Windows 8.1 in easy steps


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SKU: 9781840786149

By Nick Vandome

Publication: October 31st, 2013 (reprinted June 2014, to include Windows 8.1 Update 1)
Pages: 240
ISBN:  978-1-84078-614-9

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About the book

Windows 8 was a revolutionary update of the popular operating system from Microsoft. With a brand new interface, new ways of getting around and accessing items and new possibilities for mobile devices, Windows 8 took the computing experience to the next level. However, there were still a few areas for improvement and these have been addressed with Window 8.1.

Windows 8.1 in easy steps shows you how to get up to speed with this latest version of Windows and begins by detailing how to get to grips with the Windows 8.1 interface. It deals with the basics such as accessing items, personalizing your screen and using additional controls that are available from the sides of the screen.

The book includes the new features that have been added since Windows 8: the return of the Start button; options for booting up to the Desktop; viewing up to four apps on screen at the same time; an enhanced SkyDrive feature for online storage and sharing; and a unified search facility that enables you to search over your computer and the Web.

A lot of the functionality of Windows 8.1 is aimed at touchscreen devices, whether they are desktop computers, laptops or tablets. This is dealt with in terms of navigating around, as well as showing how everything can still be done with a traditional mouse and keyboard.

Apps are at the heart of Windows 8.1 and the newly designed Windows Store has an app for almost everything you could want to do. The book shows how to access and download apps and then how to work with them, and organize them, when you have them.

As well as the new features that are covered, all of the old favourites are looked at in detail, such as working with folders and files, accessing the Internet, using email, working with photos and video, networking with Windows and system security.

Windows 8.1 will open your eyes to a new way of computing and Windows 8.1 in easy steps will help you see clearly so that you can quickly feel comfortable and confident with this exciting new operating system.

Covers the 8.1 update released October 2013 and the Windows 8.1 Update 1 released April 2014.


About the author

Nick Vandome is an IT writer and trainer who specialises in digital imaging and web authoring subjects. In addition to his writing, he also works designing websites and runs training courses. Before he started working with computers he wrote books about working and travelling abroad.


Customer Reviews

“I now have more information on what Windows 8.1 can do for me. Basic understanding on the various apps. Have still a lot more to read, but I would definitely advise those who have Windows 8.1 to purchase this book. It certainly made life a lot easier. This book has taken a lot of the frustration away now I have more understanding.” (from

“This is a great clear easy to use guide to Windows 8.1. I love it and would happily recommend it to any one looking for such a helpful publication!!” (from


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