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Windows 8 Secrets

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Tips, tricks, treats, and secrets revealed on Windows 8

Microsoft is introducing a major new release of its Windows operating system, Windows 8, and what better way for you to learn all the ins and outs than from two internationally recognized Windows experts and Microsoft insiders, authors Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera? They cut through the hype to get at useful information you'll not find anywhere else, including what role this new OS plays in a mobile and tablet world.

Regardless of your level of knowledge, you'll discover little-known facts about how things work, what's new and different, and how you can modify Windows 8 to meet what you need.

Windows 8 Secrets is your insider's guide to:

  • Choosing Windows 8 Versions, PCs and Devices, and Hardware

  • Installing and Upgrading to Windows

  • The New User Experience

  • The Windows Desktop

  • Personalizing Windows

  • Windows Store: Finding, Acquiring, and Managing Your Apps

  • Browsing the Web with Internet Explore

  • Windows 8's Productivity Apps

  • Windows 8's Photo and Entertainment Apps

  • Xbox Games with Windows 8

  • Windows 8 Storage, Backup, and Recovery

  • Accounts and Security

  • Networking and Connectivity

  • Windows 8 for Your Business

  • Windows Key Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8 Secrets is the ultimate insider's guide to Microsoft's most exciting Windows version in years.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Chapter 1: Choosing Windows 8 Versions, PCs and Devices, and Hardware
    1. Picking a Windows 8 Product Edition
    2. Picking a Windows 8 PC or Tablet
    3. Summary
  4. Chapter 2: Installing and Upgrading to Windows 8
    1. That Was Then, This Is Now: How Setup Has Changed
    2. Using the Windows 8 Web Installer
    3. Advanced Setup: Using the Old-School Installer
    4. Post-Setup: Now What?
    5. Advanced Windows 8 Setup Configurations
    6. Summary
  5. Chapter 3: Metro: The New User Experience
    1. Times They Are A-Changin’: The New Windows Shell
    2. Lock Screen: A New Way to Sign In
    3. Start Screen: A New User Experience for Modern Apps
    4. Using the System-Wide Metro User Experiences
    5. Summary
  6. Chapter 4: (Still) Alive and Kicking: The Windows Desktop
    1. What’s New on the Windows Desktop?
    2. Where New Meets Old: Metro Features You Get in the Desktop, Too
    3. Managing Files and Folders
    4. Managing Classic Windows Applications
    5. To the Cloud: Using the SkyDrive Desktop App
    6. Summary
  7. Chapter 5: Make It Yours: Personalizing Windows 8
    1. Customizing Metro
    2. Customizing Settings and Settings Sync
    3. Customizing the Desktop
    4. Power User Customization Tips and Tricks
    5. Summary
  8. Chapter 6: Windows Store: Finding, Acquiring, and Managing Your Apps
    1. What Is an App Store . . . and Why Does Windows 8 Need One?
    2. First Rule of Windows Store: There Are Rules to Windows Store
    3. Launching Windows Store
    4. Using Windows Store
    5. Configuring Accounts and Preferences
    6. Summary
  9. Chapter 7: Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer 10
    1. Two Browsers, One Brain: Understanding Internet Explorer 10
    2. Internet Explorer 10 for Metro
    3. Using the Desktop Version of Internet Explorer 10
    4. Configuring IE 10 Desktop
    5. Where IE Metro and Desktop Meet...and Don’t
    6. IE 10 and Default Browser Selection
    7. Summary
  10. Chapter 8: Get It Done with Windows�8’s Productivity Apps
    1. A Note About the Windows Productivity Apps and Your Microsoft Account
    2. People
    3. Mail
    4. Calendar
    5. Messaging
    6. SkyDrive
    7. Windows Reader
    8. The Bing Apps
    9. Microsoft Office Comes to Windows . . . Sort Of
    10. Summary
  11. Chapter 9: Relaxing with Windows 8’s Photo and Entertainment Apps
    1. A Note About the Windows 8 Entertainment Apps and Your Microsoft Account
    2. Enjoying Photos
    3. Buying, Managing, and Playing Music
    4. Buying, Managing, and Playing Movies and TV Shows
    5. Summary
  12. Chapter 10: Xbox Games with Windows 8
    1. Games and the Metro Environment
    2. Finding and Acquiring Games for Windows 8
    3. Finding and Acquiring Desktop Games
    4. Xbox LIVE and Windows 8
    5. Summary
  13. Chapter 11: Storage, Backup, and Recovery
    1. Storage Basics: NTFS Today, ReFS Tomorrow
    2. Storage Spaces
    3. File History
    4. Using the Windows 8 Recovery Tools
    5. Accessing System Image Backup and Recovery Functionality with Windows Backup
    6. What’s Missing: Cloud Backup
    7. Summary
  14. Chapter 12: Accounts and Security
    1. User Accounts
    2. Security and Windows 8: Keeping Your PC Safe
    3. Summary
  15. Chapter 13: Networking and Connectivity
    1. What Was Old Is New Again
    2. Connecting to and Managing Wired and Wireless Networks
    3. Connecting to Cellular Data Networks
    4. Sharing Files, Media, and Printers at Home with HomeGroup
    5. Summary
  16. Chapter 14: Windows 8 for Business
    1. Domain Join and Group Policy
    2. Disk Encryption
    3. Virtualization
    4. Features Exclusive to Windows 8 Enterprise
    5. Windows RT and Business: A Tablet for All Seasons
    6. Summary
  17. Appendix A: Windows Key Keyboard Shortcuts
  18. Credits
  19. Copyright
  20. Dedication
  21. About the Authors
  22. Acknowledgments
  23. Introduction