Windows 8.1 in easy steps - Special Edition

Windows 8.1 in easy steps – Special Edition

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By Michael Price & Stuart Yarnold

Publication date: July 18th, 2014
Pages: 480
ISBN:  978-1-84078-617-0

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About the book

Windows 8.1 in easy steps – Special Edition is a comprehensive, yet concise guide that will walk you through Windows 8.1 basics, so that you will be up and running in no time. Building from Windows 8.1 in easy steps and Windows 8.1 for Seniors in easy steps, this book fully assists you through the processes and settings of the updated operating system, in the easy to follow, step-by-step format enjoyed by over 5 Million In Easy Steps smart learners. Ideal for taking you to the next level, this special edition book is ideal for anyone who wants to know all the vital ins and outs of the Windows 8.1 interface.

Windows 8.1 was released in October 2013 and is a highly developed upgrade to Windows 8. Additions include the improved Start Screen, enhanced OneDrive integration, search functions and the re-appearance of the Start button which can be added to the Taskbar. Windows 8.1 in easy steps – Special Edition is a complete companion to the Windows 8.1 operating system, covering set-up and installation, apps, software and devices. Get the most out of Internet Explorer, and keep your device in the best shape possible with syncing, backup and File History. You’ll find easy to follow processes for Windows Update, as well as performance information and Windows Registry. This guide offers detailed instructions on essential Windows techniques, file management, security and much more.

Written in the familiar In Easy Steps style, Windows 8.1 Special Edition serves as your key reference point to take full advantage of Windows 8.1, including:

  • Installing the right Windows 8.1 release for your needs
  • Mastering the interface, desktop, taskbar and key apps
  • Having fun with photos, music, games and movies apps
  • Utilizing internet and cloud facilities such as OneDrive
  • Syncing with your Smartphone
  • Using Multitouch capabilities (available with touchscreen monitors or tablet PCs)
  • Organizing and share your files safely
  • Taking control of your devices and printers
  • Saving time by using the sophisticated Search facility
  • Creating and monitor your home network
  • Exploring Windows Registry
  • Keeping your Windows 8.1 working smoothly & efficiently


Table of contents

  1. Introducing Windows 8.1
  2. Choosing your computer
  3. Installing Windows 8.1
  4. The Windows 8.1 interface
  5. Windows 8.1 apps
  6. Desktop and Taskbar
  7. Built-in programs
  8. Windows downloads
  9. Windows store
  10. Search techniques
  11. Manage files and folders
  12. Email and messaging
  13. Internet explorer
  14. Digital images
  15. Windows games
  16. Music and sound
  17. Devices and printers
  18. Networking Windows
  19. Control Panel and Mobility Center
  20. Troubleshooting
  21. Backup and recovery
  22. Security and encryption
  23. Command Prompt
  24. Update and maintain
  25. Windows performance
  26. Windows Registry
  27. Extending Windows


About the author

Michael Price is an accomplished author, IT journalist and systems consultant with a wide experience of computing systems ranging from mainframes to personal computers. He's also a successful author with several best-selling In Easy Steps books to his credit.

Stuart Yarnold is an electronics engineer who has been working in the industry since leaving college. Originally a marine radio & radar troubleshooter, he now devotes much of his time to playing poker professionally and can usually be found lurking in one of the online poker rooms. Stuart lives near Cambridge with his wife Pauline and his two staffordshire bull terriers - Jim and George. His hobbies include woodworking and marathon running.


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