments, Open and Save photos, do Group mailing, surf the Net, check the news and weather . . . . most of which are activities she once scorned.
And she has not asked for help from me - I can't help any way as I am still using Vista!
The book is invaluable because she can find things for herself - the information is clear, easy to understand, and, better still, easy to find.
Well worth the money - and it leaves me free to get on with my own activities - editing the Villages' Magazine, writing and researching in my specialism of Liturgy, and composing, using Sibelius.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Let's be clear,Windows 8.1 is not easy to fathom even for those of us who think we are reasonably computer literate.

Being forced to adopt it with a new PC for my daughter, this Dummies guide has proven indispensable as a reference when, all too frequently, we struggled to figure out ' how to' .

Very important to make sure that you buy this for Windows 8.1, not the earlier 8.0 which has its own guide and is different in several important ways.

Overall, highly recommend this for anyone having to face getting familiar with Windows 8.1.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2013
Don't read this all at once. Use it when you've lost a file or when intuition has let you down. Moving straight from XP to 8.1 is scary, but this book is an excellent back up to the help available on line.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2013
I have used this series of books before, but Windows8 (and 8.1) is so different it has taken a lot of learning - and unlearning of well learned techniques. The author advises using the book ad a dictionary and looking up topics as they arise, but I found the index difficult to use and topics were not always listed under the heading I was looking for.
However I generally found it helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2013
It is a very good book, although it was probably written more for laptops than tablets. I already have the book for Windows 8 tablets but I still felt I needed 8.1 - just in case I got stuck.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2014
Used XP since its launch until now (Jan 14). From reading many reviews on Win 8/8.1 I realised I would need a guide as I purchased a new Laptop. This book is a must for anyone switching to Win8/8.1. Lots of info and laid out well in useful Chapters and sections so can be used as reference as well as a general guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2015
The Windows 8 interface is very different to previous versions of Windows and many options are hidden in strange ways. This book explains the options and where they're hidden very well. Plus a number of useful hints and tips. I found it very useful. In retrospect, I would have preferred the printed version rather than the Kindle version as I think it would be easier to scan the printed contents list to find the topic of interest.
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on 23 March 2014
My new laptop uses this operating system. I've worked my way around it now as its quite different to Windows 7, which I think is near to perfection for an operating system that Microsoft can devize for its Windows platform. This guide is a great help that takes you through some of the changes from what you have gotten used to over the years. A lot of it is change for change's sake to justify a new product in my view. Apart from its new Touchscreen facility I would cheerfully revert to W7, but we are where we are so I'm determined to stick it out, and learn to love and appreciate this unwanted visitor.
But when you do get stuck in a trance, wondering what to do next, then this is your essential guide to point out the patently obvious - to Microsoft anyway. Windows 8.1 is here to stay therefore 'Windows 8.1 For Dummies' is essential reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2014
As a confused new user of Windows 8.1 I was seeking more practical advice how to use the laptop, which is sadly lacking for me. I want a DIY book that explains what to press just to replace the simple tasks that I did with Windows XP - is such available?

Kenneth Lang
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