Windows 8 All in one For Dummies

by Woody Leonhard

Author Woody Leonhard Isbn 1118119207 File size 78 9 MB Year 2012 Pages 1083 Language English File format PDF Category Information Technologies This is a very good book for those who are looking to learn Windows 8 Pro The book takes you from the very beginning with an excellent overview of the radical new operating system from Microsoft It has a number of very funny illustrations and presents the material in an understandable step by step process If you have an Amazon Kindle that is able

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Windows® 8
ALL-IN-ONE

FOR

DUMmIES



Windows® 8
ALL-IN-ONE

FOR

DUMmIES



by Woody Leonhard

Windows® 8 All-in-One For Dummies®
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About the Author
Curmudgeon, critic, and fiercely independent “Windows victim,” Woody
Leonhard has dished up the truth about Microsoft products since his first
Windows book two decades ago. Windows 8 All-In-One For Dummies, his 40th
and most ambitious computer book, takes on both sides of the Windows 8
interface, then branches out to cover the ways Windows interacts with all
sorts of products — iPads to Google Apps, Facebook to Mac networks, VPNs
to Android. Woody’s unique reader-first approach ensures that you get the
best advice about solving your problems — whether Microsoft likes it or not.
Woody is best known online as a Senior Contributing Editor for Infoworld, and
Contributing Editor of Windows Secrets Newsletter. He also runs AskWoody.
com, the web’s leading source of news about Microsoft updates. He tweets
frequently on tech topics from @woodyleonhard.
He’s a Microsoft MVP, one of the first Microsoft Consulting Partners, and
a charter member of the Microsoft Solutions Provider organization. He
delights in being a constant thorn in Microsoft’s side. Along with several
coauthors and editors, Woody has won an unprecedented six Computer Press
Association awards and two American Business Press awards.
Woody moved to Phuket, Thailand, in 2000, with his teenage son. His dad
joined them in 2006. Woody married a southern Thai lady — yes, they met in
Starbucks — and now have a toddler who keeps life running a mile a minute.

Dedication
To George L. Leonard, Jr., 1924-2012
And to Add and Andy and Justin, the lights of my life.

Author’s Acknowledgments
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Becky Huehls in the thick of it, once again. This book is by far the thickest
book I’ve ever written, covering a topic that’s enormously complex, and
Becky and crew led the charge to keep it accurate, timely, and directed
squarely at the features Windows users need most.
Thanks, also, to Claudette Moore and Ann Jaroncyk at Moore Literary
Agency, the best agents in the biz.
My thanks to Rob Oppenheim for his research on Windows search. As you
can see in Book VI, Chapter 8, Windows search is a complex topic that’s
barely documented elsewhere — and much of the published documentation
is wrong. Rob’s show-me attitude brought many oddities to light.
I also want to thank the people at TechSmith for keeping their screen-capture
program, Snagit, working through the Windows 8 versions. I’ve use Snagit
for all the screen shots in all my books, going back as far as I can remember.
Snagit is a workhorse — one of the most reliable pieces of software I’ve ever
encountered.

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Contents at a Glance
Introduction................................................................. 1
Book I: Starting Windows 8........................................... 9
Chapter 1: Windows 8 4 N00bs....................................................................................... 11
Chapter 2: Windows 8 for the Experienced................................................................... 41
Chapter 3: Which Version?.............................................................................................. 55
Chapter 4: Upgrades and Clean Installs......................................................................... 63

Book II: Personalizing Windows................................... 79
Chapter 1: Getting around Windows.............................................................................. 81
Chapter 2: Changing the Lock and Logon Screens..................................................... 101
Chapter 3: Working with Charms and Notifications................................................... 113
Chapter 4: Controlling Users......................................................................................... 125
Chapter 5: Microsoft Account: To Sync or Not to Sync?........................................... 141
Chapter 6: Privacy Control............................................................................................ 153

Book III: Navigating the Start Screen......................... 163
Chapter 1: Controlling the Start Screen....................................................................... 165
Chapter 2: Searching in and with the Start screen..................................................... 187
Chapter 3: Sharing Among Tiled Apps......................................................................... 199
Chapter 4: Settings, Settings, More Settings, and Devices........................................ 207
Chapter 5: Taking Control of the Windows Store....................................................... 217
Chapter 6: How Do I Turn Off This Thing?................................................................... 227

Book IV: Maximizing Tiled Windows 8 Apps................ 233
Chapter 1: The Tiled Internet Explorer........................................................................ 235
Chapter 2: Windows 8 Mail, People, and Calendar Apps........................................... 255
Chapter 3: The Windows 8 Photos App....................................................................... 283
Chapter 4: Using SkyDrive in Windows 8..................................................................... 299
Chapter 5: The Windows 8 Messaging App................................................................. 317
Chapter 6: Xbox Music and Video................................................................................ 329

Book V: Connecting Online with Tiled Apps................. 341
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Facebook................................................................... 343
Chapter 2: Getting Started with Twitter....................................................................... 367
Chapter 3: Getting Started with Flickr and Pinterest................................................. 379
Chapter 4: Getting Started with LinkedIn.................................................................... 393
Chapter 5: Bing News, Finance, Travel, and Sports.................................................... 403
Chapter 6: Games, Games, and Games!........................................................................ 423

