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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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Starting Windows 8

After you poke your computer’s power switch, Windows 8 begins pulling itself up by its own bootstraps. This booting process takes a few minutes on most machines, so this is an excellent time to grab a cup of coffee or tea and review your copy of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.

DEFINITION
The idea of Windows pulling itself up by its own bootstraps is actually a pretty good way to describe the process of Windows starting itself. In fact, it’s the source of the verb boot, which means to start a computer.

After your machine has churned through a few behind-the-scenes and (happily) ignorable chores, you end up staring at a pretty ...

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