Misunderstanding Windows 8.1 (EPUB for iPad, NOOK, KOBO, etc.)

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Misunderstanding Windows 8.1 Update 1: An Introduction, Orientation, and How-to for Windows 8.1 (Ninth Edition, May 2014)

by Jack Dunning

Whether you're an old-line Windows user or merely curious about what Microsoft is up to, this book gives clear guidelines for understanding and tricks for using Windows 8 operating system (now updated to 8.1 Update 1). Jack Dunning, author of Getting Started with Windows 7 and other Windows 7 Secrets books, provides an objective appraisal of Windows 8.1 while comparing it to Windows 8 and Windows 7.

Released May 2014 and in its ninth edition, "Misunderstanding Windows 8" has been updated for the release of Windows 8.1 Update 1. Included are new chapters addressing the changes Microsoft has made to deal with user's concerns about their latest offering, Windows 8.1 Update 1. The new Chapter Fourteen shows how the new universal Taskbar ties the two worlds together. Plus, secret Windows 8.1 folders revealed in Chapter Fifteen.

Read this book before you buy a Windows 8 computer or use it as a quick start guide for beginners. Clear the confusion about Windows 8 computers and tablets.

Completely revised for Windows 8.1 this new edition now includes all new chapters, "Fixing Windows 8 with Windows 8.1" and "Making Windows 8.1 Act More Like Windows."

Deciphering the madness of Windows 8, the new operating system from Microsoft, while comparing it to Windows 7. Plus, details on Microsoft's Surface tablet computers--both the Surface RT without "real" Windows and the Surface Pro with "real" Windows.

Inside Misunderstanding Windows 8.1:

Foreword by Digital Dave (Updated August 2013)
“Questions and negative reactions abound. Is it Microsoft's cunning plan or pure foolishness?”

Chapter One: Misunderstanding Windows 8 and 8.1

“Deciphering the madness of Windows 8 and 8.1.”

Whether you're an old-line Windows user or merely curious about what Microsoft is up to, here are some thoughts to help you understand the Windows 8 operating system and the changes in Windows 8.1.

Chapter Two: Stop! Before You Download Windows 8 to Upgrade a PC

“Using Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, the Windows 8 Upgrade may be a waste of money for your old Windows computer.”

You may have installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on that old machine, but that doesn't guarantee that the final released upgrade will install. Plus, you may not find out it won't work until after you've paid for it.

Chapter Three: The First Look at Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

“Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1) is here!”

Now that Windows 8 is here, Jack gives a framework for looking at the new operating system and some initial thoughts. (Updated for Windows 8.1)

Chapter Four: Understanding Windows 8.1 Modern Start Screen

“How to do your favorite old Windows Start Menu tricks with the new Windows 8.1 Start screen.”

With the Start Menu previously missing from Windows 8, there are new ways to find programs and search files with the Modern Start Charm in Windows 8.1.

Chapter Five: Organizing and Using the Start Screen

“The Windows 8.1 Modern Start charm (screen) can organize apps by groups for easier location.”

Jack examines using the Modern Start screen in Windows 8.1 and how to reorganize the tiles in a manner that best suits you. Now in Windows 8.1 you can put Modern apps side-by-side for easier access.

Chapter Six: The Windows 8 File Explorer Ribbon Menu

“The new look of Windows 8 File Explorer offers more tools in view, plus additional features.”

If you don't like the new Modern Start screen in Windows 8, you may find the ribbon menu in Windows Explorer equally distasteful. However, some useful Windows features are easier than ever to find and use. Let's have a look. (Updated for Windows 8.1)

Chapter Seven: The Virtual Touch Keyboard, Plus, a Tip for Quick Access to Windows Tools

“Although designed for use with touchscreens and tablet computers, the Windows 8 pop-up keyboard also works with the Windows Desktop.”

The onscreen keyboard for Windows 8 will be used with Windows 8 tablet computers. It's not as useful for desktop computers. Jack explores the features and capabilities of the touch keyboard, as well as other ways to navigate Windows 8. Plus, a tip for quick access to Windows tools. (Updated for Windows 8.1)

Chapter Eight: Windows 8 and Free Stuff

“Windows 8 Modern Start Interface includes more free software.”

While Windows 8 confuses many people, the new Start Screen offers more free apps than earlier versions of Windows. Many help with learning Windows 8.

Chapter Nine: The Microsoft Surface Tablet

“Microsoft doesn't wait for computer manufacturers to take the lead with Windows 8 tablets.”

Defying conventional wisdom, Microsoft has released their new Surface tablet computer. Is this a good move or another Microsoft hardware mistake? Microsoft released the Surface Pro in January 2013. Is it a tablet or is it a laptop? Jack reports, you decide.

Chapter Ten: The Surface with Windows RT Tablet Computer

“Pretending to be "Real" Windows: What You Need to Know about Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT Tablet Computer.”

"I'm not saying that the Surface RT isn't a good tablet computer. Just don't be fooled into thinking that you're getting full functioning Windows with it."

Chapter Eleven: Is the Surface with Windows 8 Pro Right for You?

“What you need to know before you buy Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet with "real" Windows.”

The Surface RT tablet (without "real" Windows) has caused a great deal of confusion for tablet buyers. Even though it looks the same, the Surface Pro (with "real" Windows) is not the same device. Make an informed decision on what you should, or should not, buy.

Chapter Twelve: Fixing Windows 8 with Windows 8.1

“Can the Return of a Start Button and Direct Booting to the Desktop Revive Windows 8 with Windows 8.1?” Microsoft is trying to recover from its Windows 8 weak start with a new Desktop Start button and a few other improvements. Now you can see Windows 8.1 what Windows 8.1 can do.

Chapter Thirteen: Making Windows 8.1 Act More Like Windows

“How to get the features of the old Windows start menu back.” While it's not quite the same as the old Windows Start Menu, all those needed features (Search, All Programs, etc.) are available in Windows 8.1 without messing with the Modern Start screen. Here's how to set it up.

Chapter Fourteen: Windows 8.1 Update 1 Makes Windows 8 "Windows" Again!

“Windows 8.1 Update 1 brings Microsoft closer to redemption.” It's been a long slog, but Windows 8 (through Windows 8.1 Update 1) has finally become a good—almost intuitive—operating system. Here is what's so good about the latest version.

Chapter Fifteen: Hidden Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks for Everyone (Plus a Little AutoHotkey)

“Here are some secret folders every Windows 8 user wants to know about!” Things are much easier now with Windows 8.1 Update 1. Here are some workarounds which make it even easier. Plus, they will help your Windows 8 AutoHotkey scripts.

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