Windows 8 Step by Step

Errata for Windows 8 Step by Step




The errata list is a list of errors and their corrections that were found after the product was released. If the error was corrected in a later version or reprint the date of the correction will be displayed in the column titled "Date Corrected".

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Version Location Description Submitted By Date Submitted Date Corrected
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Page I
Product Description pages

In the product description pages found on O'Reilly shop, Amazon, etc, there is a line that is untrue. When you describe the book you mention the following: "Manage your files with Microsoft® SkyDrive® and Windows Live® Sync" Windows Live Sync is not covered in this book. Only SkyDrive. The line should state "Manage your files with Microsoft® SkyDrive®"

Ciprian Adrian Rusen
Ciprian Adrian Rusen
O'Reilly Author 
Oct 02, 2012  Nov 02, 2012
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Page xx
5th paragraph

The text says "The 32-bit version cannot manage more than 34 GB of RAM memory". It should be "The 32-bit version cannot manage more than 4 GB of RAM memory".

Ciprian Adrian Rusen
Ciprian Adrian Rusen
O'Reilly Author 
Oct 02, 2012  Nov 02, 2012
Printed
Page xxvii
3rd bullet

There do not appear to be any running "heads" on the top of odd number pages as stated. There are however running "footers" on the bottom of odd numbered pages. Therefore change word "heads" to "footers" in both the bullet title and bullet descriptive text and change word "top" to "bottom right" in bullet descriptive text..

Note from the Author or Editor:
This issue seems to be real.

Dale Jones  Dec 04, 2012  Dec 21, 2012
Printed
Page vi
1st paragraph on top of page

The Index starting on page vi is off by 2 pages - that is, the Index states that Chapter 6 starts on page 179 while it actually starts on page 177. So the Index and the actual pages for the rest of the book are all off by 2 pages.

patrick lynch  Apr 15, 2013  Jul 12, 2013
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Page 24
the SEE ALSO on the top

The SEE ALSO says: Refer to "Browsing for Files and Folders" in Chapter 5, "Using Internet Explorer 10". It should reference Chapter 4, instead of 5. The SEE ALSO needs to be changed to: Refer to Chapter 4, "Saving, Browsing, and Organizing Files and Folders".

Ciprian Adrian Rusen
Ciprian Adrian Rusen
O'Reilly Author 
Jan 24, 2013  Jul 12, 2013
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Page 24
the last TIP on the page

The TIP says "a tile appears on the Start menu". This is incorrect. This text should be replaced with "a tile appears on the Start Screen". The rest of the TIP should be left unchanged.

Ciprian Adrian Rusen
Ciprian Adrian Rusen
O'Reilly Author 
Jan 24, 2013  Jul 12, 2013
PDF
Page 25
2nd paragraph, last word.

Book content flow should be referring to "Unpin From Start" instead of "Unpin From taskbar"

Note from the Author or Editor:
This is a valid typo.

K. M.  Oct 16, 2012  Nov 02, 2012
Printed
Page 48
'1' in the example - it states 'On the Start screen, type Start screen'. If you do this, you'll get the error message: 'No apps meet your search'.Also, 'Customize your start screen' doesn't exist - seemingly, it has been replaced by 'Change PC settings'

On page 48, in the exercise - if you try step 1, which is, 'On the Start screen, type Start screen' you'll see the following error message displayed: 'No apps match your search'. Also, 'Customize your start screen' does not exist in Settings but has been replaced by 'Change PC settings' This procedure probably should be: 1. Move cursor to bottom right portion of screen to display the Settings [it sort of looks like a 'gear'] and click it. 2. Click 'Change PC settings' 3. Click Start screen 4. Run next steps in book.

Note from the Author or Editor:
To fix this issue you just need to change Step 2 in that exercise. It should be changed to: "Click or tap Settings to filter the search results by settings. Then, choose Customize your start screen". It is just a matter of adjusting the language to make the instructions clearer.

patrick lynch  Apr 29, 2013  Jul 12, 2013
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Page 60
Tip at bottom of page

Earlier versions of Windows 8 did offer gadgets and the Gadget Gallery. The final version released to the public did not. We originally wrote about gadgets and later removed all references to it. However, this one Tip remained and should have been removed.

