Windows 8 Secrets

Windows 8 Secrets

Paul Thurrott, Rafael Rivera

Language: English

Pages: 552

ISBN: 1118204131

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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.

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peripherals. All-in-one computers, like the one shown in Figure 1-5, are typically very attractive, with a sleek and modern design. While both Intel-compatible and ARM-based all-in-ones are available, most are Intel-compatible designs. Figure 1-5: All-in-one PCs utilize laptop parts but offer much more onscreen real estate. Laptop and Portable Workstation The venerable laptop computer survived a temporary wave of competition from lowend netbooks. But with those toy-like computers disappearing

these devices enable. Key among these capabilities is a support for a variety of sensors, small hardware devices that provide 22 C h a p t e r 1   Choosing Windows 8 Versions, PCs and Devices, and Hardware interaction between the outside world and Windows itself. Some of the new scenarios supported by Windows 8 and sensors include: II Adaptive screen brightness control: In the past, controlling screen bright- ness was at best semi-automatic. You could manually configure a brightness setting

Click Next to continue. Now, Setup creates your account on the PC and finalizes settings, and then further prepares the PC and logs on to the Start screen. When it’s done, you should be presented with a Start screen similar to the one shown in Figure 2-16. If you performed an in-place upgrade or a migration, now is the time to see which customizations made it across—check by clicking the Desktop tile—and to ensure that your documents and other files are where they belong. We examine post-Setup

Windows Vista and Apple’s antagonistic “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” advertisements. But then something interesting happened. Microsoft got its mojo back with Windows 7, releasing an OS that was both competent and efficient. And then it released Windows 8 and triggered renewed excitement in Windows in a way we hadn’t seen in, well, a couple of decades. Of course, with thousands of Mac users out there wondering what went wrong, it’s no surprise that many are suddenly regretting their expensive side-trip

installed Apple’s various Boot Camp drivers. This control panel, shown in Figure 2-27, will be accessible from an icon in the system tray. (It’s the tiny gray diamond.)   Figure 2-27: The Boot Camp control panel To restart in OS X just once, right-click the Boot Camp system tray icon and choose Restart in Mac OS X. You’ll be prompted about whether you’re sure you want to do this, as even Apple can’t believe it. Click OK to reboot into OS X. Choosing Between OS X and Windows 8 at Boot Time You

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