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Windows 8 Bible

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The first and last word on the feature-packed new Windows 8

Windows 8 is an exciting new version of Microsoft's flagship operating system and it's packed with exciting new features. From the new Windows 82032s lock screen and the new Internet Explorer to a built-in PDF reader and new user interface, Windows 8 is not only a replacement for Windows 7 but a serious OS for today's tablet and touchscreen device users. And what better way to get the very most out of it than with this equally impressive new book from Microsoft experts? Over 900 pages packed with tips, instruction, and techniques help you hit the ground running with Windows 8.

  • Provides complete how-to coverage of Windows 8 in a thoroughly redesigned and revised new Bible from an expert author team

  • Covers all the exciting new Windows 8 features, including the Windows 82032s lock screen, Internet Explorer Immersive, Modern Reader, a new interface, and more

  • Helps new and inexperienced users, as well as those upgrading from Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP

  • Also explores new connections to cloud applications and data, distributed file system replication, and improvements to branch cache

Get the very most out of Windows 8, no matter what device you run it on, with Windows 8 Bible.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Part I: Getting Started, Getting Secure
    1. Chapter 1: What’s New in Windows 8
      1. New Platforms
      2. The Windows 8 Interface
      3. The Windows Store
      4. Cloud Synchronization
      5. Integrated Messaging
      6. Social Networking Integration
      7. File Explorer
      8. Search
      9. Spell Check and AutoCorrect
      10. Enterprise Features
      11. Internet Explorer 10
      12. Client Hyper-V
      13. BitLocker
      14. Smart Cards
      15. Task Management
      16. Proximity and Wi-Fi Direct
      17. Refresh/Reset
      18. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 2: Navigating the Windows 8 Interface
      1. Introducing the Windows 8 Interface
      2. Gestures and Mouse Actions
      3. Using the Start Screen
      4. Using the Charms Bar
      5. Working with Windows 8 Apps
      6. Getting to the Desktop
      7. Using the Taskbar
      8. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 3: Windows 8 on Mobile Devices
      1. Windows 8 Mobile
      2. Wrap-Up
    4. Chapter 4: Getting Around the Windows Desktop
      1. Terminology for Things You Do
      2. Logging In
      3. Windows Start Screen
      4. Using the Windows Desktop
      5. Using Jump Lists
      6. Running Programs and Apps
      7. Closing a Program
      8. Using the Notification Area
      9. Quick Help for Getting Started
      10. Logging Off, Shutting Down
      11. Stuff You Can Do with a Computer
      12. Wrap-Up
    5. Chapter 5: Sharing and Securing with User Accounts
      1. Logging In and Out of User Accounts
      2. Creating Strong Passwords
      3. Picture Passwords
      4. Types of User Accounts
      5. Creating and Managing User Accounts
      6. Deleting User Accounts
      7. Using User Accounts
      8. Creating and Using Password Reset Disks
      9. Running Programs as Administrator
      10. Add the Built-in Administrator Account to the Login Screen
      11. Stop Entering Password on Lockout
      12. Advanced Security Tools
      13. Using Credential Manager
      14. Managing Profile Properties and Environment Variables
      15. Wrap-Up
    6. Chapter 6: Using Windows 8 Family Safety
      1. Before You Get Started
      2. Setting Up Windows 8 Family Safety
      3. Other Online Safety Resources
      4. Wrap-Up
  4. Part II: Security and Updates
    1. Chapter 7: Help, Support, and Troubleshooting
      1. Introducing Help and Support
      2. Help from People
      3. Troubleshooting
      4. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 8: Troubleshooting Startup Problems
      1. The Computer Won’t Start
      2. Computer Takes Too Long to Start
      3. Programs Won’t Start
      4. Wrap-Up
  5. Part III: Personalizing Windows 8
    1. Chapter 9: Protecting Yourself with Windows Firewall
      1. How Firewalls Work
      2. Introducing Action Center
      3. Making Exceptions to Firewall Protection
      4. Advanced Firewall Configuration
      5. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 10: Conquering Malicious Software
      1. Types of Malware
      2. Conquering Viruses and Spyware with Windows Defender
      3. The Malicious Software Removal Tool
      4. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 11: Automatic Updates as Security
      1. Understanding Automatic Updates
      2. Enabling Automatic Updates
      3. Managing Updates
      4. Thwarting Exploits with DEP
      5. Wrap-Up
    4. Chapter 12: Personalizing the Windows 8 Interface
      1. Customizing the Start Screen
      2. Customizing the Lock Screen
      3. Changing Your Account Picture
      4. Wrap-Up
    5. Chapter 13: Personalizing the Desktop
      1. Using the Personalization Page
      2. Personalizing the Keyboard
      3. Creating Custom Shortcut Keys
      4. Customizing the Taskbar
      5. Customizing the Notification Area