Joli Ballew
Joli Ballew
O'Reilly Author 
Nov 13, 2012  Dec 21, 2012
Printed
Page 71
Excercise step 3

After performing step 2, none of the nine resulting selections presented conform exactly to that of "Change power saving settings" as stated in step 3. However two of the nine resulting selections presented - namely "Power Options" and "Choose a Power Plan" - when selected do result in the "Power Options" dialog discussed on page 70 and from which one may select a power plan as directed in step 4. Therefore change the text "Change power-saving settings" in step 3 in both its directive text and accompanying selection illustration to either "Power Options" in both places or 'Choose a Power Plan" in both places.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Note from Joli: I just performed steps 1, 2, and 3 as outlined on page 71, and this works fine for me. The steps are not meant to imply that you'd get to the graphic shown above the steps or exactly what is covered on page 70, instead it is meant to offer a simple way to change basic power saving settings. Note from Ciprian: I performed the same steps and I Identified the problem mentioned by the reader. To fix the issue, the Step number 3 should be changed to: "3. Click Power Options", instead of "3. Click Change power-saving settings: Also, the screenshot after Step 3 should be changed with one showing the "Power Options" search result. I can provide such a screenshot. Please e-mail me when making the next update to the book. Thanks, Ciprian

Dale Jones  Dec 29, 2012  Jul 12, 2013
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Page 108
Important box

When I wrote this box during the writing phase of this book, Windows RT had not yet been released and information was scarce. I guessed that the difference between RT and other versions was that it would be an app-only OS. This was meant to be a placeholder for the final information once the surface was released. The box was not updated prior to publication.

Note from the Author or Editor:
change note to read: Important: If you own a simple tablet that runs Windows RT, you’ll have access to the Desktop, but it has its limitations. The applications that have traditionally run on Intel-based versions of Windows can’t run on the Surface’s version of the classic desktop.

Joli Ballew
Joli Ballew
O'Reilly Author 
Nov 13, 2012  Dec 21, 2012
Printed
Page 126
Last paragraph (excluding TIP as a paragraph)

Missing comma between the words Share and View in the last sentence in the listing of the tabs on a ribbon. As written, the listing implies a single tab labeled "Share View" but should be two tabs labeled "Share" and "View" respectively.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Please insert a comma between Share and View in the last sentence just above the tip..

Dale Jones  Jan 06, 2013  Jul 12, 2013
Printed
Page 129
steps 3 and 4 at bottom of page

Reverse order of steps 3 and 4. Problem: When performed as written, performing step 4 causes the expanded "Home" tab to contract (currently showing a greyed out delete X before contraction) requiring then a separate additional click (not to be confused with a traditional mouse double click) on the "Notepad Text Document file" to actually select the document and then another click on the Home tab to expand the tab but this time with its delete X now being active as evidenced by its bright red color. Discussion: This first click on the document, while the Home tab is initially expanded, seems to merely activate the main file explorer content pane with the cursor now only "hovering over" the intended selected document producing the light blue "hover color". The second click actually selects the document causing the color to change from the light blue "hover color" to a slightly darker blue "selected color". This hover-vs-selection behavior on the first click is really more obvious if under the View tab you have previously 'checked' the "Item check boxes" selection before performing the steps as originally written.

Note from the Author or Editor:
There are a few problems with this exercise, at page 129. The following changes should be performed: 1. At the end of the SET UP you should add: Copy the "Notepad Text Document" file from the Chapter04 folder to your Documents library. 2. Step 3 should be changed to: Double click the Home tab to expand the ribbon, if it is minimized. This should make thing clearer to readers and eliminate possible problems they could encounter, in case their ribbon is not maximized.

Dale Jones  Jan 06, 2013  Jul 12, 2013
Printed
Page 135
Set Up

Text reads: copy the Helicopter.3GP file File name should be: Take off with no extension

Note from the Author or Editor:
This is indeed a typo. Helicopter is what you rename the file, but it is not the name of the actual file.