Book VI: Working on the Desktop............................... 433
Chapter 1: Running the Desktop from Start to Finish................................................ 435
Chapter 2: Personalizing the Desktop.......................................................................... 467
Chapter 3: Start Screen Mods for Desktop Users....................................................... 493
Chapter 4: Maintaining Your System............................................................................ 507
Chapter 5: Using Windows (Live) Essentials............................................................... 525
Chapter 6: Choosing and Using a Desktop Web Browser.......................................... 551
Chapter 7: Music on the Desktop................................................................................. 595
Chapter 8: Searching on the Desktop........................................................................... 633

Book VII: Controlling Your System............................. 645
Chapter 1: Controlling Control Panel........................................................................... 647
Chapter 2: Troubleshooting and Getting Help............................................................ 669
Chapter 3: Working with Libraries............................................................................... 693
Chapter 4: Storing in Storage Spaces........................................................................... 701
Chapter 5: Getting the Most from HomeGroups......................................................... 711
Chapter 6: Running the Built-In Desktop Applications.............................................. 731
Chapter 7: Working with Printers................................................................................. 743

Book VIII: Maintaining Windows 8............................ 757
Chapter 1: File History, Backup, Data Restore, and Sync.......................................... 759
Chapter 2: A Fresh Start: Restore and Reset............................................................... 775
Chapter 3: Using and Avoiding Windows Update....................................................... 791
Chapter 4: Monitoring Windows................................................................................... 811
Chapter 5: Using System Tools..................................................................................... 835

Book IX: Securing Windows 8.................................... 853
Chapter 1: Spies, Spams, Scams — They’re Out to Get You..................................... 855
Chapter 2: Fighting Viri and Scum................................................................................ 887
Chapter 3: Running Built-In Security Programs.......................................................... 901
Chapter 4: Top Security Helpers................................................................................... 925

Book X: Enhancing Windows 8................................... 939
Chapter 1: Using Your iPad and iPhone with Windows............................................. 941
Chapter 2: Kindle, Nook, Android, and Windows 8.................................................... 961
Chapter 3: Getting Started with Gmail, Google Apps, and Drive.............................. 975
Chapter 4: Using Hotmail and Outlook.com................................................................ 991
Chapter 5: Windows’ Best Free Add-Ons................................................................... 1003

Index..................................................................... 1015

Table of Contents
Introduction.................................................................. 1
About This Book............................................................................................... 1
Foolish Assumptions........................................................................................ 3
What You Don’t Have to Read......................................................................... 3
How This Book Is Organized........................................................................... 4
Conventions...................................................................................................... 5
Icons................................................................................................................... 6
Where to Go from Here.................................................................................... 7

Book I: Starting Windows 8............................................ 9
Chapter 1: Windows 8 4 N00bs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Hardware and Software................................................................................. 13
Why Do PCs Have to Run Windows?............................................................ 14
A Terminology Survival Kit........................................................................... 16
What, Exactly, Is the Web?............................................................................ 19
Getting inside the Internet................................................................... 21
What is the World Wide Web?............................................................. 22
Who pays for all this stuff?.................................................................. 24
Buying a Windows 8 Computer..................................................................... 25
Inside the big box................................................................................. 27
Inside a touch-sensitive tablet............................................................ 30
Screening............................................................................................... 31
Managing disks and drives.................................................................. 32
Making PC connections........................................................................ 35
Futzing with video, sound, and multitudinous media...................... 38
Netbooks and Ultrabooks.................................................................... 39

Chapter 2: Windows 8 for the Experienced . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
What’s New for the XP Crowd....................................................................... 44
Improved performance........................................................................ 45
Better video........................................................................................... 45
Sizing up other improvements............................................................ 46
What’s New for Windows 7 and Vista Victims............................................ 47
Getting the hang of the tiled Start screen.......................................... 48
What’s new in the old-fashioned desktop.......................................... 48
What’s New for All of Windows.................................................................... 50
Security improvements........................................................................ 51
What’s new in the cloud....................................................................... 52
What you lose........................................................................................ 52
Do You Need Windows 8?.............................................................................. 54

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Chapter 3: Which Version? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Roll an 8 — Any 8............................................................................................ 56
Buying the right version the first time............................................... 57
Narrowing the choices......................................................................... 58
Choosing 32-Bit versus 64-Bit........................................................................ 60

Chapter 4: Upgrades and Clean Installs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Deciding Whether to Upgrade Your Old PC................................................ 64
Choosing Your Upgrade Path........................................................................ 65
Upgrading to Windows 8 online.......................................................... 66
Installing Win8 from a DVD or USB drive........................................... 72
Cleaning the Gunk Off New PCs.................................................................... 76
What If the Wheels Fall Off?.......................................................................... 77

Book II: Personalizing Windows.................................... 79
Chapter 1: Getting around Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Windows’ Jekyll and Hyde Personality........................................................ 82
A tale of two homes.............................................................................. 82
Switching from the Start screen to the
old-fashioned desktop and back..................................................... 85
Navigating around a Touchscreen............................................................... 86
Navigating with a Mouse and Keyboard...................................................... 94
Keying Keyboard Shortcuts.......................................................................... 96
Working with the App Bar............................................................................. 98
Shutting Down Apps ...................................................................................... 98
How Do You Turn This Thing Off?................................................................ 98

Chapter 2: Changing the Lock and Logon Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Working with the Lock Screen.................................................................... 101
Using your own picture...................................................................... 103
Adding and removing apps on the lock screen.............................. 104
Logging In Uniquely...................................................................................... 106
Using a picture password.................................................................. 106
Creating a PIN...................................................................................... 110
Bypassing passwords and logon....................................................... 110

