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
Other Digital Version
loc. 4673
"Nostalgia Corner: ... Snapping and Shaking"

In the box, "Nostalgia Corner: Turn off all the Snapping and Shaking," it should be noted that if you do select "Prevent windows from being automatically arranged..." Windows will also disable the awesome "Win + Up-arrow" and "Win + Down-arrow" shortcuts for maximizing and minimizing windows, especially since the author introduces these shortcuts only a few lines later. NB: if it is unclear in my field entries, I am looking at locations 4686 - 4703 in the Kindle book, purchased from Amazon.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Anonymous  May 29, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Other Digital Version
loc. 1251
Step three in instructions to disable Lock Screen

In the instructions to disable the Lock Screen on Kindle location 1251, step three designates the path "Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization" within gpedit.msc. However, there are two different "Administrative Templates" folders that can be selected: one under "Computer Configuration" and one under "User Configuration." This should be added to the path, as in: "Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates...."

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Anonymous  May 29, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page Page 299
First paragraph under second Note

The line, "You can edit these little tidbits right in the dialog box.", does not apply to all types of files and may require the use of an application that can edit those properties.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 17, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
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 54
Note in italics at bottom of page

Third printing May 2014. Able to access mmc, but Group Policy Editor not a listed snapin! Tried to add only thing that appeared related, "Local Users and Gro...", but got error message saying this snapin may not be used with this edition of Windows 8.1. To manage user accounts for this computer, use the User Accounts control in the Control Panel." Am using Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200 laptop that came with Windows 8.0, and later took the free upgrade to 8.1. (Have its twin still running 8.0 -- that's my wife's.) Speccy data follows: Windows 8.1 64-bit Computer type: Notebook Installation Date: 7/8/2014 4:40:02 PM Serial Number: Q7HFT-HFCY7-77YY8-3PHR3-G8XVT And that's about all I can tell you. When I tried to run gpedit.msc, system said it couldn't find that puppy, and that's when I read the note in italics. Have screen shots of both related screens if you can handle pdf.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Ray Mote  Jul 30, 2014  Aug 18, 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 194
Spelling, Typing section

There are no "Add a period after I double-tap the Spacebar", underlines or autocomplete suggestions on/off switches Windows 8.1

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jul 04, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 199
Date and Time section

The "App Switching" line does not belong to this content.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jul 04, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 284
Folder Options section

The "Find partial matches" checkbox option is not available in Windows 8.1.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 16, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 290
Second Tip section

The page reference is wrong. The last line of the tip should read "Fortunately, you can hide the drive letter (page 255)."

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 17, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 293
Tip Section

The reference to "My Documents" should be changed to "Documents".

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 17, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 293
First paragraph below Tip section

The references to "My Music", "My Pictures" and "My Videos" should be changed to "Music", "Pictures" and "Videos".

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 17, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 317
Up To Speed section, fourth paragraph

The line below is incorrect. "AutoPlay doesn't handle flash drives ...." After opening AutoPlay, at the top, you can configure what to do with a flash drive under the "Removable drives" section.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 18, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 320
Step 5, fourth paragraph

It should be pointed out that using the "Send to" command will place all items in the root of the disc drive.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 18, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 341
Figure 8-22

The "Use Windows XP style scaling" option is not available in Windows 8.1

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 14, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 361
Up To Speed, last paragraph

This line refers to the text the reader just read.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 393
Figure 10-16

Games aren't included with Windows 8.1.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 395
Tip section

Fast User Switching is described on page 773, not 843.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 399
A Little Bit About Bits, last paragraph

The last line should read: "The 32-bit programs you have open are indicated by "(32 bit)" after their names."

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 400
First paragraph

Page 843 does not describe the "Run this program as an administrator" feature.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 406
Computer section

"Computer" was changed to "This PC".

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 409
Last line above FAQ section

This line should read: "If you got into symbol-correction mode by tapping Select and Correct ...".

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 413
Fifth paragraph

The fifth paragraph containing the line "Enable visual highlighting of narrator cursor ..." is a duplicate of the third paragraph.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 416
Last paragraph

Pressing the Prt Scr key copies the entire screen to the clipboard. It doesn't actually "print" the screen to your printer.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 416
Last paragraph

Using Alt + Prt Scr copies the window in focus to the clipboard instead of the entire screen.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 420
Missing

Using the Space bar, you can pause recording to save or not save the recording to a file. Pressing the Space bar again resumes recording.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 422
Windows Easy Transfer Reports

There isn't an applet for this feature in Windows 8.1.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 422
Windows Easy Transfer

Page 410 does not describe this feature.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 430
Up To Speed section, fifth paragraph

Pressing Ctrl while clicking in a line of text in Wordpad does not affect the selection of text any differently than not using the Ctrl key.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 3rd printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 448
Performance Information and Tools

Windows 8.1 does not have a Control Panel applet for this.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 456
Section paragraph

The "Your PC's performance rating ..." line is not present in Windows 8.1.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 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 514
Second paragraph

The "Enable Quick Tabs" feature does not exist in IE 11.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 2014
Printed
Page 530
Tabbed Browsing section

The "Quick Tab view" (Ctrl-Q) keystroke does not exist in IE 11.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jun 01, 2014  Aug 18, 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 676
Tip section

When running "Optimize Drives" on an SSD drive, Windows 8.1 will execute a TRIM command INSTEAD of defragging. This should still be performed, either manually or by schedule.

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  Jan 12, 2014  Aug 18, 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 843
Last paragraph on page

Out of place section sign character "ࣻࣻ"before the line "As usual, there are two ways in: ...".

Note from the Author or Editor:
fixed in 4th printing, 8/17/14

Denna  May 26, 2014  Aug 18, 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