Anonymous  Nov 13, 2012  Dec 21, 2012
Printed
Page 149
Last bullet item

Text reads: You can create your own libraries to hold email that should be grouped together change email to data

Anonymous  Nov 13, 2012  Dec 21, 2012
Printed
Page 165
Step 1 of the exercise

Problem: A necessary intermediate action between steps 1 (on page 165) and 2 (on page 166) is missing: Discussion: On my HP laptop clicking the Pin to Start button does not directly bring up the Pin To Start dialog shown below it as indicated by the step1 text of "Click or tap the Pin to Start button to open the Pin To Start dialog box". Rather what you get first is a context menu with two selections "Pin To Start" and "Add to Favorites" in that order. Now taking the additional step of clicking the "Pin To Start" on the context menu will then bring up the dialog pictured on the bottom of page 165. Also there is no discussion of the fact that the text which you type into the text box on the Pin To Start dialog box will be the title of the tile on the Start page that results from this exercise. I would think that it would be helpful that that titling activity as a step and a discussion of it should be included in this exercise.

Note from the Author or Editor:
From Joli: Many computer manufacturers add their own touches to the operating system, add their own programs and applications, and even add their own "touch portals" and such. I believe this is something unique to HP's brand, specifically your laptop model. Thank you for bringing this up though; we appreciate you reading our work so thoroughly. From Ciprian: I double checked this exercise and it seems Microsoft has made an update to Internet Explorer since the book as published. This update makes the changes mentioned by the reader. Step 1 in the exercise should be changed to: Click or tap the Pin to Start button, then Pin to Start again, to open the Pin to Start dialog box.

Dale Jones  Jan 25, 2013  Jul 12, 2013
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Page 228
1st paragraph

At the end of the "Using the Camera App" section, just before the Key Points, we are missing a row with instructions on how to record video. Please add the following text: "To record video with the Camera app, click or tap the picture being displayed. To end the recording process, click or tap again. The recording will be stored in the Camera Roll folder, found in the Pictures library."

Ciprian Adrian Rusen
Ciprian Adrian Rusen
O'Reilly Author 
Jan 23, 2013  Jul 12, 2013
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Page 319
1st screenshot and paragraph

The first screenshot and paragraph on page 319 should be part of the sidebar on page 318, titled Creating a Microsoft Account. They complement the information placed in the sidebar.

Ciprian Rusen  Nov 13, 2012  Dec 21, 2012
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Page 336
first screenshot

In the "Changing a User Account Picture" section, at page 336, the image for step 4 is an incorrect duplicate of the image used for step 5 in the exercise. The image for step 4 for should be a screenshot of the Files browsing dialogue. It should be replaced with another image I can provide via e-mail. When correcting this issue, please contact me - Ciprian Rusen, so that I can send this image your way.

Ciprian Adrian Rusen
Ciprian Adrian Rusen
O'Reilly Author 
Nov 13, 2012  Dec 21, 2012
Printed
Page 714
10th paragraph from the top of the page

The link "Ssystem disk" should be "System disk" [note the double "Ss"]

patrick lynch  Apr 15, 2013  Jul 12, 2013
Printed
Page 732
right hand column in Index for "practice files"

Minor typo but you might want to correct it for the next edition... In the Index, the entry contains an extra comma for: "practice files, , 2" It should be: "practice files, 2"

patrick lynch  Apr 16, 2013  Jul 12, 2013
Printed, PDF
Page 751
below access code box

Replace [Microsoft Title Goes Here] with Windows 8 Step by Step

Note from the Author or Editor:
I do no have access to the Printed version of the book. In the PDF I cannot find this error. Can someone from O'Reilly double check the print version of the book and confirm this issues?

Microsoft Press  Oct 11, 2012  Nov 02, 2012
ePub
Page 796
1st paragraph

In the Fourier series equation, "....a0 =..." should be "....a0 +..."

Note from the Author or Editor:
From Joli: Indeed, the Fourier series does start with: f(x)=a followed by an 0 that is shown at the bottom right of the a, followed by a + sign....and the rest is correct. From Ciprian: In our ePub file of the book, on page 796 we have the glossary of terms starting with letter T. There are no Fourier equations listed there. Further details were e-mailed by the person reporting this issue. I have sent them to Joli by e-mail, so that she can fix things and submit the appropriate solution.

Gerry Pete  Jan 22, 2013  Jul 12, 2013