Chapter 3: Working with Charms and Notifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Bringing on the Charms............................................................................... 113
Search charm...................................................................................... 115
Share charm........................................................................................ 118
Start charm.......................................................................................... 118
Devices charm..................................................................................... 119
Settings charm.................................................................................... 120
Setting and Responding to Notifications................................................... 121

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Chapter 4: Controlling Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Why You Need Separate User Accounts.................................................... 126
Choosing Account Types............................................................................. 127
What’s a standard account?.............................................................. 127
What’s an administrator account?................................................... 128
Choosing between standard or administrator accounts............... 128
What’s Good and Bad about Microsoft Accounts.................................... 130
Adding Users................................................................................................. 131
Enabling the Guest Account........................................................................ 134
Changing Accounts....................................................................................... 136
Changing other users’ settings......................................................... 136
Changing your own settings.............................................................. 140
Switching Users............................................................................................ 140

Chapter 5: Microsoft Account: To Sync or Not to Sync? . . . . . . . . . . 141
What, Exactly, Is a Microsoft Account?..................................................... 142
Deciding Whether You Want a Microsoft Account.................................. 143
Setting Up a Microsoft Account.................................................................. 144
Setting up a Hotmail/Outlook.com account.................................... 146
Making any e-mail address a Microsoft account............................ 148
Taking Care of Your Microsoft Account.................................................... 149
Controlling Sync........................................................................................... 150

Chapter 6: Privacy Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Why You Should Be Concerned.................................................................. 154
Knowing What Connections Windows Prefers......................................... 155
Controlling Location Tracking.................................................................... 156
Blocking all location tracking............................................................ 159
Blocking location tracking in an app................................................ 160
Minimizing Privacy Intrusion...................................................................... 161

Book III: Navigating the Start Screen......................... 163
Chapter 1: Controlling the Start Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Touring the Start Screen.............................................................................. 166
Changing Tiles on the Start Screen............................................................ 172
Changing the Start screen Background..................................................... 174
Organizing Your Start Screen...................................................................... 175
Changing your picture........................................................................ 175
Adding apps to the Start screen....................................................... 178
Organizing with Semantic Zoom....................................................... 180
Working with Tiled Snap.............................................................................. 182

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Chapter 2: Searching in and with the Start Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
General Approaches to Searching.............................................................. 188
Searching for Programs/Apps..................................................................... 190
Searching for Settings.................................................................................. 193
Searching for Files........................................................................................ 194
Searching for Other Tiled Things............................................................... 196
Removing Apps from the Search List......................................................... 197

Chapter 3: Sharing Among Tiled Apps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Sharing the Easy Way................................................................................... 200
Stepping Through a Photo Share................................................................ 203
What Can You Share?................................................................................... 204
Controlling Share.......................................................................................... 205

Chapter 4: Settings, Settings, More Settings, and Devices . . . . . . . . 207
Using the Settings Charm............................................................................ 207
Changing PC Settings................................................................................... 209
Touring the Start Screen Settings............................................................... 212
Doing the Devices Charm............................................................................ 213

Chapter 5: Taking Control of the Windows Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Checking Out What a Tiled App Can Do.................................................... 217
Browsing the Windows Store...................................................................... 220
Searching the Windows Store..................................................................... 222
Adjusting Your Store Accounts and Preferences..................................... 223

Chapter 6: How Do I Turn Off This Thing? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Turning Off Your PC..................................................................................... 227
Understanding the new windows sleep state.................................. 229
Adjusting sleep settings..................................................................... 230
Turning Off Individual Apps........................................................................ 231

Book IV: Maximizing Tiled Windows 8 Apps................. 233
Chapter 1: The Tiled Internet Explorer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Introducing the Two Faces of IE................................................................. 236
Navigating the Tiled Internet Explorer...................................................... 239
Surfing with the address bar and navigation buttons.................... 240
Tapping Tiled IE’s recently visited sites.......................................... 242
Navigating with Flip Ahead................................................................ 243
Flipping to the desktop IE.................................................................. 243
Sharing and Printing Web Pages................................................................. 244
Sorting Out Your Settings............................................................................ 245
Charming tiled IE settings.................................................................. 245
Changing your default search engine............................................... 246

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Settings and whitelists for Adobe/Flash.......................................... 246
Managing passwords.......................................................................... 247
Choosing and Setting a Default Browser................................................... 247
Setting the default Windows browser.............................................. 248
Setting the default IE browser........................................................... 249
Exploring IE under the Hood: Flash and HTML5 ..................................... 250

Chapter 2: Windows 8 Mail, People, and Calendar Apps . . . . . . . . . 255
Choosing a Mail/Contacts/Calendar app................................................... 256
Comparing e-mail programs.............................................................. 256
Comparing calendar apps ................................................................. 258
Checking out contact apps................................................................ 259
Choosing the right package............................................................... 259
Drilling Down on Windows 8 Mail............................................................... 260
Navigating the Windows 8 Mail screen............................................ 261
Adding a new account........................................................................ 262
Creating a new message..................................................................... 264
Searching for e-mail in Windows 8 Mail........................................... 267
MIA in Windows 8 Mail....................................................................... 267
Putting All Your Contacts in the Win8 People App.................................. 268
Adding accounts to Win8 People...................................................... 268
Navigating the Windows 8 People app............................................. 270
Editing a contact................................................................................. 274
Adding people in Windows 8 People................................................ 275
Avoiding Windows 8 Calendar App Collisions.......................................... 277
Adding Calendar Items....................................................................... 280
Struggling with Calendar shortcomings........................................... 281

