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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (12 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118120280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118120286
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Take control of Windows 8 with these friendly, plain–English instructions

Some days, it feels like every device in your home is smarter than you are. Here′s how to take back the power! This easy–to–follow guide helps you master Windows 8 so you can use your computer for both practical tasks and entertaining experiences. This book is not a course in technology; it′s more like having a friend show you just what you need to know.

  • Start here use the Start screen and apps, switch between apps, and adjust the settings
  • Have it your way see how to perform the same tasks with your keyboard, touchscreen, or mouse
  • The world of the web browse with Internet Explorer, search for information on just about anything, and learn to stay safe
  • Socialize connect to social networks, chat via the Messaging app, keep important dates on your online calendar, and set up your e–mail
  • Do fun stuff play music, watch videos, and copy photos from your digital camera to edit, share, and print

Open the book and find:

  • Steps for setting up user accounts
  • Tips on creating and changing passwords
  • What you need to know about the new Windows 8 apps
  • How to check for updates
  • Fun ways to share photos
  • Ways to locate a misplaced file
  • Help installing printers and other devices
  • What to do when things go wrong

Learn to:

  • Use the Start screen, customize the desktop, and set up a simple network
  • Connect with family and friends via e–mail and social networks
  • Work with apps
  • Protect your data, your computer, and your identity

About the Author

Mark Justice Hinton maintains a tech–help blog at www.mjhinton.com/help. His expertise ranges from Windows to photography to HTML, and he teaches classes on a variety of technology topics. Mark is also the author of Windows 7 For Seniors For Dummies.


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I bought this book to accompany the purchase of a Windows 8 laptop by my father in law. he loves it and refers to it all of the time. Windows 8 is so different from other operating systems and so you really do need guidance to do the most basic things. Does the job!
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Having changed from XP to windows 8 I was completely baffled at first and I still find windows 8 extremely irritating - certainly not my medium of choice - but this book is reasonably simply written so that I can get to most of the things I need. It's good to have it there for reference for new applications. With hindsight and a bit more confidence I could probably have managed without but it's got me there a bit more quickly than playing around would. Easy to find on basic information
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Wiley is one of a few technical publishers to recognise the older reader as a separate entity. The so-called 'silver surfers', I am now retired but not yet physically silver, have become an increasingly important and relevant segment of computer buyers and users although not necessarily definitive as one of the 'Seniors' of the series titles. Their usage of a computer may be quite different than that of a typical younger user and may not include the social web sites, music sites and several others but concentrate more on communicating with distant family members, and other things of greater relevance to them. Although there are a relative few titles within the sub-series, there could usefully be more.

Although this book has a wholly different author than the more mainstream 'Windows 8 for Dummies' book, it is both similar and different at the one time.

Windows 8 has seen several changes to its approach, interface and content that together make it a rather different product than Windows 7 or any other precedent. In the main, moving from one version to another previously did not always entail a major relearning of the product. Windows 8 has changed that and there are sufficient differences not only to confuse the older user but also many of the younger, too. This book makes it its purpose to clarify and explain those changes.

Although the book is aimed at the 'older' reader, it could suit anyone over 35 years of age or any who find other titles a little too complex. It is an introduction and not a complete and comprehensive reference book that covers absolutely everything and all of them in total detail, nor is it intended to be or suggested as being. It will certainly serve as a first choice title but something else will be needed should needs later develop.

Recommended as an easy-to-use introduction to Windows 8.
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Windows 8 is a mystery to most people if you are not used to tablets and smart phones. This book has saved my sanity and I am learning more each time I use it, it is written in easy to understand English - not technical jargon! Should be offered to all those buying Windows 8 laptops etc to help them get started.
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A great help although it does assume that the reader is tech savvy and a lot of the book is aimed at the touch screen user.
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Being a seventy-old pensioner, this book is ideal, plenty of pictures and it is written in simple English. Having recently purchased a new Windows 8 laptop, I need all the help possible, to find my around the new format. The content is very good and full of minute details. Having had it for only a short time, it has been of great help. Examining Amazon for helpful books on the subject, I consider this to be the BEST BUY.
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At 68 I suppose I would be considered a senior my old computer was also suffering from old age so I was faced with the prospect of not only using a laptop for the first time ever but also using windows 8 .Windows8 me 68 the thought scared me so I downloaded this book to my kindle bought a laptop and off I went . Three weeks later I can say I definitely like windows 8 and am very confident with it I would add that I first learned to use a computer with PC for Dummies almost 10 years ago
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Being an old codger and having just acquired a new computer with Windows 8 was a bit daunting to say the least. but this book is a good guide and can help even a novice like myself. A worthwhile purchase, recommended.
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