      6. Wrap-Up
    6. Chapter 14: Transferring Files from Another Computer
      1. What You Can Transfer
      2. Choosing a Transfer Method
      3. Performing the Transfer
      4. When the Transfer Is Finished
      5. Transferring Without Windows Easy Transfer
      6. Wrap-Up
    7. Chapter 15: Customizing Startup Options
      1. First Things First
      2. Starting Programs Automatically
      3. Using the System Configuration Tool to Control Startup
      4. Services Snap-In
      5. Bypassing the Login Page
      6. Troubleshooting Startup
      7. Wrap-Up
    8. Chapter 16: Troubleshooting Customization Problems
      1. Desktop Problems
      2. Taskbar Problems
      3. Updating Your Display Driver
      4. Regional and Language Settings
      5. Wrap-Up
  6. Part IV: Beyond the Desktop
    1. Chapter 17: Chatting with Windows 8
      1. Understanding Chat and IM
      2. Using the Messaging App for IM
      3. Using Windows Live Messenger
      4. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 18: Windows 8 and Windows Live
      1. Windows Live
      2. Creating a Windows Live Account
      3. Using Windows Live
      4. Saving Files in SkyDrive
      5. Using Office Web Apps
      6. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 19: Social Networking with Windows 8
      1. Using the People App
      2. Wrap-Up
    4. Chapter 20: Using Computers Remotely
      1. Using Remote Assistance
      2. Using the Remote Desktop App
      3. Using Classic Remote Desktop
      4. Wrap-Up
    5. Chapter 21: Managing Names and Addresses
      1. Opening Contacts
      2. Creating Contact Groups
      3. Printing Contacts
      4. Importing and Exporting Contacts
      5. Searching for Contacts
      6. Sharing Contacts on a Network
      7. Wrap-Up
    6. Chapter 22: Working in the Cloud
      1. Understanding the Cloud
      2. Setting Up a SkyDrive Account
      3. Accessing SkyDrive Files
      4. Using SkyDrive for Windows
      5. Using the SkyDrive App
      6. Wrap-Up
  7. Part V: Pictures, Music, and Movies
    1. Chapter 23: Working with Pictures
      1. Getting Pictures into Your Computer
      2. Using Your Pictures Folder
      3. Using Windows Live Photo Gallery
      4. Printing Pictures
      5. Pixels and Megapixels
      6. Pictures, Tags, and Virtual Folders
      7. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 24: Making Music with Media Player
      1. Controlling Sound Volume
      2. Starting Windows Media Player
      3. Listening to a CD
      4. Now Playing, Visualizations, and Enhancements
      5. Ripping (Copying) Music CDs
      6. Getting Music Online
      7. Using the Media Player Library
      8. Making Custom Playlists
      9. Creating Your Own Music CDs
      10. Copying Music to Portable Devices
      11. Fun with skins
      12. Extending Media Player with Plug-ins
      13. Converting File Types
      14. Music, Metadata, and Searches
      15. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 25: Working with Video and Photos
      1. Watching Video Files
      2. Managing Photos with Media Player
      3. More on Playlists
      4. Wrap-Up
    4. Chapter 26: Using Media Center
      1. Before You Begin
      2. Installing Media Center
      3. Starting Media Center
      4. Moving and Sizing Media Center
      5. Media Center Playback Controls
      6. Things You Can Do Without TV
      7. Watching and Recording TV
      8. Personalizing Media Center
      9. Wrap-Up
  8. Part VI: Managing Your Content
    1. Chapter 27: Understanding Drives, Folders, and Files
      1. Understanding Disks and Drives
      2. About Folders
      3. About Files
      4. Using File Explorer
      5. To Click or Double-Click?
      6. Saving Things in Folders
      7. Creating Your Own Folders
      8. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 28: Managing Files and Folders
      1. Selecting Icons
      2. Moving and Copying Files
      3. Renaming Files
      4. Deleting Files
      5. Using the Recycle Bin
      6. Creating and Deleting Shortcuts
      7. Managing Files with DOS Commands
      8. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 29: Searching for Files and Messages on Your Computer
      1. Basics of Searching
      2. How Searching Works
      3. Quick Charms Bar Searches
      4. Searching Folders and Views
      5. Wrap-Up
    4. Chapter 30: Metadata and Power Searches
      1. Working with File Properties
      2. Setting Properties When You Save
      3. Personalizing Searches
      4. Managing the Search Index
      5. Power Searches
      6. Wrap-Up
    5. Chapter 31: Protecting Your Files
      1. Simple File Backups
      2. Using File History
      3. Using System Protection
      4. Using BitLocker Drive Encryption
      5. Wrap-Up
  9. Part VII: Printing, Faxing, and Scanning
    1. Chapter 32: Installing and Managing Printers
      1. Printer Properties Versus Printing Properties
      2. Add a Printer with the Devices Tool
      3. Opening the Devices and Printers Folder
      4. Installing a New Printer
      5. Managing Printer Drivers
      6. Setting Default Printing Preferences
      7. Setting Printer Properties
      8. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 33: Printing Documents and Screenshots