Chapter 3: The Windows 8 Photos App . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Discovering What Windows 8’s Photos App Can Do............................... 283
Touring Photos............................................................................................. 284
Adding Photos............................................................................................... 288
Connecting Photos to SkyDrive........................................................ 289
Connecting to Facebook or Flickr..................................................... 289
Importing pictures from a camera or external drive..................... 294
Pinning Photos within the Photos App...................................................... 298

Chapter 4: Using SkyDrive in Windows 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
What Is SkyDrive?......................................................................................... 300
Using the Windows 8 Tiled SkyDrive......................................................... 302
Running SkyDrive on Your Desktop........................................................... 305
Installing SkyDrive: The legacy program......................................... 305
Using the SkyDrive program on the desktop.................................. 308
Running SkyDrive on the Web.................................................................... 309
Fetching......................................................................................................... 312

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Chapter 5: The Windows 8 Messaging App . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Getting Started with the Windows 8 Messaging App............................... 318
The differences between MS Messaging and SMS.......................... 318
The differences between MS Messaging and Skype....................... 319
Whom you can message.................................................................... 319
How Messaging works........................................................................ 320
Fishing for Messaging Friends.................................................................... 321
Running a Windows 8 Messaging Chat...................................................... 324
Using Messaging Effectively........................................................................ 326

Chapter 6: Xbox Music and Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
Why You Might Want Xbox Music or Video.............................................. 330
Playing Your Music with Xbox Music........................................................ 331
Viewing Your Videos with Xbox Video...................................................... 335
Managing Playlists........................................................................................ 337
Turning Off the Tiled Apps as Default Media Players.............................. 339

Book V: Connecting Online with Tiled Apps................. 341
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343
Signing Up for a Facebook Account........................................................... 344
Choosing basic Facebook settings................................................... 348
Interpreting the Facebook interface lingo....................................... 352
Choosing basic Facebook security settings.................................... 353
Building a Great Timeline............................................................................ 355
Locking Down Your Facebook Info............................................................. 360
Connecting to Windows............................................................................... 364

Chapter 2: Getting Started with Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367
Understanding Twitter................................................................................. 368
Setting Up a Twitter account...................................................................... 371
Tweeting for Beginners................................................................................ 374
Beware hacking................................................................................... 374
Using the @ sign and Reply................................................................ 375
Re-tweeting for fun and profit........................................................... 376
Hooking Twitter into Windows................................................................... 377

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Flickr and Pinterest . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379
Using Flickr with Windows 8....................................................................... 381
Signing up for Flickr............................................................................ 381
Getting around Flickr.......................................................................... 383
Sharing and licensing your photos................................................... 385
Pinning with Pinterest.................................................................................. 387
Signing up for Pinterest...................................................................... 387
Getting around Pinterest................................................................... 388

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Chapter 4: Getting Started with LinkedIn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 393
Signing Up for LinkedIn................................................................................ 393
Hooking LinkedIn into Windows................................................................. 398
Using LinkedIn for Fun and Profit............................................................... 400

Chapter 5: Bing News, Finance, Travel, and Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 403
Recognizing the Bing in Everyone.............................................................. 404
Reading the News with Bing........................................................................ 404
Getting around Bing News................................................................. 404
Customizing Bing News...................................................................... 409
Pinning Finance for Fun and Profit............................................................. 413
Traveling with Your Tablet......................................................................... 417
Sports Fans Everywhere, Take Note.......................................................... 420

Chapter 6: Games, Games, and Games! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 423
Searching the Store for Games................................................................... 424
Cutting the Rope with Style......................................................................... 426
Tapping Pirates Love Daisies...................................................................... 428
Starting with Sudoku.................................................................................... 429
Beating Birzzle.............................................................................................. 431

Book VI: Working on the Desktop................................ 433
Chapter 1: Running the Desktop from Start to Finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435
Getting Around.............................................................................................. 436
Knowing the desktop’s hot spots..................................................... 436
Snapping windows into place............................................................ 439
Changing the mouse........................................................................... 441
Exploring Files and Folders......................................................................... 442
Nailing the basic terminology........................................................... 443
Navigating............................................................................................ 445
Viewing and filename extensions...................................................... 447
Previewing........................................................................................... 448
Creating files and folders................................................................... 449
Copying, moving, and modifying files and folders......................... 451
Sharing Folders in the Public Folder.......................................................... 456
Touching on the Taskbar............................................................................ 459
Recycling....................................................................................................... 460
Creating Shortcuts........................................................................................ 461
Sleep: Perchance to Dream......................................................................... 464

Chapter 2: Personalizing the Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 467
Recognizing Desktop Levels........................................................................ 467
Setting Color Schemes on the Desktop...................................................... 469
Picking a Background................................................................................... 470

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Controlling Icons.......................................................................................... 473
Selecting Screen Savers............................................................................... 475
Using Desktop Themes................................................................................ 477
Seeing Your Desktop Clearly....................................................................... 478
Setting the screen resolution............................................................ 478
Activating and adjusting ClearType................................................. 480
Showing larger fonts........................................................................... 481
Using magnification............................................................................ 482
Tricking Out the Taskbar............................................................................. 482
Anatomy of the taskbar...................................................................... 483
Jumping................................................................................................ 484
Changing the taskbar......................................................................... 486
Making your own little toolbars........................................................ 487
Working with the taskbar.................................................................. 489
Controlling the Notification Area............................................................... 489

