Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual

Errata for Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual

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Version Location Description Submitted By Date Submitted Date Corrected
Printed
Page 54
line 4 and line 27

In line 4 Figure 2-8 is referenced. Should Figure 2-9 be referenced? In line 2 under "OPEN DIALOG BIX, Don'y have a keyboard ---- type RUN---- How can RUN be typed without a keybosrd? I am very pleased with all of the Missing Manual books

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in the 3rd printing, Jan 2014.

Anonymous  Dec 05, 2013  Jan 10, 2014
Printed
Page 96
Calendar description

It should be noted that a Microsoft account is required to use the Calendar App. Otherwise, you won't see any of the screens describing the use of the Calendar

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in the 3rd printing, Jan 2014.

Denna  Jan 07, 2014  Jan 10, 2014
Printed
Page 104
Camera description

It should be noted that a camera is required to use the Camera App. Otherwise, you won't see any of the screens describing the use of the Camera app. Removing a previously used camera should also disable the use of the Camera app.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in the 3rd printing, Jan 2014.

Denna  Jan 07, 2014  Jan 10, 2014
Printed
Page 107
Games description

It should be noted that a Microsoft account is required to use the Games App. Otherwise, you won't see any of the screens describing the use of the Games app.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in the 3rd printing, Jan 2014.

Denna  Jan 07, 2014  Jan 10, 2014
Printed
Page 115
Top Note

The following line ... "In Windows 8.1, the tiles above the Address Book ..." should read ... "In Windows 8.1, the tiles above the Address Bar ..."

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in the 3rd printing, Jan 2014.

Denna  Jan 07, 2014  Jan 10, 2014
Printed
Page 144
Drilling down paragraph

The following line ... "... Add to Playlist (+), artist information (Figure 4-23)" ... should refer to (Figure 4-24).

Denna  Jan 11, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 154
Gem in the Rough Note, right column, 3rd paragraph

The line ... "For example, to unlike a card ..." should read ... "For example, to unlink a card ..."

Denna  Jan 11, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 473
important,2nd paragraph

does nottell below how to open or turn on defender !!!

donegal mccormick  Apr 16, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 473
Windows Defender "Important"

In the "Important" box, it says "... open Windows Defender as described below . . .", but I cannot find the instructions for opening Windows Defender.

Note from the Author or Editor:
I've changed it to say "as shown below."

Anonymous  Apr 18, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 659
Up to Speed

The line ... "... the one administered by the Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant." ... should read ... "... the one administered by the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant". This is the name of the tool referenced in the URL at the bottom of the first column.

Denna  Jan 13, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 680
3rd paragraph

The line ... "In the Control Panel, click System and Security." refers to an option that is visible only if the "View by" filter is set to Category.

Denna  Jan 12, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 694
1st paragraph

The line containing ... "... select "Change PC Settings", and select Windows Update. should read ... "... select "Change PC Settings", select "Update and Recovery" and select "Windows Update".

Denna  Jan 12, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 698
3rd and 4th steps

Step 3 should read ... "In the setting list, select Update and Recovery and then select Recovery". Step 4 should read ... "Under Refresh your PC without affecting your files, click Get Started".

Denna  Jan 13, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 702
3rd paragraph

The 3rd paragraph should read as follows: In the Settings panel of the Charms bar, select "Change PC Settings". Select "Update and Recovery" and then "Recovery". Under "Advanced Startup", click "Restart Now".

Denna  Jan 13, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 711
Tip (near top of the page)

After I perform a successful System Image Backup to a USB drive, I observe no opportunity to burn a system repair disc - a CD or DVD on any dialog that is displaying. Please clarify where snd when I can burn the system repair CD or DVD.

LM Cohen  Feb 20, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 711
2nd paragraph

The "Tip" is incorrect. Windows does NOT ask if you would like to burn a system repair disk (CD or DVD). I searched the Web, and as far as I can tell, Windows 8.1 does not support system repair disk any more. The solution is to create a USB Recovery Drive. The book describes this well on page 723.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Wow-- you are so right. Thanks for the heads-up!

Anonymous  Mar 14, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 742
1st paragraph

The line ... "After a moment, you wind ..." should read ... "After a moment, you will ..."

Denna  Jan 18, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 777
Third paragraph, second line

The second line should read ... "To open the shared desktop folder, open (C:)→Users→Public→Public Desktop."

Denna  Apr 27, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 794
United States

I am referencing to material in the First Printing, November 2013 The procedure to access the secret shortcut menu under the Networks pane of the Charms bar does not appear to work in Win 8.1 Home Premium. The only pop-out that appears upon right clicking on the network name is an option to "Connect automatically" together with a check box. If certain features are limited to functionality in specific editions of Windows 8, such as the use of the "Lusrmgr.msc" command on page 768 (also does not appear in Windows Home Premium), a note should be made.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are so right. The entire feature is gone in Windows 8.1.

Click93  Jan 19, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 868-872
Section on Windows Easy Transfer, mid-page 868 to end of 871

To put it kindly, the description of Windows Easy Transfer in this book is valid for Win8.0, but Easy Transfer no longer exists where Win8.1 is the originating-computer's system. And, where the _final_ system is Win8.1 it will only transfer the files (not the settings) from a computer running Win7, RT or 8.0, but from a computer running a still earlier version of Windows you are _completely_ out of luck, no files or settings can be transferred, and Microsoft gives warnings in bold print about using any third-party program to transfer files and settings. So text from the last half of pg. 868 to the end of pg. 871 of this book needs to be removed or considerably rewritten. (See http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/solving-the-mystery-of-windows-81s-missing-features-230702?page=0,0 and http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-performance/easy-transfer-tool-is-not-running-properly-under/cbc58c28-79e5-4201-9409-ad7719d617c6 .) Microsoft is apparently pushing Skydrive (now, I am told, to be called OneDrive) as can be seem from one of the references.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are completely correct! thanks for the heads-up!

Ronald Kohl  Mar 15, 2014  May 16, 2014
Printed
Page 868-870
Whole section.

The advice regarding Windows Easy Transfer is unhelpful to users wanting to move files and settings from Windows XP to Windows 8.1. The problem is best summed up in the following blog by J. Peter Bruzzese. 'It's probably not a tool you use every day, but it's a very handy way to copy files and settings from one Windows computer to another. With Windows 8.1, it works differently. Now, it only transfers files, not settings, and only those from Windows 8.0, Windows RT, and Windows 7 -- not from pre-7 editions of Windows or other Windows 8.1 computers. When I asked why the functionality was reduced, Microsoft told me, "WET is being deprecated now that many settings roam automatically and you can share data using SkyDrive.' http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/solving-the-mystery-of-windows-81s-missing-features-230702

Note from the Author or Editor:
oh wow. thanks for the heads-up!

Tony Pryce  Apr 10, 2014  May 16, 2014
PDF
Page 873

Broken bookmark - in the PDF version, clicking on "Fun With the Registry" or the sub-topics takes you to the title page, not to Appendix B / page 873.

Glynn Brooks  Dec 02, 2013  Jan 10, 2014
Printed
Page 899
Index entry "Backup & Restore, 881"

Contrary to the index entry, there is no reference to "Backup & Restore" on p. 881 nor on the following pages.

Bob Hartley  Mar 03, 2014  May 16, 2014