      1. Printing a Document
      2. Printing the Screen
      3. Using Print Preview
      4. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 34: Managing Print Jobs
      1. How Printing Works
      2. Managing Print Jobs
      3. Solving Common Printer Problems
      4. Printing Offline
      5. Creating XPS Documents
      6. Printing From Windows 8 Apps
      7. Wrap-Up
    4. Chapter 35: Faxing and Scanning
      1. What You Need for Fax
      2. Defining Dialing Rules
      3. Setting Up Your Cover Sheets
      4. Sending Faxes
      5. Receiving Faxes
      6. Working with Faxes
      7. Scanning Documents
      8. Wrap-Up
    5. Chapter 36: Troubleshooting Printing and Faxing
      1. Troubleshooting Printing
      2. Troubleshooting Faxing
      3. Printing and Faxing Troubleshooting Resources
      4. Wrap-Up
  10. Part VIII: Installing and Removing Programs
    1. Chapter 37: Adding and Managing Windows 8 Applications
      1. Using the Windows Store
      2. Updating Apps
      3. Removing Apps
      4. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 38: Installing and Upgrading Legacy Programs
      1. Playing It Safe with Program Installations
      2. Updates Versus Upgrades
      3. Installing and Upgrading from a Disk
      4. Common Installation Prompts
      5. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 39: Getting Older Programs to Run
      1. Understanding Program Types
      2. Installing Incompatible Programs
      3. Using the Program Compatibility Wizard
      4. Quick-and-Dirty Program Compatibility
      5. Using DOS Commands in Windows 8
      6. Wrap-Up
    4. Chapter 40: Repairing and Removing Programs
      1. Changing and Repairing Programs
      2. Uninstalling Programs
      3. Turning Windows Features On and Off
      4. Wrap-Up
    5. Chapter 41: Setting Default Programs
      1. Setting Default Programs for Files
      2. Using the Default Programs Page
      3. Wrap-Up
    6. Chapter 42: Managing Programs and Processes
      1. Getting to Know Task Manager
      2. Not Responding? Task Manager to the Rescue
      3. Monitoring Performance with Task Manager
      4. Managing Processes with Task Manager
      5. Wrap-Up
    7. Chapter 43: Troubleshooting Software Problems
      1. Troubleshooting Installation
      2. Troubleshooting Programs
      3. Researching Application Errors
      4. Editing the Registry
      5. Troubleshooting Tips
      6. Wrap-Up
  11. Part IX: Hardware and Performance Tuning
    1. Chapter 44: Installing and Removing Hardware
      1. Hardware, Firmware, and Software Demystified
      2. A Few Words About Device Drivers
      3. Using Hot-Pluggable Devices
      4. Not-So-Hot-Pluggable Devices
      5. Removing Hardware
      6. Updating Drivers
      7. Dealing with Devices that Prevent Windows 8 from Starting
      8. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 45: Using Wireless Bluetooth Devices
      1. The World of Bluetooth
      2. Configuring Your Bluetooth Adapter
      3. Adding Bluetooth-Enabled Devices
      4. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 46: Syncing Devices
      1. Syncing with Network Files
      2. Synchronizing with Other Devices
      3. Wrap-Up
    4. Chapter 47: Performance Tuning Your System
      1. Getting to Know Your System
      2. Maximizing CPU and Memory Resources
      3. Monitoring and Adjusting Performance
      4. Maintaining Your Hard Drive
      5. The Power Settings
      6. Wrap-Up
    5. Chapter 48: Troubleshooting Hardware and Performance
      1. First Aid for Troubleshooting Hardware
      2. Dealing with Error Messages
      3. Performing a Clean Boot
      4. Using the System Recovery Options
      5. Troubleshooting Performance Problems
      6. Wrap-Up
  12. Part X: Networking and Sharing
    1. Chapter 49: Creating a Home Network
      1. What Is a LAN?
      2. Planning a LAN
      3. Creating a Wired LAN
      4. Creating a Wireless LAN
      5. Acquiring and Installing Network Hardware
      6. After the Hardware Setup
      7. Setting Up a Wired Network
      8. Setting Up a Wireless Network
      9. Wrap-Up
    2. Chapter 50: Sharing Resources on a Network
      1. Some Networking Buzzwords
      2. Methods for Sharing in Windows 8
      3. Turn on Sharing and Discovery
      4. Windows 8 Homegroups
      5. Using Public Folders
      6. Advanced Sharing
      7. Identifying Shared Folders
      8. Sharing a Printer
      9. Wrap-Up
    3. Chapter 51: Using Shared Resources
      1. UNC Paths
      2. Accessing Remote Resources
      3. Opening Remote Documents
      4. Saving to a Remote Computer
      5. Downloading Programs to a Network Share
      6. Transferring Files Between Computers
      7. Mapping Drive Letters to Shared Folders
      8. Using a Shared Printer
      9. Using Shared Media
      10. Wrap-Up
    4. Chapter 52: Troubleshooting Networks
      1. Letting Windows Troubleshoot the Network
      2. Manual Troubleshooting
      3. Troubleshooting Network Printer Connections
      4. Use All Available Resources
      5. Wrap-Up
  13. Part XI: Appendixes
    1. Appendix A: Upgrading to Windows 8
    2. Appendix B: Installing Windows 8 on a New System
    3. Appendix C: Universal Shortcut Keys
    4. Appendix D: Windows 8 Touch Gestures
  14. Introduction