Chapter 3: Start Screen Mods for Desktop Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 493
Installing New Programs and Dealing with Their Tiles............................ 495
Finding and Adding Programs to the Start Screen................................... 497
Sorting through the Default Tiles............................................................... 500
Organizing the Start Screen for a Lean, Mean Desktop........................... 503

Chapter 4: Maintaining Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507
What’s the Difference Between Restore, System Repair,
Recovery Mode, Refresh, and Restart?.................................................. 507
Using a Password Reset Disk...................................................................... 508
Creating a Password Reset Disk........................................................ 510
Resetting your password................................................................... 511
Maintaining Drives........................................................................................ 513
What is formatting?............................................................................ 514
Introducing hard-drive–maintenance tools..................................... 514
Running an error check...................................................................... 515
Defragmenting a drive........................................................................ 516
Maintaining Solid State Drives.................................................................... 517
Zipping and Compressing............................................................................ 518
Compressing with NTFS..................................................................... 521
Zipping the easy way with Compressed (zipped) Folders............ 522

Chapter 5: Using Windows (Live) Essentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 525
Introducing the Applications and How They’ve Changed....................... 526
Getting the Windows Essentials Apps....................................................... 528
Using Windows Live Mail............................................................................. 530
Choosing an e-mail program............................................................. 530
Running Windows Live Mail.............................................................. 532
Adding e-mail accounts...................................................................... 534
Creating a message............................................................................. 536



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Contents at a Glance
Introduction................................................................. 1
Book I: Starting Windows 8........................................... 9
Chapter 1: Windows 8 4 N00bs....................................................................................... 11
Chapter 2: Windows 8 for the Experienced................................................................... 41
Chapter 3: Which Version?.............................................................................................. 55
Chapter 4: Upgrades and Clean Installs......................................................................... 63

Book II: Personalizing Windows................................... 79
Chapter 1: Getting around Windows.............................................................................. 81
Chapter 2: Changing the Lock and Logon Screens..................................................... 101
Chapter 3: Working with Charms and Notifications................................................... 113
Chapter 4: Controlling Users......................................................................................... 125
Chapter 5: Microsoft Account: To Sync or Not to Sync?........................................... 141
Chapter 6: Privacy Control............................................................................................ 153

Book III: Navigating the Start Screen......................... 163
Chapter 1: Controlling the Start Screen....................................................................... 165
Chapter 2: Searching in and with the Start screen..................................................... 187
Chapter 3: Sharing Among Tiled Apps......................................................................... 199
Chapter 4: Settings, Settings, More Settings, and Devices........................................ 207
Chapter 5: Taking Control of the Windows Store....................................................... 217
Chapter 6: How Do I Turn Off This Thing?................................................................... 227

Book IV: Maximizing Tiled Windows 8 Apps................ 233
Chapter 1: The Tiled Internet Explorer........................................................................ 235
Chapter 2: Windows 8 Mail, People, and Calendar Apps........................................... 255
Chapter 3: The Windows 8 Photos App....................................................................... 283
Chapter 4: Using SkyDrive in Windows 8..................................................................... 299
Chapter 5: The Windows 8 Messaging App................................................................. 317
Chapter 6: Xbox Music and Video................................................................................ 329

Book V: Connecting Online with Tiled Apps................. 341
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Facebook................................................................... 343
Chapter 2: Getting Started with Twitter....................................................................... 367
Chapter 3: Getting Started with Flickr and Pinterest................................................. 379
Chapter 4: Getting Started with LinkedIn.................................................................... 393
Chapter 5: Bing News, Finance, Travel, and Sports.................................................... 403
Chapter 6: Games, Games, and Games!........................................................................ 423

Book VI: Working on the Desktop............................... 433
Chapter 1: Running the Desktop from Start to Finish................................................ 435
Chapter 2: Personalizing the Desktop.......................................................................... 467
Chapter 3: Start Screen Mods for Desktop Users....................................................... 493
Chapter 4: Maintaining Your System............................................................................ 507
Chapter 5: Using Windows (Live) Essentials............................................................... 525
Chapter 6: Choosing and Using a Desktop Web Browser.......................................... 551
Chapter 7: Music on the Desktop................................................................................. 595
Chapter 8: Searching on the Desktop........................................................................... 633

Book VII: Controlling Your System............................. 645
Chapter 1: Controlling Control Panel........................................................................... 647
Chapter 2: Troubleshooting and Getting Help............................................................ 669
Chapter 3: Working with Libraries............................................................................... 693
Chapter 4: Storing in Storage Spaces........................................................................... 701
Chapter 5: Getting the Most from HomeGroups......................................................... 711
Chapter 6: Running the Built-In Desktop Applications.............................................. 731
Chapter 7: Working with Printers................................................................................. 743

Book VIII: Maintaining Windows 8............................ 757
Chapter 1: File History, Backup, Data Restore, and Sync.......................................... 759
Chapter 2: A Fresh Start: Restore and Reset............................................................... 775
Chapter 3: Using and Avoiding Windows Update....................................................... 791
Chapter 4: Monitoring Windows................................................................................... 811
Chapter 5: Using System Tools..................................................................................... 835

Book IX: Securing Windows 8.................................... 853
Chapter 1: Spies, Spams, Scams — They’re Out to Get You..................................... 855
Chapter 2: Fighting Viri and Scum................................................................................ 887
Chapter 3: Running Built-In Security Programs.......................................................... 901
Chapter 4: Top Security Helpers................................................................................... 925

