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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes...this IS the manual that should have shipped with the software..., 26 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Windows 8: The Missing Manual (Kindle Edition)
The Missing Manual series might be the standard-bearer for providing beleaguered technology consumers with the comprehensive user guides needed to stay afloat in feature-dense products. The operating system is arguably the place where those consumers deserve the most assistance, and also the place we are often left to our own devices to figure out.

David Pogue has delivered again with "Windows 8: The Missing Manual". A copy of this book (in print or on a Kindle) will help make your long-term relationship with Windows 8 (whether voluntary or forced) a better one.

The book's 28 chapters are presented in seven broad topical categories to help demystify Windows 8:
(1) Tile World (addresses the Metro interface in detail)
(2) Windows Desktop
(3) Windows Online
(4) Pictures and Music
(5) Hardware and peripherals
(6) PC Health
(7) The Windows Network
(8) Appendices (including an excellent one on installation paths; perhaps simpler under Windows Eight, but one that lets you know exactly what you features you might sacrifice depending on your choices). Also of note is the final appendix, a master list of of gestures (mouse and touch-screen driven) and keyboard shortcuts.

In addition to the contents of the book, it has an online companion "missing CD-ROM" site that includes links to freeware and shareware mentioned in the book.

Although sometimes David Pogue can get a little too breezy in trying to address the obvious annoyances of Windows 8, his overall effort in this book effectively addresses the needs of both power users and novices.

This is one of a small handful of "must have" Windows 8 references on my shelf.
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