Book X: Enhancing Windows 8................................... 939
Chapter 1: Using Your iPad and iPhone with Windows............................................. 941
Chapter 2: Kindle, Nook, Android, and Windows 8.................................................... 961
Chapter 3: Getting Started with Gmail, Google Apps, and Drive.............................. 975
Chapter 4: Using Hotmail and Outlook.com................................................................ 991
Chapter 5: Windows’ Best Free Add-Ons................................................................... 1003

Index..................................................................... 1015

Table of Contents
Introduction.................................................................. 1
About This Book............................................................................................... 1
Foolish Assumptions........................................................................................ 3
What You Don’t Have to Read......................................................................... 3
How This Book Is Organized........................................................................... 4
Conventions...................................................................................................... 5
Icons................................................................................................................... 6
Where to Go from Here.................................................................................... 7

Book I: Starting Windows 8............................................ 9
Chapter 1: Windows 8 4 N00bs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Hardware and Software................................................................................. 13
Why Do PCs Have to Run Windows?............................................................ 14
A Terminology Survival Kit........................................................................... 16
What, Exactly, Is the Web?............................................................................ 19
Getting inside the Internet................................................................... 21
What is the World Wide Web?............................................................. 22
Who pays for all this stuff?.................................................................. 24
Buying a Windows 8 Computer..................................................................... 25
Inside the big box................................................................................. 27
Inside a touch-sensitive tablet............................................................ 30
Screening............................................................................................... 31
Managing disks and drives.................................................................. 32
Making PC connections........................................................................ 35
Futzing with video, sound, and multitudinous media...................... 38
Netbooks and Ultrabooks.................................................................... 39

Chapter 2: Windows 8 for the Experienced . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
What’s New for the XP Crowd....................................................................... 44
Improved performance........................................................................ 45
Better video........................................................................................... 45
Sizing up other improvements............................................................ 46
What’s New for Windows 7 and Vista Victims............................................ 47
Getting the hang of the tiled Start screen.......................................... 48
What’s new in the old-fashioned desktop.......................................... 48
What’s New for All of Windows.................................................................... 50
Security improvements........................................................................ 51
What’s new in the cloud....................................................................... 52
What you lose........................................................................................ 52
Do You Need Windows 8?.............................................................................. 54

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Chapter 3: Which Version? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Roll an 8 — Any 8............................................................................................ 56
Buying the right version the first time............................................... 57
Narrowing the choices......................................................................... 58
Choosing 32-Bit versus 64-Bit........................................................................ 60

Chapter 4: Upgrades and Clean Installs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Deciding Whether to Upgrade Your Old PC................................................ 64
Choosing Your Upgrade Path........................................................................ 65
Upgrading to Windows 8 online.......................................................... 66
Installing Win8 from a DVD or USB drive........................................... 72
Cleaning the Gunk Off New PCs.................................................................... 76
What If the Wheels Fall Off?.......................................................................... 77

Book II: Personalizing Windows.................................... 79
Chapter 1: Getting around Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Windows’ Jekyll and Hyde Personality........................................................ 82
A tale of two homes.............................................................................. 82
Switching from the Start screen to the
old-fashioned desktop and back..................................................... 85
Navigating around a Touchscreen............................................................... 86
Navigating with a Mouse and Keyboard...................................................... 94
Keying Keyboard Shortcuts.......................................................................... 96
Working with the App Bar............................................................................. 98
Shutting Down Apps ...................................................................................... 98
How Do You Turn This Thing Off?................................................................ 98

Chapter 2: Changing the Lock and Logon Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Working with the Lock Screen.................................................................... 101
Using your own picture...................................................................... 103
Adding and removing apps on the lock screen.............................. 104
Logging In Uniquely...................................................................................... 106
Using a picture password.................................................................. 106
Creating a PIN...................................................................................... 110
Bypassing passwords and logon....................................................... 110

Chapter 3: Working with Charms and Notifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Bringing on the Charms............................................................................... 113
Search charm...................................................................................... 115
Share charm........................................................................................ 118
Start charm.......................................................................................... 118
Devices charm..................................................................................... 119
Settings charm.................................................................................... 120
Setting and Responding to Notifications................................................... 121

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Chapter 4: Controlling Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Why You Need Separate User Accounts.................................................... 126
Choosing Account Types............................................................................. 127
What’s a standard account?.............................................................. 127
What’s an administrator account?................................................... 128
Choosing between standard or administrator accounts............... 128
What’s Good and Bad about Microsoft Accounts.................................... 130
Adding Users................................................................................................. 131
Enabling the Guest Account........................................................................ 134
Changing Accounts....................................................................................... 136
Changing other users’ settings......................................................... 136
Changing your own settings.............................................................. 140
Switching Users............................................................................................ 140

Chapter 5: Microsoft Account: To Sync or Not to Sync? . . . . . . . . . . 141
What, Exactly, Is a Microsoft Account?..................................................... 142
Deciding Whether You Want a Microsoft Account.................................. 143
Setting Up a Microsoft Account.................................................................. 144
Setting up a Hotmail/Outlook.com account.................................... 146
Making any e-mail address a Microsoft account............................ 148
Taking Care of Your Microsoft Account.................................................... 149
Controlling Sync........................................................................................... 150

Chapter 6: Privacy Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Why You Should Be Concerned.................................................................. 154
Knowing What Connections Windows Prefers......................................... 155
Controlling Location Tracking.................................................................... 156
Blocking all location tracking............................................................ 159
Blocking location tracking in an app................................................ 160
Minimizing Privacy Intrusion...................................................................... 161

Book III: Navigating the Start Screen......................... 163
Chapter 1: Controlling the Start Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Touring the Start Screen.............................................................................. 166
Changing Tiles on the Start Screen............................................................ 172
Changing the Start screen Background..................................................... 174
Organizing Your Start Screen...................................................................... 175
Changing your picture........................................................................ 175
Adding apps to the Start screen....................................................... 178
Organizing with Semantic Zoom....................................................... 180
Working with Tiled Snap.............................................................................. 182

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Chapter 2: Searching in and with the Start Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
General Approaches to Searching.............................................................. 188
Searching for Programs/Apps..................................................................... 190
Searching for Settings.................................................................................. 193
Searching for Files........................................................................................ 194
Searching for Other Tiled Things............................................................... 196
Removing Apps from the Search List......................................................... 197

Chapter 3: Sharing Among Tiled Apps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Sharing the Easy Way................................................................................... 200
Stepping Through a Photo Share................................................................ 203
What Can You Share?................................................................................... 204
Controlling Share.......................................................................................... 205

Chapter 4: Settings, Settings, More Settings, and Devices . . . . . . . . 207
Using the Settings Charm............................................................................ 207
Changing PC Settings................................................................................... 209
Touring the Start Screen Settings............................................................... 212
Doing the Devices Charm............................................................................ 213

Chapter 5: Taking Control of the Windows Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Checking Out What a Tiled App Can Do.................................................... 217
Browsing the Windows Store...................................................................... 220
Searching the Windows Store..................................................................... 222
Adjusting Your Store Accounts and Preferences..................................... 223

Chapter 6: How Do I Turn Off This Thing? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Turning Off Your PC..................................................................................... 227
Understanding the new windows sleep state.................................. 229
Adjusting sleep settings..................................................................... 230
Turning Off Individual Apps........................................................................ 231

Book IV: Maximizing Tiled Windows 8 Apps................. 233
Chapter 1: The Tiled Internet Explorer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Introducing the Two Faces of IE................................................................. 236
Navigating the Tiled Internet Explorer...................................................... 239
Surfing with the address bar and navigation buttons.................... 240
Tapping Tiled IE’s recently visited sites.......................................... 242
Navigating with Flip Ahead................................................................ 243
Flipping to the desktop IE.................................................................. 243
Sharing and Printing Web Pages................................................................. 244
Sorting Out Your Settings............................................................................ 245
Charming tiled IE settings.................................................................. 245
Changing your default search engine............................................... 246

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Settings and whitelists for Adobe/Flash.......................................... 246
Managing passwords.......................................................................... 247
Choosing and Setting a Default Browser................................................... 247
Setting the default Windows browser.............................................. 248
Setting the default IE browser........................................................... 249
Exploring IE under the Hood: Flash and HTML5 ..................................... 250

Chapter 2: Windows 8 Mail, People, and Calendar Apps . . . . . . . . . 255
Choosing a Mail/Contacts/Calendar app................................................... 256
Comparing e-mail programs.............................................................. 256
Comparing calendar apps ................................................................. 258
Checking out contact apps................................................................ 259
Choosing the right package............................................................... 259
Drilling Down on Windows 8 Mail............................................................... 260
Navigating the Windows 8 Mail screen............................................ 261
Adding a new account........................................................................ 262
Creating a new message..................................................................... 264
Searching for e-mail in Windows 8 Mail........................................... 267
MIA in Windows 8 Mail....................................................................... 267
Putting All Your Contacts in the Win8 People App.................................. 268
Adding accounts to Win8 People...................................................... 268
Navigating the Windows 8 People app............................................. 270
Editing a contact................................................................................. 274
Adding people in Windows 8 People................................................ 275
Avoiding Windows 8 Calendar App Collisions.......................................... 277
Adding Calendar Items....................................................................... 280
Struggling with Calendar shortcomings........................................... 281

Chapter 3: The Windows 8 Photos App . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Discovering What Windows 8’s Photos App Can Do............................... 283
Touring Photos............................................................................................. 284
Adding Photos............................................................................................... 288
Connecting Photos to SkyDrive........................................................ 289
Connecting to Facebook or Flickr..................................................... 289
Importing pictures from a camera or external drive..................... 294
Pinning Photos within the Photos App...................................................... 298

Chapter 4: Using SkyDrive in Windows 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
What Is SkyDrive?......................................................................................... 300
Using the Windows 8 Tiled SkyDrive......................................................... 302
Running SkyDrive on Your Desktop........................................................... 305
Installing SkyDrive: The legacy program......................................... 305
Using the SkyDrive program on the desktop.................................. 308
Running SkyDrive on the Web.................................................................... 309
Fetching......................................................................................................... 312

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Chapter 5: The Windows 8 Messaging App . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Getting Started with the Windows 8 Messaging App............................... 318
The differences between MS Messaging and SMS.......................... 318
The differences between MS Messaging and Skype....................... 319
Whom you can message.................................................................... 319
How Messaging works........................................................................ 320
Fishing for Messaging Friends.................................................................... 321
Running a Windows 8 Messaging Chat...................................................... 324
Using Messaging Effectively........................................................................ 326

Chapter 6: Xbox Music and Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
Why You Might Want Xbox Music or Video.............................................. 330
Playing Your Music with Xbox Music........................................................ 331
Viewing Your Videos with Xbox Video...................................................... 335
Managing Playlists........................................................................................ 337
Turning Off the Tiled Apps as Default Media Players.............................. 339

Book V: Connecting Online with Tiled Apps................. 341
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343
Signing Up for a Facebook Account........................................................... 344
Choosing basic Facebook settings................................................... 348
Interpreting the Facebook interface lingo....................................... 352
Choosing basic Facebook security settings.................................... 353
Building a Great Timeline............................................................................ 355
Locking Down Your Facebook Info............................................................. 360
Connecting to Windows............................................................................... 364

Chapter 2: Getting Started with Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367
Understanding Twitter................................................................................. 368
Setting Up a Twitter account...................................................................... 371
Tweeting for Beginners................................................................................ 374
Beware hacking................................................................................... 374
Using the @ sign and Reply................................................................ 375
Re-tweeting for fun and profit........................................................... 376
Hooking Twitter into Windows................................................................... 377

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Flickr and Pinterest . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379
Using Flickr with Windows 8....................................................................... 381
Signing up for Flickr............................................................................ 381
Getting around Flickr.......................................................................... 383
Sharing and licensing your photos................................................... 385
Pinning with Pinterest.................................................................................. 387
Signing up for Pinterest...................................................................... 387
Getting around Pinterest................................................................... 388

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Chapter 4: Getting Started with LinkedIn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 393
Signing Up for LinkedIn................................................................................ 393
Hooking LinkedIn into Windows................................................................. 398
Using LinkedIn for Fun and Profit............................................................... 400

Chapter 5: Bing News, Finance, Travel, and Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 403
Recognizing the Bing in Everyone.............................................................. 404
Reading the News with Bing........................................................................ 404
Getting around Bing News................................................................. 404
Customizing Bing News...................................................................... 409
Pinning Finance for Fun and Profit............................................................. 413
Traveling with Your Tablet......................................................................... 417
Sports Fans Everywhere, Take Note.......................................................... 420

Chapter 6: Games, Games, and Games! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 423
Searching the Store for Games................................................................... 424
Cutting the Rope with Style......................................................................... 426
Tapping Pirates Love Daisies...................................................................... 428
Starting with Sudoku.................................................................................... 429
Beating Birzzle.............................................................................................. 431

Book VI: Working on the Desktop................................ 433
Chapter 1: Running the Desktop from Start to Finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435
Getting Around.............................................................................................. 436
Knowing the desktop’s hot spots..................................................... 436
Snapping windows into place............................................................ 439
Changing the mouse........................................................................... 441
Exploring Files and Folders......................................................................... 442
Nailing the basic terminology........................................................... 443
Navigating............................................................................................ 445
Viewing and filename extensions...................................................... 447
Previewing........................................................................................... 448
Creating files and folders................................................................... 449
Copying, moving, and modifying files and folders......................... 451
Sharing Folders in the Public Folder.......................................................... 456
Touching on the Taskbar............................................................................ 459
Recycling....................................................................................................... 460
Creating Shortcuts........................................................................................ 461
Sleep: Perchance to Dream......................................................................... 464

Chapter 2: Personalizing the Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 467
Recognizing Desktop Levels........................................................................ 467
Setting Color Schemes on the Desktop...................................................... 469
Picking a Background................................................................................... 470

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Controlling Icons.......................................................................................... 473
Selecting Screen Savers............................................................................... 475
Using Desktop Themes................................................................................ 477
Seeing Your Desktop Clearly....................................................................... 478
Setting the screen resolution............................................................ 478
Activating and adjusting ClearType................................................. 480
Showing larger fonts........................................................................... 481
Using magnification............................................................................ 482
Tricking Out the Taskbar............................................................................. 482
Anatomy of the taskbar...................................................................... 483
Jumping................................................................................................ 484
Changing the taskbar......................................................................... 486
Making your own little toolbars........................................................ 487
Working with the taskbar.................................................................. 489
Controlling the Notification Area............................................................... 489

Chapter 3: Start Screen Mods for Desktop Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 493
Installing New Programs and Dealing with Their Tiles............................ 495
Finding and Adding Programs to the Start Screen................................... 497
Sorting through the Default Tiles............................................................... 500
Organizing the Start Screen for a Lean, Mean Desktop........................... 503

Chapter 4: Maintaining Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507
What’s the Difference Between Restore, System Repair,
Recovery Mode, Refresh, and Restart?.................................................. 507
Using a Password Reset Disk...................................................................... 508
Creating a Password Reset Disk........................................................ 510
Resetting your password................................................................... 511
Maintaining Drives........................................................................................ 513
What is formatting?............................................................................ 514
Introducing hard-drive–maintenance tools..................................... 514
Running an error check...................................................................... 515
Defragmenting a drive........................................................................ 516
Maintaining Solid State Drives.................................................................... 517
Zipping and Compressing............................................................................ 518
Compressing with NTFS..................................................................... 521
Zipping the easy way with Compressed (zipped) Folders............ 522

Chapter 5: Using Windows (Live) Essentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 525
Introducing the Applications and How They’ve Changed....................... 526
Getting the Windows Essentials Apps....................................................... 528
Using Windows Live Mail............................................................................. 530
Choosing an e-mail program............................................................. 530
Running Windows Live Mail.............................................................. 532
Adding e-mail accounts...................................................................... 534
Creating a message............................................................................. 536

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